President’s column

Making our cities, towns and regions smarter, stronger, more efficient and more resilient is a constant focus for local government – but will the decisions and investments of the past be the right ones for the future?

Under the theme Building Tomorrow’s Communities, delegates at this year's National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA) will look at how councils are enhancing their capacity to respond to the new and unforeseen challenges of tomorrow’s communities. Delegates will also get insights into identifying opportunities to help communities build resilience and strengthening governance in their councils to maximise community involvement to meet the high expectations of today's communities.

The influence of local government at this peak annual event is reflected in the ongoing high-level political engagement the NGA receives, and this year will be no different. I have invited the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Australian Greens to address the NGA and to give you the opportunity to hear directly from them about their policies and how they are supporting your councils and communities at the federal level.

ALGA is pleased to confirm that Senator the Hon Fiona Nash (Minister for Local Government and Territories, Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Regional Communications) and the Hon Angus Taylor MP (Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation), will attend and speak at the NGA.

I invite you to join me and your colleagues at this year's NGA held from 18-21 June in Canberra. A registration brochure will be mailed to all councils this coming week. You can also register online on the ALGA website, with an early bird registration discount available until 5 May 2017.


Mayor David O’Loughlin

 ALGA President