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Queensland councils get behind Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

The LGAQ has welcomed the Federal Government's $50 million funding to support projects that apply innovative smart technology solutions to urban problems.

Qld State Government Cabinet meeting held in Rockhampton

The Qld State Government held their cabinet meeting in Rockhampton on Monday as part of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s initiative to govern from Central Queensland.

ALGA call on Federal Government to deliver on budget promise

As part of its Submission to the 2016 – 2017 Federal Budget, ALGA has asked for certainty the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants will be restored.

Premier calls for COAG to be held in regional Queensland

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says its time for COAG to be held outside the capital cities for the first time.

Lowood community working together to fight truancy

With support from the Somerset Council a program initiated by the Lowood State School and State High School is deterring truancy by engaging local businesses.

Fast 5 on local government finance

Ivan Colhoun, Chief Economist, Markets for National Australia Bank is set to provide a keynote address at the 5th Local Government Financial Sustainability Summit in Cairns March 29-30. We sat down with him to discuss local government finance in the FEB-MARCH edition of Council Leader magazine.

SPER REFORM: UPDATE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF WHOLE-OF-GOVERNMENT APPROACH TO PENALTY DEBT MANAGEMENT

Circular | FOR INFORMATION 2017-03: The LGAQ welcomes SPER’s efforts in moving from a one-size-fits-all debt recovery model to a contemporary risk-based approach to debt recovery.

Creating strong and sustainable resource communities: FAQs

Learn more about the proposed Bill and what it means for local councils and communities.

Draft Protected Areas Strategy for comment

CONSULTATION REQUEST | The LGAQ will be providing a brief submission to a Draft Protected Areas Strategy from The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. We'd like to hear from you.

Fiscal lessons from California: how the US town of Moreno Valley is bringing in the money.

The town has applied some key measures to remain solvent throughout a housing crisis and an economic crash providing valuable economic management insights.

Art in numbers

The 'Arts and cultural attendance and participation: local regional rates' data provides a comparative snapshot of local Government areas across Australia and their uptake and participation in a range of cultural events and artistic pursuits.

Now Open: National Awards for Local Government 2017

These awards celebrate the ‘best of the best’ local government projects ranging from infrastructure to regional growth, art projects and more.

LGAQ grant writing support for two important funding opportunities

Ensure your council takes advantage of two upcoming grant deadlines as part of the $375 million Building our Regions Regional Infrastructure Fund.

IGEM to address Disaster Management Conference 2017

Iain Mackenzie will address the topic ‘Disaster management relief’ with reference to the Mackay District Review, and the effectiveness of the District’s response to disaster management.

Works for Queensland announcement applauded

Circular | FOR NOTING: 2017-02: The LGAQ has applauded the announcement by the Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning the Hon Jackie Trad MP of the $200 million Works for Queensland program.

Innovation to lead strategic direction for Qld councils

An international study tour led by LGAQ President Mark Jamieson provided insights in regards to blockchain technology, circular economy, digital and smart streets as well as the role for artificial intelligence in areas such as tourism.

Councils kick start youth with ‘First Start’

Sunshine Coast Council trainee Bailey Boreham has secured a full-time job with the council’s parks and gardens division following the completion of his horticultural traineeship under the Queensland Government First Start Program. The highly successful program provides funding assistance for young people to gain a qualification and a ‘first start’ into a career.

Arts funding gives injection of colour, fun, history (and some yarn bombing) to Southern Downs Region

The Regional Arts Development Fund is open again for applications, with the Southern Downs Regional Council making $100,000 of funding available for viable art projects in 2017.

$200 million for jobs in regional QLD

65 regional councils will receive funding Under the Palaszczuk Government’s $200 million Works for Queensland program, effectively ensuring local government plays a pivotal role in Queensland’s job creation strategy.

Bundaberg farewells longest serving councillor

The longest serving elected member of Bundaberg Council, Frederick John Faircloth OAM, has died, aged 82.
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