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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.

Once in 20 years’ chance

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.

How not to look after the regions

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.

Prime time for councils

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.

Flood of ideas in the outback

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.

New Local Government Minister

Local government in Queensland has a new minister.

Delivering in 2017

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...

Global ideas, local solutions

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...

Cracking year ahead

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.
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