Local government in focus: will our response to crisis lead to a new era for local government in Australia
The recent natural disasters such as droughts and bushfires, and now the Covid-19 pandemic have been particularly challenging for local governments who are not just medium sized businesses themselves but also the first point of contact for communities in times of any crisis. They are currently playing a key role in supporting local businesses and 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.
In this context, this panel will aim to explore the following three key aspects of the changing role of local governments post recent natural disasters and Covid-19:
- What new roles and functions have local government assumed during recent crises?
- How have community perceptions of councils changed in recent years? Are they more valued and trusted and relevant than in the past?
- In a contracting economy, how do we ensure this tier of government has the funding and capacity to continue to deliver for their communities into the future?
Registration details to follow.