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Making time for smart lobbying

Queensland local government needs to make certain it is not only heard but seen in the corridors of power in Canberra: the Commonwealth raises 85 percent of the nation’s total public revenue. It is an increasingly important funding source for local councils

North's women lead the way

I saw the future along the Flinders Highway this week... that vision was women, five of them to be precise, all leading their councils in pushing for economic development, technology and innovation. With an insatiable thirst for knowledge, tradition and past performance are not high on the agenda, nor is blame.

Once in 20 years’ chance

Strike while the iron is hot is a well-worn but very apt saying. It’s certainly entirely appropriate in the current state and federal political and fiscal environments.

How not to look after the regions

This is a story of how not to look after the regions, that part of the great Australian electorate that is likely to decide the outcome of the next Queensland and federal elections.

Prime time for councils

No other institution has the same reputation for building and managing infrastructure from which the community and local businesses can benefit. It’s a quality of local government we should not be shy of promoting.

Flood of ideas in the outback

Winton was the destination this week as the LGAQ Policy Executive and senior staff descended on the proud, historic and innovative Western Queensland town for two full days.

New Local Government Minister

Local government in Queensland has a new minister.

Delivering in 2017

One word epitomises the challenges for Queensland councils in 2017: delivery. Deliver this calendar year or lose the extra money that's come our way after much hard work and lobbying. At the...

Global ideas, local solutions

No doubt a lot of you would have used your (ever shrinking) summer downtime to read and absorb the ample material produced in the media and elsewhere about what to expect in 2017. Certainly, there...

Cracking year ahead

Not a bad start to 2017 for those 65 councils eligible to access the program and a big signal that this year is likely to see regional economic development brought front and centre to the policy debate. Weekly column by Sarah Buckler, acting CEO.

Ripper end to a challenging year

Ten or 20 years ago, the world slowed down by the time of the first cricket test match at the Gabba in late November...

A post-fact world

All of us are living through a time of great change in public discourse and new rules to govern political speech and conduct online have yet to be fashioned.

Looking for some wins

Most of the lobbying that the LGAQ does never sees the light of day, and that is how it should be.

Driving a good deal on roads

Call it the Great Road User Charging Debate and know that it started in earnest this week.

Getting smart with street lights

Smart street lights are a shining example of how local councils can achieve big benefits in efficient management of the community’s assets.

Mad as hell

Brexit, Trump, local, state and federal election results over the past 18 months and the resurgence of One Nation make a compelling case: the marginalised have found their voice, they’re mad as hell and they’re not going to take this anymore.

Surviving in a mad political world

Local government – all government, really – is not for the faint-hearted. It takes resilient people to stay the course.


Our new President, Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, has literally made a flying start to his new role.

LGAQ gets top Mark

Under New President Mark Jamieson’s leadership, I look forward to what I think will be one of the most exciting and transformative periods in the LGAQ’s long and proud history.

Injustice and incongruity

Between the Auditor-General's report and the industrial relations public hearing, it has been a big news week for local government. I wish I could say it was a good one. 
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