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As a member of LG Professionals Australia you can enjoy exclusive benefits including complimentary registrations to National Congress, international membership with ICMA, the peak body for local government professionals in the US, and a complimentary registration for your team in the Australasian Management Challenge.

LG Professionals Australia

ANZ House, Level 4

15 Moore Street, Canberra City ACT 2601

+61 2 6169 4190



Queanbeyan Council

Queanbeyan-Palerang Council Study Tour

Board the bus at the Rex Hotel at 0900 on Wednesday 22 August for this tour hosted by council CEO, Peter Tegart.

This study tour will showcase how to build investor confidence and change residents’ perceptions of your regional centre. The council's Transformation Strategy brings together the ambitions of placemaking, movement corridors and smart cities to digitally and physically connect people and green spaces in CBD precincts.

The LGA is growing at 2% per year with one house a day built and occupied. One of the shining lights is the new suburb of Googong. Built near Googong Dam, the town is designed to be self-sustainable and is home to more than 16,000 residents. The tour will take you through the key steps and how the Council has transformed Queanbeyan into the city we see today.

Morning tea will be provided before guests return to the hotel by 1230 (for their own lunch arrangements).

Places are limited and bookings essential - check the relevant box during registration to secure your place.

256 Crawford St, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

+61 1300 735 025


Canberra Rex Hotel

Our Congress venue, the iconic Canberra Rex Hotel, is offering registered delegates a range of discounted accommodation deals commencing with King Rooms at $190 per night. Guests can stay in serviced apartments, luxe suites and sleek hotel rooms all completed with king size ‘Rex Cloud Beds’. The newly rebuilt rooms have been carefully thought out, punctuated with contrasting accents and materials. Access to an array of hotel features is available to guests during their stay, including a 20m indoor heated pool, gymnasium, complimentary (basic) WiFi, complimentary newspapers, 24 hour reception and on-site restaurant and bar. The rooftop bar and lounge, Canberra’s first, offers sweeping views of the Canberra skyline.

Delegates who register for Congress will receive details on discounted accommodation rates and the discount code in their confirmation email. For further information about the Rex please visit

150 Northbourne Avenue Canberra City, ACT 2612

+61 2 6248 5311


Village Centre, National Arboretum
Forest Drive, Molongolo Valley
ACT 2611

+61 2 6207 8484

Congress Gala Dinner and Awards

The Gala Dinner and Awards will be held at The National Arboretum. The Dinner will be an evening full of glitz and glamour, and opportunities for local government professionals to shine while dining on the finest cuisine with peers from around Australia and the world.

Commencing at 19:00 with drinks and canapes on arrival, the evening will feature the formal National Presidential handover and celebrate the winners of the prestigious LG Professionals Federation Awards for the following categories:

  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Innovative Management Initiative
  • Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
  • Excellence in Community Development and Service Delivery

The evening will be punctuated by the announcement of the 2018 Australasian Management Challenge winner, and presentation of this much-coveted award.
The National Arboretum features 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world. Over 44,000 trees from over 100 countries are growing across the huge 250 hectare site, making it one of the world’s largest living collections of significant trees.

The Village Centre function venue is an award-winning, architect-designed building with panoramic views over Canberra that will provide a stunning location for the 2018 Gala Dinner.

A seat at the Dinner is included with all Congress registrations, and partners are most welcome to attend for an additional charge.

Coach transport between the Canberra Rex Hotel and the Arboretum is included in all Congress ticket prices – please check the relevant box during the registration process. Buses will depart the Rex at 1830, with returning buses leaving from 22:15.

Dress: cocktail or business attire.


National Congress & Business Expo is Australia’s peak convention for local government professionals. It empowers, connects, educates and inspires with two days of guest speakers, hands-on workshops and thought-provoking master-classes exploring themes of leadership, innovation and best practice.



Standard Registration* – Members $850
Late Registration – Members $1050
Standard Registration* – Emerging Leaders** $650
Late Registration – Emerging Leaders** $850
Standard Registration* – Non-Members $1200
Late Registration – Non-Members $1500
Standard Registration* – International Delegate $750
National Council Membership, including two Congress tickets & many more benefits $2229

   * Standard registration prices are available until midnight, 31 July
   ** Emerging leader - Up to the age of, and including 40, and holding a position in local government.

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