Legislative change flows freely in Queensland

New legislation will make it more cost-effective and speedier to connect sewerage and water systems in new building developments, Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle announced in a May 7 statement.

"We promised at the election to grow construction as one of the four pillars of the economy and to cut red tape," Mr McArdle said. 

The Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Act will come into force on July 1 2014 and directly affects sewerage and water connections. 

Previously, council owners of water service providers had to approve sewerage and water connections, according to Mr McArdle. 

The impact of this was a slower process, more paperwork and higher costs. However, the changes to this old process will allow South East Queensland water service providers to give direct approval to developers, Mr McArdle explained.

From new houses to apartment complexes, developers will be able to obtain essential approvals much faster. 

Water service providers throughout Queensland will also have to abide by less red tape. These providers are typically local councils across rural and regional Queensland.
Such providers will no longer have to prepare numerous management plans and will instead put together an annual performance report.

Less waiting and lower costs may be welcomed by those looking to buy new property in a shorter time frame. It's possible that the lower compliance costs may feed through to home buyers, too.

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