Lewis takes ALGA top job

By Julian Bajkowski South Australian and Mayor of Marion, Felicity-ann Lewis, has been elected as the president of the Australian Local Government Association, beating outspoken Queensland Central Highlands councillor Paul Bell in a ballot at the organisation’s annual general meeting held in Hobart. The election of Mayor Lewis comes as the peak body faces renewed […]

ALGA comes to a crossroads in Hobart

By Julian Bajkowski The Australian Local Government Association’s National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Hobart will double-up as an election venue for a new leader after former Queensland local government head Paul Bell threw his hat in the ring for the presidency. An announcement on who has won the presidential race is expected by […]

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 […]

Bell tilts for ALGA presidency

By Paul Hemsley Outgoing Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President Paul Bell has reversed his decision to downsize to a smaller role in local politics, revealing instead he will run for the presidency of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) for a second time. The ALGA presidency has been open since the departure of […]

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 […]

Councils eased on disaster recovery spending

By Paul Bell, President Local Government Association of Queensland Councils recovering from the devastating floods and cyclones of 2010 and 2011 have been given the green light to use their own workers to repair and restore local infrastructure under 'value for money' changes introduced by the Gillard Government. The changes, which will allow councils to […]

Lucas takes on Local Government

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has unveiled her new Cabinet, following the recent resignation of two senior ministers. The reshaped Cabinet included portfolio responsibilities for three new ministers as well as changes to portfolios. Deputy Prime Minister Paul Lucas was handed responsibility for the local government portfolio, while the Premier took on Minister for Reconstruction. Ms Bligh […]

Bulk water costs equals high retail prices: LGAQ

Steep hikes in water charges in southeast Queensland (SEQ) over the past three years were due to the high price the State Government placed on bulk water from dams and other sources, a comprehensive new study has revealed, the Local government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has said.   The Association said a study, by economic consultancy […]

LGAQ lauds improved state-local relationship

By Angela Dorizas Queensland’s local government body has welcomed the creation of a better working relationship with the State Government. More than 600 local government delegates have gathered in Mackay for the annual conference of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). LGAQ president Paul Bell credited Premier Anna Bligh and Local Government Minister Desley […]

ELECTION 2010: LGAQ calls for ‘meat on the bones’ of population debate

Both sides of politics need to better explain their plans for managing issues associated with population growth before polling day, the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has said. LGAQ president, Cr Paul Bell, said little had been said about population growth since the start of the election campaign. “The public deserves to get the […]

LGAQ issues resource kits for councils

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has prepared a number of resources, tools and training options to assist councils with community obligations required under the new Local Government Act. LGAQ CEO, Greg Hallam, said the effect of the new act and its accompanying regulations would be to bring councils closer to their communities. "The […]

LGAQ issues rate warning to mining companies

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has warned mining companies not to appeal against council rate adjustments. With mining community councils within weeks of bringing down their annual budget, the LGAQ is urging mining companies not to follow the same path as Swiss company, Xstrata, which took legal action to drastically cut its rates. "Such action […]

Queensland councils reject “big Australia”

By Angela Dorizas Queensland councils have joined with Prime Minister Julia Gillard in reconsidering Australia’s population growth. Ms Gillard has revealed that she does not believe in a “big Australia”, signalling a shift in policy on population growth. “Australia should not hurtle down the track towards a big population,” Ms Gillard said. “I don't support the idea […]

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 […]


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