Friday, March 1, 2024

Queensland partners in Government agreement signed

The peak body representing Queensland’s 77 councils, the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), has welcomed the renewal of the Partners-In-Government-Agreement by Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Premier Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Steven Miles joined with LGAQ President, Sunshine Coast Council Mayor, Mark Jamieson and LGAQ CEO, Alison Smith at Parliament House on Tuesday for the signing of the three-year Agreement.

The agreement between the State Government and the LGAQ, on behalf of Queensland councils, details the key principles underlying the relationship between the State and local governments and establishes the foundation for effective negotiation and engagement between both levels of government. 

Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government, Steven Miles said he was proud to co-sign the agreement.

“The Agreement has been in place for over a decade and continues the tradition of working in a genuine partnership to maintain and improve our great Queensland lifestyle,” Mr Miles said.

“At its heart, the Agreement is about delivering the best for Queenslanders with objectives including supporting jobs and investing in skills, keeping Queenslanders safe, protecting the environment, growing our regions and honouring and embracing our cultural history.

“It shows a continued commitment to strengthen the long-term capacity, resilience and infrastructure in our communities and with both levels of government working together, great things are being achieved for the people of Queensland.”

Mayor Jamieson said the agreement acknowledges that local government is the closest level of government to the community, affecting the lives of everyday Queenslanders and acknowledging local government as a genuine partner in the Australian government system.  

“The intent of the Agreement is to continue the tradition of working in genuine partnership to improve the quality of life for all Queenslanders to enjoy,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“By identifying the roles and responsibilities of each party, it provides a solid foundation for effective negotiation and engagement between both levels of government. 

“The LGAQ is committed to working with the Queensland Government and will continue to be a passionate advocate for councils, to serve our joint jurisdiction for the people of Queensland.

“We’d like to acknowledge and thank the Premier for signing this renewal of the Partners-In-Government-Agreement and all that means for the positive working relationship between different levels of government,” he said.

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