Premier announces new watchdog for councils.
Premier announces new watchdog for councils.

Watchdog for council corruption announced

THE State Government has pledged more than $14 million to the Crime and Corruption Commission to clean up councils across Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday announced $14.25 million would be provided to the CCC to establish a new Office of the Independent Assessor in the upcoming state budget.

"The Office of the Independent Assessor, when established, will deal with councillor conduct complaints, improved governance practices and enhanced delivery of more sustainable local government," she said.

The funding will hinge on the passing of the Belcarra Bill, which is being debated in Parliament this week.

The bill would activate extra powers for the Local Government Minister and allow them to suspend or dismiss a council, Mayor or councillor when in the public interest.


Alleged drugged highway driver to face court

Alleged drugged highway driver to face court

Man charged with disqualified driving

Driver busted doing 127km/h in highway blitz

Driver busted doing 127km/h in highway blitz

One driver was 27km/h over the limit

WATCH: Why are there so many Santas in Stanthorpe today?

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This Christmas in July event attracted more than 100 people

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