2019 Future of Local Government National Summit
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The 2019 Future Of Local Government National Summit (summit #15) featured inspiring speakers, presentations and inclusive discussions from around Australia and the world.
The 2019 Future Of Local Government National Summit (summit #15) features inspiring speakers, presentations and inclusive discussions from around Australia and the world, including:
- Adrian Brown, Executive Director of the Centre for Public Impact (UK)
- Mike Reid, Principal Policy Advisor, Local Government New Zealand (NZ)
- Melissa Appleton, Senior Project Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project (USA) recorded presentation
- Rethinking The Role Of Mayors And Councillors
- The Ghent Commons Transition Plan and The New Zealand Community Boards Journey
- What Can We Do To Reinforce Trust In Local Government?
As well as many inspiring case studies of communities (supported by their Councils) putting the New Story into practice. The movement is growing!
For possibly the first time in history we are seeing the simultaneous breakdown of trust in our key institutions: government, church and business. People want to take back control. This involves a transfer of power to the local level: putting control of government where it belongs, in the hands of the governed. A reset of democracy. The true objective of local government is to enable communities to determine their own preferred futures. More attention needs to be given to local government’s role in the context of local governance, with Councillors as stewards of empowered communities.
A new Australian Localism is emerging, emphasising the fundamental importance of placed and place-based governance, and recognising that every issue demands a localist response. Local government needs to demonstrate its relevance and forge partnerships at neighbourhood, regional and national scales. The sector can capture the Australian political imagination by putting people and place first.
We recognise that Councils are the elephant in the community, the ‘glue’ that supports community life on a daily basis, and makes the system work at the local level. They manage the most complex service business on earth on a shoestring. Councils do many amazing, innovative things!
- Download the program for the 2019 FOLG National Summit (PDF - 599KB)
Who should attend?
Anyone with an interest in change and the future of local government: Councillors, CEOs, Directors, and Managers and Officers in Community Development, Innovation, Organisational Development, Corporate Planning, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Governance, Service Planning, Business Transformation, Digital Transformation, Information Management and Business Analysis.
This summit will also appeal to State and Federal Government representatives and private sector personnel.