Leaders share ideas and innovations at historic NGA conference

More than 1100 local government leaders shared ideas and innovations about a range of issues and challenges at the 2023 Australian Local Government Association’s (ALGA) National General Assembly (NGA) in Canberra from 13-15 June.

The historic annual event attracted mayors, shire presidents and councillors from right across the country to consider how local governments can partner with the Federal Government to deliver a better future for Australian communities.

ALGA President Councillor Linda Scott said 2023 NGA was a major success, especially as local governments were the most trusted level of government, representing every corner of our nation.

“Meeting last week in Canberra, local governments effectively worked together to share new ideas to best support our communities, whilst speaking as one to the Prime Minister and Federal Government about how we can best partner together to achieve more for the public good,” Cr Scott said.

This year’s comprehensive program featured a wide range of speakers and issues, including how local governments were working with communities, and especially vulnerable members, to mitigate climate change, cost of living pressures and skyrocketing prices.

“Local governments are offering much-needed cost of living relief, providing free and low-cost services such as libraries and meals on wheels, as well as open spaces, parks and playing fields.

“But our local governments can do so much more with the right support and effectively partner with the Government to deliver on its key national priorities,” Cr Scott said.

“For decades, local governments across the nation have been leading climate action and reducing our carbon footprints.  Sustainably funded, we have a major role to play in supporting the Government to achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050.”

Read the NGA 2023 Communique which highlighted key outcomes and achievements from the annual conference.

A record 450 delegates also attended ALGA’s 2023 Regional Cooperation and Development Forum, making it the largest event to date.

Click the links below to view some video highlights over the three days:

Day 1 Regional Forum – https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7074280154583203840

Day 2 morning sessions – https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7074606541437358080

Day 2 afternoon sessions – https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7074606541437358080

Day 3 morning sessions – https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7074952651792121856

See some of the major sponsors and exhibitors  – https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7074549818433433600