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Councils welcome reversal on voting changes

This will ensure the retention of optional preferential voting for next year’s council elections, ensuring voters have as much control over their vote as they like.

Veteran journalist John Andersen wins regional media prize

A series of stories on the monsoon floods that devastated north west Queensland in February this year told a searing story of the economic and personal impacts of the huge loss of stock caused by the flooding.

$6 million funding to increase recycling and support regional jobs announced

This is a great opportunity for regional Queensland councils to help offset the higher costs of transporting recycling material by providing grants of up to $250,000 for transport costs associated with recycling.

500 local council leaders gather in Cairns next week

The LGAQ Annual Conference is the sector’s annual showcase, allowing civic leaders to discuss and debate issues and policy affecting a sphere of government with more than 40,000 staff and managing $155 billion of community assets

Integrity Commissioner: Defining the role of the Commissioner

So far this financial year, I have continued to visit Councils throughout Queensland and provide councillors with ethics and integrity advice on an individual basis.

Independent Assessor: The election lead up

With the 2020 local government elections in sight, integrity issues are likely to be at the forefront for anyone considering becoming, or continuing to be, a councillor.

A big week ahead

There are 101 good reasons to be at the LGAQ Annual Conference in Cairns next week.

Remote Area Tax Inquiry update

Queensland councils and ROCs have been invited to participate in a teleconference 25 October. Contact us to participate and contribute your feedback.

Councils best placed at the centre of drought preparedness for their communities

The LGAQ’s Regional Development Lead, Kirsten Pietzner, tells ABC Southern Queensland how a proposed action plan might work.

Minister Hinchliffe: Raise your hand for local government candidacy

Public office can be rewarding for those who are dedicated to their community.

Cherry on the top

This week I signed off on $5.1 million of Local Government Mutual special dividends being paid to our member councils.

Chasing the 'Real McCoy' on grant reform

The KPMG report on how grant reforms should be pursued, completed during the last term of government, remains the blueprint - the gold standard if you like.

Have your say on strengthening the water measurement framework

The Queensland Governenment has now commenced consultation on the Queensland non-urban water measurement policy.

What do councils need to consider post bushfire?

The first intense rainfall post a bushfire catchments can cause a number of issues and impacts onto the drinking water quality. Actions should be considered as you enter the planning for recovery and potential impacts on water quality and supply.
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