Innovation and data key themes at local government conference
Delegates will debate nearly 90 policy motions at the conference
About 700 delegates, observers, trade representatives and government officials will descend on the port city of Gladstone next week for the 121st Local Government Association of Queensland annual conference.
Key themes at the conference - the state’s major local government event of the year - will include the launch of a new data analytics project which will allow local councils to use the huge amount of information they collect to help improve the way they operate their businesses and serve their communities.
The project, dubbed LG Sherlock, will headline three days of discussion and debate on issues affecting the local government sector, from the impact of AirBnB on local communities to the potential for street lighting to provide high technology services like wifi and energy efficiency.
LGAQ President Mark Jamieson said the association had last staged its annual conference in Gladstone 30 years ago and was returning to the region at a time when it had become one of Australia’s foremost industrial hubs.
'It’s been estimated that $3 million will be injected into the Gladstone economy as a result of the conference,' he said.
'I believe our theme for this year’s event - Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity - is entirely appropriate as it reflects the approach that local governments take in planning for the future of their communities.'
Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and several other Cabinet ministers and directors-general will attend the conference, which runs from October 16-18 at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre.
Local Government Association of Queensland
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