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It pays to belong, literally.

The number 21 carries magic qualities our society. It was for generations the point that young men and women were said to come of age, after a very decent party of course. It's also a biblical number, associated in the main with resurrection _ that is, the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. In the last decade, it's become Gold Lotto’s favourite promotion for Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day and the like: a guaranteed $21 million pot at the end of the rainbow

Storm warning for Canberra

The battle to ensure our national Government understands the challenges Queensland’s local communities face and recognises its role in overcoming them never ends.

Bush councils, big problem solvers

I might be biased but it’s always struck me that while state and federal governments can talk about eloquently about innovative solutions to the nation’s challenges _ things like energy, employment, climate change _ local councils quietly and without fanfare keep on doing their part to implement said solutions for the benefit of their communities.

Evolving with firepower

The LGAQ’s business entities have a long and successful history servicing the needs of Queensland’s local councils. But as the challenges of local government change and grow in complexity, it stands to reason that the way we go about helping councils to serve their communities needs to evolve as well.

Investing for a smarter future

Today marks a year since the LGAQ Policy Executive convened for the first time this term, an occasion that is coinciding with its passing of the 2017-18 LGAQ budget. (see list of achievements).

Bonfire of the civilities

In the depths of a Canberra winter, civility broke out between the major political parties at this year’s Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly _ warmth where you didn't expect it.

Bucketing down

All sorts of buckets were dropped this week, from a very council-friendly State Budget that deposits another $400 million into council piggy banks, to the pile of you-know-what left under parliamentary privilege courtesy of Cairns independent MP Rob Pyne.

Great communities recognised

I was humbled this week to accept from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk a Queensland Great award to the Local Government Association of Queensland.

Diving into big data

I want to share with you an exciting new project that the LGAQ has launched. It promises to deliver big benefits for councils and put local government in Queensland at the forefront of driving the benefits of technological change.

A lost opportunity

Here’s a story of how an insular mindset is the enemy of innovation.

Wheels in motion

I love it when a plan works. Believe it or not, it's almost eight years since the LGAQ adopted its customer franchise operating model that created five council segments -SEQ, Coastal, Indigenous, Rural & Remote and Resource.

The Chips are High, Time to Double Down

Weekly column from Council Courier e-newsletter by Acting CEO Sarah Buckler, Friday 12, May 2017. At the close of a week marked with some significant financial wins for local governments ...

Cinco de Mayo

Weekly column from Council Courier e-newsletter by Acting CEO Sarah Buckler, Friday 5, May 2017. Today in Mexico and across many parts of the US, Cinco de Mayo or May the 5th, is a day of celebrating a win for local pride and strength of community in the face of some major global forces and oppression.

The LGAQ shining a light on new solutions for an age-old service

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...

All action on advocacy

Yesterday LGAQ President Mayor Mark Jamieson launched the Association’s 2017 Advocacy Action Plan.

Dealing with Debbie’s wake

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.

Feet on the ground, head in the Cloud

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.

Queensland home to extreme challenges and great contrasts

Planning for, managing and recovering from natural disasters are all mainstays of local government these days.

Making time for smart lobbying

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

North's women lead the way

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.
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