2016 WA Local Government Convention

2016 WA Local Government Convention
03 Aug
05 Aug


The 2016 WA Local Government Convention was a great success, with more than 650 delegates and 250 Local Government Officers in attendance along with a record 118 exhibitors at the trade exhibition.
Wednesday’s program comprised a political forum with rotational dialogues from key policy areas relating to Local Government, at which discussion provided plenty of food for thought for the audience.
The WALGA AGM dealt with 12 motions, with lively debate surrounding items 4.4 and 4.5 covering planning and Development Assessment Panels. The outcome of this debate was for WALGA to advocate for an independent review of decision making in the WA planning system including the role of DAPs.
This will now be forwarded through the Zone and State Council process for discussion and deliberation at the September State Council meeting.
The Convention program featured a number of outstanding speakers, starting with Sir Robin Wales and his focus on ‘Local Government and local projects’ in London. Australian of the Year, Retired Lt General David Morrison, spoke passionately about diversity and domestic violence and how important it was for all Councils to ensure that diversity was a feature of all that we do, and Tanya Dupagne delivered an inspirational session on the Kulin Camp for Kids.
Former Docker Peter Bell’s breakfast presentation focused on the spirit of community and how important Local Government’s role is in creating a sense of place and community for our young people. The Conference ended on Friday with an outstanding presentation from Michael Crossland, described as a survivor and an entrepreneur. His story was challenging yet inspirational and he finished to a standing ovation.
There were many presentations and opportunities for networking and learning throughout, with the spirit of goodwill and generosity in Local Government shown to be alive and well.
Delegates were encouraged to raise funds for Jeans for Genes Day on Friday, with more than $1100 raise to help medical research into the causes of childhood diseases.
In addition, 47 Elected Members and Local Government Officers were recognised as part of WALGA’s Honours Program with former Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor Ron Yuryevich receiving the Local Government Medal. Click here to view the media release on award recipients.
The Shire of Coolgardie was the overall winner of the populate Banners in the Terrace Competition, with the banners flown along St George’s Terrace demonstrating we live and in amazing and diverse State.  To see all category winners, click here.

More information about the winners for the Banners in the Terrace competition can be found on the media release here.

A number of speakers have provided approval for publication of their presentations - please see below.

Emergency Management - Let the Locals Lead
Steve Joske
Myra Giardini

Changing the Face of Tourism
Rogé Kempe
Nicole Nelson
Evan Hall
Gwyn Dolphin

Finding a Better Way - Childcare in Regional WA
Vicki Kelly
Fleur Wilkinson

Transparency & Empowerment
Richard McKenzie
David Hammond

For more information, email Marketing and Events Support Officer or call (08) 9213 2097.

Register for 2016 WALGA Convention & Trade Exhibition
  • Wednesday, 3 August 2016 to Friday, 5 August 2016
  • 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM ()
  • Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC)
  • FREE EVENT See Registration Form for pricing options
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