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Mount Isa announced as location for Triple J One Night Stand Concert

This week Triple J unveiled the remote outback town of Mount Isa as the host for its 2017 One Night Stand Concert, to be held on 22 April. The all-ages, free concert is set to attract a crowd of 10 thousand from around Australia.

Councils want a fair go from government on disaster funding

LGAQ President Mark Jamieson met with Minister Michael Keenan in Canberra this week to refute the government’s claim that plant and equipment costs have never been eligible for reimbursements following a natural disaster, a decision by the government which saw QLD councils faced with $7.5 million of costs following disasters in 2013-2014.

Mayors meet Adani in India

The eight regional mayors who accompanied Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to India last week to demonstrate their support for Adani’s proposed $21 billion Carmichael Coal mine-rail-port project are now awaiting a final decision to go ahead from the company.

Have your say on draft Littoral Rainforest plan

CONSULTATION REQUEST: A rainforest recovery plan which will have practical implications for Queensland councils has been drafted and released by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy.

Community Engagement Toolkit available for review

CONSULTATION REQUEST | Feedback sought on the State Government's draft Community Engagement Toolkit for local governments.

Planning Innovation and Improvement Fund Open

NOTICEBOARD | The DILGP Innovation and Improvement Fund is now open for applications.

New Minister - new approach to Alcohol Management Plans?

Queensland Indigenous leaders hope they will gain more flexibility around Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs) after Local Government Minister Mark Furner met with Indigenous health and policy expert Professor Alan Clough last week.

Historical Indigenous-focused Cabinet meeting held in Cairns

The first ever Indigenous-focused State Cabinet meeting was held in Cairns this week as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to work with all Queenslanders.

Simpler, unified crocodile management plan

The Queensland Government has launched a single, unified crocodile management plan.

87% of Queensland now in drought

Queensland is now experiencing the largest drought in history after Agricultural Minister Bill Byrne accepted the recommendations of local drought committees that seven more regions be drought-declared last week.

Attend the 2017 National General Assembly QLD Local Government Breakfast and Briefing

Circular | FOR INFORMATION 2017-06: The LGAQ is holding its annual Queensland Local Government Breakfast and Briefing Session on Monday, 19 June 2017, in Canberra, to coincide with the Australian Local Government Association’s (ALGA) National General Assembly.

How will proposed new and enhanced Great Barrier Reef regulations impact your council?

CONSULTATION REQUEST | Local governments play a critical role in protecting and managing the values of the Reef. The LGAQ is seeking feedback to help inform its submission on behalf of councils to a State Government discussion paper on enhancing reef regulations by Friday 31st March.

Councils alert to scams

Local government’s vulnerability to online scams and fraud burst into the spotlight again this week after several councils were targeted by various schemes involving false invoicing or bot attacks on websites.

Douglas Shire Mayor appointed to Queensland Library Board

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu has been appointed to the Library Board of Queensland.

Agricultural boom brings PM to the Western Downs

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised the Western Downs for its economic strength and agricultural diversity on a visit this week to the 59th Bell Show.

Help end the freeze on Financial Assistance Grants

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is calling on councils to join the ‘End the Freeze Campaign’ - urging the Turnbull Government to confirm the return of indexation of Financial Assistance Grants in this year’s federal budget.

127 council projects shortlisted for $70 million

The Palaszczuk Government has shortlisted 127 council projects across the state for the $70 million round three of the Building our Regions program.

North QLD Mayors meet in Ingham

North Queensland mayors met in Ingham this week with Deputy Premier and Planning Minister Jackie Trad and local MPs to discuss progress on North Queensland’s first ever regional plan.

Impacts of Online Accommodation Rental Platforms on coastal communities

CONSULTATION REQUEST | The Australian Coastal Councils Association invites your council to participate in a survey on the impact of online short-term rental services, such as Airbnb, on coastal communities.

DILGP release draft planning scheme guide

CONSULTATION REQUEST | A draft copy of the Minister's Guidelines and Rules (MGR) for Making or Amending a Planning Scheme is now available for review and comment.
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