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Global upheaval, local issues on conference agenda

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Global upheaval, local issues on conference agenda

Economic, political and technological upheaval and their impacts on councils and communities will dominate discussion at the Local Government Association of Queensland’s 120th Annual Conference.

About 600 people from 76 councils will fill the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre this week for the LGAQ’s signature event.

Delegates will debate almost 90 motions addressing issues ranging from disaster funding and local government elections to planning powers and pest management.

“We compare our conference to a mini-Parliament – this is where elected members meet to vigorously debate the most urgent issues and set the policy agenda for the next 12 months,” LGAQ Acting President Jenny Hill said.

The conference is themed “New World Order”, reflecting the dramatic change that is shaping communities of all sizes, from capital cities to remote townships.

Cr Hill said Britain’s shock decision to leave the European Union and the selection of Donald Trump as a Republican candidate for the US presidency were prime examples of global upheaval.

“Unless you live in a shoe box you would recognise that economics and politics – globally and locally – have been turned on their heads in the past few years,” she said.

“Many opportunities have emerged from this shift but so have challenges that we, as the closest level of government to the people, will have to address.

“For instance, in local government there is a gulf between the south-east and the rest of the state; economic prosperity has not been shared equally and the long-term financial sustainability for many local governments is tenuous to say the least.”

LGAQ chief executive officer Greg Hallam said the “New World Order” also marked a new era in innovation and included benefits such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and smart infrastructure.

“These are real concepts that are changing the game for governments, for industries and for communities,” he said.

“This is not about the urban-rural divide. New technology and innovative business models mean it’s about how you live, rather than where you live. No community needs to miss out.”

Keynote speakers include international policy expert and CNN commentator Dr Parag Khanna, humanitarian Rabia Siddique and Telstra chief executive officer Andrew Penn who will deliver a landmark address on the telco’s role in developing smart communities.

The conference comprises two and a half days of full plenary, split plenary and specialist sessions including the Indigenous Leaders’ Forum (ILF), the Regional Roads and Transport Group Assembly and the LGAQ Media and Communications Forum.

The LGAQ’s 120th Annual Conference will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach on 18-20 October. 

For the full program, click here.


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