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State Budget 2017: Good news for local jobs and Indigenous communities

This year’s Queensland State Budget, delivered on Tuesday, will see an additional $200 million for public works and the return of vital funding for Indigenous communities.

Queen’s Birthday Honours list celebrates local government champions

The 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list has recognised 110 Queenslanders for remarkable contributions to nation and state. Included in the list were some prominent advocates for local government including.

Record Indigenous delegation to canvass social issues

A record number of Indigenous Mayors will be attending next week’s Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly where public housing, health and mobile black spots will be up for debate.

A raft of good news for indigenous communities

The 2017 State Budget contained a raft of good news for Queensland’s indigenous communities,...

Queensland State Budget 2017-18

Circular | FOR INFORMATION 2017-012: The 2017-18 State Budget includes welcome boosts to a range of funding programs of interest to local government. Read a full breakdown.

Public service medal awarded to Aurukun CEO

In recognition of 47 years of work in local government, Aurukun Chief Executive Officer Bernie McCarthy has received a Public Service Medal.

Council work experience empowering youth in Lockhart River

Lockhart River Aboriginal Council is offering paid work experience to local students returning home for the holidays to the remote community.

State Budget 2017 Focus: Protecting Natural Resources

The LGAQ has asked for $10 million from the upcoming state budget to ensure local governments can deliver Natural Resource Management (NRM) programs.

Indigenous leaders call for greater input into policy

The Indigenous Leaders Forum has called for a stronger voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in policy formulation at both a state and federal level.

Queensland Greats Awards acknowledge Cyclone Debbie Response

In what is a testament to a unified and proactive local government sector in Queensland, 14 councils and the LGAQ were recognised at the Queensland Greats Awards this week for exemplary recovery efforts following Cyclone Debbie.

Community garden in Torres Shire goes operational

A community garden which created jobs for 76 future council employees and made use of recycled construction materials has opened on Thursday Island.

Adani board give go ahead but await loan

At a press conference in Townsville this week, Indian energy company Adani confirmed its board has made the final investment decision to proceed with a $16.5 billion coal mine in central Queensland.

State Budget 2017 focus: protecting Queensland's water security

The LGAQ is calling on the State Budget to provide $5 million for the Resilient Rivers Initiative to ensure the protection and management of South East Queensland rivers.

Ice Roundtable leads to extended consultation

The Palaszczuk Government is extending action and public input on its response to the scourge of the drug ice, with further roundtables to be convened and more time for consultation on its draft action plan, Action on Ice.

Sewer lining has silver lining

A collaborative approach to fixing sewer pipes has saved the State Government more than $2 million.

Return of funding on the table at Indigenous Leaders Forum

Restoration of State Government Financial Aid funding (SGFA) will be on the agenda next week as leaders from Queensland’s Indigenous Councils gather in Cairns for the Indigenous Leaders Forum (ILF).

State Budget Focus: Works for Queensland supporting Indigenous Communities

The LGAQ has called for the upcoming State Budget to provide a $300 million extension for the Works for Queensland program to ensure the benefits to Queensland communities continue.

Filling the NBN gap in rural telecommunications

In a telecommunication win for rural Queensland, the town of Yaraka in Longreach Shire now has access to fast and reliable internet thanks to the installation of a mobile phone tower on nearby Mt Slowcombe.

Celebrating the 1967 Referendum with the State Library of Queensland

In 1967, the Australian people voted to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census for the first time. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of this historic vote.
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