SUPPORTING THE PROFESSIONALS SHAPING QUEENSLAND COMMUNITIES
Compliance Exchange 10 May 2023
Agenda items discussed during the meeting.
Poll to ask group how many exchanges a year they would like for 2024 planning – 2 x yearly 5%, 4 x yearly 64%, 6 x yearly 30%
Onboarding documents or manuals for regulatory services/compliance/local laws/animal management officers. Would anyone be willing to share their documents? Longreach have been working on a manual for quite some time and am willing to share what I have completed as well.
Fraser Coast have a manual that was drafted by https://www.corrs.com.au/ on behalf of Council which covers regulatory service matters, templates for show cause enforcements.
Mt Isa have an Authorised Officers handbook developed by LGAQ
Depends on legislation and circumstances as to what notices are issued. S167 of the Planning Act relates when acting under the Planning Act.
Fraser Coast uses Axon body cams. Mt isa uses PetSafe App. Gladstone uses Wolfcom body cameras and is progressing towards the capability to live stream as well. Bundaberg recommends all councils should be using https://www.emergencyplus.com.au/ if not already using. Cairns using IAuditor App.
Most Councils having similar issues with cases spanning a number of years, dependent on council’s appetite for enforcement action. Suggestion of fine with requisition again dependent on council’s appetite. Putting property notation on title that says that there is an illegal structure on site, Council takes no responsibility for it. Also anyone looking to purchase that property will be notified via searches that there is an unapproved structure. Section 16 of SPER Act give some guidance on issuing of infringements and proceeding to prosecution.
Topical issue for all councils, acting mainly on serious issues, mostly on a complaint basis. Councils not resourced and will try to link them with community services. LGAQ advocating on LG’s behalf https://www.lgaq.asn.au/conquering-queenslands-housing-crisis
Mt Isa are happy to provide recommendations
Ipswich have an automatic number plate recognition vehicle and use Sensen. Bundaberg are looking at LPRx from DCA. They do Pinforce to issue the ticket.
Cairns has 58 off lead areas 10 are fenced all signed. Gladstone have a fenced park and then some foreshore areas that are off-leash. Rockhampton starting to implement ‘leash free areas’ as a 12 month trial. Fraser Coast have areas on the foreshore which are signposted on the entry to the beach.
From Tina Martin, I work in the Animal Management team in Cairns but I also sit on the Australian Institute of Animal Management Board and we are organising a Conference this year in collaboration with G2Z and Amrric this is the link to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AIAMInc/ we have the dates available at the moment and more information will be released in the coming months regarding the conference but this will be great for anyone in the animal management space with great cross over between the organisations. AIAM also has a National Cat Management discussion group which meets every couple of months if anyone is interested in this they can email our secretary at email@example.com next meeting is 18 May 2023.
LGMA Governance Forum 7-8 June Cairns
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