Queensland legislation to dismiss Ipswich council

The Queensland Government has announced it will introduce legislation to dismiss Ipswich City Council and appoint an administrator when State Parliament returns next month.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said after a year of turmoil, arrests, criminal charges and a recent Supreme Court challenge it was time to give the Ipswich community certainty.

“Ipswich is the fastest-growing Local Government area in Australia and its economy is being impacted by the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Council,” he said. “Through their legal action, Ipswich Councillors have made it plain they could drag this process out for years. “Dismissing a democratically-elected Local Government is not a step to be taken lightly, but it’s necessary because of an extraordinary chain of events. To date, 15 current and former Councillors and officials are facing 75 charges.

Mr Hinchliffe said that the passage of the legislation would see an administrator appointed until March 2020, supported by an expert advisory panel.

The legislation will be introduced during the sitting week commencing 21 August, and be specific to Ipswich City Council, applying until the next general Local Government election in March 2020.

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