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Unchartered waters

Securing and guaranteeing the most basic commodity: water, is becoming a key issue in the challenges Queensland, and indeed the world, is facing in the wake of climate change.

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.

Have your say: Walking tracks Standards revisions

The walking tracks standards under revision are important to councils as they are fundamental to the design and development of council-controlled walking tracks including pathways, tracks and trails.

National focus on strategies essential for successful solutions

A national, integrated approach to water security, regional roads, waste and coastal inundation is essential

2020 local government elections kick off

As of Saturday 22nd February – the local government electoral race has begun.

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.

Sister Cities doing it for each other

In some parts of the world they’re called ‘partner cities’, ‘friendship towns’ or ‘twinned cities’.

Reminder: survey on the plumbing law reforms closes this week

There is still time to provide your feedback about how satisfied you are with the new plumbing laws and more topics related to the Plumbing and Drainage Act reforms. Closes 5pm, Friday 21 February 2020

Proper community engagement key to closing the gap

The new Closing the Gap agreement must be Indigenous-led and must consider community views. The Government should harness the wisdom of local people and local representatives.

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 President: Response to Senator Hanson's anti-Olympics campaign

One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson’s comments regarding Queensland’s 2032 Olympic Games bid are both untrue and damaging to the economic, social and cultural growth of the state.

Have your Say: Amendments to Queensland’s building laws and security of payment legislation

Member councils are invited to provide feedback on amendments including a range of reforms of significance to local government by COB Friday, 21 February 2020.

Councils condemn rushed and inadequate koala reforms

Now is not the time to allow thousands of hectares of known local koala habitat to go unprotected.

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.

Integrity Commissioner: How to deal with lobbyists

What to do when approached by a lobbyist as an elected member.

The value of parkrun to small communities

The global phenomenon of parkrun gives fantastic benefits to communities and people across Australia and the world.

Your Policy Executive meets on 7 February

Your LGAQ Policy Executive are meeting at LG House this coming Friday, 7 February. Take a look at the papers and chat to your district representative about your local issues.

Mandatory Asbestos Training for Council Officers

UPDATE: Authorised officers appointed by the local government CEO under the Public Health Act 2005, section 377 and empowered to issue a public health order are required to complete this training as a condition of asbestos related indemnity. Register your interest now for April workshops.

LGAQ digs its heels in

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

Independent Assessor: Conduct in the election lead-up

As the 2020 local government elections draw closer integrity issues remain a key theme.
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