President of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), Mark Jamieson, has announced that he will step down from his position, after more than seven years of service in his role.
Mayor Jamieson will leave his role in March 2024, after serving 12 years at Sunshine Coast Council and seven years as president.
Under the terms of the LGAQ Constitution, Mayor Jamieson will complete his tenure as President of the LGAQ 90 days after the 16 March 2024 elections.
LGAQ CEO, Alison Smith, thanked Mayor Jamieson for his outstanding service to his community and the Queensland local government sector.
“On behalf of Queensland’s 77 councils, I’d like to thank Mayor Jamieson for his stewardship of the LGAQ and his commitment to its members and their communities,” Ms Smith said.
“No-one is more committed to their communities than local councillors, and Mayor Jamieson’s achievements in office are testament to that.
“Mayor Jamieson’s leadership has helped reinforce local councils as the level of government closest to their communities, at the same time as ensuring the LGAQ is heard and listened to in the corridors of power.
“He helped spearhead significant campaigns to improve accountability inside the Crime and Corruption Commission, he helped highlight the unworkable and damaging councillor conduct provisions that needed to be reformed, made sure communities and councils were heard during the Covid response and natural disasters, and sounded the alarm on the housing crisis.
“During his time as President, he has led LGAQ delegations to all corners of the state and the nation, which have provided valuable on-the-ground learnings from members and communities, as well as fighting tenaciously for the fair and firm funding all Queensland communities deserve to enhance liveability.”
ALGA commends Mayor Jamieson
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has applauded Sunshine Coast Council Mayor LGAQ President Mark Jamieson for an outstanding career in local government.
ALGA President, Councillor Linda Scott, sincerely thanked Mayor Jamieson for his long and effective service to councils at a local, state and national level.
“On behalf of Australia’s 537 councils, I sincerely congratulate Mayor Jamieson for his outstanding contribution to and leadership of local government,” Cr Scott said.
“Mayor Jamieson has enjoyed a wonderful career, including serving as LGAQ President for the past seven years.
“He also served on our ALGA board for four years, making a significant contribution to local government policy at the national level, and helping secure a better deal for our communities.
“Mayor Jamieson was also an instrumental leader in championing the bid for Queensland to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032, and leaves a considerable local, state and national legacy.
“I wish Mayor Jamieson all the best for his future endeavours and thank him sincerely for his contributions to local government and the communities we serve,” said Cr Scott.
Featured image: Mayor Jamieson. Image courtesy of ALGA.