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Touching base in the north

Quite a strong LGAQ presence in the State’s north this week with the entire Policy Executive meeting on Thursday Island in the Torres Shire senior staff attending the Northern Alliance of Councils at Bowen.

Backing a winner in the bush

What hasn’t been said about the iconic nature of the Australian bush and the great enduring connection so many of us have with that part of our nation?

Turning the technology big wheels

I’m proud to say that at the LGAQ we innovate in spades. It’s in our DNA

The urgency of climate policy

When you consider how each of the three levels of government are tackling the impact of climate change, it is local government that is determined not to allow short-term politics to spoil decisions about long-term policy.

Budget Conscious and debt savvy

Collectively, local government in this state has a great story to tell about how it manages budgets and debts.

Living our mantra: connect, innovate, achieve

I finished last week’s update reciting the LGAQ credo _ Connect.Innovate.Achieve. I start this week’s missive with the same exhortation _ Connect.Innovate.Achieve.

Investing in the future

Some good news. No nett cost for LGAQ membership again in 2019-20 for members of the LGM and LGW schemes. That is a repeat of last year. No other peak body in Australia delivers that for its members.

Kicking goals in Canberra

The middle of June in Canberra is traditionally when the Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly rolls out and this year was no different. Indeed, this was the event’s 25th anniversary and it attracted a healthy 880 delegates from across the country.

Looking ahead to Budget 2020

The 2019 Queensland Budget was never going to set the world on fire

A showcase of leadership

Wow, what a week. The Indigenous Leaders Forum here in Cairns, Queensland Day and a State of Origin win in the first game of the 2019 Series

Reform and common sense

New research released this week shows that, for all the talk of local councils being “on the nose” and the continued political assaults on local government from vested interests, the public is more satisfied with the sector than it was last year.

Taking the big ideas to Canberra

With the federal election campaign all but done and dusted, local government in Queensland has a much better idea about where the major parties stand on our policy proposals.

Advocacy 2019: a state of change

A matter of days out from the federal election it is pleasing to see issues that really matter to local communities are finding their way into the campaign narrative.

An unprecedented move

Next year will mark 100 years since the LGAQ became the industrial voice of local government in Queensland, a fact of which we are mightily proud.

Witchdoctors, Data Analytics and Trust

The world is converging rapidly into a data driven, analytics led, hyper knowledge existence. We are all on the same journey whatever our role or calling in life.

Time to reflect

Irrespective of one’s religious views or credo, each faith has its seasons. Easter is one of those signposts for reflection.

Galloping into a federal election

With the Federal election scheduled for 18 May. The Australian Local Government Association and the LGAQ were straight out of the blocks, pitching our 7-point plan with the prime ask a restoration of financial assistance grants to 1% of federal taxation revenue.

Voting changes campaign rolls on

Why the numbers say everything from the meeting on Tuesday.

Change is not reform

No other government sector in this State or indeed, across the nation, has absorbed as much policy and administrative reform over the past decade as local government in Queensland.

Heading off a voting calamity

In public life you are often confronted with difficult choices, knowing full well the consequences could be significant and long lasting. But ultimately if you stand for principle the right choice is obvious.
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