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Legislation Reform

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.

30 Jun

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Utility Model

June 30, 2014 | By |

From the 1st July 2014 the approval process for water and sewer connections in South East Queensland (SEQ) are changing. This new process is a requirement of Section 137 of the Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment (WSSLA) Bill 2014 and is designed to streamline approvals.  SEQ service providers must adopt the connections policy component of a Water Netserv Plan (WNP) by 1 July 2014 as an interim connections policy. The complete Connections Policy must be in effect with the Water Netserv Plan by 1 October 2014.

From 1st July service providers will be required to receive assess, approve, provide advice and deliver connection services to development and other customer independent from Council.

The applicant will need to make two applications; one to the local Council and the second to the Utilities provider.

At this stage there is not a lot of clarity around how this new process will function. The utility providers awaiting further direction from the State. Queensland Urban Utilities have made their draft policy available online.

For more information on how these new arrangements will affect you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

20 Jun

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RICS, PIP… and now the LGIP

June 20, 2014 | By |

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The State has outlined that Local Governments need a new LGIP by mid-2016 in order to collect infrastructure charges or condition trunk works from 1 July 2016.  New Adopted Charges Resolutions also need to be in place by 30 June 2015.

Under the amended Sustainable Planning Act, if Local Government wants to collect infrastructure charges or condition trunk works they will need to prepare and adopt a LGIP by 1 July 2016.  Sounds like plenty of time right?   With State Interest Checks (SIC) and Council resolutions required the length of time it takes to prepare a LGIP quickly grows.

Did you also know that Councils intending to impose infrastructure charges on and after 1 July 2015 will need to prepare and adopt a new AICR?

From 1 July 2015 any Council wanting to impose infrastructure charges on development approvals will also need to have prepared a new resolution to comply with the new legislation and Statutory Guideline 03/14 – Local Government Infrastructure Plans that became effective on 4 July 2014.

For more information on how this will affect you, please do not hesitate to contact us.