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QLD councils - a free resource for a plastic free community

The Boomerang Alliance, through the Plastic Free Places program has developed a set of guidelines for councils to help transition communities to plastic free environments.

Making the Waste Levy work for councils

There has been considerable debate surrounded the introduction of the Queensland waste levy, it’s amount, its timing, the levy zone and the impact on ratepayers.

An Outback listening tour and then some

LGAQ President Mayor Mark Jamieson, accompanied by representatives of Peak Services, Hastings Deering, Telstra, LGIA Super, yours truly and the LGAQ’s digital journalist Nathalie Cattaneo are just back from an epic three-day 3600 km trip that took in eight western councils.

QBCC releases new Plumbing & Drainage Licensee Register

Online plumbing searches at your fingertips! Check out phase one of the Plumbing and Drainage Licensee Register.

LGAQ Media Award open and seeking entries

Entries are open for the 2019 Bean Lockyer Ticehurst Award for Excellence in Regional Journalism.

Commitment to mine and quarry safety

Update for councils involved in quarry operations.

Queensland Road Safety Week - get involved!

In 2018, 245 people were killed on Queensland roads and more than 5,606 people were seriously injured. Queensland Road Safety Week is asking Queenslanders to put road safety first. Councils and communities can access resources and digital assets to help with local activities. 26 - 30 August 2019.

State Archives consultation on record keeping - for the safety and wellbeing of children

Implementation of a new disposal authorisation and guideline will have implications for the management of records within councils. Comments due to the LGAQ 29 July 2019.

Commissioners corner: Conflicts between duties and dual responsibilities

This edition we explore a dual role situation that can give rise to complex conflict of interest issues.

Minister Hinchliffe: Works for Queensland delivers

No matter how you look at it, this is a win-win for regional communities.

Budget Conscious and debt savvy

Collectively, local government in this state has a great story to tell about how it manages budgets and debts.

Energy from Waste policy discussion paper:have your say

It is expected that this policy will provide greater certainty for the waste sector and local council. Provide your feedback for the LGAQ submission by Monday 19th August 2019.

Reminder: have your say on the Cultural Heritage Acts review

We encourage members to take a look at the DATSIP Consultation Paper and consider the key questions at the end of each section that can be used to guide your feedback. Feedback required Friday, 19 July 2019.

Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation 2019 - Committee Report

The committee identified no issues regarding the subordinate legislation’s consistency with FLPs, or its lawfulness. The explanatory notes comply with the part 4 requirements of the LSA. There are no changes to the legislation.

The future for Queensland's local communities

Mayor Mark Jamieson last week became the first LGAQ President to address the Queensland Media Club.

Mapping changes to protected plants

Information to assist councils handling queries in relation to the impacts on landholders as a result of mapping changes to protected plants.

Professional indemnity insurance and private building certification update

In a win for Queensland councils, the risks, costs and workload for building certification will not be shifted onto local governments and steps have been taken to protect the private building certification industry in Queensland.

Feature: New minister, new direction.

The new Local Government Minister, Mark Coulton, should be well placed to understand the issues that impact on councils.

Living our mantra: connect, innovate, achieve

I finished last week’s update reciting the LGAQ credo _ Connect.Innovate.Achieve. I start this week’s missive with the same exhortation _ Connect.Innovate.Achieve.

Vegetation Clearing Codes

Eight (8) new Accepted Development Vegetation Clearing Codes (ADVCC) under the Vegetation Management Act 1999 came into effect on 21 June 2019.
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