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14 Sep

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Integran Reviews Effectiveness of Infrastructure Grant Programs

September 14, 2018 | By |

Following the Property Council’s extensive advocacy highlighting the antiquated approach to local government grant funding, the Queensland Government has committed to develop a new model for local government grant funding.

The new model will require councils to demonstrate how funding aligns with State priorities and responds to council strategies. Six program streams will be established under the new framework:

  • Security of essential services
  • Safe and efficient road and transport network
  • Resilient communities
  • Sustainable natural resource management
  • Community well-being
  • Jobs and economic growth.

A greater focus will be placed on growing business investment and opportunities.

In 2016, the Property Council commissioned Integran to examine the effectiveness of infrastructure grant programs in Queensland.  Integran found that many funding grants do not require any benefit to be realised in order for a project to be funded.  Other grants provide funding regardless of the approach to financial management as they are assessed on an ‘effort neutral’ basis.

In an era of limited funding and budget constraints, governments at all levels need to ensure that funds that are available are allocated to projects that best support economic growth.

The Property Council will continue to engage with the Government to ensure that this new framework achieves greater value from the investments made in local infrastructure.

06 Nov

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Proposed Refinements to LGIPs: Amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009

November 6, 2014 | By |

THE QUEENSLAND HERITAGE AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2014

At Integran’s July and August presentation roadshow, we highlighted some key issues about the operation of the Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 that required review and, in our view, amendment. Our provision of feedback to the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP) has been ongoing to seek clarification for the new provisions and their implementation for Local Government Infrastructure Plans (LGIPs).

There are some key changes which will be enacted in the coming weeks by the Queensland Heritage and Other Legislation Amendment (QHOLA) Bill 2014, having passed through Parliament on the 29th October 2014. (The Bill will not take effect until it receives Royal Assent.)

The Bill addresses many of the provisions that were unclear at the time of our roadshow presentation. We have not sought to cover all of the changes here but aim to provide some further clarity around some of the more complex operational provisions and the impact of the change.  The following table seeks to explain the existing provisions under SPA or SP(IC)OLA and proposed amendments under QHOLA.

Read more here.

If you have any queries regarding the effect of the new provisions, do not hesitate to contact the Integran team on (07) 3227 0500.

 

28 Oct

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LGIP Reviewer Panel: Integran on-board

October 28, 2014 | By |

Integran is pleased to announce that we have been appointed to the State government’s panel of pre-approved LGIP reviewers. The Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP) has established this panel so that Local governments can select a pre-approved consultant with suitable qualifications and experience to undertake the review of draft Local Government Infrastructure Plans (LGIPs) in accordance with Statutory Guideline 02/14 – Making and amending local planning instruments, and Statutory Guideline 03/14 – Local government infrastructure plans.

Integran has a track record in successfully preparing all aspects of LGIPs (formerly PIPs) and is well aware of the processes, issues required to prepare the documents to the required standard.

Under the Statutory Guideline 03/14 a consultant who prepares the LGIP for the Local Government can also act as an appointed reviewer. As an approved LGIP reviewer Integran can both prepare the LGIP and undertake the review.

For more information on the LGIP review, please do not hesitate to contact us.

29 Aug

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Infrastructure Charges Reform- Roadshow Wrap-up

August 29, 2014 | By |

The ‘Infrastructure Charges Reform – Implications & Tactics’ seminars held by Integran around Regional Queensland have had a tremendous turnout. The seminar provided Integran with the opportunity to further understand the issues faced by Local Councils in interpreting and implementing the new legislation and to share experience from Regional Areas with other Councils around the State.

Some Councils have already been very proactive in responding to the mandatory changes that came into effect on 4 July 2014 by:


- Updating their Infrastructure Charges Notices (ICNs) to state the details of any offsets and refunds, including timing of refunds;


- Amending the development approval conditions templates to specify the section of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 under which a condition about infrastructure is imposed; and


-Preparing a template for the Information Notice that will now accompany the ICNs.

With 2014 quickly disappearing Councils have commenced replacing their existing Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolutions (AICRs) with charges resolutions that comply with the amended Act.  Although not due until  30 June 2015, new compliant charges resolutions are recommended to be put in place as soon as possible to replace the ‘default’ provisions that apply under Statutory Guideline 03/14 – Local Government Infrastructure Plans.  These default provisions include trunk infrastructure criteria and a method for determining infrastructure costs.

Overall some of our findings from the seminars which still require further consideration and clarity from the State include:


-Ability to condition trunk infrastructure not identified in the LGIP and outside the PIA;


-Methodology problems for calculating the value of refunds where the cost of necessary trunk infrastructure identified in a condition is greater than the levied charge;


-Refunds to reflect actual costs solely at the discretion of the applicant through a recalculation notice.


As briefly mentioned in the seminar, Integran is working hard on finalising its CORR software – a user friendly model to meet the growing and complex need to manage infrastructure charges regimes in a responsive and auditable system.  The model will reflect the desired outcome of the legislation which aims to bring together all facets of local government business, including land use planning, capital works, asset management and financial sustainability.

Thanks for all of those people who have attended the seminars. We look forward to continuing the discussion on our website as we all work through implementing the new legislation.

 

01 May

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New Integran Website

May 1, 2013 | By |

After achieving a considerable upgrade in our physical location with the move to our fantastic new offices at 910 Stanley Street we thought that it was high time that we also had an overhaul of our digital home on the web. So we are all very pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website.

The new site will allow us to keep our clients up to date with Integran news and views. We’ll keep adding to our projects section so you’ll be able to see the exciting work that we get up to. It also looks great!