If you're coming to National Congress in Hobart, May 22-24, you'll be able to talk to Anneka Ferguson of Dorset Council (TAS), who was the Australian recipient of the LG Professionals Australia International Professional Exchange Program in late 2016 and completed an exchange trip in Coconino County, USA. Anneka will be presenting on the program and how it has changed her perspective on local government.
Also at Congress, will be Marie Peoples (pictured below), Anneka's host in the USA and the American scholarship recipient, Marie is the Chief Health Officer for Coconino County Public Health Services District. in Arizona, USA.
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.