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LGAQ strikes deal to cut contractors from disaster repairs

LGAQ says local councils are anxious to ensure their communities recover quickly from natural disasters.
LGAQ says local councils are anxious to ensure their communities recover quickly from natural disasters. Peter Holt

QUEENSLAND councils will be allowed to use their own workers rather than contractors to recover and rebuild their communities following natural disasters.

The Local Government Association of Queensland struck the deal on Monday night following a long campaign to convince successive federal governments that day labour often saved taxpayers money.

LGAQ president Margaret de Wit said on Tuesday the resolution of the issue would be a big relief for local councils anxious to ensure their communities recovered quickly from natural disasters.

"I am grateful to the government for putting commonsense before bureaucratic rigidity in finding a resolution to this issue," she said.

"But I particularly thank Queensland councils who held their resolve and never gave up the fight over day labour throughout what was a long campaign."

State Government figures show the use of council day labour rather than contract labour to clean up after floods and cyclones over the summer of 2011 and 2012 saved taxpayers $160 million.

Topics:  councils lgaq natural disasters



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