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Annual Local Government Conference 2024 

The Local Government Conference is scheduled for Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29 August 2024!  

Destination: Cairns - Save the dates

Leading from the Front: Leading from the Back

One of the challenges local government leaders face is that our organisations need to be chameleons, constantly shifting approach to meet varied demands.

At times, we are innovators, leading from the front and providing a pathway for our communities that they may not yet have considered or not be fully understanding of.  At other times, our role is to sit back and allow community to step up and lead themselves, perhaps with some facilitation or enabling actions at our end.

As with all leaders, it is easy to get stuck in one role, creating a culture, approach and mindset that matches the chosen leadership model. 

The 2024 Local Government Conference will explore the two approaches and consider what to use when and how to adapt local government leadership to meet both the immediate and long-term needs of your community.

Join colleagues from across Queensland as we explore what leadership in local government looks like, learning from experienced and new local government officers, academics and thought leaders.

Venue: Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns - 1 Pier Point Road, Cairns   Q   4870


Tuesday 27 August 2024

3.30pm – 4.30pm Registration

4.30pm – 6.30pm President’s Welcome Reception

Evening at Leisure

Wednesday 28 August 2024

08.45am Welcome

09.00am – 3.00pm Conference Sessions

3.00pm LGMA AGM

4.00pm – 5.30pm Beach vs. Bush Challenge

Evening at Leisure

Thursday 29 August 2024

08.30am – 3.00pm Conference Sessions

6.30pm – 10.30pm Gala Dinner


Full registration includes the President's Welcome Reception on Tuesday, the Beach vs Bush Activity on Wednesday and the Conference Sessions on Wednesday and Thursday (morning tea and lunch are provided) and the Conference Dinner on Thursday evening.

Early Bird Rates (available until 30 June) Council Officer $1485

Standard Rates (available from 1 July - 31 July) Council Officer $1740

Late Rates (available from 1 Aug if not sold out) Council Officer $1980

All rates are subject to availability.  

  • LGMA members (individual members) who attend the conference, will receive a discount of $100.00 off their annual membership fee. LGMA members must be financially current at the time of registration to be eligible for this discount.  This does not apply to the Retired Member Rates.
  • Council Subscription: Council subscribers who have not utilised their complimentary Conference Registration for the current financial period (Oct-Sept) are eligible to receive one (1) complimentary registration when purchasing an Early Bird registration (excludes CEO’s).  *Terms and conditions apply. The application form is here.
  • Council Special – Send 4 delegates and receive the 4th registration for free.  Conditions apply.
  • Please feel free to contact LGMA on 3174 5006 to check eligibility and Terms/Conditions.

Register online here!

Exclusions: Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference registration fees.


Please book your accommodation directly with your preferred venue/supplier.  

Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns have offered accommodation from:

$295 per night - Deluxe Room / $325 per night – Deluxe Seaview Room / $375 per night – Executive Marina Room

Rates are nett, inclusive of GST and include one full buffet breakfast.  Additional breakfast at $30.00 per person per day.  Check in is from 14.00 and check out is at 11.00.  

Book directly with Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns via email or telephone (E: / T: 07 4052 7700). Please quote the booking code LGM270824 or LGMA Annual LG Conference 2024 to access the group rates - subject to availability.

Programme/Brochure: Available soon

we thank our Conference Corporate Partners 2023:

Principal Partner

Platinum Partners




Corporate Partnership Enquiries - Please contact Lisa Hamilton on 07 3174 5005 or

The Corporate Partner Prospectus is available on the Partner with Us page under About Us.


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