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.


GALLERY: Spinning with a side of sun

GALLERY: Spinning with a side of sun

Photos from the green on Wednesday afternoon

Umbrella caught in power line sparks fire

Umbrella caught in power line sparks fire

Umbrella in power lines starts fire outside coffee shop

Sunny weekend greets return of fixtures and reps

Sunny weekend greets return of fixtures and reps

The cricket grounds hosted two games over the weekend