LGAT Annual Conference 2024

Registrations are now open for LGAT’s Annual Conference 2024.

Brought to you by MAV Insurance, the LGAT Annual Conference is taking place on 4 and 5 September 2024 at the Grand Chancellor in Hobart, featuring a range of keynote speakers, workshops and much more. The theme for this year is Navigating a Shifting Landscape.

As the main event for the local government sector, the Annual Conference is a great opportunity to network with your peers and learn from a range of speakers like Saul Eslake, Lisa Denny, Lara Giddings, Frank Barta, and more.

We will also be announcing the winners of the 2024 Awards for Excellence and the 2024 Service Awards. Nominations for these awards will close during July.

Where: Grand Chancellor, Hobart.

When: 4 and 5 September 2024.

Further information about the event is below.

If you’ve got any questions, please get in touch with our Events Coordinator at events@lgat.tas.gov.au.

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Kim Millar – Master of Ceremonies

Kim Millar is the weekday News Anchor for 7 News Tasmania, the state’s most watched television news bulletin.

With more than 25 years as a media, marketing and communications professional she has worked in newspaper, radio and TV. Kim has played a key role in covering local news events. She is proudly Tasmanian, raised on a farm just outside Deloraine.

Kim is also a board director with Self Help Workplace - a not-for-profit employer of people with disabilities. She is also mum to her two boys, who are now young adults, and is married to Peter Millar.


Saul Eslake

Saul Eslake worked as an economist in the Australian financial markets for more than 25 years, including as Chief Economist at McIntosh Securities, Chief Economist (International) at National Mutual Funds Management, Chief Economist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group from 1995 to 2009, and as Chief Economist (Australia & New Zealand) for Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 2011 until June 2015. In between these last two positions he was Director of the Productivity Growth program at the then newly-established Grattan Institute, a ‘think tank’.

In July 2015, Saul started up his own economics consultancy business, operating out of Hobart, and in April 2016 took up a part-time position as a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania.

Saul is a member of the Australian Parliamentary Budget Office’s Advisory Panel; the Australian Taxation Office’s ‘Tax Gap’ Advisory Panel; and is on the Advisory Board of Jamieson Coote Bonds, a Melbourne-based specialist bond investment manager. He is currently undertaking an Independent Review of Tasmania’s Public Sector Finances which will be published in August.


Dr Lisa Denny

Dr Lisa Denny is a Workforce Demographer – she helps you better understand the dynamics underpinning your region, industry or organisation in relation to population change, the economy, the workforce and the broader community so that you can make informed decisions.

Lisa's expertise centres on providing research, data analysis and strategic policy advice in relation to the inter-connected nature of education and work and the population with a view to achieving long-term, systemic economic and social renewal in the context of population change and other socio-economic scenarios.


Frank Barta

Frank has vast experience in finance and governance, working as a senior executive in local government, as an independent consultant and as a non-executive director of both major and small organisations.


Ben Wallis

Ben is a director and principal at You Who, an experienced coach, advisor and facilitator with a passion for partnering with leaders to transform their organisations. Along with coaching Ben partners with CEOs, Boards and Executive Teams across a variety of strategy, culture and transformations projects in almost every sector.

Ben has been consulting to leaders for the last 10 years, with a focus on organisational transformation, strategy and leadership. This work has spanned engagements with organisations from all sectors including local, state and federal Government, corporate, founder-led business, and not for profits.

Prior to consulting Ben led business development, marketing communication and innovation teams in the international development and higher education sectors, including eight years at World Vision Australia. Ben continues to be active in the not-for-profit sector, teaching into a leadership program for NFP Executives on strategy, and is also a Non-Executive Director for a national financial inclusion charity.


Nic Stephen

Nic is an enthusiastic professional committed to assisting organisations in creating cultures that are truly engaging and nurturing leaders who are worth following. With a wealth of experience as a leadership coach, facilitator, trainer, and cultural strategist. His ultimate aim is to equip these leaders to effect positive transformations within their teams and organisations.

Nic's unwavering vision of cultivating cultures worth belonging to and leaders’ worth following remains a driving force, inspiring both himself and those he works with. Through his unique blend of expertise, personal journey, and dedication, Nic continues to make a tangible impact on individuals, teams, and organisations alike.

Before joining You Who, Nic started his career as a school teacher in both primary and secondary settings. Since then, Nic has worked in People & Culture roles, Sports Management, and the VET sector. He founded and ran his own consultancy for over a decade and most recently worked as the Chief Development Officer in one of Tasmania's oldest NFPs. Nic is the Chairman of Pathways Tasmania, and Director at Lady Gowrie Tasmania. Additionally, Nic is a stroke survivor, which enables him to bring a unique blend of personal insight and deep purpose to his work.

TasWater commenced operations in 2013 and was formed through the amalgamation of three previous Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corporations. Its objectives include the efficient provision of water and sewerage functions in Tasmania and water conservation.

Lara Giddings

Lara was initially elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in 1996 and was the state’s first female Premier from 2011 to 2014. During this time, she led a minority Labor-Green government.

Upon retiring from politics, Lara joined the Australian Medical Association as the CEO of the Tasmanian branch.


Dr Michael Lester

As a journalist, Michael reported on both the 1989 Field and 1996 Rundle governments. He was also a senior adviser to Jim Bacon from 1998 to 2002. As a public relations consultant and writer of articles for various papers and journals, Michael was a keen observer and sometimes commentator of the 2010 minority government.


Dr Kate Crowley

Kate is an Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania and has published many articles regarding the environment and politics, including Minority Government in Australia: Lesson Learning and Making It Work. She is also a political commentator, and most recently provided extensive analysis during the 2024 State Election.


Councillor Linda Scott – President of ALGA

Councillor Linda Scott JP GAICD is an experienced Board Director, previously serving as the first female Chair of Local Government NSW and currently serving as President of the Australian Local Government Association, which represents Australia’s 537 local governments.

Linda was elected unopposed as ALGA’s President in 2020, having served as Vice President since 2018 and a board member since 2017. Linda is also currently serving as a Councillor on the City of Sydney Council, formerly serving as Deputy Lord Mayor. She is the Chair of CareSuper, an award-winning industry superannuation fund, having joined the CareSuper Board in 2018.

 Hon Nic Street MP

Nic Street was first elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in 2016 and is the current Minister for Local Government. He is also the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Sports and Events.

Previously, Nic served as an elected representative for Kingborough Council.

Vice President of LGAT – Mayor Paula Wriedt

Paula was elected as Vice President of LGAT in 2023 and is the current Mayor of Kingborough Council. She is also the CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania.

Paula previously served as a Member of the Tasmanian Parliament from 1996 to 2009. During this time, she initiated the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women to recognise the significant contribution that women have made to Tasmania throughout history. In 2023, Paula herself was inducted into the Honour Roll.

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  • Please note this program is subject to change.
 Wednesday 4 September
8.00amRegistrations open
9.00amLGAT General Meeting
10.45amMorning tea
11.15amConference welcome
11.25amWelcome to Country - Todd Sculthorpe
11.35amLGAT Vice President's Address – Paula Wriedt
11.40amALGA President's Address – Linda Scott
12.15pmUnprecedented times: Projected population change in Tasmania from a local government area perspective
Dr Lisa Denny

Recent population projections for Tasmania reveal that the state’s local government areas are entering into a period of unprecedented times. While Tasmania’s projected population age structure for 2038 resembles a coffin, Lisa will introduce four other projected population age structure types for Tasmania’s LGAs; the apple core, column, tornado and the middle-age spread. Lisa will explain the causes of these projected age structures and the implications for strategic policy and planning purposes.
1.15pmAnnouncement of Awards for Excellence
1.30pmNetworking Lunch 

Workshop Streams:

Financial Management – Frank Barta

Frank will look at the essential fundamentals of council finances.

Lessons learned from navigating our shifting landscape – TasWater

TasWater is at a critical juncture - we have unique assets, our climate is changing, and customer expectations are growing. We need to prepare for an uncertain future and find the balance of price and service that is fair for all Tasmanians, shaping the future of water services in our state.

4.10pmThe outlook for Tasmania's economy and state finances
Saul Eslake

Saul will outline the prospects for Tasmania's economy over the next few years and detail the findings of the Independent Review of State Finances, with a focus on local government.
5.10pmClose of Day 1
6.30pmALGWA Tasmania Drinks
7.00pmAnnual Conference Dinner – Sponsored by Simmons Wolfhagen

Please note this program is subject to change.

Thursday 5 September
8.00amRegistrations open
9.00amDay 2 Welcome
9.10amMinster for Local Government's Address – Hon Nic Street

#youdoyou – "Authenticity": A great place to start, a terrible place to end
Ben Wallis and Nic Stephen

In a world now described as brittle, anxious, non-linear and incomprehensible (BANI), leaders must adapt in order to succeed.  Embracing 'authentic leadership' has been championed as one way leaders can remain effective in this new world. Authenticity, based on individual identity is certainly a powerful place to start.  But an even more powerful place to end is possible when authentic leaders recognise it's not all about them.

The best leaders are authentic, but they are also willing and able to work effectively with and alongside others in diverse and dynamic teams and organisations.  They bring the best out in themselves, and in those around them.

10.45amMorning tea
11.15amPanel: Exploring Minority Governments
Lara Giddings, Dr Kate Crowley, Dr Michael Lester

Tasmania is no stranger to minority government with around a third of our governments running in minority over the past 150 years. Our panel will explore the good, the bad and the ugly of minority governments.
12.15pmClose of Day 2

Registrations are now open!

Please speak to your council who can make arrangements for you.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite here.
Note: A discounted rate applies if you are purchasing 6 or more tickets for your council. Please select the appropriate ticket type (1 to 5 tickets or 6 + tickets). Purchase of a full registration ticket includes a seat at the Networking Dinner.


Frank – 5 minute walk from venue

Argentinian style dishes made to be shared https://frankrestaurant.com.au

Telegraph Hotel – 6 minute walk from venue

Pub style food with a roof top bar https://telegraphhotelhobart.com.au

Restuarant Maria – 7 minute walk from venue

Newly opened mediterranean restaurant with a waterfront view https://restaurantmaria.com.au

Peppina – 10 minute walk from venue

Italian style dishes in a beautiful space. Bookings highly recommended https://www.peppinarestaurant.com


Evolve Spirits Bar – 3 minute walk from venue

Sophisticated lounge bar https://evolvespiritsbar.com.au

Hobart Brewing Co – 4 minute walk from venue

Taproom in the middle of a local brewery https://hobartbrewingco.com.au

Mary Mary – 10 minute walk from venue

Cocktails and spirits in an intimate space https://www.marymarybar.com

The Still – 7 minute walk from venue

A suave yet comfortable whisky and cocktail lounge experience brought to you by Lark https://larkdistillery.com


kunanyi/Mt Wellington Bus

The best view in town

Travel 1,270 metres above sea level to experience spectacular views over Hobart and southern Tasmania from the top of kunanyi. Departs daily opposite the Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. https://mtwellingtonexplorer.com.au

Salamanca Market

Shop til you drop

Are you turning conference week into a long weekend? Salamanca Market is one of Tasmania’s most visited tourist attractions. Open Saturdays from 8:30am. https://www.salamancamarket.com.au


Set sail to subterranean architecture

Located just up the river from the city, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) houses ancient, modern and contemporary art. Open Fridays to Mondays, catch the ferry from Brooke Street Pier and have an adventure. https://mona.net.au/visit

We have secured a block booking with the Grand Chancellor. Please book using this link and ensure you scroll down the page and click on "Access conference rates here".

Alternatively, there are other fantastic accommodation options around Hobart:

Please note, we do not take responsibility for your accommodation. If you need to cancel or amend your accommodation booking, please contact your hotel.

Hotel Grand Chancellor
There is limited parking onsite accessed from Macquarie Street. Please enquire with the hotel directly if you are staying onsite.

Dunn Place Car Park – 1 minute walk from venue

Market Place Car Park – 4 minute walk from venue

Macquarie Point Car Park – 5 minute walk from venue

Argyle Street Car Park – 7 minute walk from venue

Vodafone Central Car Park – 11 minute walk from venue

There are accessible toilets, ramps and lifts throughout the venue. Please note there is no elevator to the lobby from the underground carpark.

If you register and are unable to attend, there will be no charge if you notify us by 5pm on 21 August. We regret that if such notice is not possible, there will be a 50% charge for cancellations received after this date. Cancellation notices must be forwarded to events@lgat.tas.gov.auIf no cancellation notice is received, full payment will apply. LGAT does not accept responsibility for cancellation charges for accommodation. Please check when booking accommodation.

There will be no refunds for non-attendance of this event.