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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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How best to fund libraries

The LGAQ is calling for grants to public libraries to be calculated using information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics rather than Census data - ABS estimate of Queensland’s resident population is 140,000 more than the figure recorded by the Census.

Fraser Coast gets climate change funding

Local governments work together to identify practical solutions that will help coastal communities prepare for storm tide flooding, coastal erosion and sea level rise.

From the city to the bush

Qld councils have cited the job and regional economic impacts of having a more decentralised approach to locating Australian Public Service offices.

Small towns, big plans in South West

From geothermal power in Thargomindah, to a 24-hour gym to support mental health in Quilpie, the communities of Queensland's South West are proof of the power of an entrepreneurial spirit.

Indigenous funding increased and streamlined

The Palaszczuk Government has increased the State Government Financial Aid program (SGFA) by $3.4 million and streamlined the allocation and payment system.

FIFO bill passed

A bill banning 100% fly in fly out workers on large mining resource projects passed with bipartisan support in the Queensland Parliament last week.

Mayors to attend Asia Pacific Cities Summit

Mayors and other local government leaders from urban areas across Queensland will travel to Brisbane’s sister city Daejeon, South Korea, to take part in this year’s Asia Pacific Cities Summit.

Mayors attend briefing on bulk water pricing

Representatives from 17 councils, including 10 mayors, attended a briefing on bulk water pricing by SunWater last week.

Consultation key to preserving cultural heritage

In its submission to the State Government the LGAQ have emphasised the importance of consultation in preserving indigenous cultural heritage.

Reef reaction needs refining

At a recent briefing the LGAQ and nine reef catchment mayors raised concerns about the State and Federal Governments’ approach to protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Councils meet to debate pressure on waste services

The ability of local government to determine its own waste management services still hangs in the balance without a clear commitment from the State Government on a vital piece of legislation.

Spreading the cost of infrastructure

The LGAQ and Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) are a step closer towards the finalisation of a new cost sharing arrangement for works in state controlled road corridors.

Telecoms changes could further erode LG powers

In its submission to the Department of Communications and Arts the LGAQ have said there is little evidence to support the proposed changes presented in the telecommunications carrier and immunities consultation paper.

Cash for cans and bottles scheme next year

Queensland will see the introduction of a “cash for cans” scheme and a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags after a Waste Reduction amendment Bill was passed in Queensland Parliament this week.

Longreach council receives $18 million loan

The state government has loaned $18 million to Longreach Regional council for the construction of 2, 500 kilometres of fencing to protect sheep flocks against wild dogs.

Indigenous leaders draw inspiration from innovation hubs

Improved telecommunication services, opportunities to boost community digital literacy and growing industry partnerships were on the agenda of an Indigenous Innovation Tour in Sydney this week.

100 reasons to attend Annual Conference

Motivational speaker Sebastian Terry will spread his message of positivity at the 2017 LGAQ Annual Conference in Gladstone in October as a keynote speaker.

Everyday hero nominated at Whitsunday Regional Council

Whitsunday Regional Council financial services officer Sandra Black has been nominated for this year’s Everyday Heroes Awards for her tireless work supporting the community during Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Bean Lockyer Ticehurst Journalism Award Finalists 2017

The finalists have been announced for this year's $15,000 Bean Lockyer Ticehurst Award for Excellence in Regional Journalism.

Boulia council uses GPS to gain revenue windfall

Councils using GPS vehicle tracking solutions stand to gain a revenue windfall following the Australian Tax Office class ruling to allow location based vehicle data in calculating the off-road fuel tax rebate.
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