Welcome to the QLGRA

The Queensland Local Government Reform Alliance Inc (QLGRA) is a non-partisan alliance of groups and individuals united in the goal of reforming Local Government and Planning Legislation and processes for the re-empowering of Queensland Local Communities.


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Current Newsletters 

Previous posts from QLGRA

2017 QLGRA AGM & Forum – Gympie
Gympie ‘Hot Spot’ of Council Concerns – Gympie Times Interview 2017, August 11
QLGRA LG Sustainability Submission 2017
Caboolture LG Sustainability Submission 2017
Media Release – June 2017
New survey launched
Crime Prevention – 25 Techniques
Rob Pyne Message – 2016, Aug 20
Dear Grandad …
QLGRA submission to the Councillor Complaint Review Panel
2016 AGM & Forum – Yeppoon
Latest Radio Interviews
Mission Statement Summary
NSW council amalgamations: Baird Government urged to avoid Queensland’s merger mistakes
“Bigger is not Better” Professor Dollery presents new research
Queensland Government says complaints review didn’t stem from MP Rob Pyne
Media release – The Powerful Mayor Syndrome
Media release – LGAQ slamming MP Rob Pyne proves him right!
Excerpts from interview with MP Rob Pyne and Steve Austin on ABC Radio (16 Feb)
Complaints process is the broken link for Council corruption cases
Cairns Labor MP Rob Pyne raises local govt inquiry again for ‘ignored’ voices
NSW Council amalgamation report ‘awash with errors’
Council amalgamations: NSW Premier Mike Baird sets out the path to fewer councils
QLGRA October 2015 Newsletter
Private Sector expressing interest in controlling water utilities 
Key points from QTC’s report on the cost of Council de-amalgamations
QLGRA media release – 2015 AGM
Parliamentary documents tabled asking for Judicial Inquiry into Local Government
ABC Radio interview – New Peak Downs resident speaks out on de-amalgamation
How much does your Council spends on staff
NSW Councils refuse to submit merger proposals
Rate payer turns up the heat
QLGRA members we need your action to support two important initiatives
8500 signatures on council de-amalgamation petition
Proposed amalgamations – Wellington N.Z.
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5 thoughts on “Welcome to the QLGRA

  1. Across Qld the areas who have lost effective voice in their governance, are growing more hopeful as they band together to lobby for better governance. They have not been placated by official panaceas and grow daily more determined to fight for a real say in their areas. QLGRA is uniting the hearts and efforts of those who can see the benefits of boosting local resilience in place of the undemocratic machines currently wasting our time and money. If you are reading this and feel the same I urge you to join with us in the fight – UNITED WE STAND!


  2. Jo sent the following comment about amalgamations in Arizona where some districts have been able to de-merge from their larger amalgamated region, “You will get a laugh out this. I had to ring Godaddy – got talking to Jesse who wanted to know what our group was about – well it turns out Jesse lives in Santan Valley, Arizona, and they have just separated from Clear Creek because they were not being treated well by the Council. So now they have their own council and their own zip code!! but now when you say you come from Santan Valley no one knows where it is (anymore) – and it took them 3 years to achieve this status!!” Does it sound familiar. One Queensland Mayor is on record saying “Communities have lost identity” because of the amalgamation. The sooner we de-merge the sooner the communities will get identity back!


  3. I’ve recently had reason (basically Gold Coast Council bureaucrazies trying their typical little tin god bit despite being 100% in the wrong) to do a bit of background research on the subject of local government & in doing so I stumbled across the subject of federal constitutional legitimacy (or rather the lack thereof) in respect of councils. Seems a number of high court decisions have acknowledged there is no such thing as a third tier of ‘government’ ergo local authorities are not legitimate ‘governments’ but really no more than bodies corporate. Maybe others are far ahead of me in this area & if so I’d appreciate any input they can provide. Anyway, I understand that even Crisafulli (not being exactly the sharpest pencil in the pack) has some awareness of the issue (see Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012 which provides for the restoration of body corporate status to Queensland local governments). I guess that politicians being the power-mad individuals they invariably are, its near impossible for them to dispense with the concept of ‘government’ even though its been proven to be inapplicable in respect of councils. That leads me to wonder why we can’t demand councils follow body corporate laws which would as far as I’m aware give the sheeple infinitely more control over petty tyrants like GCC mayor Tate. I’d dearly love to see that smarmy smirk rubbed of his ugly mush. On a slightly different tangent, I see an article in the Fairfax press claiming Boy Blunder Bleijie is proposing legislation to allow Queenslanders to use class-action lawsuits against government entities. I can think of quite a few actions that are justified against the incumbent dictatorship.


  4. I am beginning to gather information and people’s views on the de-amalgamation of Fraser Coast Council. The more people I speak to in Maryborough, the more I find are very dissatisfied with the amalgamation. The perceptions are that Maryborough is being treated like a suburb of Hervey Bay and not like the City it used to be. How stupid is it to amalgamate two Cities? Now Maryborough, which was a debt free Council pre-amalgamation, is burdened by Hervey Bays debt. And Maryborough is burdened by Hervey Bay rates and charges which were the highest in the state. The same goes for the old Wacoo and Tiaro Council areas. The people are not happy, and feel like they have been downgraded. Has the QLGRA received any other contact from dis-allusioned Maryborough people or businesses? We want our Council back. We want our City back.


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