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Waste Bill extends deadline for councils

The Parliamentary Committee inquiring into the legislation underpinning the waste levy has extended the deadline for Queensland councils to have their say, following lobbying by the LGAQ.

Big battles, big wins

When it comes to protecting the interests of local councils and their communities, the courts are often where the big battles are fought.

Fast five on anaerobic digestion

As the LGAQ and the Queensland State Government continue to work together towards a zero waste to landfill future, the solutions that will be a part of that future are taking shape.

Serious water utility charge decision overturned

The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision which invalidated Mount Isa City Council’s water utility charge in December 2017.

On the couch with Queensland Coordinator-General Barry Broe

With nearly 40 years of diverse public sector experience, Barry Broe has planned, assessed, coordinated and delivered large scale infrastructure and major projects in Queensland and overseas. This is a free IPAA Queensland event.

Councils collaborate to keep water and sewage costs low

Queensland councils are joining forces to streamline the design and construction of vital community water and sewage assets across the state.

3rd annual Queensland community recovery forum

A free event hosted by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors will showcase community resilience with speakers who are actively rebuilding communities across Queensland and Australia.

Waste solutions on tour

The investigation by Peak Services into this industry was spot on: Queensland can support the roll out of five to eight anaerobic digestion plants to produce energy from waste.

Protecting our animals

The way in which we protect the places where native animals are mostly likely to breed is currently under the microscope in Queensland. Have your say by Tuesday 2 October.

Best of regional journalism in the spotlight

Finalists announced for the LGAQ $15,000 Bean Lockyer Ticehurst Award for Excellence in Regional Journalism.

Further steps on road to grant reform

The Queensland Government is to be congratulated for its commitment to reform the system of grants and subsidies to local government.

Public perceptions of local councils integrity on the rise

New research released in August has found that nearly 10% more Australians have increased levels of trust in local government compared to 2016.

Waste Bill open for comment

The introduction of this Bill is of significant interest and concern for local councils. There are several unresolved matters that need to be considered as part of this consultation process. Deadline for comment is Wednesday 19th.

Waste levy: Does not clean up councils concerns

The Palaszczuk Government’s unveiling of its waste levy legislation has local councils continuing to grapple with how they are expected to collect this new tax for the State.

Regional inequality hearings in Emerald

A parliamentary committee has held an inquiry in Emerald into regional inequality in Australia. The Mayor of Central Highlands spoke about the hearings when he recently visited LG House.

New trade mentor advises local councils

David Camerlengo will assist councils seeking to attract international investment to their regions.

Safer communities funding to combat anti-social behaviour available

Grants of up to $1 million for security measures to address crime and anti-social behaviour in community spaces are now available for local governments under a new Safer Communities Fund.

860, 000 jobs could be affected by digital disruption

More than 860,000 jobs could be affected by digital disruption according to a new report released by the Queensland Government this week.

May your words be your guide

An open letter to Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation.

Councils respond to CCC call for governance reforms

LGAQ President Mark Jamieson has reaffirmed that councils welcome any and all actions that genuinely support greater adherence to good governance and ways to strengthen public trust in the system of local government.
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