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Browse our news stories about the activities and achievements of Queensland local councils and learn more about the challenges and issues affecting local government and their communities.

Many of these stories are published in our weekly enewsletter Council Courier. If you would like to know more about these stories please contact the LGAQ media and communications team on 1300 542 700. 

* Please note that these news stories are not LGAQ News Releases - formal LGAQ news/media releases can be found here.

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Election 2017: The real solution to local funding

Ahead of the state election, Queensland councils have asked for an overhaul of the grants and subsidies framework saying the current model hinders effective long-term planning.

Belcarra, councillor complaints Bills lapse

The 25 November state election has prompted the dissolution of the Queensland Parliament, a move that means several Bills affecting local government have lapsed.

State election Focus: Supporting digital literacy in indigenous communities

Ahead of the state election, the LGAQ has called for $2.5 million in additional funding to Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs) to support digital literacy in discrete indigenous communities.

Big wet adds to water supply

The southeast Queensland region has gained an extra 86,000 megalitres of drinking water equivalent to about three and a half months’ supply due to recent heavy rainfall.

State election Focus: managing wild dogs

Ahead of the state election, the LGAQ has called for the incoming government to further address the problem of wild dogs in regional Queensland.

State election Focus: cumulative impacts of resource projects

Ahead of the state election, the LGAQ has called for the incoming government to adequately assess the cumulative social impacts of resource projects on communities.

Productivity commission calls for more commitment from state governments

The Productivity Commission’s landmark 5 year productivity review, Shifting the Dial, released this week, calls for more commitment by State Governments to support proper performance benchmarking for local councils.

State election focus: Infringement revenue

The LGAQ has called for the incoming government to return ten percent of revenue generated from traffic infringements to local governments.

State Election Focus: $500 million for job creation

A $500 million annual, allocative fund to help councils in Queensland create jobs and build the infrastructure their communities want is the centrepiece of the Local Government Association of Queensland’s policy plan for the Queensland state election.

State election focus: real support for child literacy

The LGAQ has called on whichever party forms government after the state election to provide $20 million to ensure the continuation of a high successful literacy program involving council libraries.

State election focus: Councils call for greater Reef protection funding

The Great Barrier Reef is not being treated as an economic asset, with funding to protect and improve the catchment still falling short, according to Queensland local governments.

One million participants

One million participants have now engaged with the innovative early literacy program First Five Forever.

New complaints system in place

The State Government has passed legislation that will see an independent assessor introduced to deal with council complaints.

DestinationQ: Competitiveness through collaboration

The annual leading tourism industry forum bringing industry and government together to find ways to grow the tourism industry and create jobs.

Good-bye to Butch from the local government family

They often say people are memorialised in death, but everyone knew Mayor Butch Lenton was special. From the first time he met you, he drew you in because special was how he made you feel.

Training program a winner

Local councils investing in the First Start training program are confident they can surpass the success rates of almost 80 percent that the program has already achieved.

A Response to Belcarra

No other level of government has been more proactive in giving practical effect to the principles of transparency and openness than local councils in Queensland.

Six local councils receive robotics grants

Six councils from Far North Queensland to the Gold Coast have been awarded FIRST LEGO League robotics grants.

What's up for debate at Annual Conference?

A snapshot of some of the key motions up for discussion at this year's Annual Conference in Gladstone, 16-18 October.

Register now: Media and Communications Forum 16 Oct

Final line-up released: Hear from the executive producer of the ABC's War On Waste, through to the editorial director of News Corp's Australian Regional Media.
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