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Trade and Investment MOU to support local economies

Under the MOU, the LGAQ will increase the support provided to councils through training, mentoring and increasing the connectivity between councils and Trade and Investment Queensland.

Indigenous councils gather in show of strength

The meeting was the latest in a series of actions taken by indigenous councils to communicate the devastating impact the funding cut would have on their remote communities.

Redland City Council takes stand on cyber respect

Redland City Council has taken a public stand against negative online behaviour, launching a #pledgenot2sledge social media campaign - and they're encouraging Qld councils to get involved.

Now is the time to secure a zero waste future

“We know the technology to progress to a true zero waste future now exists. Now is the time to invest in the infrastructure that can make this happen, the LGAQ stands ready to lead change in this area,” Mayor Mark Jamieson, President.

Fraser Coast councillor to represent local government on waste advisory panel

The LGAQ this week nominated Cr Anne Maddern from Fraser Coast Regional Council to represent local government on a technical advisory panel for the Department of Environment and Science.

Local government key player in biodiversity

In response to the Federal Government's draft Strategy for Nature, the LGAQ has emphasised councils' role in enhancing biodiversity.

Brisbane City Council officially carbon neutral

Brisbane City Council has been certified as a 100% carbon neutral organisation under the Australian Government’s Carbon Neutral Program.

Wild weather across Queensland : Video update with LGAQ CEO Greg Hallam

LGAQ CEO Greg Hallam gives an update on the weather system that has affected one third of Queensland local government areas.

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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