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BATTLES, BATS AND BCBC ON PACKED AGENDA

A win on the asbestos management front, a draft plan to control flying foxes and a television commercial to be aired during the football finals are among several items on the agenda at LG House next week.

The Local Government Association of Queensland Policy Executive meets on August 27 to debate a long list of important matters including policies, plans and projects.

LGAQ president Councillor Margaret de Wit said tireless campaigning by the association was beginning to reap rewards as the Palaszczuk Government settled in for its term.

“Meetings, consultations and advisory groups are starting to find form and are producing plans for implementation and delivery of projects that will affect local government in the immediate and long-term future,” she said.

“Senior LGAQ staff have been working hard to reverse decisions, improve strategies and influence legislations changes.

“There are plenty of runs on the board and we have won some key points along the way.”

Cr de Wit said Policy Executive members would discuss a range of issues and initiatives including:

  • State Budget funding for roads and infrastructure
  • LGAQ’s success in lobbying for asbestos management reforms, including legal protection through a state indemnity, a $400,000 cost recovery fund and comprehensive training for almost 400 council officers
  • Draft framework for the management of flying foxes
  • The Sustainable Ports Bill 2015
  • The LGAQ’s involvement in the State Government’s Container Deposit Advisory Group, and
  • Workforce Capacity Building funding, primarily for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander councils

Executive members will also have the opportunity to provide feedback to a television commercial to further promote the Better Councils, Better Communities media campaign.

The 30-second advertisement will be aired in Queensland’s metropolitan and regional markets, as well as on Imparja, for six weeks starting 20 September.

The commercial is being launched ahead of the LGAQ Annual Conference and also aims to capture football finals audiences.

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