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LGAQ Conference October 2022

More than ever local governments across Queensland are being stretched, forcing us to operate outside of the traditional roads, rates and rubbish.

The people we work with, represent, and talk on behalf of, are counting on us as the grassroots level of government to help them navigate a transformation change and reimagine our communities.

Our role as community leaders has permanently shifted, requiring us to dig beneath the surface, understand complex issues and develop innovative answers.

It’s imperative we help each of our communities as they all have their very own unique set of needs and challenges.

Whether it is the impacts created by mine  closures, industry downturns or changing community needs, our goal is to secure a prosperous future for all.

We are counting on your support this October so LGAQ can ensure the State and Federal Governments play their part in improving the social sustainability and the future economies of all Queensland communities.

We are delivering in a changing world and how we plan for our future matters.

For more information on the conference click here.

What is Advocacy?

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is the process of influencing organisations and different levels of government to achieve better outcomes for the community.

Council on its own doesn’t have the power or means to deliver all programs or infrastructure that are required to meet the community needs.

This may be because of limited funding impacting our ability to deliver larger infrastructure projects or it could be because the responsibility for a certain program, policy or piece of infrastructure rests with another level of government.

Through effective advocacy Council can obtain support or funding for these projects or policy positions.

  • Submissions to State and Federal Government.
  • Representing the community by participating in Parliamentary Inquiries.
  • Direct meetings and negotiations with State and Federal Ministers and policy makers.
  • Campaigning during elections to secure funding and policy commitments
  • Engaging with the local State and Federal Members of Parliament on key issues and challenges facing our community.
  • Public media and awareness campaigns highlighting council’s policy positions and key projects.
  • Strategic partnerships with businesses.
  • Regular engagement with key government departments (Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Health, Department of Education etc.)
  • Active involvement in peak industry bodies – Australian Local Government Association and Local Government Association of Queensland.
  • Participating in strategic partnerships with appropriate organisations or associations - Australian Mining Cities Alliance, Queensland Beef Corridors, Road Accident Action Group, Mackay Isaac Tourism, Greater Whitsunday Alliance