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Local councils light up Twitter for national showcase

Local councils, their residents and local government stakeholders are set to light up Twitter in a 24-hour ‘tweet-a-thon’ showcasing the important and diverse work of local government across the country.
 
The event will take place from sun-up to sundown August 1st using the hashtag #YourRatesAtWork.
 
This is the second consecutive year that the local government sector has held a National Local Government Twitter Day, with last year’s event attracting contributions from around 500 Twitter accounts.
 
The President of the Australian Local Government Association, Mayor David O’Loughlin, said the local government sector was a well-developed national network of around 536 councils Australia-wide which deserved to be showcased.
 
“We’ve been looking after the needs of Australian communities since 1840, when councils first began providing roads, bridges, and public buildings,” he said.
 
Australia-wide, councils provide a range of more than 150 essential services to communities, which have broadened to areas such as recreation, health and welfare.
 
Local Government Association of Queensland President Mayor Mark Jamieson said that the Queensland local government sector was establishing itself as a leader in the use of digital communication platforms like Twitter.
 
“It’s initiatives like these which really highlight how far local government has come in information sharing in the digital age,” he said.
 
“As the level of government closest to the people, social media is a perfect fit for local governments and elected members to share and connect with our communities.”
 
“I’m looking forward to participating in the day online.” 
 
Get involved
  • Join the national discussion Tuesday August 1st via Twitter using the #YourRatesAtWork hashtag.
  • Check out a list of Queensland elected members using Twitter. 
  • View an aggregation of national tweets at http://yourratesatwork.com.au/ 
Media enquiries:
 
Sharon Akinyi, Director Public Affairs, Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) 0418 415 649, sharon.akinyi@alga.asn.au
 
Samantha Dean, LGAQ Social Media and Corporate Communications Advisor M:0409 869 674
communication@lgaq.asn.au 
 
Available for interview
Mayor David O’Loughlin, ALGA President
 
 
 

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