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LGA program delivers on strategic advice

17 May 2012

Councillors not up to speed on strategic issues will leave a two-day training event in June much better informed, LGA President Kym McHugh said.

Mayor McHugh said Premier Jay Weatherill had accepted an invitation to address the Council Members Strategic Issues Residential Seminar which provided a great opportunity for Elected Members to hear first hand how Federal and State issues impact on local communities.

"The Premier recognises the importance of talking with Elected Members of Councils about current issues where State and Local Governments intersect," Mayor McHugh said.

"A high proportion of Council Members' work is related to measures being undertaken with the State Government and this gives us an opportunity to hear about them straight from the horses mouth."

The annual training session will focus on the seven new State priorities, the anticipated impact of the new Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, the role of the Ombudsman, regional development, the new Public Health Act, waste management and planning reforms.

"Keeping up to speed with wider issues is important for all Council Members as these issues have far reaching impact on our communities," Mayor McHugh said.

"It is part of what leadership is all about and the information and training helps Council Members to seize opportunities and avoid any possible pitfalls, as they lead their communities into the future."

In addition to the Premier who will address the forum on Friday 8 June, guest speakers for the residential seminar include;

  • the Minister for State/Local Government Relations, Russell Wortley
  • CEO of the Australian Local Government Association, Adrian Beresford Wylie
  • Representative from the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Excellence, Melissa Gibbs
  • Former Tasmanian Premier and CEO of Explor Digital Futures, David Barnett; and
  • CEO of Zero Waste, Vaughan Levitzke

Mayor McHugh said the two day seminar on 8 and 9 June at the Crowne Plaza provided an important one-stop shop for Elected Members to keep up to speed with State and national issues that have likely impact on Councils and their communities.

For further information: Media Liaison Officer Mary Ann Stenberg 0428 860 274

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