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The show must go on

Councils across Queensland are keeping on keeping on amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continue to deliver essential services.

Advocating in unprecedented times

The COVID-19 virus continues to wreak havoc across the globe and our elections were not immune.

A big weekend ahead

By the close of polling, north of half of all eligible voters in Queensland will have cast their ballot paper.

Councils call for stimulus to protect local communities

The focus now must equally turn to the economy and providing stimulus to both protect and create jobs and to help mitigate the impacts of this evolving pandemic.

Focusing on what matters

Ensuring that the community see our levels of government are working constructively together has never been more important.

Focus on the finish line, or is it the start...

Nominations have closed and the candidate lists are in with more than 1570 Queenslanders putting their hand up for this month’s local government elections.

Not resting on our laurels

The devastating bushfires over summer destroyed thousands of hectares of koala habitat in the southern states, increasing the importance of ensuring Queensland is doing everything it can to protect koalas here.

Fire Fight continues

The LGAQ and the State Government this week joined in condemning the Commonwealth’s refusal to extend its $1 million in bushfire grants to all fire-affected Queensland councils.

Councils get behind the Olympic bid

The 2032 South East Queensland Olympics certainly has a ring to it. Especially when you know its benefits will also be felt far outside the southeast corner of the state.

LGAQ heads into the ruck again

After another week in the trenches, my mind turned to what it must look like to those on the sidelines, or even just a few metres away from the grind of the ruck.

LGAQ digs its heels in

The LGAQ has doubled down on our support of the so-called ‘Trad Amendments’ currently before Parliament

Parallel Universes

Happy 2020 to all our friends and followers in Local Government and welcome to the Weekly Wrap for the first time this decade.

Putting the pedal to the metal on drought and guaranteed water supply

This week, we had wall to wall coverage on the drought and the importance of guaranteeing rural towns a reliable quality water supply.

Our seventh wonder of the world

As you know, here at the LGAQ we have a drought strategy, a water security strategy and today I’d like to talk about our plan for the reef – our 7th wonder of the world and a true Queensland icon.

What local government is all about

I wanted to share with you some positive news stories in the hope it’ll put a smile on your face.

Councils on the frontline

A big call out and thumbs up to the magnificent mayors, councillors, local council disaster coordinators, police, volunteer firefighters, and Queensland Fire and Emegency Service (QFES) staff who have been fighting 70- plus fires across Queensland.

Guaranteeing rural towns the most basic commodity: water

This week’s drought funding announcement from the Federal Government came as heartening news to communities across Queensland.

Local Government the lifestyle level of government

There was some great news this week friends; according to the venerable Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Queensland councils cracked $1 billion on capital and recurrent spending on sport and recreation for the first time for the financial year ended 30 June 2018

Censorship, celebrating journalists and a farewell

It has been one of those weeks when all the planets aligned. As many of you would be aware the major media companies on Monday launched their Your Right to Know campaign in all forms of the media.

There is sense in listening

Here’s the story of the 123rd LGAQ annual conference in Cairns by the numbers: 700 delegates, observers and exhibitors, 85 motions carried (16 unanimously), three motions withdrawn, one minister with some good news, 97 indigenous councillors in attendance and about $3 million pumped into the local economy.
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