The Local Government 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.
SAVE THE DATES: 7-9 September 2021 - Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Cairns
The traditional Local Government Conference will return in 2021 albeit in a 'socially distanced manner' following a COVID safe plan. The LG Conference will be hosted across a three-day period featuring business sessions and social events:
Tuesday 7 September
Registration and Welcome Reception
Wednesday 8 September
Conference Sessions, Annual General Meeting, Outdoor Challenge (Beach vs Bush)
Thursday 9 September
Conference Sessions, Conference Dinner
We will open up the online registration in May.
The Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Cairns, 1 Pier Point Road, Cairns Q 4870
Deluxe Rooms from $240 per night / Deluxe Seaview Rooms from $260 per night
Executive Marina Rooms from $290 per night / Horizon Club Marina Rooms from $390 per night
Rates (per room per night) are subject to availability and include GST, breakfast and complimentary wi-fi access. Check in is from 2.00pm and check out is 11.00am.
The 2019 Local Government Conference themed 'Transformations' was held in Townsville. Please click here to view the 2019 Delegate Programme, and on the links below to access the 2019 Local Government Conference presentations:
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 looked 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 had an opportunity to explore what we could be and what we need to avoid being, as we approach the middle of this century.