EPLGA conference will help showcase what Kimba has to offer

Plenty to do: Mayor Dean Johnson and deputy mayor Megan Lienert talking to free camping area patrons about the town’s tourist attractions. Photos: Supplied by the District Council of Kimba
Plenty to do: Mayor Dean Johnson and deputy mayor Megan Lienert talking to free camping area patrons about the town’s tourist attractions. Photos: Supplied by the District Council of Kimba

The 82nd Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association conference is the only regional event of its kind still running in South Australia.

The conference, set to be held on February 26, will bring in mayors, chief executive officers, council staff and elected members from across the region to celebrate the role local government plays in each of the 11 communities involved.

The conference is rotated through the 11 Eyre Peninsula councils, with Kimba taking the reins this year, to ensure all communities are well represented to the other tiers of government and the private sector.

This year’s theme is ‘Our Peninsula: Positioned for Prosperity’ and District Council of Kimba mayor Dean Johnson believes long-term sustainability is key for the EP.

“We all take incredible pride in this part of South Australia, and we know we have a pivotal role to play in ensuring its vibrancy, growth and prosperity,” he said.

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“You only have to look at what the Eyre Peninsula already contributes to the gross regional product of the state to see that it punches well above its weight per capita, but there are plenty more opportunities that conferences like this provide a chance to explore as a collective.”

The conference is set to generate significant revenue for Kimba’s businesses and community groups with accommodation across the town is booked out and catering and tourism sectors expected to be busy.

“But on top of that, it provides a perfect opportunity to show a diverse range of more than 150 people what our fantastic little town has to offer, and why we think it’s the heart of the Eyre Peninsula,” mayor Johnson said.

“We certainly have some challenges in regard to health, drought and population decline – things our city cousins rarely consider or have to deal with – but the conference is an event that drives collaboration and refocuses how we best use our available resources to advocate to government to ensure the wants and needs of the communities we represent are heard loud and clear.”

“All of the speakers will be focusing their presentation around the ‘Our Peninsula: Positioned for Prosperity’ theme."

“We have an incredible line-up of speakers we believe will keep delegates enthralled, including City of Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams, who will talk about the importance of youth engagement in local government and decision making, LG Professionals SA CEO Taryn Sexton, who will highlight why it’s vital for regional and rural staff to focus on the same professional development opportunities that their urban counterparts have, and Sarah Powell, who will share with delegates how her Champions Program is making a difference through sport and social connection in some of the remotest parts of the country.”

With several projects happening around the EP there is sure to be plenty of conversation on how to set the region up for success both now and into the future.

For more information on the event go to rdawep.org.au/event/eplga-annual-con ference-2019/