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Local flavour in state poll

Several current and former local government figures featured prominently as candidates in the 25 November state election.

LGAQ first to meet with Premier

Fresh from a not-so-certain election, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Local Government Minister Mark Furner met with LGAQ President Mark Jamieson and chief executive Greg Hallam earlier this week.

Digital Productivity Report 2017: Digital role new core for councils

More than ever Queensland councils are seeing the value in investing in the digital economy, from improving community literacy to partnering with local business and investing in telecommunications.

A Merry Queensland Christmas

Across the state Queensland councils and communities are ringing in the festive season and the new year with a host of events and celebrations. Here’s a selection.

Have your say: Managing local government rates, fees and charges

This audit will assess whether councils are setting rates and charges that support long-term financial sustainability. The LGAQ is preparing a submission and welcomes your contribution.

Councils invited to lean in

Come January, Professor Matt Sanders hopes council leaders will join him in making positive parenting a priority in Queensland communities in 2018

Promises on infrastructure

The LGAQ’s big ticket item in its 10 Point Election Plan is a commitment to a minimum $500 million a year in baseline funding for local government.

RAPAD receives limited response

The Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) is disappointed it did not receive responses from all parties to its 10 Point Election Plan.

Played hard, done good

Five words sum up the LGAQ’s 2017 state election efforts - we did our very best. The 2017 Election LGAQ Scorecard shows that to be true.

Election 2017: Solid response from all parties to local government wishlist

Party responses have shown a good understanding of the role councils play in driving regional economic growth.

Outback for thinking

This week marks my last week on the road for 2017 having visited the Blackall-Tambo, Barcaldine and Longreach shires dotted along the Matilda Highway. Great country, even better people.

On the ground for final push

LGAQ CEO Greg Hallam was on the ground in western Queensland this week talking local government priorities ahead of the state election on November 25th.

Queensland a leader in digital maturity

A new digital maturity index surveying local government authorities has found that Queensland had the highest level of digital maturity across Australia and New Zealand.

Council driven connectivity solutions a winner

Smart and creative solutions like these are what local governments are pushing for to better connect their regions to global marketplaces.

Election Watch: Halfway mark

Here’s a quick wrap-up of the election announcements so far relevant to local government.

Election focus: Gregory candidates live Facebook debate

Making the most of new technologies in the bush, candidates debated topics ranging from the proposed Adani coal mine to mental health treatment in rural and remote areas.

Bombshells fail to jolt focus on the future

The Supreme Court handed down a ruling against the validity of the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s past three years’ rating which parts of the media did their level best to turn into a statewide crisis. It isn’t.

State Election 2017: What caretaker mode means for councils

The Queensland Parliament has now been dissolved, meaning the government is officially in caretaker mode – but how does this impact councils?

LNP’s road and bridge programs highlight importance of regions

State support for roads and other building projects is vital as a jobs generator and as a means of keeping regional economies competitive.
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