Water top of LGA?s agenda

By NATALIE SMITH bulletincoast@capnews.com.au

COASTAL protection and water controls will be among the topics discussed at an urban local government conference at Yeppoon this week.

About 30 mayors and councillors from across Queensland will descend on the Capricorn Coast from Wednesday for the 54th annual Urban Local Government Association conference at Rydges Capricorn Resort.

About 150 delegates are expected to attend the three-day conference, which will be hosted by Livingstone Shire Council. It will be opened by State Local Government and Planning Minister Desley Boyle.

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig welcomed the ULGA to the Cap-ricorn Coast and said it was not only an important part of the process for better local government but also a boon for the region.

"Obviously there's financial benefits for the region by attracting a large conference like this but it also gives Livingstone an opportunity to showcase our region to councils from across the state,'' he said.

The urban local government conference represents about 80% of the state's population and will include Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Mackay and Townsville City.

Other key issues on the agenda include increased funding for community safety services, sustainability planning, budget accommodation buildings and places of heritage significance.



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