The Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association Conference returns for another year.
EPLGA (the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association) Conference is Australia’s longest-running local government conference, and 2021 will mark the 84th edition.
The Wudinna District Council held the conference’s 83rd edition. In addition to the great networking opportunities for community members, the business community, and local governments, The central theme of the conference was the development of tools to help create an environment of conscious communication.
Twelve strategies were devised to help identify and remove obstacles to honesty, openness, and clear communication. The 83rd conference was a chance to teach delegates the 12 changes by using humor, making it more fun and more accessible for participants to think about their behavior and change it.
This year, the 84th conference is set to start with The Regional Development Australia Eyre peninsula’s (RDAEP) Economic Development Showcase. RDA is an Australian government initiative designed to foster collaboration with all levels of government and industry to boost the development and growth of the regional communities in Australia. RDAEP is the governing organization that drives the growth and expansion of economic activity throughout the Eyre Peninsula.
The showcase is a part of RDAEP’s innovative reporting tools that inform stakeholders, including local governments and Australian Ministers responsible for Regional Development, about projects that RDAEP actively supports. It helps promote, plan, engage, and connect with opportunities throughout and across the Eyre Peninsula.
It allows companies to connect and network with RDAEP,eplga, and local governments. The next event after the showcase will be following the EPLGA Conference. The 84th conference will be titled The Resilience Effect building regional resilience in the Eyre Peninsula. The focus is on building resilience across the region. The 84th EPLGA Conference promises to stimulate and entertain, encourage innovative thinking, stimulate lively discussions, and spark a renewed determination to collaborate for the good of our region.
As we approach the beginning of 2021, The Eyre Peninsula is an excellent place to be proud of its continued successes in attracting investment and accelerating growth. In the same vein, there is evidence of a rising incidence of mental health issues, particularly in areas where drought is still having devastating effects on farmers’ families. When asked about the future, communities across the region tend to put mental health as the most critical aspect of their list of priorities. While this issue could be seen as an exclusive responsibility of the health industry, the intricate relationships between health and the economy, which became evident in 2020, are now more critical local concerns.
Research has shown that resilient people can profoundly impact the people who surround them. They can create a ripple effect. This is also known as an effect of resilience. We know the importance of the investment in building resilience over time will have a significant negative impact on businesses and communities and the overall economic outcomes. Therefore, if resilience is defined as “the capacity to endure and grow when faced with stressors and changes in requirements” (The RAND Corporation), Local governments could increase regional growth through the EP by actively encouraging building resilience for both individuals and the entire community?
What are the most important abilities and strategies we as leaders can utilize to boost our resilience so that we can increase your team’s resilience, organizations, and communities? What stands the most helpful way to help local governments work better to build resilience across the region?
Day one: RDAEP Speakers from the Showcase will discuss the most critical projects happening across the Eyre Peninsula:
- Hon Nola Marino MP and Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Territories
- Sam Telfer, EPLGA president and the mayor of DC Tumby Bay
- T-Ports CEO, Keiran Carvill
- OZ Minerals group manager, Geoff Deans
- Renascor Resources managing director, David Christensen
- Andromeda Metals managing director, James Marsh
- H2U Hydrogen Utility CEO, Attilio Pigneri
- Macquarie Capital division director, Andrew Newman
- Central Eyre Iron Project, Iron Road CEO, Larry Ingle
- DM Roads SA contract manager, Tim Stanford
- Eyre Peninsula Cooperative Bulk Handling, Tim Scholz
- Electret EP Link project director, David Hansell
- Southern Launch CEO, Lloyd Damp
- The Hon Vickie Chapman MP, the Minister of Planning and Local Government
On day two, a local MP of Flinders, Peter Treloar MP, will address the EPLGA Conference of day two.
This year’s event held at Port Lincoln Racecourse will showcase the Eyre Peninsula and what it can offer. Participants will be encouraged to remain longer and take advantage of the region’s amenities.