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Key events for Queensland councils in 2020

Thursday, 16 January 2020

February: Rethinking waste 

Happening February 5th-6th in Brisbane, the LGAQ’s Waste Forum will look at rethinking waste – from resources to rubbish. With updates from the Office of Resource Recovery, case studies on the use of recycled content in roads and actionable pathways for councils toward a circular economy – it’s a key event in the hot topic of waste in Queensland.

Need a quick reference guide for the latest in waste and recycling? Councils can login and access resources, including videos, podcasts and analysis on this important topic here

The future of water, land and biodiversity 

Rocky and Dalby will play host to the first of four Natural Resource Management (NRM) forums on the 11-12th and the 19th respectively. 

March: The big event of 2020 

NRM forums continue in Townsville and Brisbane in early March (3 and 10 respectively), as the big event of 2020 looms – local government elections on March 28, 2020. 

New and returning councillors prepare for sector-wide update sessions

Elected members across the state will be contacted to register for Elected Member Update (EMU) sessions run by the LGAQ – designed to induct and update councillors on sector wide issues and action. The sessions are free and will run in 2020.

April: LG House induction

New Mayors will be invited to Local Government House in Brisbane this month for an induction to the LGAQ.

May: Indigenous innovation in Cairns 

Queensland’s indigenous leaders will gather in Cairns on 6th-7th May for the Indigenous Leaders Forum – a long time forum for showcasing achievements, innovation and exploring collective responses to issues in Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander council’s.

Investment attraction will take place this month across Cairns, Bundaberg and Townsville.

June: National policy debate in Canberra 

From the 14th- 17th June local government representatives will gather in the nation’s capital for the largest local government conference in Australia. The Australian Local Government Association’s General Assembly will see delegates vote to support motions seeking to influence the national policy agenda. You can submit a motion here: 

July: Leadership under a local government lens 

Next Generation Councils: What does the future look like? Will tackle all things smart communities and take place on the Sunshine Coast, July 13th.

The 2020 LGAQ Civic Leaders Forum takes place from 14th-16th July on the Sunshine Coast. Mayors and Council CEOs will gather to discuss leadership in 2020 – and its importance in building strong, happy and sustainable communities.

An Ageing Summit will follow on the Sunshine Coast at Twin Waters on the 17th in conjunction with COTA. 

July 30th will see representatives from each ROC (Regional Organisation of Councils) gather in Brisbane to leverage shared interests from a regional perspective.

Keep an eye out for a resource communities forum on the 31st of this month.

August: Local government disaster management 

A local government disaster management conference in August in brisbane will bring councils together to share learnings and experiences in the always evolving space of local government disaster management.

Keep an eye out for the second Waste Forum of 2020 in Brisbane from 6th-7th August.

September: Coastal, roads and water under a microscope

Specific regional and issue-based forums focused on coastal councils, road management and water will form the basis of events taking place this month.

October: Annual Conference 2020

The LGAQ’s Annual Conference will take place in October on the Gold Coast, across the 19th–20th.

The biggest event in the 2020 local government calendar will see local government delegates vote on the issues of highest importance to their communities, which will guide the LGAQ’s advocacy agenda.  

November: Digital, design, media and communication

LGx, a bespoke event focused on local government communication will be back in Brisbane from 5th-6th November 2020. 

Keep an eye on our events page which will be updates as more events are confirmed in the calendar. Queensland councils can subscribe to LG Online alerts to recieve updates.

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


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