Mayors, Councilors, and senior staff from shires and cities across Australia are in Canberra for the Local Government sectors annual get together – The National General Assembly of Local Government.
President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), David O’Loughlin says for more than two decades the Assembly has identified, examined, and debated the most important issues and challenges facing councils across Australia.
“One of the highlights of this year’s Assembly will be the opportunity to contribute to ALGA’s election advocacy priorities,” Mayor O’Loughlin says.
“With the strong possibility of a federal election being called later this year or early next year, this session may be the last opportunity for our sector to rally together, get election-ready and fine-tune the priorities that ALGA will advance.”
Attending councils extend from Break O’Day Council in Tasmania, to Hunters Hill (NSW), West Torrens (SA), Frankston (Vic), Livingston (Qld), Broken Hill (NSW), and Brisbane (Qld).
The three council’s of South East NSW are all represented and taking part to some degree.
Mayor John Rooney and General Manager Joe Vescio are attending on behalf of Snowy Monaro Regional Council.
From the Eurobodalla, Deputy Mayor Anthony Mayne, Cr Jack Tait, and Cr Phil Constable, along with General Manager Catherine Dale.
And travelling up and over the Brown from Bega Valley Shire Council, Mayor Kristy McBain, Cr Jo Dodds, Cr Cathy Griff, and Cr Sharon Tapscott, plus General Manager Leanne Barnes.
Mayor Kristy McBain will take to the stage on the final day of the three day think tank, part of a panel of Mayors discussing “Local Government and the Federal Election.” Other Mayors on the panel come from Melbourne, Adelaide, Torres Strait and Maribyrnong.
Ninety-one motions will be debated by delegates including a number with a local flavour:
The speakers program includes the Minister for Regional Development and Local Government Dr John McVeigh, demographer Bernard Salt, journalist David Speers, Regional Communications Minister Bridget McKenzie, and Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
*This article first appeared on RiotACT