Weekly column from Council Courier e-newsletter by CEO Greg Hallam, Friday 28, April 2017. I'm really proud of the fact the LGAQ continues to push business and technology boundaries...
Yesterday LGAQ President Mayor Mark Jamieson launched the Association’s 2017 Advocacy Action Plan.
The Federal Government deserves credit for coming to the party on a range of critical decisions related to the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). A few weeks ago it was plant hire eligibility for the past few years and the next financial year. This week it's day labour for emergent works for Tropical Cyclone Debbie and her aftermath.
This week has epitomised what the LGAQ is all about. We dealt with the here and now by practically helping and advocating for councils around all matters Cyclone Debbie (with Propel fielding thousands of calls on behalf of affected councils), plus the LGAQ kicked off the 2017 EMU program at 30 centres around the state.
Planning for, managing and recovering from natural disasters are all mainstays of local government these days.
Queensland local government needs to make certain it is not only heard but seen in the corridors of power in Canberra: the Commonwealth raises 85 percent of the nation’s total public revenue. It is an increasingly important funding source for local councils
I saw the future along the Flinders Highway this week... that vision was women, five of them to be precise, all leading their councils in pushing for economic development, technology and innovation. With an insatiable thirst for knowledge, tradition and past performance are not high on the agenda, nor is blame.
Strike while the iron is hot is a well-worn but very apt saying. It’s certainly entirely appropriate in the current state and federal political and fiscal environments.
This is a story of how not to look after the regions, that part of the great Australian electorate that is likely to decide the outcome of the next Queensland and federal elections.
No other institution has the same reputation for building and managing infrastructure from which the community and local businesses can benefit. It’s a quality of local government we should not be shy of promoting.
Winton was the destination this week as the LGAQ Policy Executive and senior staff descended on the proud, historic and innovative Western Queensland town for two full days.
Local government in Queensland has a new minister.
One word epitomises the challenges for Queensland councils in 2017: delivery. Deliver this calendar year or lose the extra money that's come our way after much hard work and lobbying. At the...
No doubt a lot of you would have used your (ever shrinking) summer downtime to read and absorb the ample material produced in the media and elsewhere about what to expect in 2017. Certainly, there...
Not a bad start to 2017 for those 65 councils eligible to access the program and a big signal that this year is likely to see regional economic development brought front and centre to the policy debate. Weekly column by Sarah Buckler, acting CEO.
Ten or 20 years ago, the world slowed down by the time of the first cricket test match at the Gabba in late November...
All of us are living through a time of great change in public discourse and new rules to govern political speech and conduct online have yet to be fashioned.
Most of the lobbying that the LGAQ does never sees the light of day, and that is how it should be.
Call it the Great Road User Charging Debate and know that it started in earnest this week.
Smart street lights are a shining example of how local councils can achieve big benefits in efficient management of the community’s assets.
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