A decade or so ago, I was lucky enough to read a book titled The Wisdom of Crowds by James Suroweicki. His argument was that extracting information from groups and making decisions accordingly is better than one person in that group guiding the decision.
If campaigning in the 2016 local government elections marked a low point of bad feeling and aggression, then the deterioration of public debate since means that the 2020 elections risk being nothing short of a blood sport.
The Ipswich mayoral by-election to be conducted tomorrow has heralded the apogee of dirty gutter level campaigning. How low can it go?
Weekly column from Council Courier e-newsletter by CEO Greg Hallam, Friday, 11 August 2017. The Bush Councils Convention 2017 was a ripper - every aspect of it. The World Theatre...
On the road for most of this week, I have been thinking about the differences between the environment in which local councils operate and the influences that are brought to bear on our federal political colleagues in Canberra.
The number 21 carries magic qualities our society. It was for generations the point that young men and women were said to come of age, after a very decent party of course. It's also a biblical number, associated in the main with resurrection _ that is, the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. In the last decade, it's become Gold Lotto’s favourite promotion for Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day and the like: a guaranteed $21 million pot at the end of the rainbow
The battle to ensure our national Government understands the challenges Queensland’s local communities face and recognises its role in overcoming them never ends.
I might be biased but it’s always struck me that while state and federal governments can talk about eloquently about innovative solutions to the nation’s challenges _ things like energy, employment, climate change _ local councils quietly and without fanfare keep on doing their part to implement said solutions for the benefit of their communities.
The LGAQ’s business entities have a long and successful history servicing the needs of Queensland’s local councils. But as the challenges of local government change and grow in complexity, it stands to reason that the way we go about helping councils to serve their communities needs to evolve as well.
Today marks a year since the LGAQ Policy Executive convened for the first time this term, an occasion that is coinciding with its passing of the 2017-18 LGAQ budget. (see list of achievements).
In the depths of a Canberra winter, civility broke out between the major political parties at this year’s Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly _ warmth where you didn't expect it.
All sorts of buckets were dropped this week, from a very council-friendly State Budget that deposits another $400 million into council piggy banks, to the pile of you-know-what left under parliamentary privilege courtesy of Cairns independent MP Rob Pyne.
I was humbled this week to accept from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk a Queensland Great award to the Local Government Association of Queensland.
I want to share with you an exciting new project that the LGAQ has launched. It promises to deliver big benefits for councils and put local government in Queensland at the forefront of driving the benefits of technological change.
Here’s a story of how an insular mindset is the enemy of innovation.
I love it when a plan works. Believe it or not, it's almost eight years since the LGAQ adopted its customer franchise operating model that created five council segments -SEQ, Coastal, Indigenous, Rural & Remote and Resource.
Weekly column from Council Courier e-newsletter by Acting CEO Sarah Buckler, Friday 12, May 2017. At the close of a week marked with some significant financial wins for local governments ...
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