Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:58


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Councillor MARX: Thank you, Madam Deputy Chair.
I rise to speak on the 2017 ALGWA Conference that was held in Easter this year. My apologies for not bringing it to Committee—Chambers last week, but as you all know, I was an apology. The theme of the conference was ‘Be the balance’. So it was all about trying to work out a balance between life and work, which is something that we all try and do and I have to say at the end of the conference, nobody had the answer to that question. But however over the two days there were a number of speakers we had there. We had Kevin Manderson, who spoke on cybersecurity.

We had Ben Milbourne, who I have to admit, I'd never heard of, but apparently he started his career on TV show, MasterChef, which I obviously never watch, but he was very entertaining. There was a lady called Dr Joan Webb, who at the age of 90 she undertook a PhD, becoming Dr Webb in 2016. So she was quite inspirational for all us elderly women in Council. Dr Daryl Peebles was another guy there who spoke about positive influences of comedy in the workplace, which was interesting. I'm guessing we have a few laughs here in Chambers, so we're probably on track with that. Helene Chung, a fourth generation Tasmanian.
She was the first female posted overseas by the ABC, a Beijing correspondent, and the first Chinese-Australian journalist to be appointed to China. So she had a lot of amazing stories to tell. Rob Edwards was another guy who spoke about the importance of looking after your own wellbeing, something I'm guessing a lot of us don't necessarily do in this place either, but it was—he didn't have the answer either to the ‘Be the balance’, so we kept waiting for it, but there wasn't any.

Then there lastly was Commissioner Darren Hine who was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Australian Government's advisory panel to reduce violence against women. There were another other couple of workshops as well during both those two days. I think the thing that I would like to mention the most from the ALGWA Conference is the fact that how very different Brisbane City Council is to every other Council in Australia. It's actually almost quite alien how different we are to them.

One little example we would talk about numbers of people that we look after, and there was a lady Councillor there talking about how she—they look after—their Council looks after around 50,000 residents. I said to her, well, that's kind of about what we look after. We mainly have 27,000 voters, but you take in all your non-voting residents and it brings you up to about 50,000 and that that you look after. I then realised when she looking in—I said, well, how many Councillors do you have? She said, well, that's 12 Councillors look after that area. That's their whole Council. So, yes, remarkably different.

We talked about things like magnets on the cars and that and one of the Councillors who from a Council in Victoria mentioned they don't have anything like that and also made the comment that all the Council officers know all the Councillor's car regos, so they can just park anywhere and they won't get a ticket or anything, because the officers know their car regos. So not something I'm sure we're planning to bring to Brisbane, but just interesting that how small they all are compared to how big we are here. Also the Garage Trail people happened to be there, because they were one of the sponsors for the conference.

They took along the 2016 campaign outcomes that they ran with us as Brisbane City Council. They had a very positive response from all the other councils that were there throughout from—throughout Australia and it's hopeful that a lot more of them will join and follow Brisbane City Council and take part in that Garage Sale Trail, which is held in October every year. So I just want to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend this very worthwhile ALGWA conference in Tasmania this year. While it was cold down there, it was certainly a lovely place and I appreciate the opportunity.

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