Kimba excited to host 82nd EPLGA conference

BIG PICTURE: Kimba mayor Dean Johnson is welcoming representatives to come to Kimba in February to discuss how to increase Eyre Peninsula's prosperity.
BIG PICTURE: Kimba mayor Dean Johnson is welcoming representatives to come to Kimba in February to discuss how to increase Eyre Peninsula's prosperity.

THE Kimba District Council will host the 82nd Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association Conference in February and the focus will be on regional prosperity.

The council is already planning for the two day conference, to be held on February 25 and 26, which will see more than 120 delegates from the 11 member councils gather to hear from guest speakers and take part in interactive panels.

Kimba mayor Dean Johnson said the council was excited to host its first conference in several years and to explore its theme of ‘Our Peninsula: Positioned Prosperity’.

He said the council had engaged with a number of people, including Peter Kenyon from the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. to organise key note speakers for the conference.

“We’re going to have some major key note speakers and it’s going to be based around improving Eyre Peninsula through our financial prosperity,” he said.

Under this theme council members and staff will meet with representatives from state and federal government as well as the private sector to discuss what can be done to ensure economic and social sustainability on Eyre Peninsula.

Mr Johnson said many rural communities were having difficulty at the moment in working around different barriers to ensure they could grow jobs, money and opportunities.

He said Kimba District Council wanted to be at the forefront in going out and gaining some idea of what was needed across Eyre Peninsula to improve the region’s prosperity.

“We’re really proud of the region we live in,” he said.

“We’re very much Eyre Peninsula focused and look forward to making (the conference) a real regional showcase.”

Mr Johnson said council staff had been really busy planning for the conference but there was mroe to be done as the conference got closer.