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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Policy Executive meeting, 15-16 August

What was discussed?

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Belcarra 2: Noting the anticipated passing of the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019, the Policy Executive provided feedback including requests for improved notice of webinar dates, face-to-face sessions for Thursday Island and that ‘So you want to be a Councillor’ sessions be provided face-to-face as the default option in all 77 local government areas.

W4Q: The Policy Executive noted that the LGAQ is planning for a campaign calling on the State Government to make the W4Q program permanent, and that the high numbers of requests for extensions prior to 30 June 2019 from councils citing delays with the completion of their 2017-19 W4Q and LGGSP projects could potentially hamper the LGAQ’s case for an extension of the W4Q program.

ALGA NGA: The Policy Executive confirmed key messages/options to be presented to ALGA including the importance of focusing on national issues to ensure strength of support from all councils and reputation of sector and considering a change of timing away from June, when councils are either finalising or delivering their annual budgets.

Indegenous waste management: The Policy Executive noted the commencement of the Queensland Indigenous Waste Management Strategy project, acknowledging that a ‘one size fits all’ Queensland waste strategy is not appropriate and targeted regional solutions are required for Indigenous and Torres island councils.

Emerging - Bush Compact: The Policy Executive discussed and endorsed the concept of a Bush Compact to better advocate for the needs of bush councils and suggested the proposal be developed further during a combined session of the rural/remote and resources segments at the LGAQ Annual Conference.

Thriving communities: The Policy Executive reaffirmed the central and pivotal role of councils as the only legitimate and enduring level of government providing for the aspirations and wishes of local communities and that the State Government increase their focus, through Thriving Communities, of the actual recommendations of the Queensland Productivity Commission.

Native title update: IPWEAQ has developed a new Native Title and Cultural Heritage Portal Record Keeping Tool to assist stakeholders (including local government) comply with the requirements under the Native Title Act 1993, and avoid acts that will impact on cultural heritage and native title including impairment and extinguishment. The LGAQ and Queensland Treasury have recently received a demonstration of the IPWEAQ tool, currently being trialled with some councils.

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