Annual Conference

The 2017 LGMA Queensland Annual Conference will be held on the Gold Coast on 12-14 September

The 2017 LGMA Queensland Annual Conference plans are well under way. Please see below for a draft overview. 

Draft Schedule

Tuesday, 12 September, 2017

10.00am – 2.00pm *LGMA Queensland Golf Day

3.00pm – 4.00pm Registration

5.00pm – 6.30pm President’s Welcome Reception

Evening at Leisure


Wednesday, 13 September, 2017

06.15am – Fun Run/Walk

08.45am Welcome

09.00am – 2.45pm Conference Sessions

2.45pm – 3.00pm LGMA Queensland AGM

4.00pm – 5.30pm Beach vs. Bush Challenge

Evening at leisure


Thursday, 14 September, 2017

08.45am Welcome back

09.00am – 3.00pm Conference Sessions

6.00pm – 11.00pm Conference Dinner

*All Queensland councils are welcome to attend the Golf Day (not just conference attendees!)



Conference Venue

Mercure Gold Coast Resort, 64 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara, 4211

Telephone: 07 5555 7700



Some of the many facilities on offer at Mercure Gold Coast Resort include four floodlit tennis courts, a day spa, a fully equipped fitness centre, a spa and sauna, a restaurant and bar, laundry facilities, WIFI access, 24hr reception and in-room dining.  Enjoy the swimming pool, golf course and the close proximity to Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Mermaid Beach.



Room types and rates are subject to availability. 

 Standard Room from $139.00 per room per night

·         Includes one king size bed or two queen size beds

·         Tea and coffee making facilities

·         In room safes

·         Balcony or courtyard in all rooms

·         Check in at 2pm and check out at 11.00am


Superior Room from $169.00 per room per night

·         Includes one king size bed or two queen size bed

·         Tea and coffee making facilities

·         Wi-fi and internet access available

·         In room safes

·         Flat screen TV

·         Balcony or courtyard in all rooms

·         Check in at 2pm and check out at 11.00am



·         Full buffet breakfast is available daily from 06.30am at a special rate of $20.00 per person per day (reduced from $27.50pp).


Getting There

Brisbane’s domestic airport is less than an hour’s drive to the Gold Coast.  From Brisbane take the Pacific Motorway heading south towards Nerang.  Continue towards Gooding Drive, Carrara.  Veer left onto Gooding Drive Merrimac ramp.  Veer left onto Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara.


Please visit the hotel website for precise directions:


Airport Transfer Company (from Brisbane)

Phone: 1300 282 111

Office Hours: Mon – Sun: 8am till 6pm




Things to see and do

·         Beaches

·         Water activities

·         Theme Parks

·         Zoos, Sanctuaries and Wildlife Parks

·         Cafes, Restaurants and Bars

·         Shopping

·         Tamborine Mountain

·         Lamington National Park


Spring (September - November) on the Gold Coast offers sunny days followed by mild tropical evenings.  The temperature ranges between 15-25°C.


Registration will be available from 1 June, 2017.

 Conference Contact

LGMA Queensland

Telephone: 07 3174 5006


The 2016 LGMA Queensland Annual Conference was held in Port Douglas on 6-8 September

This topical and insightful conference brought together local government officers from across the state to consider key trends and challenge in leading communities; the challenges of engagement, driving behaviour change, reading community needs and motivations and managing the lines between elected and appointed officials. The conference will allow you to explore leadership in the local government context, considering the way we interact with our communities, the information we provide, the power we delegate through partnerships and the way we lead and structure our organisations – Queensland councils. Do the results of elections, for example, actually send a relevant and important message to officers about what our communities value and their level of trust in the organisation as a whole, rather than just a message about political affiliation? 

The Animating Leadership Conference explored this and other pertinent aspects of local government leadership through the perspectives of politicians from all spheres of government, the media, academia and the business world. Thank you to our wonderful hosts; Douglas Shire Council!

Our Speakers

Jim Myhill - Contextualizing Leadership Challenges 

Geoff Woolcock - Harnessing Resources: Empowering Communities to Deliver (Presentation available upon request)

Paul Higgins - Trend Conversations: Foresight For Your Organisation

Professor Sandra Harding - Leading For Engagement and Change

Yvette D'Ath MP - Leading Queensland Communities

Dr Gillian Kay - Shared Value: An Innovative Approach To Building Social Capital

Dr Angela Dean - Engaging Communities For Behavioral Change 

Nigel Collin - Creating Ownership: Better Business Conversations

Please find the programme HERE. 

Photos of the event are HERE.

2016 Annual Conference Partners

Thank you to all our amazing Conference Partners who helped make conference the success that it was!





Principal Partner

King and Company Solicitors                                                                   

Platinum Partners

Local Buy Pty Ltd

Preston Law


Executive Partners

Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Mead Perry Group


Conference Partner

McCullough Robertson



Task Exchange

MacDonnells Law

Redman Solutions

Leading Roles

MAGIQ Software

Technology One


Queensland Treasury Corporation

Secretariat Desk Partner

Ergon Energy

Lanyard Partner

Active Assurance

Keynote Speaker Partner

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Session Partners


.id - The population experts 

Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers

Lunch Partners



Dinner Partners

CT Management

LO-GO Appointments

Advertising Partner

Noble Works

Manager of the Year



Local government is full of amazing and innovative ideas. The 2015 Annual Conference gave local government leaders an opportunity to explore new and different approaches, capitalising on the collective brilliance of the sector. 

Working with a series of ‘seed’ ideas, the conference explored the application of tried and true approaches in new and innovative ways and also the implementation of the new and different in tried and true ways – and every combination in between.

Drawing on the experiences, thoughts and ideas of our newest recruits as well as our most experienced officers, the Ideas’ Incubator offered a range of practical and innovative ideas to consider in your council.

In 2015, the conference was held in Gladstone. Find a copy of the programme here

Our Partners