20 September 2016
Powell welcomes new LGAQ President and farewells LGAQ stalwart
Shadow Local Government Minister Andrew Powell has congratulated Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson on his election as Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President at the 2016 Annual Conference.
Mr Powell said he was looking forward to continuing and broadening the close working relationship with Cr Jamieson that had developed through their roles as Sunshine Coast elected representatives.
“As the Member for Glass House I’ve witnessed first-hand Mark’s advocacy for the Sunshine Coast Council and we’ve been able to work together to deliver real outcomes,” Mr Powell said.
“As Shadow Local Government Minister I’m confident we can work just as closely to deliver for councils right across Queensland.
“I’m sure Mark will hit the ground running as President and I look forward to talking to him about how the LNP Opposition can support Mayors and Councillors around the state.
“In my address to the LGAQ’s conference this morning I spoke about how the LNP’s priorities align with council priorities – local jobs and infrastructure investment to get Queensland moving.
“There are big issues to tackle for local government including financial sustainability, disaster recovery, community resilience and industrial relations but Mark is more than capable of charting the route forward.”
Mr Powell also paid tribute to LGAQ General Manager – Advocacy, Greg Hoffman, ahead of his departure from the organisation this month.
“If there is someone who is attuned to the diversity of needs of councils across the state it is Greg Hoffman,” he said.
“Those who have been around councils for a long time tell me Greg breathed life back into the LGAQ when it needed it most.
“Since 1982, Greg has been standing up for local governments – he has the respect of Mayors and Councillors, Federal and State MPs of all political persuasions.
“He knows our local communities are strongest when local councils are strong – and that’s what he has always advocated for.
“The reason local government issues get placed prominently on the desks of decision-makers is largely due to Greg’s tireless efforts.
“I thank Greg for his tireless dedication over so many years and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”