Media Release: Hundreds of councillors to attend final LGA conference

25 October 2012

Sunday 28 to Tuesday 30 October 2012

The final Annual Conference to ever be held for the Local Government Association of NSW (LGA), the peak industry body representing 74 metropolitan and major regional councils across the state, will kick-off this Sunday 28 October 2012 in Dubbo.

President of the Local Government Association, Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM, said he expected more than 600 councillors and Mayors from across the state to attend the LGA’s flagship event, where they will consider nearly 100 motions submitted from various NSW councils.

“Delegates will also hear from senior members of the NSW Government, including Minister for Local Government, the Hon Don Page MP, who will make an official address on the first day of the Conference and take part in the awards presentation of the AR Bluett Award – the highest accolade a NSW council can receive,” said Cr Rhoades.

“The Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, the Hon. Brad Hazzard MP, and the President of the Planning Institute of Australia – NSW Division, Sarah Hill, will outline issues in the contentious Planning Green Paper on the second day of the conference,” he said.

“Given the expected impact the Planning reforms will have on all councils throughout the state, I’m sure every delegate in the auditorium will be eager to hear what the next steps are for the NSW Planning system.”

“On the third and final day of the conference, the Chair of the Independent Local Government Review Panel, Professor Graham Sansom, will give council representatives an update on the progress of the review of Local Government in NSW. He will also participate in a Q&A session with delegates, along with his Panel colleagues, Glen Inglis and Jude Munro – both of whom are highly experienced Local Government professionals.”

“Given the number of reviews currently underway involving the Local Government sector in NSW, the 2012 LGA Conference is an excellent opportunity for councillors to hear from and speak with Ministers and independent experts whose recommendations have the potential to dramatically alter how councils operate and function,” said Cr Rhoades.

Other conference highlights include a speech on ‘Supporting Strong Economic Management’ by Peter McKinlay, Director, Local Government Centre, Institute of Public Policy, AUT University, Auckland, as well as Barry Buffier, Chair and Chief Executive, NSW Environment Protection Authority and John Turner, the Chair of the NSW Local Government Act Taskforce.

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Media Enquiries

Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM                  President, Local Government Association: 0408 256 405

Alexandra Power                               LGSA Senior Media Officer: 0408 603 093