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On National Close The Gap Day, an open letter to the Prime Minister

Today on National Close the Gap Day, the Local Government Association of Queensland pays its respects to our great country’s first Peoples.

Lord Mayors stance on employee pay increase the right thing to do

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Brisbane City Council deserve congratulations for their decision to go ahead and award employees a pay increase in defiance of moves by a small number of unions to delay the process, according to the Local Government Association of Queensland.

Welcome role for integrity commissioner

Councillors and mayors will benefit from this valuable policy change by the Government - a change the Association had been pushing for more than a decade.

LGAQ Board plots strategy for local government sector

LGAQ President Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said part of the Board’s job is to ensure the association’s activities reinforce the role that local government holds as the government closest to the community.

Prime Minister must not walk away from indigenous housing

"We are not going to stand by and watch Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull walk away from a program that is so fundamental to the future of indigenous communities in Queensland," CEO Greg Hallam.

Treasurer appointment works for councils

Queensland councils have welcomed news that Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will step into the role of Treasurer as part of a Palaszczuk cabinet reshuffle.

Councils congratulate incoming Palaszczuk Government

Mayor Jamieson said the LGAQ’s top priorities for the new Government were ensuring the State was in a good position to deal with any natural disasters over the summer and pursuing the policy proposals outlined in its 10 Point Election Plan.

Election 2017: Solid response from all parties to local government wishlist

Party responses have shown a good understanding of the role councils play in driving regional economic growth.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Election 2017: councils go into bat for infrastructure, child literacy, reef protection

Councils are ideally placed to partner with the government of the day to deliver new jobs and maintain existing jobs across Queensland

Councils welcome new round of building grants

The release of $60 million of grant funding and changes in the administration of the LGGS program would enable councils to better plan for how they will invest the funds.

Queensland local communities to benefit from data analytics

The new LG Sherlock promises to help local councils analyse the huge amounts of data they hold to find innovative ways to save money and become more efficient in serving their communities.

Sally Cripps wins LGAQ regional journalism prize

Sally Cripps is a deserving winner of this award, which is all about using persistence and commitment to the craft of journalism to highlight the issues affecting regional Queensland.

Councils pitch for new directions on funding, essential infrastructure, reef protection

First priority - call for a minimum of $500 million annually for an outcome focused program, building on the successful Works for Queensland model.
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