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Propeller Programme

One of LGMA’s signature training programmes, Propeller provides delegates with the opportunity to team up with LG officers from other councils to share knowledge/information and learn about LG experiences from other Queensland councils. 

Propeller is a commitment of nine workshops (3 in Brisbane and 6 at councils + travel and team time for workshop and project commitments). It is the ideal programme to learn more about LG, build networks and collaborate with other council officers working in Queensland.

This programme is suitable for council officers of any age, experience, role, level and interests.  It is a unique experiential learning opportunity for personal and professional development.  

Key elements of the programme include:

  • Exposing participants to a broad range of local government experiences and insights at a shire, city, regional and aboriginal council perspective
  • In small teams, participants self-manage 1-2 workshops, necessitating the use of good communication skills, a high level of negotiation and influencing skills, project management and interpersonal skills
  • Exploring and evaluating local government case studies and other learning materials that can be readily applied to daily leadership and management practices in a work environment
  • Participation in the group project and combined team memoir (To see what previous Propeller groups experienced, please scroll down to view their memoirs / projects)

Propeller 2024

The 2024 Propeller Programme commenced in Brisbane on 20-21 March where the participants met for the first time!

The group spent two days together and they are now in the process of organising the six workshops hosted by:

Gladstone Regional Council / Rockhampton Regional Council – May

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council / Redland City Council – June

Noosa Council / Ipswich City Council – July

Additionally, the Propeller cohort will complete a project and memoir throughout the five-month programme before finishing up in Brisbane in August.

Propeller 2023

Propeller 2023 included: 

28-29 March Introductory Forum in Brisbane

31 May - Livingstone Shire Council

 1 June - Rockhampton Regional Council

11 July - City of Gold Coast

12 July - Moreton Bay Regional Council

13 Sept - Western Downs Regional Council

14 Sept - Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council

4 Oct - Final Forum in Brisbane 

A visual snapshot of the 2023 Propeller Programme is here.

Propeller 2022

The 2022 Propeller Programme has taken off and landed!

After gathering in Brisbane in April for the Introductory Forum, the group headed out to visit six Qld councils. 

Thank you to the delegates' councils and to the councils hosting the workshops.  

Back Row: Pieter Kruger - GRC; Melissa Corfield - BSC; Sarah Hunter - Gladstone; Sharon Jansen - Isaac; Keanu Johnston - Cairns; Mark Sulovski - WDRC; Norman Caldwell - Isaac;

Mark Callaghan - WRC

Front Row: Julie Lyons - LVRC; Fiona Wade - RCC; Tanya O'Brien - LVRC; Karen Lyon - FCRC; Ishor Gurung - Mackay; Rosie Schmidt - SBRC.

2022 Programme

Introductory Forum: April 27-28 (Brisbane)

Workshops and Host Councils:

2 June - Mackay Regional Council

3 June - Whitsunday Regional Council

26 July - Cairns Regional Council

27 July - Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council

14 Sept - Ipswich City Council

15 Sept - Redland City Council

Final Forum: 5 Oct (Brisbane)

Propeller Programme 2023

Propeller Programme 2022

Group Project and Memoir

Propeller Programme 2020/2021

Group Project and Memoir

Propeller Programme 2019 

Group Project and Memoir

Propeller Programme 2018 



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