2019 WA Local Government Convention

2019 WA Local Government Convention

Wednesday, 7 - Friday, 9 August 2019
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

The WA Local Government Convention 2019 was a great success, with nearly 450 delegates and 150 Local Government Officers in attendance along with the 89 exhibitors who populated the Trade Exhibition.

WALGA President, Cr Lynne Craigie, together with CEO, Nick Sloan and Deputy President, Mayor Tracey Roberts hosted guest speakers and chaired sessions across the three day program, with a number of events also held alongside the speaker program.
 
Wednesday’s program comprised a political forum with rotational dialogues from key policy areas relating to Local Government, followed by the WALGA AGM at which nine items were debated with consequent resolutions recorded.
 
The Convention program featured a number of outstanding speakers, across both plenary and topic specific concurrent sessions. Opening keynote speaker, Lord Sebastian Coe spoke about the importance of building a strong team and remaining focused on the over-arching vision when confronted with obstacles.
 
A panel featuring Local Government Minister, David Templeman MLA; Professor Roberta Ryan; Manjimup Shire President, Paul Omodei and Civic Legal’s Anthony Quahe discussed the role of Local Government in addressing place-based challenges, as well as possible changes arising from the review of the Local Government Act. Professor Ryan’s opening remarks highlighted the important role Local Government plays economically and socially in all of our communities.
 
Friday’s political session featuring Gary Adshead and Hugh Riminton provided substantial insight into the broader political context in Western Australia and at the Federal level.
 
New Zealand’s Cr Dale Williams provided his inspirational perspective on local solutions to local problems, driven by the knowledge and passion of local people working together.

Australian football legend Rodney Eade gave an engaging breakfast presentation focused on leadership and building successful teams. The Conference ended on Friday with Andy Dexterity’s unique take on inclusion.

29 Local Government Elected Members and Officers received a Local Government Honours Award as part of the Convention. Armadale Mayor, Henry Zelones OAM JP was awarded the prestigious Local Government Medal, and WALGA Deputy President Mayor Tracey Roberts was awarded Life Membership.

Click here for the media release and the full list of Honours Award winners.

Across the many concurrent sessions, breaks and social events there were many opportunities for delegates to engage in networking and learning across the three days of the program.

The former Banners in the Terrace Competition transformed into the digital #shoWcAse in Pixels, with artworks displayed on screen in Yagan Square. The Shire of Meekatharra was the overall winner of the competition. To see all the category winners, click here.

 

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