North Queensland Local Government Association NQLGA


Charters Towers Regional Council is the Secretariat for the North Queensland Local Government Association (NQLGA).

The NQLGA represents local governments in Queensland whose area, or part thereof, is north of Latitude 21 - most councils from Isaac to the south, Mount Isa to the west, and Torres Strait Island to the north are members of the association.  Under the association's constitution, the aim of the association is "to render every possible assistance to the Local Governments constituted under the Local Government Act and who are affiliated with the association by taking whatever action is deemed advisable and which will tend to the development of North Queensland and the welfare of its residents."   The NQLGA Constitution is available here

The NQLGA Executive is comprised of:

President - Mayor Liz Schmidt
Vice President - Cr John Woods, Burdekin Shire Council
Executive Member - Cr Kevin Casey, Mackay Regionial Council
Executive Member - Cr Roy Prior, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council
Executive Member - Mayor Belinda Murphy, Mckinlay Shire Council

Executive Member - Mayor Julia Leu, Douglas Shire Council

Executive Member - Mayor Joe Paronella, Tablelands Regional Council

Secretary - Mr Bruce Davidson, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Charters Towers Regional Council

The Secretariat is available at,or by phoning Mrs Helen Dixon on 4761 5354. Postal address is PO Box 189, Charters Towers QLD 4820.

The association holds an annual conference hosted by a member council in its catchment area.  Councillors, local and State government officers, major companies and other stakeholders attend the event.  The programme for the conference includes the general meeting and the annual general meeting of the association, and a number of presentations from guest speakers who provide information and discuss current topics of interest to local governments (including LGAQ). 

The NQLGA conference is a wonderful opportunity for councillors to network with other councillors from across North Queensland, and offers the following benefits:

  • An avenue to discuss issues of concern;
  • Learn of new initiatives in Local Government;
  • Presentations from Government Ministers and their departments which provide up to  date information about current legislation, funding opportunities, projects, and plans for  the future; and
  • Presentations on interesting community events and projects.

Tablelands Regional Council hosted the 2017 conference on 26-28 July 2017 themed "Bringing local government into the 21st century" . Presentation materials are now available for download at

Minutes of the 2017 General Meeting and Annual General Meeting are now available.  

The North Queensland Local Government Association voted at its Annual General Meeting to incorporate under a new body entitled the "Northern Alliance of Councils".   

The 2018 Conference will be hosted by Hinchinbrook Shire Council and held in Ingham on a date to be determined.   A date claimer will be posted when arrangements are confirmed. 

NQLGA Minutes NQLGA Minutes