Government right to consider scrapping ULDA

I’m pleased to see the Government is following through with its election commitment to review the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA), as reported in the Townsville Bulletin this morning (Development authority in Newman’s sights):

Mr Newman has committed to scrapping a range of government red tape and has indicated the ULDA will be reviewed.

“The Urban Land Development Authority … is an unaccountable, un-democratic organisation,” Mr Newman said on Sunday.

As Brisbane Lord Mayor, Mr Newman clashed with the authority on several developments.

Townsville developers and builders have long criticised the authority for competing with private developers, distorting the market and not being confined by restrictions including town planning laws and infrastructure charges.

My views on the ULDA are contained in these previous posts:

Newman Government to cut stamp duty and weaken ULDA

ULDA is a financial risk for Government

Does Queensland need an Urban Land Development Authority?

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