Gladstone council ratifies changes

GLADSTONE Regional Council has continued on the path to make required changes outlined by the new Local Government Act 2009.

The council dealt with two agenda items at Tuesday’s meeting in relation to changes which were required due to the new Act.

The first report recommended that council adopt a resolution amending delegation – D- 1.98.20 – Power to chief executive officer to appoint Authorised Persons under State Legislation and Local Laws.

This change means that it was no longer necessary for the council to delegate this power to the CEO, as was the case previously.

The second report recommended the adoption of a resolution delegating to the CEO the power to appoint council employees or agents as local government workers under the Local Government Act 2009.

Under the new Act, a “local government worker” has powers to enter private property in order to enable the local government to perform its responsibilities; or ensure that a person complies with the Act or other local government Acts, including complying with a remedial notice.

The council obtained legal advice from King and Company which stated that the only way for this to occur was for an Instrument of Appointment to be issued to the relevant person.

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