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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...

Black spots funding

Telstra and Optus will build 76 new mobile phone base stations throughout Queensland in 40 local government areas.

Councils win on water

Local governments can now be part of the mining approval process, when it comes to their water sources, as part of the make-good provisions now included in the legislation passed by State Parliament.

Annual Christmas Mayors' Reception

Deputy Premier and Local Government Minister Jackie Trad used her annual Christmas reception for Queensland mayors this week to recall some of the year's policy milestones.

Have your say on discussion of ban on single-use plastic bags

CONSULTATION REQUEST | The LGAQ is seeking council feedback on a Department of Environment and Heritage Protection discussion paper on light-weight single-use plastic shopping bags.

Inquiry into the impacts of invasive plants (weeds) and their control in Queensland

CONSULTATION REQUEST | The LGAQ is seeking input from councils for a submission to an inquiry into the impacts of invasive plants (weeds) and their control in Queensland.

Have your say on Queensland climate change strategy

CONSULTATION REQUEST | The deadline for public feedback on the Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy Directions has been extended to 9 January 2017.

LGAQ welcomes open mind to road user charging

Councils will be cautiously encouraged by the Commonwealth’s plan to investigate the benefits of road user charging, which could ease the financial pressure on local governments.

Northern exposure for local government

A production crew is documenting the dedication of Queensland local governments as part of the second instalment of the Better Councils, Better Communities campaign.

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.

Summit secures big-name speakers

A water efficiency expert from California and a chief economist from an Australian Big Four bank will headline next year’s Local Government Financial Sustainability Summit in Cairns.
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