29th Annual NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 2017

Albury,New South Wales

Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 & Friday 15 September

The LGAN conference provides an exciting, informative and interesting forum for practitioners, agencies and supporting providers to discuss and showcase the profile of Aboriginal people in their local communities.

Delegates will leave equipped with skills to enhance their roles in providing best practice services and information to their people as well as sharing yarns, laughs and experiences with their peers.

Purchase your ticket before Friday 11 August 2017 to save $100

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Respect, be gentle, polite, honour, do slowly

Business & Employment
Community Development
Cultural Heritage & Language

About the Conference

The NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network has been operating since 1988.

Its annual forum provides information, fellowship and promotes discussion about Aboriginal issues from education, business, employment, health and sport whilst celebrating Aboriginal culture, heritage art and music.


The 2017 conference will be based at the Albury Entertainment Centre and provides an opportunity to explore a diverse range of discussion points, issues and services relevant to Aboriginal people and the broader communities in which they live, work and play. The program will be jam-packed with content, information and of course, lots of yarns and a few laughs.

Wednesday 13 September

9.00am - Official opening and welcome
9.00am - 12.30pm Conference sessions and lunch
1.30pm - Lunch
5.30pm - Welcome function

Thursday 14 September

9.00am - 3.00pm
Conference sessions and afternoon activities
Conference dinner and Awards presentations

Friday 15 September

9.00am - 1.00pm - Conference sessions
1.00pm - Close


About Albury

Situated on Wiradjuri country, Albury offers a rich urban life in a fresh country setting. Everything is here, easily accessible, with unexpected discoveries around every corner.

Wiradjuri culture and heritage is celebrated and we look forward to welcoming you to experience our country and hospitality.

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Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 & Friday 15 September


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided during the conference


Welcome Function Dinner on Wednesday night and the Gala Conference Dinner Thursday night


Something to carry all of your new information and goodies

$ 680

Registration is easy, use the links below and follow the prompts. If you are want to make a single registration use the 'Individual' button. If you want to register and manage a group of 2 or more (even if you are not attending yourself) please use the 'Register a Group' button.

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Single Registrations

Earlybird Rate applies until Friday 11 August

Early Bird Price $780 $680
Full price $780

Group Discount

4+ people from the same organisation under 1 group registration (price per person)

Group Price (until 11 August) $780 $600

Day Registrations

Attend on either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of the conference. This fee does not include evening functions however these may be purchased at the guest rate

Single day price $440

Function Tickets

Additional Function Tickets For Partners, Guests OR Day Registrants

Wednesday Night Welcome Function $55
Thursday Night Gala Dinner $110


Getting here is a breeze - by air, road or rail. Albury Airport boasts 180 flights per week direct from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and daily rail and coach services operate from Sydney and regional New South Wales.

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There's loads of accommodation in easy reach of the Albury Entertainment Centre with a range of prices and ratings to suit every taste and budget. Leave the car and walk each day to the conference in the fresh Spring air.

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Conference Program

  • Wednesday 13 September

    Day 1 (Gold Sponsor – LGNSW) & (Welcome Function Sponsor – TAFE NSW)

    Themes – Education, Employment, Art, Culture

    Time Topic Speakers Location
    8:00am Registration Opens   Albury Entertainment Centre
    9:00am Official Opening & Welcome   Albury Entertainment Centre
    Keynote Address

    Staunch campaigner for Indigenous rights and reconciliation in Australia and dual Olympian, Nova Peris will lead as keynote speaker for LGAN 2017. Nova was a treaty ambassador for the former ATSIC and has travelled the country campaigning for fundamental understanding between black and white. Her keynote speech to open the conference will centre on her personal journey as well as the continuing challenges for Aboriginal people in local communities.

    Nova Peris Albury Entertainment Centre
    10:30am Morning Tea   Albury Entertainment Centre

    There are a range of ways that TAFE NSW can design training to meet the needs of Aboriginal communities, employers and upskilling for existing Aboriginal staff. Opportunities for customised skills development can range from local programs working with local communities through to flexible state-wide programs that allow participants from different areas to come together to learn and take skills back to their own community or organisation.

    This session will include an overview of some examples amongst the many successful programs in TAFE NSW and discussion on how future TAFE NSW programs could be developed to meet the needs of local government stakeholders and our local communities.

    Heather McGregor – TAFE NSW Albury Entertainment Centre

    The Wagirra Trail and associated works are being built and managed under AlburyCity's Aboriginal Employment and Training Program. The Wagirra Trail crew is working on construction and land conservation tasks and has completed significant projects including the Kremur Street Boat Ramp and Oddies Creek Adventure Playground.

    Unlike many short-term employment initiatives, the Wagirra Trail traineeships are three years in duration and aim to develop future leaders and mentors in the Aboriginal community.

    Skills in civil construction and land management leading to real jobs and financial security will flow on into the community, as will the sense of pride, ownership and identity. The presence of an Aboriginal workforce within AlburyCity Council has far reaching benefits for the whole community and is a tangible step towards Reconciliation.

    AlburyCity Wagirra Team Albury Entertainment Centre
    12.00am Lunch   Albury Entertainment Centre

    Proud Wiradjuri descendant Laura Berry will provide valuable insight into the Indigenous business sector, discussing how Local Governments and Corporate Australia can achieve positive community outcomes through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement. Supply Nation is endorsed by the Australian Government as the leading directory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses for procurement teams to fulfil their targets under the new Indigenous Procurement Policy.

    Laura Berry – CEO, Supply Nation Albury Entertainment Centre
    2.15pm Gold Sponsor Presentation Donna Rygate, Chief Executive LGNSW Albury Entertainment Centre
    2.30pm Aboriginal Staff Meeting   Albury Entertainment Centre
    3.15pm Afternoon Tea   Albury Entertainment Centre
    Coach Transfers To Yindyamarra Walking Trail

    The Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk features a series of stunning contemporary Aboriginal sculptures lining the Wagirra Trail from Kremur Street in West Albury to Wonga Wetlands.

    Eleven sculptures created by local Aboriginal artists have been installed along the five kilometres of trail. Each sculpture is accompanied by interpretative panels and videos available via smartphone.

    The sculptures along the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk resonate with Milawa lore, reflecting their fundamental relationship to the river. You can feel and appreciate the deep sense of history and reciprocity between nature and culture, as you walk or slowly ride the sculpture trail. Delegates will be guided on a leisurely walk by members of the Wagirra crew, local volunteers and artists for approximately four to five kilometres. Comfortable walking shoes are a muist but the trail is flat and a relatively easy walk finishing at the beautiful Wonga Wetlands. Delegates’ partners are welcome to join in.

    Coach Transfers To Wonga Wetlands

    For delegates who don’t wish to tackle the Yindyamarra walk, we’ll take you directly to Wonga Wetlands, the site for the welcome function. Yarn to local Wiradjuri Elders and chat to the crew preparing an extra special Kup Murri dinner for us. The coach will depart from the Albury Entertainment Centre and delegates’ partners are welcome to catch a ride.

    Welcome Function - Sponsored By TAFE NSW

    All roads and trails lead to Wonga Wetlands where delegates will enjoy campfire drinks, a yarn and entertainment by Loren Ryan followed by our delicious Kup Murri dinner. Our delightful ground oven cuisine will be prepared and served by a combination of Wagirra guys and our local Indigenous chefs studying at TAFE NSW. Delegates’ partners are welcome to join us for dinner. Relax and enjoy networking and many laughs.

      Wonga Wetlands
    Coach Transfers To Albury CBD

    We’ll have coaches looping back into the city from Wonga Wetlands to get you home safely – limited drop off points apply.

  • Thursday 14 September

    Day 2 (Gold Sponsor – Indigenous Business Australia)

    Themes – Health, Wellness, Culture And Language

    Time Topic Speakers Location
    8.45am Registration   Albury Entertainment Centre
    9.00am Welcome & Wrap Of Day 1   Albury Entertainment Centre

    Wayne is a passionate speaker and advocate for mental health. His personal journey highlights the fact that the black dog of depression can strike anyone and he will highlight the importance of awareness about disorders and the importance of early intervention and treatment.

    Wayne Wigham
    Black Dog Institute
    Albury Entertainment Centre

    The profile of Indigenous art has grown tremendously in recent decades, creating earning and income opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and communities and contributing to the preservation and dissemination of culture.

    However, the increased awareness, reputation and value of Indigenous art has also grown the market in fake art products and merchandise; the production of which has a significant negative impact. The Indigenous Art Code will discuss the issue and is keen to explore ways we can work with local government to address the issue.

    Gabrielle Sullivan,
    CEO Indigenous Act Code
    Ethical Art
    Albury Entertainment Centre
    10.45am Morning Tea   Albury Entertainment Centre

    Bruce will take a look at current and historical issues around culture, language and literature and their relationship to health, wellness and cultural education. Not to be missed.

    Bruce Pascoe
    Renowned Author & Language
    Albury Entertainment Centre
    Panel Discussion – Health & Wellness, Staying Focused

    Bruce Pascoe is joined by Wayne Wigham and friends to talk about health and wellness – what keeps us focused on well being and the way our history, culture, education and leisure time can benefit our community. Q&A from the audience.

    12.15pm Lunch   Albury Entertainment Centre

    As an NRL ambassador, Dean has experience working in a lot of different Indigenous communities rural, remote and in the city, particularly Redfern in Sydney, and will discuss the benefits and rewards that sport can bring.

    Dean Widders
    NRL Ambassador
    Albury Entertainment Centre

    Stan Grant is one of the few people still living to have heard native speakers of his tribe's Wiradjuri language, having been brought up as a child around native speakers of his grandfather's generation, notably his grandfather, Wilfred Johnson. He has been crucial to the reconstruction of the Wiradjuri language. In 2005, with Dr John Rudder they published "A New Wiradjuri Dictionary”, running to some 600 pages. In 2006 this work was recognised with the Deadly Award of Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education.

    Stan Grant
    Albury Entertainment Centre
    Gold Sponsor Presentation

    IBA is a commercially focused organisation. Economic independence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is at the heart of what we do. Our programs assist Indigenous Australians to buy their own homes, be successful in business and invest in commercial ventures that provide strong financial returns.

    IBA makes buying a home a realistic option for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and families with its targeted housing loan finance products. By providing this type of finance, IBA makes an important contribution to closing the gap between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous home ownership rates.

    Many Australians share the dream of owning a home where they can:

    • create a secure and stable environment to raise and nurture their families
    • avoid the uncertainties of renting
    • create a source of financial security and independence for current and future generations.

    IBA helps make this a reality for many of its Indigenous customers who want to buy their first home but cannot qualify for loans from a bank, credit union or other specialised lender. We offer a range of affordable housing loan products to eligible customers to assist them buy or build a home.

    Richard Burton
    Indigenous Business Australia
    Albury Entertainment Centre
    3.05pm Afternoon Tea   Albury Entertainment Centre

    Afternoon Options

    1. Movie – Screened at the Albury Entertainment Centre theatrette (approx. 55 minutes)

      Taking out this year’s Sydney Film Festival Audience Award – Best Documentary, this is an extraordinary, feature-length documentary that celebrates the richness of Aboriginal culture and poses the enduring question, what does it mean to be a modern man and belong to the world’s oldest living culture?

      'Zach's Ceremony' was conceived by father and Waanyi, Garawa and Gangalidda man Alec Doomadgee and filmed over ten years. We follow Alec’s son, Zach, on his journey from boy to manhood and from his home in Sydney to his ancestral lands of Doomadgee in the Gulf of Carpentaria. We witness his excitement as a bright-eyed 10-year-old and his confusion as a young adolescent, as he prepares for and finally undertakes his initiation ceremony – the ancient rite of passage that marks his passage to manhood.

    2. Albury Men’s Shed/Albury Wodonga Health (AWAHS) (1 hour)

      AWAHS is a non-profit organisation that was developed and set up to cater for the primary health care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families.

      Albury Wodonga is a designated Aboriginal resettlement area. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s the government of the day designated Albury Wodonga as an Aboriginal resettlement area, highlighting that Aboriginal families would have greater access to education, health, employment and other essential services.

      Over the past 30 odd years the local Aboriginal community of Albury Wodonga which is made up of over 50 different language groups, who lobbied various governments for the establishment of a community owned Aboriginal Health Service.

      In 2001 a joint partnership between Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation, Wandoo Aboriginal Corporation and Woomera Aboriginal Corporation was established. This enabled these organisations to undertake a project to establish what the gaps in Aboriginal health were. The final document produced was the Koori Cross Border Health Plan 2001, which highlighted the fact that an Aboriginal Health Service was needed to address the appalling health statistics for Aboriginal people.

      The Health Service was incorporated in September 2003 under the New South Wales Incorporations Act after nearly 32 years of lobbying by various Aboriginal community member and community groups. The Health Service commenced full operational service on the 27th June 2005.

      The Men’s Shed is designed to run programs specifically for Aboriginal Men and is located at the rear of AWAHS. Come and meet the volunteers and hear about their programs.

    3. Flying Fruit Fly Circus (1 hour)

      Details to follow.

      Albury Entertainment Centre
    Conference Dinner & Awards

    Time to kick up your heels and enjoy a night of great fun, food and entertainment featuring band ‘Mighty Yak’ and hosted by Dane Simpson.

    The LGAN Awards 2017 will be presented as part of the dinner – good luck and congratulations to all nominees!

      Albury Entertainment Centre
  • Friday 15 September

    Day 3 (Gold Sponsor – EPA)

    Themes – Environment, Land and Heritage Education

    Time Topic Speakers Location
    9.00am Welcome & Wrap Of Day 2   Albury Entertainment Centre
    Aboriginal Cultural Heritage ACT

    An OEH officer will fill us in on the latest information regarding the draft legislation for the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act. This information is vital to all communities and is a must see presentation to stay up to date.

    Office Of Environment & Heritage Albury Entertainment Centre
    Gold Sponsor Presentation
    Breaking Habits: The Muli Muli Rubbish Story

    Muli Muli Community on Githabul Country in northern NSW has taken on an environmental project to improve rubbish management and clean up Country. Working collaboratively with North East Waste (Regional Waste Group) and funded through the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) the community is cleaning up an old tip site, starting up a recycling service and designing community recycling education materials. The project has been run as a pilot program in preparation for the new 4 year NSW EPA Aboriginal Community Rubbish Management Program that was launched in July 2017.

    Tash Morton
    NSW EPA Project Officer
    and a Muli Muli Community Member (TBC).
    Albury Entertainment Centre
    10.30am Morning Tea   Albury Entertainment Centre
    Group Session & Conference Wrap

    This is an opportunity to work collaboratively with our colleagues and tackle some of the key topics that we all face. The group session will be an opportunity to share, inspire and take back some ideas to your communities and workplace.

      Albury Entertainment Centre
    Conference Close

    LGAN 2018 will be handed over from Albury to Narrabri and the 2019 host announced. We’ll meet the LGAN Executive and wrap it up for 2017.

      Albury Entertainment Centre

Conference Speakers

Nova Peris
Gold Medalist and Former Politician

Nova is a staunch campaigner for indigenous rights and reconciliation in Australia. She was the first Aboriginal Australian (and the first Northern Territorian) to win an Olympic gold medal.

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is of Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian heritage. His recent non-fiction book, Dark Emu, Black Seeds: agriculture or accident? won the 2016 NSW Premier’s Book of the Year.

Heather McGregor
Director Aboriginal Pathways,

Heather McGregor is the Director of Aboriginal Pathways in the North Coast area of TAFE NSW. Her role includes leading a brand of services that are customised for Aboriginal students, organisations and employers, engaging participants from many parts of Australia.

Wayne Wigham
Black Dog Institute

Wayne Wigham is a passionate speaker and advocate for mental health. Wayne’s personal journey highlights the fact that the black dog of depression can strike anyone, even those performing at the elite level.

Dean Widders
NRL Ambassador

Dean Widders is an Anaiwan man from Armidale in Northern NSW and is a former professional Rugby league player. Dean works at the NRL where he is Indigenous pathways manager.

John Murray
Conference MC

John is a proud Yorta Yorta man with his Nan being a part of the historic 1939 Cummergunja Mission Walk Off. John played an instrumental role in securing this year’s LGAN conference in Albury so it was our honour to have him back home to be your MC.

Laura Berry
CEO, Supply Nation

Laura is currently a Director of Indigenous Business Australia's Cooee Traveller and a member of Telstra’s Indigenous Advisory Committee. Laura proudly identifies with her Aboriginal and Italian heritage and was born and raised in Canberra.

Gabrielle Sullivan
CEO, Indigenous Art Code Limited

Gabrielle Sullivan is the CEO of the Indigenous Art Code where she works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists across Australia as well as dealer members of the Code. Dealer members of the Code include Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander owned art centres and commercial galleries and dealers.

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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