LGAQ lines up to talk policies with Labor

WHILE Queensland has been waiting for the official appointment of a new government, the state's Local Government Association has been busy.

Association staff members have been poring over documents, preparing 40 briefing notes to take to the new Cabinet once a government is appointed.

Even before all seats were officially declared, the Local Government Association of Queensland issued a statement saying it was gearing up to pursue policies with a Labor government.

The statement said the LGAQ's advocacy team was working on about 40 briefings to ensure the incoming ministers and staff understood the association's 10-point policy plan along with outstanding issues from the previous LNP government.

These issues included how local council elections would be conducted, the role councils played in managing disasters and future urban and regional planning.

LGAQ president Margaret de Wit said she was also keen to find out the new government's plans for industrial relations, what local councils' roles would be in protecting the Great Barrier Reef, the future of regional development and whether state funding for pensioner concessions on council charges would continue.

"We will hit the ground running as soon as the new ministry is sworn in," Ms de Wit said.

"These are testing times politically and economically, so it's more important than ever that local government's voice is heard in George St."



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