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Good relationships make for good policy

The fruits of these relationships are found in policy reforms and government decisions that benefit our members, and there were a lot of those to be found in this year’s Federal Budget, delivered by Treasurer Joe Hockey on Tuesday night.

Seeing sense on disaster funding

First Auditor- General Andrew Greaves expressed significant concern regarding the financial sustainability of Queensland local governments, in particular....

One Big Ouch

I would be Captain Obvious to note that these will be the last council budgets prior to the 2016 local government elections and a lot will ride on their substance and how the community accepts them...

No white knight for local councils

Help from above is not coming any time soon...innovation and thinking outside the box is central to reducing costs rather than necessarily raise revenues...

Gloves are off

Why did we draw swords this week? NDDRA. Councils can rest assured they won’t be going back in their scabbards until the matter is satisfactorily resolved.

The four issues that keep mayors awake at night

These four issues are universal. Mayors ask about them, CEOs ask about them, and the questions don’t change a great deal irrespective which part of the state we are in. The LGAQ is advocating...

Drug scourge in the bush

While topics debated at this week’s South West Queensland Local Government Association Conference at Thargomindah generated plenty of active discussion, it was the question of what to do about the drug scourge in regional communities that really focused debate...

Natural Disaster Funding Sting

...it looks as though the Commonwealth Government is in an indecent hurry to hurt local councils when it comes to disaster funding. Despite its best efforts, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority has...

Moving heaven and earth for disaster funding

President Margaret de Wit is telling all and sundry she won't back down and will take the fight up to Canberra, knocking and re-knocking on many doors in the process.

Promoting diversity, fairness and equality

To coin a phrase, ‘demography is destiny’, and we need the best people possible in our elected member and work forces to reflect society and improve our productivity and performance.

Back to business after TC Marcia

Communities have now entered the recovery phase... Reconstruction may still be some time off because, as is usually the case with natural disasters in Queensland, it will take a while for an accurate picture of the damage to emerge.

Councils are not alone

When the storm passes and the clean up begins, affected councils should not consider themselves alone....Local Government Infrastructure Services and Propel Partnerships have had plenty of experience since the recent string of natural disasters in Queensland began in 2010.

Inching to a new government

We have no preconceived ideas on the substance or the style of a Palaszczuk administration and will treat each issue on its merits as they arise. Talk softly but stand our ground when needed is the approach.

Election done, back to business

...much of the hard work was done through our 10 Point Plan process, so we have a good idea of what’s on and what’s off the table. The simple message to our members is that we are prepared for every contingency...

A Hung parliament will be bad for Queensland

Should the outcome of tomorrow's election mean dealing with a minority government this would be the antithesis of the certainty our members all require in order to grow their communities....

State election to be a tight contest

Here we all go again into the breach once more. Certainly, 2015 has started with a bang and not a whimper with a snap state poll called.  Today, the campaign already two thirds done with...

Christmas wrap up from LG House

First up I’m really chuffed that the newly received results of the second half 2014 LGAQ Member Loyalty Survey results are the best we have since this series was established almost five years...

Trending now - local government.

Job shedding. Regionalism. Large scale movement into the Cloud. Citizen journalism. Read our CEO's take on the biggest trends in local government that defined 2014.

Workplace diversity: Evolutionary, not revolutionary .

Councillors, CEOs, external representatives, ALGWA national and state presidents and the LGAQ President, CEO and senior staff huddled down for an afternoon to consider the statistics and discuss the challenges ahead with the aim of mapping a path towards the creation of the most capable and truly representative local government workforce.
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