We kick off the update series next week, with teams heading out across Queensland to talk to elected members and CEOs on trends and trials for councils, including the importance of corporate culture and the ongoing challenge of financial sustainability.
These discussions are the best opportunity we have of ensuring our advocacy agenda - driven by resolutions at annual conference and the LGAQ’s 10 Point Policy Plan - is understood and appreciated at the Cabinet table.
Here at the LGAQ we have 24 staff - accounting for 20% of our combined total workforce - that have worked in one or more councils. That's hundreds of years of combined council service. In short – we know our potatoes.
Poor old Queensland Local Government has endured some hardships but against it all there have been some magnificent achievements by councils and decent goals kicked by the LGAQ - it wasn’t all bad news - far from it.
On Monday, LGAQ President Mayor Mark Jamieson and I met Premier-elect Annastacia Palaszczuk at 1 William St, making your Association the first organisation to deal with the likely incoming Government following last Saturday’s state election.