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    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Fast-tracked legislation to deliver certainty for Ipswich

    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Monday, July 09, 2018

    Fast-tracked legislation to deliver certainty for Ipswich

    The Palaszczuk Government 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.

    “While there’s been a strong focus on individual Councilors, for me this decision is as much – if not more – about ratepayers and staff of this bruised and battered Council.

    “Many of them regularly contact me to voice their despair.

    “Residents and businesses are crying out for certainty – they don’t need this affair dragged out endlessly in the courts with legal challenges that won’t fix the problem.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said that the passage of the legislation would see an administrator appointed until March 2020, bringing much-needed stability. He said an administrator would be supported by an expert advisory panel.

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

    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548