Last month I wrote to Mayors and Shire Presidents inviting them to ALGA's 2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress. Since that time, the Congress program has rapidly developed with most speakers now confirmed. An updated program will be mailed to you shortly for your information.
This year's Congress will be focused squarely on the importance of collaboration and fostering strong working relationships across council boundaries, cities, regions and states. As we approach the next Federal Election, it is vital that all political parties recognise and commit to supporting the important role of local government in delivering essential services to communities that link them with the rest of the world.
We have two eminent speakers confirmed for the Congress including international speaker Professor John Woodrooffe and keynote speaker Philip Davies, CEO Infrastructure Australia.
Professor Woodrooffe has a very broad 35 years of international experience in the heavy vehicle industry. He will speak to delegates about the evolving US transport reform agenda, providing valuable international insights for delegates attending the Congress. His presentation will be sure to prompt discussion on what new heavy vehicle-related initiatives we can expect to arrive in Australia in the near future.
We're also looking forward to hearing from Philip Davies, a highly qualified engineer and experienced infrastructure executive with more than 25 years experience in shaping policy, delivering nationally-significant infrastructure projects, and leading reform within the infrastructure sector with valuable experience in both the public and private sectors.
The provision and maintenance of sustainable local infrastructure is key to our nation's success and getting this message across to the Government, the Opposition, the Australian Greens and other important stakeholders requires a strong local government presence in Ballarat in November. I urge every council to come to Ballarat and have their say at this important event.
Mayor Troy Pickard