News in brief
Browse our news stories about the activities and achievements of Queensland local councils and learn more about the challenges and issues affecting local government and their communities.
Many of these stories are published in our weekly enewsletter Council Courier. If you would like to know more about these stories please contact the LGAQ media and communications team on 1300 542 700.
* Please note that these news stories are not LGAQ News Releases - formal LGAQ news/media releases can be found here.
Top Things You Need To Know About LGAQ’s Annual Conference In Gladstone
Whether you're a first-timer or an old-hat, here are the things to remember as you make your way to the 2017 LGAQ Annual Conference.
Don’t miss: The official launch of LG Sherlock
The launch of this highly anticipated new big data tool will take place on Tuesday 17 October at 2pm as part of an engaging workshop, free to attend for CIOs and other senior staff looking after council data.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear direct from the team how this cutting-edge technology will work to enhance council operations and provide better services to the community. Delegates will also hear from global and domestic technology leaders – the likes of Accenture, Amazon Web Services and Mckinsey & Company.
Keep up with: Motions debate
The LGAQ General Assembly – hosted on the Wednesday of Annual Conference – is effectively the parliament of local government in Queensland. The decisions on motions which councils submit is the blueprint for LGAQ advocacy efforts.
Every council has two delegates who receive an allocated number of votes – based largely on subscriptions. Electronic voting is used – so have your button-pressing finger ready.
With debate typically running between 4-5 hours on a diverse range of issues, it’s worth fuelling up on coffee and snacks!
Top Tip: Make sure you read up on the motions before you head to conference.
The LGAQ provides detailed comments on each one – check out the preliminary motions agenda on LG Online.
Keep an ear out for: The announcement of the LGAQ Journalism Award winner
Each year the LGAQ issues an award for excellence in regional journalism, and to encourage other journalists to adopt the doggedness and professionalism that the late John Bean, Paul Lockyer and Gary Ticehurst showed in pursuing their craft.
The winner receives a cool $15,000 – check out this year’s finalists from the Townsville Bulletin, Queensland Country Life and the Cairns Post.
Golden glamour: The Gala Dinner
Hosted by Hastings Deering, this year’s Gala Dinner will be a disco revolution with the perfect dress code to match: Gold Glamour.
Strut back in time to a 70’s disco with an exclusive appearance by Australia’s Queen of Disco, the legendary Marcia Hines.
Download the Conference App
The LGAQ Annual Conference App will be your one-stop-shop for all things Conference related over the three days.
From what’s on when, to sponsor and trade stand information and LG Sherlock resources, make sure you download it prior to the Conference – we’ll let you know when it becomes available.
Inspiring action: Media and Communications Forum
How can councils cut through the innovative ideas, the ‘calls-to-action’, the fake news and information, and create real change?
This year’s Media and Communications Forum will delve into what it means to develop campaigns that deliver real change and the actions we seek.
This forum is a must for council communications and media staff, and is - as always - open to anyone interested in the ever-evolving world of strategic communications.
It’s one big local government family
Above all else, Annual Conference is an opportunity for the local government family to gather from all corners of the State, swap stories and learn from each other.
Each year more than 500 delegates make their way to Annual Conference, this year in the coastal city of Gladstone – the ‘gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef’.
Top Tip: chat to your fellow local government family members.
You’ll quickly realise many councils face the same challenges and celebrate shared wins.
Not registered yet for Annual Conference? It's not too late! Check out the program and jump on to register now.