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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. While that meant another three days and two nights away, I’m loving staying real and connected to our members even after 25 years of doing it. With such a great team at Local Government House in Brisbane to back me up it’s possible to stay as connected as I am. After all, the LGAQ’s credo is Connect. Innovate. Achieve.

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.

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.

Election 2017: Councils welcome ALP tourism package, continue push for reef funding

The proposed program, part of Labor’s $134 million commitment to boost tourism in regional Queensland, would be targeted at communities with a population of fewer than 100,000.

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.

State election focus: Waste management in the Torres Strait

Dedicated funding to help clean-up waste metal accumulated in the Torres Strait region has been identified as a priority issue by Queensland councils in the lead-up to the state election.

Bruce Highway Trust a positive first step

We would like to see the idea of the Bruce Highway Trust broadened to include other key highways across the State, especially those that link western Queensland hubs to the coast.

Statement by LGAQ President Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson

The LNP’s attack on the highly successful Works for Queensland program is as disappointing as it is unwarranted.

New dams a welcome commitment to secure water supplies

The LNP’s commitment to invest more than $1.3 billion in new dam infrastructure if it wins government on 25 November is welcome news for local councils wanting more attention from the State on water security in regional Queensland.

Election 2017: The real solution to local funding

Ahead of the state election, Queensland councils have asked for an overhaul of the grants and subsidies framework saying the current model hinders effective long-term planning.

Councils on a winner with Works for Queensland

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s plan for a $200 million extension of the Works for Queensland program should Labor be returned to government is a welcome recognition that the scheme is one of State’s the most effective regional job generators.

State election focus: Infringement revenue

The LGAQ has called for the incoming government to return ten percent of revenue generated from traffic infringements to local governments.

Making an FOI rquest to a council

Applications under the FOI Act must be made in writing to the council that holds the document/s to which access or amendment is requested.  Under the FOI Act, the council must charge an application fee, and processing charges may be payable, if the application covers documents that do not concern the "personal affairs" of the applicant.  The FOI Act specifies the time frame within which a council must decide an FOI application.

If an applicant is dissatisfied with the decision made by council they can apply to the council for internal review by a more senior officer than the original decision-maker.  If the applicant is dissatisfied with the internal review decision, or if the council does not make a decision within the required timeframe, the applicant can apply to the Office of the Information Commissioner for external review.

For more information about the operation of the FOI Act, including how to apply, and the fees and charges for "non-personal" applications, contact the Department of Justice and Attorney-General FOI Unit on:  Telephone: (07) 3239 3439 or

For further information on the FOI Act, including the meaning of "personal affairs", timeframes for making decisions under the FOI Act, contact details for FOI Co-ordinators in a range of agencies, Information Sheets on exemption provisions in the FOI Act, and how to apply for external review, go to the Office of the Information Commissioner website at:  website: 

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