Local Government Minister quits cabinet

Queensland Local Government Minister and Cairns MP, Desley Boyle, has resigned from her post. Ms Boyle announced on Thursday she would retire from the frontbench. She said she would not contest the next election, which is due to be held in March 2012 “I assure the people of Cairns that I will represent their interests […]

New guide to asset planning

Local councils in Queensland have received a new guide to help mayors and councillors better understand their responsibilities in managing billions of dollars in community assets. Released by Local Government Minister Desley Boyle on Thursday, the Guide to Asset Accounting in Local Governments provides information on assets and depreciation, with links and resources to assist […]

Indigenous councils tackle asset management

By Angela Dorizas Finance managers and chief executive officers from Queensland’s Indigenous councils met in Cairns today for an asset management masterclass. Local Government Minister Desley Boyle said the workshop was organised following consultations with the Indigenous Councils Finance Managers Network. She said the Government was providing support for all councils in Queensland to help […]

$36 million for Indigenous councils

By Angela Dorizas Queensland’s most remote Indigenous councils are set to receive an extra $36 million in State Government funding to improve service delivery and employment opportunities within their communities. The funding was announced on Wednesday by Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Desley Boyle. “Funding of more than $36 […]

Compensation for amalgamated councils ‘disappointing’: LGAQ

By Angela Dorizas The Queensland Government's commitment to compensate six councils for amalgamation costs has been described as “disappointing” by the state's local government association. Queensland Local Government Minister Desley Boyle has announced a funding boost of $18.3 million for six amalgamated councils following an independent review of amalgamation costs. The Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) assessment […]

Regional councils ranked top in Qld engagement report

Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to citizen engagement with Queensland's regional councils among the highest achievers, according to a new report. New State Government data shows size doesn't matter when it comes to community engagement – with Balonne, Banana and Maranoa regional councils among the top performers. Minister for Local Government Desley Boyle […]

Boyle announces review of council legislation

By Rob O’Brien Queensland councils have welcomed an announcement by Local Government Minister Desley Boyle of government moves to simplify legislation affecting local government. The Queensland Government announced a review of all legislation that places requirements on local councils in the State Parliament. Local Government Minister Desley Boyle said the government hoped the review would […]

Ray of sunshine for merged council

By Angela Dorizas The governing body of one of Queensland’s most diverse local government areas has been applauded by the State Government for it’s post amalgamation achievements. Local Government Minister Desley Boyle lauded Sunshine Coast Council for its performance following the merger of Caloundra, Maroochy and Noosa Shire councils. Ms Boyle recently visited the Sunshine Coast […]

Qld Government reviews contradictory legislation on Aboriginal affairs

By Staff Writer The Queensland Government has launched a review of legislation covering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island councils. Forming part of its expansive reform on the local government sector, the Government will review the Local Government (Aboriginal Lands) Act 1978 and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act […]


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