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Looking for big wins on waste

The LGAQ continues its intense lobbying of the Palaszczuk Government to agree to defer the start of its waste levy until 1 July 2019, commencing at a fee $75 a tonne for municipal solid waste.

Sport and the social fabric

In a week when the Melbourne Cup was front and centre of the national psyche, the enormous role our sphere of government plays in sport and racing wasn’t lost on me.

Meeting with Premier to end confusion and uncertainty

Just a day after the 122nd LGAQ annual conference wrapped up this week, we were working to implement many of the important policy resolutions passed by delegates.

Our annual showcase

It’s that time of the year. Just three more sleeps until our 2018 LGAQ Annual Conference.

Checks and balances at the LGAQ

In all the hustle and bustle of daily goings-on, it’s easy to forget basics like how a good set of checks and balances can do wonders for strategy and accountability.

We need access to a growth tax

CEO column: "Contrary to public opinion, rates are not a growth tax."

Standing up for councils

At its core, the LGAQ is a creature of Queensland councils. It has been since its beginning 122 years ago. We are a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee.

Time to lead from the front

The scope of the issues that councils deal with is growing ever more complex and difficult, even if the bulk of that activity remains unappreciated by the federal and state governments.

Big battles, big wins

When it comes to protecting the interests of local councils and their communities, the courts are often where the big battles are fought.

Waste solutions on tour

The investigation by Peak Services into this industry was spot on: Queensland can support the roll out of five to eight anaerobic digestion plants to produce energy from waste.

Waste levy: Does not clean up councils concerns

The Palaszczuk Government’s unveiling of its waste levy legislation has local councils continuing to grapple with how they are expected to collect this new tax for the State.

May your words be your guide

An open letter to Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation.

Steady hand amid upheaval

In a week of upheaval in Australian politics, it was interesting to watch the leadership drama in Canberra from the idyllic north Queensland community of Palm Island, where the LGAQ Policy Executive met this week.

Let us stand together on grant funding

Canberra has an obligation to help support ALL local communities and at the moment that support is simply not good enough.

Pain of a sunburnt country

Discussion around the ravages of drought across half of the Queensland land mass has been front and centre in the media the last few weeks, as it should.

What role for the CCC in local government?

It is time to tackle the difficult and often thorny issue of the role of the Crime and Corruption Commission in the daily life of Queensland councils.

Holding the line

At its heart, the core responsibility of the LGAQ is to protect and promote the interests of its 77 members

Invest local to get global benefits

Our latest innovation roadshow highlights technologies that help solve real problems but can also rectify problems that councils never knew existed.

Future in focus

Now is an incredible place to be in history, riding the next great wave of technology and interconnectedness. Action we take now as a sector will shape how our communities live in the future.

The art of listening

Each year we try to get that little bit better in understanding the needs and aspirations of each member council. It’s a journey and not a destination but one we are absolutely committed to pursuing.
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