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Ministerial champions welcomed by indigenous councils

News Release

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Ministerial champions welcomed by indigenous councils

Queensland’s indigenous councils have welcomed an announcement by the Palaszczuk Government which will see individual Ministers appointed as champions for their communities. 

Palm Island Mayor and LGAQ Policy Executive indigenous representative Alf Lacey said he was hopeful the new approach could improve direct communication between indigenous communities and the political leaders of the state.

“Ministers too often learn about our communities from public servants and aboriginal experts based in Brisbane,” he said.

“Even with their good intentions, these people do not always know what is needed or what programs will work in our communities.

This new approach will give the Ministers an opportunity to learn straight from the horse’s mouth – from democratically leaders who live and work in the community.”

Acting LGAQ President Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill praised the newly announced Ministerial Government Champions’ Program as a good start toward removing barriers to tangible change.

“On behalf of our indigenous councils the LGAQ has long been calling for greater direct dialogue between the political leaders of councils and those of the state,” she said.

“The measure of success of this initiative will be in the results it effects – results like improvements in health outcomes or enhanced economic development opportunities within these communities.”

Local Government Association of Queensland
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