Salt to discuss demographic future of local government

By Staff Writer

Australia’s leading commentator on demographic-based business trends, Bernard Salt will explore Australia’s demographic future and its affect on local government at the 2009 LGMA National Congress & Business Expo in Darwin .

Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Chief Executive John Ravlic said Salt’s presence at the congress will help us define and better understand some of the demographic changes in the community.

“Bernard will be talking about the emerging demographic of our communities, the ageing of our population, and demands on local government services we can expect,” Ravlic said.

“Over the next 10-15 years our population is going to age significantly, and this will place significant pressures on local government services.”

Salt heads a group of consultants within KPMG who provide demographic-based advice to business. He is a regular contributor to major Australian newspapers, a best-selling author and has established an international reputation as a trend forecaster for the property and financial service industries.

The 2009 LGMA National Congress & Business Expo is regarded as Australia’s leading forum for local government professionals. It will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre from 24-27 May.

The congress features a host of prominent government, business and philanthropic presenters including former federal MP and leader of the Australia Democrats, Natasha Stott Despoja, Australian expert in workforce trends and generational change, Peter Sheahan; former Northern Territory Minister for Local Government, Elliot McAdam, and 2004 Tsunami survivor and 2006 Young Australian of the Year, Trisha Broadbridge.

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