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Community Satisfaction Survey to be released 1 September

NOTICEBOARD | FYI: The results of the latest LGAQ Community Satisfaction Survey will be released this Friday, 1 September, 2017.

Understanding FAGs: new analysis by ACLG categories

Circular | FOR INFORMATION 2017-020: As the Commonwealth‘s primary method of fiscal equalisation to local government, the distribution of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) is a matter of continuing interest to councils. See new comparative research and existing methodologies to understand how this applies to your council.

Cyclone funding welcome but not enough

Funding will only go part of the way to meeting Canberra’s responsibilities under natural disaster relief. The communities of Mackay, Rockhampton and Whitsunday all need more infrastructure funding support from Canberra.

Boulia council uses GPS to gain revenue windfall

Councils using GPS vehicle tracking solutions stand to gain a revenue windfall following the Australian Tax Office class ruling to allow location based vehicle data in calculating the off-road fuel tax rebate.

Antoniolli announced as Ipswich’s 50th Mayor

After defeating Ipswich Mayoral Candidate Paul Tully last Saturday, new Ipswich Mayor Antoniolli said one of his first priorities will be opening the books for a council audit

80 years of local government in Torres Strait

This week marked the 80th anniversary of the first formal council meeting held on Masig Island in 1937.

$274, 000 for digital connectivity in remote Indigenous communities

Wujal Wujal and Ayton will see an increase in mobile coverage and bandwidth after the state government this week committed $247, 000 to upgrading telecommunications infrastructure in the communities.

Local government legacy lives through the generations

It’s often said that working in council is like being part of one big local government ‘family’, and in some cases it really does run in the genes.

What does the future public library look like to you?

We need you to tell us! Queensland public library staff are invited to contribute to reviewing and renewing the vision for Queensland public libraries. Get on board with a questionnaire open now - and upcoming workshops.

Can I fly there? NEW Drone Safety app from CASA

NOTICE BOARD | Resource: Are you looking at creating drone recreational parks? This easy-to-use smartphone and web app illustrates where you’re not allowed to fly!

Local Government Election Disclosure Requirements Amendments

NOTICE BOARD | Update: These disclosure obligations will apply to any local government election, including By-elections. Amendment Regulation and Explanatory Notes also available online.

$60 million funding boost for councils

The Palaszczuk Government has released $60 million in funding through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

SEQ rivers and catchments receive $600,000

The QLD state government has announced it will invest half a million dollars into the South-east corner’s waterways, riverbanks and grazing land.

Federal Government announces further water buybacks

The Federal Government has acquired a further 28 gigalitres of water in the Condamine-Balonne River system as part of its Northern Basin recovery target.

Seven councils to switch on public wi-fi

Seven councils in Central Western Queensland have banded together to create Australia’s largest free wi-fi for travellers – the Outback Telegraph.

Disruption, innovation not new for Queensland’s Bush Councils

Entrepreneurialism, collaboration and disruption were the hot topics at this year’s LGAQ Bush Councils Convention in historic Charters Towers from 9-11 August.

Partnership takes flight

A strategic partnership between the LGAQ and the Department of Education and Training means nine remote indigenous community airports are now CASA (Civil Aviation safety Authority) compliant.

LGAQ President awarded

LGAQ President and Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson has been named the University of Southern Queensland Community Service Alumnus of the year for his career in publishing, local government and non-profit advocacy.

Councillor Paul Tully continues a legacy

Another fascinating link to the Association’s past is forged as Paul follows in the footsteps of his great uncle, Alfred Tully Stephenson, who was first elected to the Association’s Executive Committee in 1912

QLD Councils reiterate no further water buybacks

Councils in the Murray Darling catchment have expressed a unanimous view that there should be no further water buybacks as part of the system’s management.
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