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2017 WALGA Convention and trade exhibition

The LGIS team joined industry leaders last week for the 2017 WALGA Trade Exhibition. The focus of our time at WALGA was to listen and engage with you; hearing first-hand about your needs and challenges.

Our booth this year was a big hit, with its’ inspiration taken from inner-city bars and meeting places. We served smoothies for breakfast, and cocktails in the evening ensuring all visitors to us were well hydrated; while we chatted.

Over the two days, the LGIS team attended sessions with fellow colleagues to discuss and challenge key issues faced by today’s local government. On Thursday, Paul McBride, LGIS Senior Risk Consultant presented at the Procurement Network Forum to discuss ‘Managing Risk in Local Government Contracts’ and on Friday he presented at the ‘Climate Change - Risk and Liability’ forum.

As leaders in this space, we found the conferences insightful and enjoyed sharing our knowledge on the topics; specifically, how LGIS has recognised risks and challenges local government could potentially face, and our solutions to mitigate such risks and ensure community confidence is maintained.

Paul was joined on stage by expert speakers including Hon Cheryl Edwardes AM, and representatives from Curtin University and the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council. Attendees shared thoughts on the issues faced by local government on preparing for climate change as a business priority, capitalising on opportunities, lowering risk and limiting exposure to liability in the future. Conference attendees later networked with colleagues in the industry who share their interest and participated in a question and answer session with the panel.

A delicious breakfast on Friday morning allowed all conference attendees to hear from Matthew Pavlich and City of Wanneroo Mayor and LGIS Board member Tracey Roberts on the topic of leadership.

WALGA recognised the significant contribution dedicated community members make to improving our way of life and the communities in which we live, through their local government Honour program. Congratulations to the City of Wanneroo who received the WALGA/RSL ANZAC Day award for the Metropolitan Category and Shire of Three Springs who received the WALGA/RSL ANZAC Day award for the Country Category; a big achievement for both.

As always, the WALGA conference was a great success with wonderful speakers, an engaged and enthusiastic group of attendees and learnings for us all to take back the office and implement.

For more information on LGIS call the team directly on (08) 9483 8888.