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LGIU on the road in Australia

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LGIU on the road in Australia

Jonathan Carr-West to address senior local government professionals in Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney


This week, the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) embarks on a two-week visit to Australia to address senior local government professionals and share best practice from the UK. LGiU Chief Executive, Jonathan Carr-West, will travel to Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney to deliver several keynote speeches.


Carr-West will address the National Congress of LG Professionals Australia on Wednesday 24 May in Hobart, Tasmania. His keynote is entitled “Leadership in a Post-Truth World – the UK Perspective.” He will also participate in several workshops on deliberative democracy, trust building and city deals. The theme for the 2017 National Congress is “A fresh perspective on leadership for the local government of today and tomorrow,” with more detail on the full programme available here.


On Friday 26 May, Carr-West will then keynote the 2017 Future of Local Government National Summit in Melbourne. The theme of the Summit is “There is a better way: the New Story is about places and communities.” In his speech “Transforming Local Government,” he will provide his views on the evolution of the New Story. More detail on the full conference programme is available here.


On his final leg of the visit in Sydney, Carr-West will address the senior management team of Local Government NSW on Tuesday 30 May on issues such as approaches to inter-government relations and how to avoid being all things to all people.


Follow Jonathan’s journey and LGiU’s work across the UK and around the globe at #LGiUontheRoad and @joncarrwest.


Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU, said: “We are pleased to be taking LGiU on the road to Australia to learn from our colleagues abroad and bring best practice back to the UK.


Global changes are coming home to roost. Local government in the UK and around the world is at a turning point and must adapt in order to survive. We have seen this first hand in the UK with local authorities successfully managing over a decade of cuts with minimal impact to public service delivery. However, we must continue to learn from others around the world to not just survive but thrive as well.


We look forward to meeting with senior local government professionals in Australia to share our experiences and learn from experts there.”






LG Professionals Australia represents the local government professionals, senior managers and emerging leaders of more than 500 local councils across Australia. With a national perspective and network, they support programs to attract and develop the best people and facilitate connections between professionals and councils around Australia and internationally. Founded in October 1936 by Raymond West, today LG Professionals Australia has grown into a 3,500-strong membership federation. More information available here.


The Municipal Association of Victoria is an influential force supporting a strong and strategically positioned local government sector. Their role is to represent and advocate the interests of local government, lobby for a ‘fairer deal’ for councils, raise the sector’s profile, ensure its long-term security and provide policy advice, strategic advice, capacity building programs and insurance services to local government. The MAV is a membership association, accountable to its constituent members through State Council and an elected Board. More information available here.


Local Government NSW is the peak industry association that represents the interests of NSW general purpose councils, 12 special purpose councils and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. More information available here.


A copy of Jonathan’s presentation and speech available here.


The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) is a think tank and membership body with over 200 councils and other organisations subscribing to our networks. We work to strengthen local democracy and put citizens in control of their own lives, communities and local services. For more information, visit lgiu.org. For more information please contact: [email protected] (07825 617 927)