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Conference provides glimpse of future for SA’s population

6 October 2004

Foremost population commentator Bernard Salt will explore the future for South Australia's population when he delivers his keynote address at the LGA-hosted 'People-Prosperity-Place' conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre tomorrow.

The two-day conference brings together quality local and international speakers to examine the wider implications of South Australia's declining population and arrive at solutions to assist local Councils in preparing for and delivering a strong future for their people.

During his keynote address entitled 'South Australia's Population - What the Future Holds', Mr Salt will consider trends across South Australia and reflect on the latest demographic, business and social information to provide delegates with a glimpse of what lies ahead for South Australians.

Premier Mike Rann will officially open the conference.

A highlight of the afternoon session is a presentation on 'Asset Rich: Income Poor - The Future of Property Tax With an Ageing Population'. It will see Local Government Association of Queensland Executive Director Greg Hallam and his counterpart at COTA National Seniors SA, Ian Yates, grapple with long-term and equitable property tax solutions for retired people on fixed incomes, among them rolling valuations.

Other opening day activity includes a paper by Kyoto University's Professor Akio Kamiko on 'Local Democracy, Demographic Change and Inter-government Collaboration', Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward's look at 'Balancing Your Life: Workplace Management, Families, Migration and Ageing', a panel discussion on local government's role in migration and population retention and a series of breakout workshops.

The complete conference programme can be found on the LGA website at

What: 2004 LGA Conference - Day One

When: 9.00am to 5.00pm on THURSDAY 7 OCTOBER 2004

Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide

Contact: Chris Russell, LGA T: 8224 2030 M: 0417 830 105

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