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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.

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EMU SETS SIGHTS ON REGIONAL COLLABORATION

The LGAQ’s annual Elected Member Update program (EMU) will be staged in regional hubs next year in recognition of the increasing importance of local government collaboration.

Katter joins NDRRA payment fight

Federal MP Bob Katter will pressure the Commonwealth to release $8 million of disaster funding it owes Queensland councils.

New Advisory group chair takes seat

Toowoomba Regional Councillor Nancy Sommerfield has been appointed chair of the LGAQ's new Waste and Environmental Health Advisory Group.

Toowoomba congress to drive roads agenda

A national roads congress hosted by Toowoomba Regional Council is set to focus on the value of strong regional and local collaboration and its connection to Australia’s economic competitiveness.

Telco boss commits to statewide investment

Telstra chief executive officer Andy Penn used his keynote speech at the LGAQ Annual Conference on the Gold Coast to commit to Queensland councils, particularly remote communities.

Getting ready for a global shake-up

Global upheaval and its effect on Queensland councils will dominate discussion at the LGAQ’s 120th Annual Conference on the Gold Coast.

The Hoffman Decades

As he prepares to take a step back, Queensland local government luminary Greg Hoffman reflects on a stellar 50-year career.

Ditched referendum scarred councils: minister

Local government suffered some “scarring” as a result of the ditched referendum to recognise the sector in the Australian Constitution, according to Minister Matt Canavan.

Looking forward to disruption

Urban futurist and former Lord Mayor of Adelaide Stephen Yarwood explains why local governments should brace for a “tsunami of change” and why Pokémon GO is a metaphor for our future cities.

Penn signs on as LGAQ keynote speaker

Telstra chief executive officer Andrew Penn will deliver a landmark speech about Smart Communities at the LGAQ Annual Conference.

Drone experts have a field day

New regulations that make it easier to use drones under 2kg for commercial work will require diligence to reduce risk, experts warn.

#LGAQ2016 DEBATING 101

Here’s a unique debate process steeped in history – our own. Check out how and why Queensland councils vote at our Annual Conference each year.

Why we need more women to run for local government

Councillor Fiona Gaske makes a compelling case for more women to become elected members.

Gender balance in ALGWA Qld president's sights

As the recently elected Queensland president of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA), Ms Hersant wants to ensure more females...

STANDING ON OUR OWN TWO FEET – BUSH COUNCILS CONVENTION 2015

Reccurring issues now have new solutions, new technology and new business models. The way of thinking has changed – we can’t always rely on government, and we need to stand on our own two feet...

What the LGAQ expects from the State Budget

Roads and infrastructure funding top the list of priorities for the LGAQ as it gears up for the 14 July State Budget.
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