The LGAQ again convened its Regional Organisations of Councils (ROC) Assembly in April as part of its work to support the various ROCs across the State. The event brought together 13 ROCs to discuss key issues such as the Federation and Taxation Reviews as well as case studies of best practice across various ROC regions.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, the Hon Jackie Trad MP visited the assembly, as did
the then Director-General, Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Richard Eden, and General Manager, Priority Sectors & Client Services Division, Trade and Investment Queensland, Adam Stevenson.
The Association convened its second Bush Councils Convention in St George in July as part of its segment-based approach to meeting member needs.
With the theme of “As the Seasons Rise and Fall”, the Convention saw the Deputy Premier, the Hon Jackie Trad MP, her Cabinet colleagues Mark Bailey and Bill Byrne, Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg, Shadow Local Government and Main Roads Minister Fiona Simpson MP and Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott MP, address more than 150 delegates.
Whilst there was much attention and discussion focussing on roads, water, energy, regional development, and natural resource management, the Convention also raised $22,000 for Aussie Helpers – the charitable body which directly assists farming families during times of drought.
In the first half of 2015, the LGAQ held meetings of its: Regional and Economic Development Advisory Group; Water and Sewerage Advisory Group; Resource Communities Advisory Group; Roads and Transport Advisory Group; and Planning and Development Reference Group to discuss advocacy priorities in light of the election of the new State Government.
Some 36 councils are represented across these Advisory Groups, ensuring that councils have direct input into LGAQ’s policy development processes.