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LGAT Annual Conference


From 20-22 July, over 200 elected members and council managers from across Tasmania converged at the 104th LGAT Annual Conference, themed 'Metamorphosis: A Time of Change and Transformation', at the C3 Convention Centre in Hobart.

Comprising the LGAT AGM and General Meeting, a reception at Government House, the official dinner at Wrest Point, a two-day conference, and the announcement of the 2016 Local Government Awards for Excellence, the three days offered delegates many valuable networking and learning opportunities.  Attendees gained insight into the challenges of adapting to change, exercising leadership in a changing environment, and orchestrating organisational change and transformation by leaders in the field.  The conference was complimented with an extensive trade exhibition featuring the latest products and services available to Local Government.

Speakers included:


Hon Peter Gutwein MP, Minister for Planning and Local Government
Dean Williams - Earth Shakers: How to be an Agent of Change in a Crazy World
Susan Law - Review, Transformation and Reinvention - a fresh look at Local Government Reform
Cynthia Payne - Leading through Major Change - Insights from the Other Side
Wayne Kayler - Thompson - The Visitor Economy - Think Differently!
Mayor Troy Pickard (President, Australian Local Government Association)
Georgia Chapman - Understanding a Changing Tasmania: The Art and Science of Data    
Panel Discussion with Greg Hallam, Tim Hess, Lara Giddings and Donna Bain - Change: For Better or for Worse?


Desley Renton - Community Engagement: Play it Safe or Change with the Times
Michael Paine - Using Team Based Engagement to Improve Processes and Transform the Operational Paradigm
Cameron Spence & Angelo Sairidis - Collaborative Procurement as an Enabler of Change
Greg Hallam - It's Not Where You Live but How You Live
Dan Casey - Being a Change Champion
Ian Plowman - Investing in your Community

To access copies of the speaker presentations, please log on to the LGAT Extranet.


Around 250 guests attended the 2016 Conference Dinner at Wrest Point, Hobart, sponsored by MAV Insurance.  The evening included a 3-course dinner, award presentations and musical entertainment by the Ethereal Ensemble and Transit.

Following dinner, Central Highlands Mayor Deirdre Flint OA and Meander Valley Council General Manager, Greg Preece, were each presented with an Outstanding Commitment and Service to Local Government Award, and West Tamar Council General Manager, Ian Pearce, received an Outstanding Achievement Award.  The Life Members of the Local Government Association also announced Mayor Steve Martin of Devonport City Council the winner of the 2016 Meritorious Service Award.


For expressions of interest in becoming a sponsor or trade exhibitor at the 2017 LGAT Annual Conference, please contact, or phone (03) 6233 5119.


With appreciation to our 2016 Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

                 Commonwealth Bank                        JLT Logo


                  Dial Before you dig logo                     

Silver Sponsors



      Stornoway Logo            




Valued Contributors

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