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Taking the big ideas to Canberra

With the federal election campaign all but done and dusted, local government in Queensland has a much better idea about where the major parties stand on our policy proposals.

Advocacy 2019: a state of change

A matter of days out from the federal election it is pleasing to see issues that really matter to local communities are finding their way into the campaign narrative.

An unprecedented move

Next year will mark 100 years since the LGAQ became the industrial voice of local government in Queensland, a fact of which we are mightily proud.

Witchdoctors, Data Analytics and Trust

The world is converging rapidly into a data driven, analytics led, hyper knowledge existence. We are all on the same journey whatever our role or calling in life.

Time to reflect

Irrespective of one’s religious views or credo, each faith has its seasons. Easter is one of those signposts for reflection.

Galloping into a federal election

With the Federal election scheduled for 18 May. The Australian Local Government Association and the LGAQ were straight out of the blocks, pitching our 7-point plan with the prime ask a restoration of financial assistance grants to 1% of federal taxation revenue.

Voting changes campaign rolls on

Why the numbers say everything from the meeting on Tuesday.

Change is not reform

No other government sector in this State or indeed, across the nation, has absorbed as much policy and administrative reform over the past decade as local government in Queensland.

Heading off a voting calamity

In public life you are often confronted with difficult choices, knowing full well the consequences could be significant and long lasting. But ultimately if you stand for principle the right choice is obvious.

An issue of trust

A week of intense pressure from the LGAQ and member councils on the Palaszczuk Government has produced results.

Dramatic change afoot on voting system

The Palaszczuk Government has flagged major changes to the system of voting that operates in the local government sector.

LGAQ big data takes shape

This week was all about Big Data and our analytics team, LG Sherlock. We are deadly serious about implementing the highest standards around the use of data and building trust with the broader community.

Salute to our community leaders

As the floodwaters receded in Townsville, there were countless stories of people doing their utmost to help neighbours cope with the disaster.

Epic floods bring out the best of councils

Meeting nature's epic challenges includes doing the impossible in the most hazardous conditions and working unbelievable hours.

From confusion to clarity

One of the issues that councils need to keep a weather eye on is governance.

ROC on into 2019

Welcome to 2019 for what will be a seminal year in local government.

Fire and rain and a big 2018

In James Taylor’s famous words, I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. So has much of Queensland recently. It’s been a tumultuous end to a tumultuous 2018.

An investment in trust

In his address to the LGAQ’s annual conference this year, President Mayor Mark Jamieson dwelt on the importance of trust.

Council jobs: let the hard work begin

The scourge of natural disaster has come early in the disaster season in the form of ferocious fires whipped up by an unprecedented heatwave.

Rural water and wastewater infrastructure

Rural water and wastewater infrastructure, that is. There is a looming crisis in this key area of local government business.
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