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Top cyber security tips from Telstra

Telstra has released a cyber security pack to illuminate the current trends, tools and threats on the cyber security horizon.

Mark these dates in your 2018 diary

The New Year is a time for reflection, setting goals – and planning. The local government calendar is always busy – so we’ve put together a calendar of key dates and events you should mark in your diary for the year ahead.

Roma Picnic Races Trip

The time-honored tradition of horse racing has a rich and colourful history in Queensland and none more so than the Roma Picnic Races.

Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy

Contribute your comments on the draft revision. The LGAQ will be preparing a submission and welcomes your input prior to 23 February 2018.

Fast Five with Policy Executive member Cr Cameron O'Neil

We sat down with Cr Cameron O’Neil, the youngest member of the LGAQ’s Policy Executive and Councillor with Maranoa Regional Council, to talk the year that was 2017 and what it means to represent the younger generation in local government.

QLD Container Refund Scheme: the facts, myths and challenges

The Container Refund Scheme (CRS) and a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags is set to commence on July 1, 2018. So what does it mean for councils?

Filling the data lake

Local communities remain of the view their council is there for the basics. What if the basics consisted of roads, rates, rubbish and… data?

Feeling the pinch

Our resident data dude breaks down what the stats tell us about current household costs and incomes.

What you need to make great videos

Want to make great video content to engage your community? Look no further than this guide - with solutions for every budget.

A bite out of Banana

There's a lot to uncover in the dynamic Shire of Banana (and there isn't a single banana tree in sight).

Digital economy a mixed bag

The latest LGAQ Digital Productivity Report on how well local councils are taking up new opportunities presented by the shift to a digital economy is a mixed bag.

The young guns of local government

They’re young, they’re passionate and they’re a strong voice for their communities: local government’s growing cohort of young councillors is proving age is just a number.

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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