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Hoarding and Squalor workshop for council staff

An inspiring workshop and professional development opportunity for community development and compliance officer teams with internationally recognized advocates and trainers Lee Shuer and Bec Belofsky Shuer. Monday 28 October, Seven Hills, Brisbane.

Recycled content in roads and infrastructure - last call for study tour

Are you interested in participating in the LGAQ Study tour to Melbourne to investigate the use of recycled content in roads and infrastructure on 26-28 November 2019? Register now!

Statement by LGAQ President Mark Jamieson

The community expects much better of its local MPs than the behaviour displayed by the member for Southern Downs this week.

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in Cairns by the numbers: 700 delegates, observers and exhibitors, 85 motions carried (16 unanimously), three motions withdrawn, one minister with some good news, 97 indigenous councillors in attendance and about $3 million pumped into the local economy.

Government releases Belcarra Stage 2 support and resources

The Queensland Government has released a suite of materials to support elected members and prospective local government candidates.

REMINDER - THREE WEEKS LEFT TO APPLY - Central Queensland Bushfires Flexible Funding Grants Round 2

Grants of up to $150,000 are available to help Central Queensland communities Banana, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay and Rockhampton. Closing 2pm, Tuesday 5 November 2019. NOTE: Recipients of Round One grants are also encouraged to apply.

DRAFT updates to MRS/MRTS10 Plant-Mixed Lightly Bound Pavements specification suite

These updates have been prepared after considering feedback received and learnings gained since the current version was published. The documents will be finalised for publication after considering comments received by Tuesday 22 October 2019.

Commitment to increase to disaster mitigation funding

The Australian Government has committed to increase the funding available under its proposed Emergency Response Fund from $150 million per year, to $200 million per year.

Presidential Address - 123rd LGAQ Annual Conference

Delivered by Mayor Mark Jamieson, President of the Local Government Association of Queensland, 15 October 2019. What a term it has turned out to be - I’m very proud to be part of a sector that has demonstrated again and again, that we genuinely are the level of government closest to the people.

Councils welcome reversal on voting changes

This will ensure the retention of optional preferential voting for next year’s council elections, ensuring voters have as much control over their vote as they like.

Veteran journalist John Andersen wins regional media prize

A series of stories on the monsoon floods that devastated north west Queensland in February this year told a searing story of the economic and personal impacts of the huge loss of stock caused by the flooding.

Response to recent flying-fox starvation event

The Department of Environment and Science has provided information for councils on how to respond to the ongoing flying fox starvation event in southern Queensland.

$6 million funding to increase recycling and support regional jobs announced

This is a great opportunity for regional Queensland councils to help offset the higher costs of transporting recycling material by providing grants of up to $250,000 for transport costs associated with recycling.

500 local council leaders gather in Cairns next week

The LGAQ Annual Conference is the sector’s annual showcase, allowing civic leaders to discuss and debate issues and policy affecting a sphere of government with more than 40,000 staff and managing $155 billion of community assets

Body corporate draft regulations: have your say

New draft regulations for the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 have been released for comment, closing at 5pm, 30 October 2019.

Integrity Commissioner: Defining the role of the Commissioner

So far this financial year, I have continued to visit Councils throughout Queensland and provide councillors with ethics and integrity advice on an individual basis.

Independent Assessor: The election lead up

With the 2020 local government elections in sight, integrity issues are likely to be at the forefront for anyone considering becoming, or continuing to be, a councillor.

A big week ahead

There are 101 good reasons to be at the LGAQ Annual Conference in Cairns next week.

Energy regulator draft decisions - have your say

See the draft determinations for Energex and Ergon Energy, attend public forum and contribute to the LGAQ submission due 20 December 2019.
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