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CEO column: Silver linings out west

Another HUGE week as I pen this column from the Western Queensland Local Government Conference in Emerald.

Quick read: new legislation

This week, Queensland Parliament passed two pieces of legislation with dismissal and suspension powers that go beyond what the CCC recommended in the Operation Belcarra report.

Now open: Round 2 Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

Councils are encouraged to apply for for Round Two of the Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, which commits $22 million to support local governments to solve local problems.

UPDATE: New local government legislation

The Belcarra Bill received royal assent on 21 May and has entered into force. The Department has released Guidelines for your assistance. We break down the provisions contained in the new legislation.

Farewelling a pioneer

The Local Government Association of Queensland has paid tribute to former LGAQ President Noel Playford AM following the announcement of his retirement as Chair of Local Government Mutual Services (LGMS).

The rise and rise of shared services

In 2018, the local government sector continues to explore new ways to share and improve on the success of these insurance schemes as a new age of local government dawns.

Visitors in focus: Cr Jo McNally

A recent visitor to Local Government House, Councillor Jo McNally spoke to us about why protecting the land is so important.

Murray Darling deal welcomed

The LGAQ and Balonne Shire Council have welcomed the Federal Government’s deal with Labor to ensure the Murray-Darling Basin Plan remains intact, with most recommendations from the Northern Basin review agreed on.

Fifty amendments to the list of threatened species

The Assistant Minister for the Environment has approved the inclusion of 41 species, transfer of 6 species and the removal of 3 species from the list of threatened species.

Minister backs downs on public service commission

Local Government Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, has publicly backed down over suggestions he will consider imposing a public service style commission to govern councils.

A roller coaster week

It started Sunday morning with the opening of the newspaper and ended on the Gold Coast with back to back summits on finance and civic leadership in local government.

Released: Advocacy Action Plan

LGAQ President Mark Jamieson tells us about the challenges faced by QLD councils and how the AAP provides an advocacy blueprint for the year ahead.

What does the Federal Budget mean for councils?

We break down the budget and what it means for Queensland councils.

LGAQ condemns call for council commission as sheer madness

The LGAQ is calling on the State Government to rethink the proposal before going down this disastrous path.

CEO column: Tough times

Tough Times. Ipswich City Council has been issued with a show cause notice as to why they should not be dismissed, and a champion of Local Government, former Deputy Premier, Terry Mackenroth passed away.

Opening soon: Advancing QLD age-friendly community grants

The Queensland Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors will again offer a grants program to support seniors in 2018-19.

The power of social media

Burdekin Shire Council media and communications officer Rachel Afflick on the impact and growth of social media.

Extraordinary times

The LGAQ is calling on the State Government to implement its Beyond Belcarra recommendations to ensure even greater transparency and accountability in local government.

Regional issues hit the big smoke

Hear from the mayors of the NWQROC as they look forward to a day in Brisbane collaborating with ministers, starting new discussions and continuing important dialogues.
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