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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.

All regions, all the time.

Regions, regions, regions is the call at the moment at both state and federal government level. It's been at least a decade or more since there has been this much interest in regional Queensland or Australia.

Disaster funding nonsense

The Productivity Commission’s disaster funding proposals mean one thing: the repair work for even small disasters where the damage bill falls under the $2 million threshold just won’t happen or will take years to be completed. You can’t get blood out a stone.

Something ‘Better’ to think about!

Something special happened last week at our annual conference, and it was more than just the closing sing-a-long by...

Mackay memories and unity in the ranks

The fast paced nature of the event meant that the three days flash before your eyes - to mention the human interaction with 600 other enthusiastic attendees. But you walk away with some abiding memories, not all standout moments, but ones that resonate with you for a variety of reasons.

Rolling out the welcome mat. Our role in community harmony.

The obvious topic of discussion this week would be next week’s annual conference in Mackay. Instead, I want to tackle the horrible events and loss of life this week in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. Why? Councils have an important role to play in promoting civility and de–escalating tensions in your respective communities across Queensland.

Change in the wind during bitter sweet week for local government.

It was one of those bitter sweet weeks in local government, with the LGAQ farewelling Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne as the outgoing Policy Executive representative for the Burnett Electoral District. Ron has had to stand down for health reasons.

"I love it when a plan comes together."

Just yesterday all five available meeting rooms on Level One as well as the Members Lounge had big groups of people in them.

Grand final fever serves up an IR metaphor we can't ignore

The new award is hardly a case of we came, we saw, we conquered. It’s more a case of an exhausted team on the footy field after hours of extra time realising the whistle has blown and trying to interpret in fairly quick time the score.
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