LGAQ 'disappointed' by election date

THE Local Goverment Association of Queensland (LGAQ) says it is disappointed in Premier Anna Bligh's announcement of a March 24 election which will delay local government elections.

LGAQ President Paul Bell said Ms Bligh had gone back on several assurances she would not shift the date of local council elections from March 31 to suit her own political purposes and that the extra time needed for the Floods Commission to compile its final report was not a good reason.

"If any poll needs to be delayed it should be the state election,'' Cr Bell said.

Cr Bell said said it was deeply disappointing that local councils will be disrupted due to questions over evidence before the inquiry that involved state agencies rather than councils.

"The local government sector is effectively paying for the mistakes of others,'' he said.

"There has been no suggestion in our extensive consultations with the commission of inquiry that individual councils or councillors will be the subject of adverse findings.''


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