2017 EPLGA conference held in Cummins

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NETWORKING: Mayor Julie Low stands with guest speaker Amanda Blair and chief executive officer Rod Pearson at the EPLGA conference, held in Cummins at the end of February.

NETWORKING: Mayor Julie Low stands with guest speaker Amanda Blair and chief executive officer Rod Pearson at the EPLGA conference, held in Cummins at the end of February.

Media personality Amanda Blair did not disappoint as guest speaker at the 80th annual Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association conference in Cummins on Tuesday, February 28.

Hosted by the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula, Ms Blair and a swag of other speakers impressed about 160 council and sponsorship delegates with insightful presentations at the Dr Seuss-themed event.

Ms Blair commented on the challenges of local government with particular reference to the uprising of social media and the need for councils to be brave and regenerate in order to be noticed in a world vastly influenced by technology.

LGA of South Australia president Lorraine Rosenberg held the audience's attention with her thoughts on rate capping and other local government issues, including cost shifting and transparency, while chief executive officer Matt Pinnegar discussed population growth as a key to economic prosperity within the state.

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Mentally Fit EP's Jackie Hibble and Sue Berry gave an insight into the basic needs of individuals while Kelledy Jones Lawyers' Victoria Shute looked at emotional intelligence.

The Training Guru, Peter Abery, also presented on workplace leadership styles.

Other presenters included Viterra's Andrew Hanan, who talked about Eyre Peninsula's record harvest and subsequent intake and planning for grain shipments from Port Lincoln, noting that the future of rail in the region will be reviewed across the next 18 months.

Grain Producers SA's Darren Arney highlighted issues faced by farmers, including the lack of competition in storage and handling.

Mr Arney also discussed Eyre Peninsula's transport and supply chain issues, including Eyre Peninsula's rail agreement, Higher Mass Limits and alternate sea ports.

The State Emergency Service's Priti Meda discussed the cost of disasters, the role of Zone Emergency Management Committees and the new State Emergency Management Plan.

The council's director of works and infrastructure Alex Douglas talked about the relationship between local and state government across the three states and territories he has worked in, and how legislation and such relationships affect local government, while chief executive officer Rod Pearson and Cummins District Community Bank branch manager Braden Gale gave detail on the partnerships between the two bodies.

Adam Wilson, of Essential Services Commission of South Australia, discussed water and electricity efficiencies and regulations, while Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula's Peter Scott also looked at electricity supply stability for the Eyre Peninsula.

Cavpower had plant on display at the conference, with representative Rohan Mills discussing the safety aspects of its equipment.

As well as the conference, delegates attended a welcome barbecue in Coffin Bay on the Monday and a formal dinner at Marble Range Community and Sport Complex on Tuesday.

Mr Pearson said council staff were pleased with the success of the functions, which also included works manager and EPLGA board meetings.

"We had exceptional support and feedback from attendees and we couldn't be more pleased with the quality of presenters and overall how the events went,” Mr Pearson said.

Mayor Julie Low said a key aim of the conference was for delegates to return to their councils refreshed for the challenges ahead.

“Thank you to all our sponsors and fellow Eyre Peninsula councils who supported the 80th conference.”