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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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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.

Blazing the Trail: Garage Sale Trail founder shares grassroots campaign insights

What began as a local grassroots initiative in Bondi Beach during 2010, Garage Sale Trail has grown into a truly national movement supported by 150 councils Australia-wide.

$5 million Diamantina road upgrade officially open

A $5 million upgrade of the Diamantina Developmental Road between Bedourie and Boulia in far west Queensland is officially open.

Water forum to showcase tech-savvy growers

The upcoming Burdekin Water Forum will delve into cutting edge technology used in irrigated farming around Australia.

Airbnbs up for debate

Online short-term accommodation hosting sites like Airbnb will be up for debate at this year’s LGAQ Annual Conference as councils seek clearer policy around their community impact and current rates charges.

Limits proposed on waste dumping

The LGAQ has proposed imposing limits on the distance commercial waste could travel before it was dumped or recycled as a way of dealing with the huge jump in interstate waste being transported across the Queensland border.

Trading on a first

The LGAQ has appointed Paul Cranch as a Senior Trade and Investment Advisor. In a first for the LGAQ, Paul will work to improve trade and investment attraction strategies for councils and their regions.

More Works for Queensland projects announced

The Palaszczuk Government has announced the next round of projects to be funded under round two of the Works for Queensland program.

Premier touts triumphs

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk laid out her Government’s achievements this week in Brisbane at the annual CEDA State of the State address.

Cross-border waste under microscope

The LGAQ is seeking input into a submission and encourages all councils in line for potential impacts to have their say. The investigation would examine incentives for movement of waste and consider the case for reform.

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.
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