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LGAQ grant writing support for two important funding opportunities

Ensure your council takes advantage of two upcoming grant deadlines as part of the $375 million Building our Regions Regional Infrastructure Fund.

IGEM to address Disaster Management Conference 2017

Iain Mackenzie will address the topic ‘Disaster management relief’ with reference to the Mackay District Review, and the effectiveness of the District’s response to disaster management.

Works for Queensland announcement applauded

Circular | FOR NOTING: 2017-02: The LGAQ has applauded the announcement by the Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning the Hon Jackie Trad MP of the $200 million Works for Queensland program.

Innovation to lead strategic direction for Qld councils

An international study tour led by LGAQ President Mark Jamieson provided insights in regards to blockchain technology, circular economy, digital and smart streets as well as the role for artificial intelligence in areas such as tourism.

Councils kick start youth with ‘First Start’

Sunshine Coast Council trainee Bailey Boreham has secured a full-time job with the council’s parks and gardens division following the completion of his horticultural traineeship under the Queensland Government First Start Program. The highly successful program provides funding assistance for young people to gain a qualification and a ‘first start’ into a career.

Arts funding gives injection of colour, fun, history (and some yarn bombing) to Southern Downs Region

The Regional Arts Development Fund is open again for applications, with the Southern Downs Regional Council making $100,000 of funding available for viable art projects in 2017.

$200 million for jobs in regional QLD

65 regional councils will receive funding Under the Palaszczuk Government’s $200 million Works for Queensland program, effectively ensuring local government plays a pivotal role in Queensland’s job creation strategy.

Bundaberg farewells longest serving councillor

The longest serving elected member of Bundaberg Council, Frederick John Faircloth OAM, has died, aged 82.

More of the 'Planning Puzzle' available for comment

CONSULTATION REQUEST | The State planning instruments have been reviewed by the Government and are now open for public consultation.

Feedback sought on compliance policy covering dog breeders

Circular | FOR ACTION: 2017-01: Local councils will be responsible for ensuring dog breeders comply with amendments to the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, which are due to commence before 26 May 2017 unless a date for proclamation is declared earlier. Feedback on a draft compliance policy is sought.

Council input sought on review of biosecurity arrangements

CONSULTATION REQUEST | The LGAQ is seeking input from councils for a submission to The Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) Review Draft Report. Deadline 13th February.

Building our regions grant writing assistance

NOTICEBOARD | For information: The Department of State Development has made available free consultancy support of up to 15 hours per project for the Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund – Supplementary Round.

Have your say on the future use of value capture for critical transport infrastructure

CONSULTATION REQUEST | The LGAQ is calling for council contribution to inform its submission to the Commonwealth's discussion paper on making better use of value capture to fund critical transport infrastructure needed for the future. Deadline Jan 24th.

Have your say on the Queensland Government's strategy for social infrastructure

CONSULTATION REQUEST |The Queensland Government has issued a discussion paper seeking submissions on developing a Strategy for Social Infrastructure. Submissions are due by 20 January 2017.

Consultation Commenced - Protecting Airspace and Flight Paths

CONSULTATION REQUEST | Two consultation programs have commenced to protect airspace and flight paths. Have your say on both.

Online win for Aurukun

Aurukun Mayor Derek Walpo said Monday’s launch of the 4GX base station, a long-awaited upgrade to local telecommunications capability, was a celebration for the entire community.

Opinion: Mudslingers win if Crime and Corruption Commission proposal doesn’t pass

Which is more in keeping with the public interest: a great yarn or a system where allegations can still be thoroughly investigated but in a way which ensures the course of justice is not compromised? LGAQ CEO Greg Hallam argues for the CCC's proposal to prohibit the publicising of allegation of corruption against candidates during local government elections.

Share your submissions on the review of Queensland’s Right to Information Act

CONSULTATION REQUEST | The paper invites feedback on key issues raised by the Acts, including whether their primary objectives remain valid and how existing provisions might be improved to better meet those primary functions. Closes February 3, 2017.

Have your say on the Government's new disability plan for Queensland

CONSULTATION REQUEST | The Queensland Government is developing a new disability plan for Queensland and has released a consultation paper to seek public feedback to shape the new plan.

Chase for Adani jobs begins

A commitment from Adani that it will not use the 457 visa system to source foreign workers for the project was music to the ears of several regional mayors...
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