Supporting Local Government
Peak is 100% owned by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) and operate as a profit-for-purpose enterprise. This means all profits go towards boosting the LGAQ’s work of advising, supporting and representing Queensland’s councils.
We are here to support your community
We support the communities where we live and do business and we demonstrate this by sponsoring a variety of local events across Queensland. These events and initiatives are run by councils - contributing to fundraising for local causes, boosting economic development and enhancing liveability across the state.
As well as direct sponsorship, we partner with councils to deliver numerous benefits to local communities, including grant writing assistance to secure funding for key projects, supporting the participation of local suppliers in procurement programs and delivering project management support for social infrastructure projects.
A sample of community initiatives include, without limitation:
- Sponsorship of the Indigenous Leaders Forum (2020)
- Sponsorship of the Butch Lenton Memorial Bush Council Innovation Award ($10,000 bursary which is invested towards the nominated innovative activity in a Queensland bush council).
- Project Management of Social Infrastructure Projects such as the Waltzing Matilda Centre reinvention when the original centre, an Australian icon which was lost to fire.
- ‘Grow Local’ procurement initiative helping rural/regional councils focus on ensuring their local suppliers are represented on Local Buy’s panels.
- Provided financial relief for small and regional suppliers on Local Buy panels during Covid-19.
- Grant writing assistance to sure funds for remote and Indigenous councils such as revitalisation of the Ration Shed Museum at Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council.
- Training for remote communities online, through a web-based Learning Management System (LMS) allowing councils to efficiently and cost effectively upskill their staff.
- We run a Community Sponsorship Program, which in the last year supported 9 local events across the state. From the Cloncurry Innovation Form to the Emerging Leaders Bursary in Balonne, we are constantly investing back into the community we’ve been set up to support.
Community Sponsorship Program
Peak prides itself on supporting local community activities and have introduced a Community Sponsorship Program. Peak operations and people are part of the fabric of rural and regional Queensland.
Below is the schedule outlining all sponsorship for FY19/20. In determining what events and initiatives this program supports, Peak assesses the overall application by the council to determine the impact on various aspects including liveability, economic development and social outcomes, with an overall aim of supporting innovation and building community resilience.
What we supported:
- Provided a grant the Chinchilla Placemaking Project in Western Downs to stimulate community pride and boost Chinchilla’s tourism. The project gave a modern makeover with artwork reflecting iconic parts of the district including watermelons, Charley’s Creek and the prickly pear to shop fronts.
- Balonne Shire Council Emerging Leaders Bursary to support emerging leaders' program in the Balonne Shire and build capability and future opportunities for the youth of Balonne.
- Cherbourg Legends of League community event.
- Granite Christmas Farm in Southern Downs. A fundraiser and appreciation event for the residents and fire fighters of Applethorpe after recent events
- Cloncurry Innovation Forum which helps to create a future vision for Cloncurry.
- Sunshine Coast Mayoral Ball – proceeds went to Sunnykids.
- Sponsor of the Cunnamulla Fella Festival.
Note. A number of events that had been approved for support were impacted by COVID-19 and did not go ahead – these are not listed above
Butch Lenton Memorial Bush Councils Innovation Award
- The Butch Lenton Memorial Bush Council Innovation Award in recognition of the innovative contribution to Queensland made by Graeme ‘Butch’ Lenton as Mayor of Winton. The applications were judged by a committee made up of LGAQ Chief Executive Officer Greg Hallam AM, Peak Services Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Brent Reeman, Mayor of Barcaldine Regional Council Rob Chandler and Mayor of McKinlay Shire Council Belinda Murphy.
The 2019 award was presented at the LGAQ Annual Conference to Cr Kathy Duff from South Burnett Regional Council. Cr Duff was nominated for this award by Cr Ros Heit for the Proston Community Revival Project.