Councils call for laws to protect workers from threats

A RISING number of threats to Queensland council workers have sparked a call for a new criminal offence to be created for intimidating local government officers.

The call came in a motion from Lockyer Valley Regional Council at the Local Government Association of Queensland's annual conference in Cairns.

Due to be debated on Wednesday, the motion calls for the LGAQ to investigate seeking state government support for the creation of the new criminal offence.

The motion said it came about due to "an increasing level of threatening and intimidating conduct" towards council workers.

While there area already numerous similar offences, the Council wrote none of them applied to the type of behaviour of concern.