Conference Structure and Scheduling

  • Why is the Annual Conference being split into two parts?

    As a registered organisation, LGNSW is bound by a number of legal obligations, including the need to report back to members on financial performance within six months of the end of the 2020-21 financial year. For this reason, an Annual Conference must be held within the relevant time period.

    LGNSW’s Annual Conference has also traditionally provided the opportunity for member councils to bring forward policy motions for debate and resolution, thus helping to set the Association’s advocacy agenda for the year to come. Member feedback following 2020’s online conference experience indicated a strong preference for an in-person event at which more motions could be debated and resolved.

    It would be unreasonable to ask councillors to interrupt their election campaigns for the length of time required for an in-person event in late November. A one-hour online Annual Conference in November, followed by a full Special Conference scheduled for 28 February to 2 March 2022, has been identified as the best and fairest way to fulfil LGNSW’s legal obligations as well as its accountability commitment to members.

  • Why not bring the Annual Conference forward?

    The rules governing LGNSW require us to provide a minimum four months’ notice for the holding of an Annual Conference. It was not possible to hold a meeting before this date.

  • Why not just postpone the entire Annual Conference?

    As a Registered Organisation, LGNSW is legally required to report back to the membership on its financial results within six months of the end of the financial year. The Annual Conference online event on 29 November is designed to meet this obligation while maintaining LGNSW’s commitment to full and transparent accountability.

  • How can you guarantee that the in-person Special Conference will go-ahead in February?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated over and over again that there are no guarantees. However, as vaccination programs continue to rollout across NSW, every tier of government is working to help ensure we can return to a more normal way of life for both organisations and individuals.

  • Will I need to register separately for the Annual Conference online event and the Special Conference?

    Yes: separate registrations are required to allow for potential attendance changes brought about by the local government election.

    Registrations for the Annual Conference online event on 29 November are now open, with all mayors, councillors and general managers notified by direct email. Attendance will be free.

    Registrations for the three-day Special Conference from 28 February to 2 March 2022 will carry a standard registration charge. Register here >>

  • Will there also be an Annual Conference in 2022?

    Yes – LGNSW’s Annual Conference 2022 is scheduled to take place in the Hunter Valley in October 2022.

Motions and Voting

Travel and Accommodation Arrangements

  • What happens to Conference accommodation pre-booked at the Hyatt Regency Sydney?

    Conference delegates who have booked accommodation directly through the previously provided Conference booking link will have their rooms automatically cancelled without penalty.

    Accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Sydney for the new conference dates (28 February to 2 March) will need to be re-booked via this special link.

    Delegates who have reserved accommodation with the Hyatt Regency Sydney or other hotels through other means will need to cancel these reservations via their original booking platform.

  • What about pre-booked travel arrangements?

    Delegates who have pre-booked travel arrangements will need to amend these bookings via their original booking platform.