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The Local Government Annual Conference will be held on the Sunshine Coast from 11-13 September 2018.

LGMA Queensland’s Annual Conference is our flagship event and is Queensland local government’s premier forum for exploring, analysing and exchanging ideas on issues that affect the local government sector. Join us for the ‘Regenerate’ theme!

Come along to meet like-minded professionals to network, collaborate and share experiences and ideas. You will find the Programme here.  Register now by downloading the registration form here or


Please find Accommodation information here.

The Sunshine Coast will be the 2018 destination before we head ‘West’ in 2019!

Why attend this conference?

Our People, Our Organisations, Our Community and Our Land

Increasing pressure on the environment, our people and our organisations has contributed to long-term negative outcomes for all.  Workforce productivity reduces in the face of increased stress and burnout is not as rare as we would like.  In many communities our land is struggling to cope with pressures on water, issues of managing waste and the conflicts between development and preservation priorities.  Climate change and the associated increases in weather volatility puts pressure on communities to deal with natural disasters and, in others, the slow burn of sea level rise, increased aridity and fauna extinction is a challenge for leaders in communities.

While sustainability and sustainable development are at the forefront of strategy and planning, for many pieces of the puzzle, it may be too little, too late.  Instead, the agenda must shift to regeneration and regenerative development.  In some instances, including some environmental matters, communities and employees, we have to go beyond sustaining what is now and replenish what was there or create something entirely new.  This is the challenge of regeneration.

But despite these challenges, there are local governments across the state who have risen to the challenge and are actively seeking to introduce regenerative measures.  Some are well advanced, others just starting off.

This conference seeks to look beyond the next ten years to consider the longer-term challenges local government and the communities we serve will face.  Through future thinking and mega-trend analysis, delegates will have an opportunity to explore what we are to on track to be, what we could be and what we need to avoid being, as we approach the middle of this century.  Because what we choose to do now, will have a significant impact on that future that our children and grandchildren hope to enjoy.


Throughout the two days, delegates will consider a number of mega-trends likely to impact Queensland local government over coming decades.
They will also hear from a number of councils who have taken action towards regeneration in a number of key areas.
And finally, you will have the opportunity to consider reengineering the structure of local government.  How you would create a new local government system and entities which meet current and future needs of communities.  How would a regenerated sector look?


  • Democratic participation, populism, engagement
  • Workforce supply, demand and motivations
  • Technology
  • Socio-economic and demographic shifts

Case studies

  • Energy
  • Climate change (including waste, water etc)
  • 'Smart’ tech
  • Economic Development
  • Collaboration

Future-thinking Themes

  • One size does not fit all
  • Economic development: beyond sustainability and toward regeneration
  • CEO tenure: trends and impacts
  • Clusters and collaboration
  • Community education and participation
  • Organisational practices and planning

Conference Venue

Novotel Twin Waters Resort, 270 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters, Queensland

Telephone: 07 5448 8000


Tuesday 11 September 2018
10.00am – 2.00pm LGMA Queensland Golf Day
3.30pm – 4.30pm Registration
4.30pm – 6.00pm President’s Welcome Reception
Evening at Leisure

Wednesday 12 September 2018
08.30am – 3.15pm Conference Sessions
3.15pm LGMA Queensland AGM
4.00pm – 5.30pm Beach vs. Bush Cricket Challenge (Social Cricket Match)
5.30pm – 7.00pm Sponsors’ Social Session/s

Thursday 13 September 2018
07.00am – Outdoor Activity (Optional)
08.30am - 3.00pm Conference Sessions
6.30pm – 11.30pm Gala Dinner

Things to do on the Sunshine Coast.

 The fine print.

keynote presenters 

Professor Sohail Inayatullah professor sohail inayatullah

Professor Sohail Inayatullah is the first Unesco Chair in Futures. He is a political scientist/futurist at Tamkang University, Taiwan and the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is also an associate at Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne and is the Director of Metafuture.org, an international think-tank focused on creating alternative and preferred futures.  He has lived in Brisbane and Mooloolaba since 1994.  He can be seen frequently body surfing at beaches throughout South East Queensland.
His most recent book is Asia 2038: Ten disruptions that change everything.


Bruce Sullivan is one of Australia’s most dynamic and sought-after keynote speakers and is a proven performer in achieving results through people for over 27 years.

Bruce has worked with individuals, families, businesses and communities providing education and opportunities for personal improvement.  It is this experience that has given Bruce a unique understanding of our ability to relate to one another in the workplace and at home.  This is what sets his work apart and gives practical and timely insight into the human side of the corporate environment.
He brings to the professional speaking environment a diverse and successful career.  Managing his own businesses since his teens, he has confirmed his business acumen in the areas of retailing, service, wholesale operations and real estate.  By age 24 he had established his own million-dollar network of businesses.
Bruce will engage and inspire you to do what it takes to be the best that you can possibly be in a world where change is constant and relationships are fragile.

The Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe MPThe Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP

Stirling Hinchliffe is the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

Stirling has served in a variety of economic and social portfolios, overseeing the development of affordable housing choices, a strong regional plan balancing economic growth and protection of our local environment, and delivering employment programs including Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

As Local Government Minister, Stirling recently oversaw the passage of historic new laws aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in the sector.

Prior to his election as the State Member for Sandgate Stirling worked for a training company and has worked in public and private sector jobs and run his own small business.


We are very pleased to confirm the following guest
presenters/facilitators will be attending the Annual Conference:

Ken Diehm - CEO, Fraser Coast Regional Council
Linda Cardew - CEO, Cook Shire Council
Robert Andrews - Chief Information Officer, City of Gold Coast
Troy Pettiford - Chief Operating Officer, Whitsunday Regional Council
Matthew Magin - CEO, Balonne Shire Council
David Keenan - CEO, Southern Downs Regional Council
Gerard Carlyon -  Director Development Services, Mackay Regional Council
Ian Hatton - Digital City Program Manager, City of Gold Coast
Grant Hinner - Program Coordinator Climate Change Adaption, Noosa Council
Bernard Smith - CEO, Gympie Regional Council
Brett de Chastel - CEO, Noosa Council
Sharon Daishe - CEO, Burke Shire Council
Ray Burton - Acting CEO, North Burnett Regional Council
Gary Stevenson - CEO, Isaac Regional Council
Chris Rose - Strategic Leadership Associate, Blackadder Associates
Andrew Chesterman - CEO, Redland City Council

we thank our Corporate Partners who include:

Principal Partner

Platinum Partners















2017 Annual Conference

In 2017, we put Queensland councils on the stage and examined 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 opportunities.

Photos of the event are HERE.

Guest Presenters

If you enjoyed the Annual Conference and want a refresher on topics covered, please find the Guest Speaker presentations below.







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