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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.

 

06 May

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Proposed Reform Package

May 6, 2013 | By |

The State Government is in the midst of finalising its proposed reform package to infrastructure planning, charging and offsetting arrangements in Queensland. From what is known to date, the key proposed reforms are:


-On-going requirement for Local Government’s to prepare a PIP-like document, albeit rebranded as a Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP);


-Ability to adopt a ‘fair value’ charge representing a 10% discount to the current SPRP for Residential and a 15% discount for Non-Residential;


-In adopting the ‘fair value’ charge, Council’s will be in a position to receive co-funding from the State (administered by EDQ) towards larger infrastructure items (details on the mechanics of how this will work have not been presented to date);


-Deeming of trunk infrastructure – where not identified in Council’s PIP (or LGIP), conditioned infrastructure can be challenged by a Developer as being deemed trunk infrastructure if it fits certain tests.


-Cross-crediting – where a Developer may have accrued  credits in one infrastructure network, they will be allowed to use these credits against another network. However there will not be cross-crediting between local governments and water distributor retailers.


-Actual Value for offsets must be applied to a Development if requested by the Developer.

The entire reform package is still in a draft form, and is yet to be passed through Parliament. It is evident that the new regime will require further detail such as supporting guidelines to clearly demonstrate how these new provisions will be executed.

Integran has been involved in the consultation with the State during drafting and is participating and attending a number of forums in regards to the infrastructure charges reform over the coming weeks.

Should you wish to know further information on how these new
reforms may impact your project, please do not hesitate to contact Integran on (07) 3227 0500.