Little appetite for Queensland council changes

Public support for changes to local government voting processes has dwindled to 30%, according to new polling data released by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).

The poll found that seven in ten Queenslanders are satisfied with the current system, which gives them the option of voting for their most preferred candidates and not having to number every square.

The poll also found that the majority of Queenslanders rated their local councils as more trustworthy than either state or federal governments.

LGAQ President and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, said the poll’s findings showed that there was no good reason for the Government to make changes to the system of electing local councils in Queensland.

“Seven out of 10 voters in Queensland do not want these changes because they are happy with the way the current system of optional preferential voting operates,” he said.

“Forcing people to number every square in council elections is a solution to a problem that does not exist.”

The poll found that while trust amongst Brisbane residents is high for both local council and state government, a higher proportion of Brisbane residents indicate trust for their local council.

The report can be found here

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