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Qld councils reject proposed levy on household waste

Another grave concern for local government is the lack of commitment to ensure the levy is returned to where it’s needed most.

Visitors in focus: Mayor Rachel Chambers

We spoke to North Burnett Mayor Rachel Chambers about why the road network is so vital to the region.

As close to normal as it gets

There have been some initial teething problems implementing the new integrity laws as councils’ race to interpret what they mean in practice.

Have your say on the reuse of bio-solids

The LGAQ needs your council's input into how bio-solids produced by sewage treatment plants are managed and reused.

LGAQ welcomes major boost to Queensland's disaster fund

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has applauded the State Government’s announcement this week to commit $38 million to strengthen communities’ disaster resilience.

CEO column: Not mired in the mud

Despite the legal and political contretemps of the last month, councils and the LGAQ have kept on keeping on - as you would expect.

Apply now to the Resilient Australia Awards

The Resilient Australia Awards are an opportunity to celebrate initiatives that build resilience and inspire others to take action.

Heavy Vehicle update: National Harmonisation Program (NHP)

Read up on the changes that will be occurring under the National Harmonisation Program.

Don't miss out on $1.95 million of funding

$1.95 million of funding is available to councils in round 2 of the Innovation and Improvement fund. Formal submissions commence 4 June 2018, closing 5:00pm AEST, Friday 27 July 2018.

2018 LGAQ Annual Conference Motions

This year, we'll officially launch our brand-new process of electronic only submission for councils submitting motions for debate. All motions will now be lodged through LG Online using a simple form.

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. Open until 5pm AEST on 2 July 2018.

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.
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