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Connect four: Elected member update program final piece of the puzzle

Tuesday, 20th January, 2019

As councillors across Queensland enter the final year of the local government term, the LGAQ's flagship Elected Member Update program is offering attendees a unique look at the current state and federal landscape influencing local government in Queensland.

Taking place in March in regional centres across the Queensland, the one-day program will bring neighbouring councils together and cover issues like the major reforms set to be introduced by the next Belcarra Bill.
LGAQ CEO Greg Hallam said the reforms, anticipated to have a profound impact on council governance and the conduct of local government elections were just one of the reasons why this year’s program was an important one for elected members to attend.
“For councillors completing their final year as an elected representative and considering running again in the 2020 local government elections, it's unmissable," he said.

"Ditto for those leaders considering their end of term legacy.
“The sessions will be run by our most senior staff – myself, and LGAQ General Managers - which is a reflection of how important this year is for our sector.”
With a Federal Election campaign expected to be in full swing, the program will also give councillors, CEOs and senior staff up-to-the-minute insights into the conduct of the campaign, the local government sector’s federal election priorities and lobbying by the LGAQ on behalf of its members.
Global challenges like climate change and extreme weather events, cyber security and data protection with local policy and governance implications will also be covered in the program.
Four facts councils need to know about EMU
1. With over 40, 000 people in local government, our skills profile is shifting. Hear brand new research on how councils are coping with an increased demand for specialist positions like cyber security and data safety. 
2. Sessions will be held in regional hubs throughout Queensland in March and will facilitate a day of networking with neighbouring councils.
3. The LGAQ is currently working with councils to register attendees for each session, which are typically all councillors, CEOs and nominated senior staff.
4. What makes a successful PR campaign? This year’s EMU will cover do’s and don’ts, as well as learnings from the LGAQ’s state-wide Proud to be your council awareness campaign.
Have questions about the program or when we’ll be near you? Contact our Member Services Team on or via phone 1300 542 700.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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