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Countdown to the LGAQ Annual Conference

Thursday 3 October 2019

This year’s conference theme “Taking it to the Streets” says it all. While for some, it conjures up memories of the Doobie Brothers hit song of the mid 1970s, it is also reflective of a common denominator in local government. In one way or another, much of what we do is linked to a street or road, sealed or otherwise. It also demonstrates the importance of taking our message to our communities - reinforcing the importance of their council to community liveability and prosperity.

This year’s conference is our last before the 2020 local government elections – and as always, it is a great way to learn new information and skills and celebrate all that’s good about Queensland councils.

Here's what you can expect at this year’s conference:

Reaching your community

Our keynote speaker, Professor Bela Stantic, the “Nostradamus of the 21st Century”, is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world today.

Professor Stantic will be showing us a new way to tap community sentiment. [Image: Twitter @Bela_stantic]

The Streetscape of the future

CEO of the Australian Road Research Board Michael Caltabiano will give us a picture of what the streets and roads of the future may look like. You can hear more ahead of the conference on this topic on our podcast channel, LGAQ's Communications Advisor Tim Cox chatted with Michael on all things roads, listen to the podcast here:

Life - post Belcarra

You’ll hear from a panel including the Electoral Commissioner - Pat Vidgen, the Queensland Integrity Commissioner Dr Nikola Stepanov and Independent Assesor Kathleen Florian on what we can expect after the full implementation of Belcarra reform.

Taliored workshops

Q Sport workshop
This year’s QSport/LGAQ Forum will focus on how sporting bodies at State and local level can collaborate with local governments.

LG Sherlock living lab workshop
Join the LG Sherlock team for this informal session to learn how your council can leverage technology and data science trends

Trade and Investment Queensland workshop
The LGAQ is partnering with Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) to deliver this trade and investment session. For the first time ever, TIQ’s entire overseas network of commissioners will attend this forum at the LGAQ Annual Conference.

Plastic free waterways and beaches workshop
It is predicted that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. In this highly interactive workshop, Jeremy Brown (Ocean Protect Director) and Brad Dalrymple (Ocean Protect Environmental Engineer) will present and facilitate discussion around community awareness and understanding about the issue, key contributing factors, and potential solutions.

The LGAQ journalism award

Now in its eighth year of inception the LGAQ Regional Journalism Award is dedicated to showcasing excellence in reporting in regional Queensland. The awards honour the memory of ABC journalists John Bean, Paul Lockyer and Gary Ticehurst.



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