2018 WA Local Government Convention & Trade Exhibition

2018 WA Local Government Convention & Trade Exhibition

The 2018 WA Local Government Convention was a great success with more than 500 delegates and 150 Local Government Officers in attendance, along with the 107 exhibitors who populated the Trade Exhibition. WALGA President, Cr Lynne Craigie, led from the front across three event-packed days, and kept the program on time and under control.

A Mayors and Presidents’ Forum was held on Tuesday, 31 July which provided an update on the national broadband network and its rollout in WA, followed by a Commissioner’s perspective on the role at the City of Perth.

Wednesday’s program comprised a Political Forum with key Ministers, followed by a rotational dialogues from a range public service leaders at which discussion provided plenty of opportunity for exploring local issues.

The Convention program featured a number of outstanding speakers, across both plenary and topic specific concurrent sessions. Opening keynote speaker, Anh Do, shared a moving and engaging account of his family and how they arrived in Australia. It was a touching story of resilience, grit and optimism.

The political panel session hosted by broadcaster Liam Bartlett, featured former senator Jacqui Lambie, former Premier of NSW Hon Bob Carr and former Senator for South Australia Natasha Stott Despoja.

Former Australian cricketer, Brad Hogg, gave an engaging breakfast presentation focused on the success and failures that built his career. The Convention wrapped up on Friday with Paul Huschilt's World Famous Convention Ending Summary.

A range of honours and awards were presented, recognising the achievements of both individuals and Councils in service to the Local Government sector, as well as in the areas of ANZAC Day events, accessible communities and safety.
Click here for the media release and the full list of Honours Award winners.

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.

With a wonderful display of community banners flying in St George’s Terrace, the Shire of Harvey was the overall winner of the popular Banners in the Terrace Competition. To see all category winners, click here.

The 2019 WA Local Government Convention is scheduled for Wednesday, 7 - Friday, 9 August 2019 at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

For further information, please contact Ulla Prill, Marketing and Events Officer on (08) 9213 2043 or email uprill@walga.asn.au.



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