THE Local Government NSW conference is returning to Albury next year.
The last time the city hosted the annual event which could attract more than 800 delegates from the across the state was in 2010 with this year’s event kicking off at the Hyatt Sydney on Monday.
It was held in Wollongong last year and the three-day event will provide a massive economic boost for the city.
Albury Entertainment Centre will again be the base for the conference which has also been held in the city in 2003.
A large marquee was set up in QEII Square for hospitality purposes seven years ago.
Mayor Kevin Mack said Albury trumped four other contenders.
“It will be a great opportunity to showcase what we’ve got to offer,” he said.
“It certainly brings a lot of money to our city as well as Wodonga.
“The selection committee visited all the locations in contention and deemed Albury the victor on this occasion.”
The conference is rotated between Sydney and a regional area each year.
“We were successful based on the accommodation we could offer and also transport ease of access to the city,” Cr Mack said.
“The climate and lifestyle we offer in Albury was also a good selling point.”
In 2010, Cr Glachan was Albury’s mayor and Cr Mack will face a mayoral election in the lead-up to next year’s conference on home soil providing he nominates.
Cr Glachan is seeking re-election to the LGNSW board of directors on a Liberal Party ticket.
Cr Glachan was bumped as one of Albury’s voting delegates in late October in a move instigated by Cr Darren Cameron, who is also attending the conference along with Cr Mack, deputy mayor Amanda Cohn, Cr Graham Docksey and general manager Frank Zaknich.
Former Greater Hume mayor Denise Osborne is also chasing board re-election.
On the opening day of the conference former Federation Council administrator Mike Eden was one of the presenters on the merger experience.
It was based at Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.