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LGAT Annual Conference

The LGAT Annual Conference - BIG Thinking, held at The Tramsheds in Launceston, from 22-24 July, was attended by over 200 delegates from across Tasmania.  Comprising the LGAT Annual General Meeting, a two-day conference and the announcement of the Tasmanian Local Government Awards for Excellence, the three days offered many opportunities to enhance understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities facing Local Government.  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
Sir Bob Parker -The Challenges of Change and Leadership in Local Government
Ian McBurney - Change: Frightening, Inevitable and What a Ride!
Mayor Brad Pettitt - Local Government Reform – Lessons from the West
Roberta Ryan - Why Local Government Matters  
Clr Bill McArthur,
ALGA President           
Panel Discussion - Whose Community is it Anyway?


Mark Wells - What did the Romans ever do for us?
Jacinthe Galpin - The New Culture Club: Building Resilience from within
Dan Casey - Managing and Reshaping Organisational Capacity
Phil Preston - Facilitating Private and Social Sector Partnerships
Marcus Westbury - Transforming Empty Places into Creative Spaces
Julie Andersson - Redefining Age Friendly  

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












Over 230 guests attended the 2015 Conference Dinner, sponsored by MAV Insurance, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston.  The evening's entertainment was provided by Down Syndrome Tasmania's dance troupe, the BrightStars, and Everburn.  Former LGAT President, Barry Jarvis, who passed away on 3 June, was honoured with a Councillor Exemplary Service Award which recognises distinguished service to the whole of Local Government.  The award was presented by Acting President, Mayor Daryl Quilliam and accepted by Barry’s wife, Terri Reynolds.


For expressions of interest in becoming a sponsor or trade exhibitor at the 2016 LGAT Annual Conference, please contact, or phone (03) 6233 5119.

Thanks to our 2015 Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

   Commonwealth Bank        

                      Dial Before you dig logo  


Silver Sponsors



      Stornoway Logo            




Valued Contributors

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