Annual Conference

“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely the players...” 
So said William Shakespeare in 1599.
In 2017, we put Queensland councils on the stage and examine all the players and the
parts they play.  The LGMA Annual Conference showcases the work of local governments;
exploring the issues being tackled around the state in an effort to continuously improve
service delivery in the community and performance within each local government.  As
each of us seek to play our part in the sector, the Annual Conference provides an
opportunity to learn from colleagues, discuss challenges and pursue collaborative

LGMA welcomes you to join colleagues on the Gold Coast in September and share this
event showcasing Queensland local government.

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. 

Registration and Schedule 

Tuesday, 12 September, 2017
10.00am – 2.00pm *LGMA Queensland Golf Day 
3.30pm – 4.30pm Registration 
4.30pm – 6.00pm President’s Welcome Reception 
Evening at Leisure 
*All Queensland councils are welcome to attend the Golf Day (not just conference attendees!) 

Wednesday, 13 September, 2017
08.45am Welcome
09.00am – 3.00pm Conference Sessions  
3.00pm LGMA Queensland AGM 
3.30pm – 5.00pm Beach vs. Bush Challenge  
Evening at leisure 

Thursday, 14 September, 2017
08.30am Welcome back
09.00am – 3.00pm Conference Sessions 
6.30pm – 11.30pm Gala Dinner 

Full Registration includes: President’s Welcome, Beach vs. Bush Activity, all Conference Sessions and the
Conference Dinner

The full programme is available HERE.

The conference registration form is available HERE.

Conference Venue

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

Telephone: 07 5555 7700


 Here is the accommodation form for the Mercure - please complete and return this form to our team on

2017 LGMA GOLF DAY!    

Join us for a round of Golf to kick start the 2017 Annual Conference and catch up with local government colleagues!

Date: Tuesday 12 September 2017
Venue: Palm Meadows Golf Course – Mercure Gold Coast Resort, 64 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara
Times: Tee off from 10.00am
Costs: $80.00 per person (includes cart, 9 holes of golf and snack)
Hire equipment: Full set $30.00; Premium set $45.00 (please advise - left or right handed)
Dress code: Collared shirts required, no denim or board shorts, appropriate footwear (no work boots or open sandals/thongs)
Attendees: All local government staff are welcome!

For further information please contact us on 07 3174 5006 or

2017 Corporate Partners (there are still partnerships available - please contact LGMA for more information)

Principal Partner

King and Company Solicitors                                                                   

Platinum Partners

Preston Law



Executive Partners

Peak Services

Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Mead Perry Group








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.


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