LAWYERS, developers and politicians rubbed shoulders at a networking luncheon in Gip's Restaurant yesterday.

"Silly" bureaucracy and paperwork were in the firing line.

Attorney-General & Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie announced major reforms to the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act (2000) at the function.

He said new legislation would reduce the paperwork for buying and selling properties by 43%.

"Everyone in the Toowoomba regions and surrounds, when they buy and sell property, will have a reduction in government paperwork," Mr Bleijie said.

"It's about government getting out of the way of people doing what they want to do, getting governments out of the way of business and protecting consumers.

"And also making sure that we don't have the silly bureaucracy that's crept into Queensland over many years.

"It will help Toowoomba in terms of legal practices and real estate firms.

"These are small businesses and we've got to make sure we're doing everything we can to make them thrive and help protect them from bureaucracy being led from Brisbane.

"That's why it's important to get out into the regions and show that these policies we're implementing will have a lasting impact on businesses."

Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts said the government had already removed a $7000 tax on buying and selling a home.

Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts, Attorney-General & Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie and Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio discussing development issues at a networking luncheon in Toowoomba.
Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts, Attorney-General & Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie and Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio discussing development issues at a networking luncheon in Toowoomba. Andrew Backhouse

"There were still lots of legislative requirements and very detailed contracts.

"Reducing all of that means that people's costs in buying and selling a home will come down.

"And that's what the government should be doing so that families can get on with their lives," he said.

Mayor Paul Antonio welcomed the reforms, which will come into force on December 1.

"Toowoomba is an area with a lot of focus on investment and development," he said.



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