Norfolk Island Regional Council has been granted Associate Membership of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).
This follows the Queensland Government moving to provide state services to one of Australia’s most remote communities after signing a Heads of Agreement with the Federal Government in June this year.
Under the agreement, Queensland is working with the NSW Government (the current provider of services to Norfolk) to set up arrangements for essential school education and health services support.
Norfolk Island was a self-governing territory for 36 years until May 2015, when the Federal Government abolished its nine-member parliament and replaced it with a local government administration – with NSW managing health and education services on the island in return for federal funding.
The CEO of the LGAQ, Greg Hallam, today welcomed the Norfolk Island Regional Council to the “LGAQ family”.
Associate Membership would enable the Council to access a “broad spectrum” of services and benefits provided by the LGAQ.
Ordinary membership of the LGAQ would be considered when the Council was formally recognised by appropriate Queensland legislation in relation to the Heads of Agreement, Mr Hallam said.
For more information, please contact:
Sarah Vogler, External Relations Director
Local Government Association of Queensland
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