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Round 3 for all regional councils eligible under the Regional Capital Fund, Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund, and Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund is currently underway with 127 shortlisted projects (PDF icon 101 KB). Detailed applications have closed and are now being assessed. Successful projects will be announced by mid-year 2017.


LGAQ Grant Writing Support

The Department of State Development has made available free consultancy support of up to 15 hours per project to assist Councils improve the quality of their applications.

Click for details of how the support will work for Building our Regions 

The consultancy support will be provided to council through a panel of experts established and managed by LGAQ Total Solutions.

To book in your free consultancy support.  Please contact Nikki Holden on 07 3000 2177 or or Katrina Donaghy at

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Councils eligible for funding under the Regional Capital Fund, Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund, and Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund are eligible for 15 hours of free grants assistance per project.

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LGAQ Total Solutions has put together an expert panel of talented and experienced consultants to assist and support councils.

Click to download Expert Panel Register or see below for individual consultant profiles


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Bronwyn Cairns

Graduating in 2005 after studying externally, Bronwyn has 24 years business experience gained through work in local government, both as a staff member and contractor, and in the provision of consulting services. Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Business and Master of Business Administration.

Char-Lee Moyle

Dr Char-lee Moyle (nee McLennan) holds a Bachelor of Hotel Management/Bachelor of Business (Honours I) majoring in Financial Economics and Event Management from Griffith University, as well as a PhD in Tourism Economics from the University of Queensland (UQ). Char-lee’s PhD research, which investigated how small agricultural regions transform into large urban tourism destinations, won multiple awards, including the UQ Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence. Char-lee has considerable expertise developing grants and is a highly skilled researcher proficient in the use of several research software packages including STATA, R, SAS and Leximancer.

Fiona Brady

Fiona Brady brings over 15 years’ experience working in remote local government councils in a range of finance, administration and training roles. She is passionate about increasing the sustainability and liveability of small communities. Fiona holds qualifications in Education and Arts and has published numerous academic papers and book chapters in the field of Indigenous ICT.

Ged Brennan

Graduating in 1988, Ged has 28 years’ experience in state and local government and consulting firms. He formed GenEng Solutions in 2011. GenEng is a professional engineering consultancy focused on providing advanced skills to fill roles of Owner’s Representative and Project Manager for major undertakings, particularly supporting infrastructure delivery and planning projects in Southern Queensland. Ged holds a Bachelor of Engineering (with Distinction), Graduate Diploma in Municipal Engineering and Graduate Diploma of Management.

Katrina Donaghy

Katrina holds a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) and a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneur and Venture Development from Griffith University. Katrina uses her well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills together with her commercial acumen to facilitate business development and growth to a broad cross section of work environments and industries.

Lana Maki

Lana Maki, a former councillor of Sarina in Queensland, has an extensive background in managing delivery of a wide range of building related projects - she is a qualified building designer with 20 years’ experience in design management, property development, project management and facilities management, and has a strong understanding of both land use planning and building regulation.

Nayim Kabir

Nayim has seven years’ experience in electrical engineering and sustainable energy management and has undertaken a variety of roles as electrical engineer, researcher and engineering manager at DHV Netherlands (hydro-power systems), Queensland University of Technology, Infinity Power (solar and energy systems provider) and Bainbridge Technologies (power electronics and power system solution experts). Nayim holds a first class honours degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a PhD degree in Power & Energy Systems.

Phil Harding

A professional with over 20 years’ experience at senior level, Phil is well respected for managing numerous projects through to completion, including engaging key stakeholders. He is practical and passionate about delivering quality measurable outcomes. Phil has expertise in strategy development and delivery which is complemented by his strong commercial acumen and financial management.

Philip Keirle

As Chief Executive Officer of Burke Shire Council, Phil engineered widespread governance reforms to this remote Council, securing over $10m in grant funding in a 3.5 year period to deliver core infrastructure projects. He also implemented a comprehensive suite of financial sustainability initiatives, and helped to unlock a great deal of land and opportunity through negotiating successful Native Title outcomes with Traditional Owners in the Gulf country. Philip holds a Bachelor of Laws and PhD in History/Politics.

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