Queensland councils spared big cuts in State Budget

By Julian Bajkowski Queensland councils have cautiously welcomed the Newman government’s second budget for the state, breathing a collective sigh of relief that local governments appear to have been spared much feared spared funding cuts after natural disasters and falling revenue receipts depleted Treasury coffers. After a tumultuous first year that saw massive public service […]

Councils cautious on Coalition’s copper NBN plan

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Australia’s local government sector has been left facing tough choices over how to deal with the release of Coalition’s policy on the National Broadband Network that would forgo fibre-to-the-premises in favour of recycling Telstra’s ageing copper lines in many regional areas. After decades of campaigning to get better internet […]

Queensland councils increase Budget pressure

By Julian Bajkowski The Local Government Association of Queensland has issued its 10-point pre-Budget federal election wish list, putting roads and disaster funding reform at the forefront of its agenda. The catalogue of demands comes as the federal government attempts to lock in the final preparations for the federal budget in May. The document will […]

Queenslanders send forced council mergers packing

By Paul Hemsley Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s offer to provide councils that were pushed into forced marriages with their neighbours the option of an amicable, no-fault divorce has been taken up with gusto by voters in the Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Douglas areas. Queensland Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli on the weekend commended the […]

More council cost hikes tipped for Queensland

By Paul Hemsley Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President Margaret de Wit has urged Queensland councils to factor in how a potential 3.3 per cent rise in council costs will hit them when they decide how they set their rates during the 2013-14 financial year. The likely cost hikes come as Queensland councils face […]

Queensland cuts councils loose

By Paul Hemsley Local Government Association of Queensland President Margaret de Wit has welcomed the state government’s move to put councils back in charge of community planning by getting rid of a raft of state bureaucratic requirements. The Queensland government this week passed changes to the Local Government Act and Brisbane City Council Act it […]

Margaret de Wit elected LGAQ President

By Paul Hemsley Brisbane City Councillor Margaret de Wit has defeated Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell to secure the presidency of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). The win means Ms de Wit has become the first female president of the LGAQ in its 116 year history and her agenda will involve cutting back […]

LGAQ president quits ahead of annual meeting

By Paul Hemsley Outspoken Councillor Paul Bell has confirmed he will stand down from his position as president of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) ahead of the peak body’s annual general meeting. His resignation draws to a close an eight-year run as the leader, a time that included controversial state government moves to […]


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