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Transparency on Developer Contributions

Adam Gowlett (Branch President) – David McCoy Homes, Gavin Allwood – Brazier Motti, and Robert Carmen - Jacobs from the Cairns Branch recently attended a State Government industry briefing on increasing transparency of infrastructure contributions and delivery.

The Queensland Government made an election commitment “to maximise efficiency and transparency in the delivery of local government infrastructure planning and processes “. This followed Institute strong calls from the Institute to improve clarity around where the developer contributions are being spent.

UDIA Queensland research revealed that the community is not aware of the contributions that developers make. Without this knowledge, community debate about development has been uneven.  Providing the community with a more transparent and well-rounded view of the impacts and benefits of development will be a key step in addressing concerns over the impact of development.

Transparency in infrastructure charges can provide certainty to the industry and community on local government infrastructure funding and where it is allocated. This places greater accountability on the system and allows developers and local government to tell their communities about their infrastructure achievements

The briefing hosted by the State was an open forum where industry leaders in the Far North Queensland assisted development of the proposal. The following points were highlighted by our members:

  • The proposed Infrastructure Charges register, and Infrastructure Charges Notices need to be clear to avoid confusion
  • Ensure the register outlines the difference between an Infrastructure Agreement and Infrastructure Charges Notice
  • Developers pay for infrastructure through the infrastructure charges notice. Make this clear to the community to convey the costs applied on developers.

This work into transparency of infrastructure transparency will lead into changes into the Planning Regulations 2017. The new Regulation requirements are proposed to take effect July 2019.