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Annual Local Government Conference 2023

The Local Government Conference is scheduled for Tuesday 29 - Thursday 31 August 2023!  

Destination: Caloundra!

Venue: The Events Centre Caloundra, Sunshine Coast: 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra QLD 4551


Tuesday 29 August 2023

3.30pm – 4.30pm Registration

4.30pm – 6.30pm President’s Welcome Reception

Evening at Leisure

Wednesday 30 August 2023

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 31 August 2023

08.30am – 3.00pm Conference Sessions

6.30pm – 10.30pm Gala Dinner

Conference Brochure - available here

In 2023, as the world came out of pandemic restrictions in full, organisations dealt with workforces adjusting to changed office environments and mental health deteriorated across most populations, the focus of individuals, organisations and governments has turned to wellbeing.  For local governments, cushioned from some of the pressures facing other sectors but at the forefront of other challenges, wellbeing considerations encompass both employees and the wider community. 

The 2023 Local Government Conference, Wellbeing, will unpick some of the challenges facing Queensland local governments.  It will offer opportunity to discuss successful approaches, share lessons learned along the way, including by other organisations and tiers of government, and to gain perspective on your workforces and communities.

As always, the Local Government Conference is a time to debrief, share, gain support from, and in turn support, colleagues, learn and step back from the day-to-day to consider the strategic whole.  In beautiful Caloundra, the 2023 Wellbeing conference is not to be missed.

Delegate Programme - a printed programme will be made available to conference attendees at the registration desk in the Foyer of the Events Centre.  Delegate information (venues, times, dress code etc.) is available here.  A snapshot of the final programme is here.

Keynote Presenters - Olly Bridge and Dr Gill Hicks


Registration: CLOSED - we are currently at capacity for the conference.  

Council Officer Registration $1350 Early Bird / $1580 Standard / $1830 Late (Early Bird - on or before 30 June 2023 / Standard from 1-30 July / Late from 31 July)

Getting there: Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast is approximately 93 kms from Brisbane Airport (60-90 minute commute depending on traffic and the time of day).  The Sunshine Coast Airport is approximately 30 kms from Caloundra (30 minute drive).  The Events Centre is walking distance to Bulcock Beach and a stones throw to Kings Beach and Shelly Beach.


Travel and accommodation are not included in the registration fees.

Brisbane Airport:

Sunshine Coast Airport:


Con-X-ion operate airport shuttle services from Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Airports to Caloundra.  Please make your bookings directly with Con-X-ion.

T: 1300 934 853




Suncoast Cabs

T: 131 008 or 07 5441 8888

Accommodation: Please book your accommodation directly with your preferred venue.  

Climate: August in Caloundra offers sunny days followed by mild evenings.  The temperatures range between 12-22°C.

Things to see and do: Consider exploring the local area pre or post conference - or


Keynote Presentation, Olly Bridge

Workforce Planning, Gina Campbell and Sandy Tacey

Mental Health First Aid, Michelle Hall

Working with Wellbeing

iThrive, Ipswich City Council

Workplace Wellbeing, Quilpie Shire Council

Wellbeing through Adventure, Redland City Council

Care for Council, Western Downs Regional Council

Inspiring Leaders, Ipswich City Council

How what I learnt on my Leadership Journey helped me to face Stage 4 Cancer, Chris Rose

Characteristics of a great team, Tabitha Chilman, Matthew Keleher, Lidewij Koene-Sloss and Belinda Walker

Building Community capacity through thoughtful partnerships, Jason Erbacher 

Exploring the intersection of AI, LG and Wellbeing, Daniel Fletcher

Mental Health form the ground up, Matthew Magin and Ron Petterson

Diversity and Inclusion, Lisa Annese

Keynote Presentation, Gill Hicks

we thank our Conference Corporate Partners who include:

Principal Partner

Platinum Partners