Glen Albyn Estate lived up to all expectations, and you beautiful people of local government scrubbed up pretty well too! More photos coming soon.
As we've discovered over the years, while local government's focus is, obviously, local, many LG professionals and their councils have a much wider worldview. And given the skills within the Australian local government sector to work with and within communities, our sector is well-placed to provide expertise and technical skills to countries where the need is overwhelming their own fledging systems.
LG Professionals Australia has several successful International Programs currently running, however we are also on the cusp of making big decisions on our future programs. We'd like you to get involved. As a first step, join us at Congress to discuss what's possible in the international arena, and if you can't make it to Congress, but you'd like more information or to get involved, either let us know in the comments or watch this space.
@ National Congress 2017 in Hobart
Wednesday, May 24
International Programs – How local government can contribute to international development
This session will explore how Australian local government can contribute to other countries where democracy is fragile, poverty is intractable, institutions are weak, and resources are scarce. It will also explore what opportunities and challenges the local government sector has in promoting international development and how it can be mutually benefiting.
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We are starting to see the impact on daily life of transformative technologies like self-driving cars on our roads, IoT (Internet of Things) technology embedded in common household devices, and remote-controlled drones in the skies. Many industries are starting to leverage new technologies to advance their enterprise asset management (EAM) strategies. But how do you use today’s technology advances to prepare your local government organisation and your assets for the future?
Don’t miss this on-demand webinar to find out more. Industry thought leaders share key insights into the future of EAM (enterprise asset management), including cutting edge technologies and innovative ideas shaping today’s landscape and impacting the future of EAM.
We are very excited about Congress – coming up fast – on May 22-24 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart However, sometimes before we can move forward, we need to stop and make a few decisions. And in this case, it's you who gets to make the decisions! Let me explain. . .
You need to choose between sessions for 5 different timeframes during Congress, Here's the list:
For Tuesday May 23 at 11.30-1.00, chose between these sessions:
– Smart Cities Readiness Masterclass
– Engaging Your Community; Digital Strategies and Tools
For Tuesday May, 23 at 2.30-3.30, chose between these sessions:
– Workforce & Research
– A digital approach to building Smart Cities
For Wednesday May, 24 at 11.00-12.30, chose between these sessions:
– When Tragedy Strikes workshop: Are you prepared for a crisis response?
– Key Risk Indicators Workshop – Your Sector's Perspective
For Wednesday May, 24 at 1.30-2.30, chose between these sessions:
– Propelling 21st Century Government
– Compliance Masterclass: Nailing Compliance!
For Wednesday May, 24 at 2.30-3.30, chose between these sessions:
– International Programs – How local government can contribute to international development
– Place-Based Services
To get more details about each sessions, click Read More, then once you know which sessions you want to attend, go back into your Congress Registration and nominate those sessions. See you at Congress!!
Here's are some tantalising little snippets about the nominees in the Innovation category of the National Federation Awards. The winner will be announced at National Congress' Gala Dinner, May 24 in Hobart.
Coorong District Council – Accidental Art Gallery
In 2014, Coorong District Council built a state-of-the-art civic centre in Tailem Bend. The Director of Community and Corporate was charged with addressing the bare walls (with support from the CEO), and from this, developed an innovative and accidental art gallery. The transformation started as a community call-out on Facebook for ‘loan art’; the response was unexpected and overwhelming. The leadership team responded, allocating $15,000 to make impromptu alterations to accommodate exhibition space. Within 18 months the $85,000 rural renewal program ‘Creating Coonalpyn’ emerged; a suite of community arts projects in a struggling town. Its flagship project is a silo mural, and when completed in February 2017, will be SA’s largest art canvas.
Nominations for this category recognise the outstanding achievements of an emerging leader to the local government sector. This Emerging Leader of the Year Award recognises leadership and management excellence by an emerging local government employee who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their community and whose performance is worthy of special recognition.
There's more on each of the nominees at the end of this post.
The nominations for the Community Partnerships and Collaboration category for the National Federation Awards are in. The nominees have really made a positive contribution to their communities and earned their place at the national level – awesome effort to everyone involved. Looking forward to meeting these community-minded high-achievers in Hobart in May.
Soldiers Point Aboriginal Place – Its Declaration and Celebration
Port Stephens Council, NSW
The declaration and celebration of Soldiers Point Aboriginal Place was the culmination of five years of collaboration and partnership between Port Stephens Council, Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council, Worimi Elders and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Soldiers Point Aboriginal Place is unique because of the developed land over which the Aboriginal Place was declared and in the way the partners changed the process to enable its creation. Its declaration ended 35 years of estrangement and showed, when it comes to protecting Aboriginal cultural values in a contemporary landscape, “what unites us is far greater than what divides us”.
An excerpt from Anneka's post travel feedback: As we all know, working in local government is busy. And diverse. And ever-changing! And you can get so caught up keeping your head above water and putting out (metaphorical) fires – simply reacting – that you rarely get the opportunity to take a moment to stop, critically analyse what you’re doing, and actually implement change.
Visiting Coconino County in late 2016 was a wonderful opportunity to truly immerse myself in another organisation; to see how local government is managed and coordinated on the other side of the world – and to compare different projects, policies and scenarios with home parallels.
Announcing (drums rolling) . . . the judges have decided . . .and the best Pre-Challenge task for the upcoming Australasian Management Challenge finals are:
Excellence in Innovation Award, from the LGMA Queensland awards night
L-R: Cale Dendle, Ben Pole and Mark Kean.
As you know, there are many local government professionals doing great work right around the country, and wherever we can, it's important to acknowledge great efforts and achievements to support our sector's legends, and inspire others to join their ranks.
LG Professionals Australia's National Federation Awards highlight individual excellence and achievement, and celebrate the commitment councils show their communities. Now, state winners in each category have been announced (congratulations!!) and are the finalists for the National Awards, with one winner announced in each category. National winners will be announced at Congress during the Gala Dinner on May 24th at the spectacular Glen Albyn Estate.
Click Read More to see who won in your state – or to see who your competition will be come May when you arrive in Hobart for the big reveal.
Watch this excellent project done as the pre-task challenge by the BlueSky team from Tauranga in New Zealand.
A hearty congratulations to all the state winners of the Challenge. These teams will head to the finals of the Australasian Management Challenge in Hobart, being held in unison with National Congress, 2017 in May.
Check out the list of the best state teams each state had to offer, in order of winner, first runner up and second runner up.
Check out my latest feature in this month's GovLink Magazine, in which I discuss the Federal Government's Smart Cities policies, and what they mean for the local government sector. With our Smart Cities Showcase in Canberra last year, academic led research and case studies, as well as our upcoming sessions focusing on Smart Cities at National Congress in May, LG Professionals Australia is building a solid knowledge-bank on the concept, policies and methods local government can employ to maximise their success in applying for and implementing Smart City and City Deals projects.
'This question of how to build a great community is one that local government grapples with too, which means the Smart Cities Plan is, and has already been, an excellent opportunity to engage with other levels of government, tertiary institutions, NGOs, the business sector and community groups to share our sector’s experience and place-based knowledge and play our part in collaborations to create opportunity and maximise potential for all our residents.'
The National Office is so focused on bringing you the very best experience during National Congress and the Australasian Management Challenge that we are all with noses to the grindstone. And, well, some of us are looking a little weary – those afternoon coffees are just not having the same impact they used to.
But then we think of all the amazing events that are on the table for National Congress this year .... including the Diversity Co-Design Workshop, the ANZ Chief Officers' and General Managers' Forum, the City Deals workshop, Smart Cities Masterclass, OurSay's Engagement workshop, four fabulous keynotes, and the Gala Dinner at the spectacular Glen Albyn Estate. Okay, feeling more energised.
So, maybe not today . . . but some Wednesday soon . . . someone is going to slip after their 2pm coffee, and you know it – the coffee nap will renew us and we will bounce back to bring you what is going to be the best National Congress ever!
CEO, LG Professionals Australia.