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Directors of Rural Water Boards - Keep Community Control

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Mrs Melinda Gotke
5 Edward Street

Total Signatures - 623

Sponsoring Member: Mr Jon Krause MP

Posting Date: 10/10/2018

Closing Date: 29/10/2018

Tabled Date: 30/10/2018

Responded By: Hon Dr Anthony Lynham MP on 26/11/2018

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the proposed change in the election process for the board of directors for Category 2 Water Authorities, including the Roadvale Water Board, under the Water Act 2000. It has been proposed by the Palaszczuk Labor Government that the way in which Category 2 Water Boards are put in place is changed from an election process to a nomination procedure. This nomination procedure could potentially remove local voices, with local knowledge, by removing the election of directors by local water users, replacing democratic elections with a costly and complex nomination process where directors are subject ultimately to Ministerial appointment. Presently a number of Category 2 Authorities, including the Roadvale Water Board, are operated by a dedicated team of local board directors elected from within the community and contribute exponentially more than remuneration received.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Palaszczuk Labor Government reconsider the proposed changes to Category 2 Water Boards under the Water Act 2000.