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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.

Queensland a leader in digital maturity

A new digital maturity index surveying local government authorities has found that Queensland had the highest level of digital maturity across Australia and New Zealand.

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.

State Election 2017: What caretaker mode means for councils

The Queensland Parliament has now been dissolved, meaning the government is officially in caretaker mode – but how does this impact councils?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

More help for councils to boost skills training

Councils have praised the Labor party’s commitment to continue the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program if it is returned to government at the 25 November election.

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.

Belcarra, councillor complaints Bills lapse

The 25 November state election has prompted the dissolution of the Queensland Parliament, a move that means several Bills affecting local government have lapsed.

State Election 2017: What caretaker mode means for councils

The Queensland Parliament has now been dissolved, meaning the government is officially in caretaker mode – but how does this impact councils?

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.

Stormwater infrastructure in the USA. What can we learn?

LGAQ is pleased to partner with Andy Reese from the Wood Group in the United States to discuss approaches to the sustainable management of stormwater infrastructure. REGISTER NOW.
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