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Local Government in post-crisis Australia: Will our response to drought, bushfires and Covid-19 lead to a new era for local government in Australia?
2020 has been particularly challenging for local governments – from natural disasters to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are often the first point of contact for communities in times of crisis.
They also play a key role in supporting local businesses, while maintaining a high level of interaction with the most vulnerable community groups through the provision of services such as public health and aged care, meals on wheels, community services and waste management.
Join our panel of experts in exploring the changing role of local government:
- What new roles and functions have local government assumed during recent crises?
- How have community perceptions of councils changed – are they more valued, trusted and relevant than in the past?
- How do we ensure this tier of government has the funding and capacity to continue to deliver for their communities into the future?
Monica Barone, CEO City of Sydney
Mayor Tracey Roberts, City of Wanneroo
Clare Sullivan, CEO Local Government Professionals Australia
Mayor Jerome Laxale, Mayor City of Ryde
The event will be facilitated by policy specialists Carol Mills (Director, Institute for Public Policy and Governance) and Verity Firth (Executive Director, Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion) from the University of Technology Sydney.