2017 WA Local Government Convention & Trade Exhibition

2017 WA Local Government Convention & Trade Exhibition

The WA Local Government Convention 2017 was a great success, with more than 600 delegates and 250 Local Government Officers in attendance along with the 106 exhibitors who populated the trade exhibition. WALGA President Cr Lynne Craigie led from the front, across three event-packed days, and kept the program on time and under control.

A Mayors’ and Presidents’ Forum was held on Tuesday, 1 August, building on the success of last year’s forum. Auditor General Colin Murphy, Acting Director General for Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Duncan Ord, and ALGA President David O’Loughlin challenged Local Government leaders to embrace the opportunities inherent in the cooperative relationship that has emerged with the new State Government and build a more effective and innovative sector.

Wednesday’s program comprised a political forum with rotational dialogues from key policy areas relating to Local Government, at which discussion provided plenty of food for thought for the audience.

The Convention program featured a number of outstanding speakers, across both plenary and topic specific concurrent sessions. Opening keynote speaker Dr Ernesto Sirolli spoke about engaging local communities and empowering individuals. Former Lord Mayor of Adelaide Stephen Yarwood spoke about disruption and innovation in urban development. The Panel Session, moderated by Verity James, featured Liam Bartlett, Paul Murray and Jessica Strutt, dissecting the latest political events.

Former Fremantle Dockers’ captain Matthew Pavlich gave an engaging breakfast presentation focused on the success and failures that built his career. The Conference ended on Friday with an outstanding presentation from futurist Idris Mootee, who spoke about design thinking and innovation, and how to put it into practice.

48 Local Government Elected Members and Officers received a Local Government Honours Award as part of the 2017 WA Local Government Convention. Cr Louis Geier from the Shire of Westonia and Cr Christine Thompson from the Shire of Murray were each presented with Eminent Service awards in recognition of their contribution to the community over 30 years of service as a Councillor. In addition, Shire of Goomalling Chief Executive Officer Clem Kerp was presented with an award in recognition of service for his 50 year career in Local Government.

A joint WALGA/RSLWA award was also presented at the Convention, recognising Local Government’s involvement in promoting awareness of Australia’s wartime heritage and facilitating community involvement in ANZAC commemorative events.

The City of Wanneroo and Shire of Three Springs were each presented with an award for their strong commitment to collaboration and community involvement in ANZAC Day events.

Click here for the media release and the full list of Honours Award winners.

There were many presentations and opportunities for networking and learning throughout, with the spirit of goodwill and generosity in Local Government shown to be alive and well.

With a wonderful display of community banners flying in St George’s Terrace, the Shire of Shark Bay was the overall winner of the popular Banners in the Terrace Competition. To see all category winners, click here.

The 2018 WA Local Government Convention is scheduled for Wednesday, 1 - Friday, 3 August 2018 at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.


Founding Corporate Partner                        Principal Sponsor

  www.lgiswa.com.au                                www.civiclegal.com.au

Supporting Sponsors           

www.synergy.net.au                     www.rac.com.au                       www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au

Breakfast Sponsor                                                            Coffee Cart Sponsor

  www.alleasing.com.au             www.kottgunn.com.au
Twitter Facebook LinkedIn