President’s Update – 6 November 2023

Local government annual conferences

It’s been a pleasure to attend our state and territory association conferences over the past few weeks and meet with so many committed and effective local leaders.

Last week, I presented to the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) Conference in Devonport and I sincerely thank LGAT President Mayor Mick Tucker and Vice President Mayor Paula Wriedt for hosting me.  I also engaged with Federal Local Government Minister Kristy McBain who attended the event.

Speaking to Tasmanian councils, I highlighted some of our recent advocacy successes, including more funding for councils to invest in disaster mitigation and emissions reduction.

I also spoke about the work we are doing with the Government to support the development of more affordable housing, and the value councils bring to the planning process as local experts.

I was also delighted to address the Local Government Association of South Australia’s Conference in Adelaide on 26 October and I thank LGASA President Mayor Dean Johnson and Immediate Past President Mayor Angela Evans for their hospitality.

Over the past year, SA has seen a rise in disruptions to council meetings by organised protest groups, and I shared what we’re doing to help develop a national solution to this growing challenge.

I also mentioned the importance of supplementary road funding for SA councils, and how proud we were to work with LGASA to secure a three-year $60 million extension for this funding in this year’s Federal Budget.

Finally, I will be in Darwin this week for the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory’s Convention and look forward to seeing LGANT President Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis and Vice President Cr Peter Clee, and engaging with the NT’s local government leaders.