Presentations: Culture – A New Way of Thinking for Local Government

On how the inclusion of culture with social, environment and economic policies strengthens local governance
Tuesday 4 October, 2011, Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St, Melbourne

Speakers’ Presentations

9:30 am Welcome
Chair: Cr. Bill McArthur, President, Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and Councillor, Golden Plains Shire

Bill McArthurCr. Bill McArthur is President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV). He has been a Councillor for Golden Plains Shire since 1996, serving as Mayor for two terms in 2004 and 2005. He has played a major role strategic planning for the Shire in the areas of community planning, development and strategic land use.
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Jeanette PowellHon. Jeanette Powell is Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, State Government of Victoria. She is an Executive Member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association of Victoria and Secretary of the Parliamentary National Party. For the Shire of Shepparton, she was Councillor in 1990-94, Shire President 1993-94, and Commissioner, Shire of Campaspe 1994-96.
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Fauzi BowoDr. Fauzi Bowo is President of UCLG ASPAC for 2010-2012, the first elected Governor of Jakarta and President of the Indonesia Association of Provincial Government. He has always played a significant role in cooperation and partnerships with other local governments and international organizations. Under his governance, Jakarta has become an active member of international organizations, such as CITYNET, Metropolis, C40, ANMC21 and APCS.
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Cr. Chris Meddows-Taylor is Chair of this Conference Committee and a Councillor of Central Goldfields Shire who has served four terms as Mayor. His work background and capabilities includes high level human resource and change management strategy development and implementation. His current focus is leading regional and municipal development and change.
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Cultural development in local government across Victoria

10:15 am Cultural policies around the world
Interaction of cultural policies with economic, environmental and social policies
Chair: John Smithies, Director, Cultural Development Network

Professor Paul James is Director of the Global Cities Institute and United Nations Global Compact Cities Program at RMIT University, Melbourne. He is Professor of Globalization and Cultural Diversity in the Globalism Research Centre (RMIT), an editor of Arena Journal, and member of the Council of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies.
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Mike ReidDr. Mike Reid is the Principal Policy Advisor, Governance, for Local Government New Zealand. Mike is responsible for providing advice on a broad range of governance and democracy issues at LGNZ, the local government associa- tion. He has also worked as the policy manager for Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council.
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Cultural policy in New Zealand

Jon Hawkes is the Resident Cultural Analyst with the Cultural Development Network. Sometime circus strong- man, underground press editor, lighthouse keeper and bookseller, Jon is the author of the groundbreaking The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: culture’s essential role in public planning (Common Ground, 2001) and one of Australia’s leading commentators on cultural policy. His work strongly influenced UCLG’s cultural policy development.
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11:30 am UCLG Policy Statement on Culture 2010: what does it mean for local government?
Chair: Paul Holton, Acting CEO, Wellington Shire, Victoria, Australia

Eduard Miralles is the Cultural Relations Advisor at the Barcelona Provincial Council, where also managed the Cultural Studies and Resources Center (1996-2004) and the biennial “Interacció” on cultural policies (1996-2002). During 2002-2004 he was on the committee for the Agenda 21 for Culture and after 2004 represented the Barcelona Provincial Council at the Culture Commission of the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG).
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On local cultural policies – the Agenda 21 for culture

Felicity-Ann LewisCr. Felicity-ann Lewis is Vice-President of the Australian Local Governance Association and three times Mayor of the City of Marion, South Australia. She is also Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Flinders University. As a passionate supporter of reform in local government, Mayor Lewis has served the LGA State Executive Committee since 2001, the LGA’s Metropolitan Local Government Group. She was elected Vice President of the LGA in 2006.
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Ms. Hansa Patel is Advisor and Executive Director, All India Institute of Local Self Government, India. She has special interests in empowering youth and women in local government, and deep involvement with environmental issues for local government through ICLEI (Local Government for Sustainability).
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2:00 pm Panel: Case studies from across the Asia-Pacific, featuring local government’s response to topical issues.
Chair: Cr. Helen Harris, OAM, City of Whitehorse and member, MAV Arts and Culture Committee

Anne SomervilleAnne Somerville is Acting CEO of the G21 Geelong Regional Alliance, a formal alliance of government, busi- ness and community organisations working together to improve the lives of people within the Geelong region across five municipalities. She is a member of the Arts and Culture Pillar group, one of G21’s key priorities for the region.
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Prioritising the cultural pillar for the G21

Lee Hak-JinMr. Lee Hak-Jin is Deputy Mayor of Gunsan City, North Jeolla Province, South Korea. Mr. Lee has devoted 30 years to the development and progress of North Jeolla Province in many different positions. Particularly, his experi- ence in the culture and public affairs office and the international cooperation division has contributed to Gunsan’s progress as a city of culture and international business. Gunsan City has three keywords for its development: wealth, harmony, and dignity. The keywords represent a city of prosperous economy, community participation, and dignified culture.
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South Korea: Cultural Policies: Engaging Communities Through Culture and Tradition

Mr. Sukesti Martono is Deputy Governor of Jakarta for Cultural And Tourism Affairs. He has worked in various positions including technical consultant for Jakarta’s Sister-Cities program in Rotterdam, Tokyo, and Paris, and Head of Middle and High Basic Education Office
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Multiculturalism and Planning: how cultural policies and practices contribute to social, economic or environmental concerns

3:00 pm Future commitments and steps forward
How can the UCLG’s Policy Statement be useful for our own councils: what action to take?
What else is required? Feedback to UCLG Committee on Culture Panel
Chair: Cr. Felicity-ann Lewis, Vice President, ALGA, City of Marion, SA

Jatin V ModiDr. Jatin V. Modi is President of the All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG) and the Co-President of UCLG ASPAC. He is also an active member of the Board of Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), London. He has served four terms as the Mayor of Baroda, Gujarat, and five terms as Mayor, Vadodara and has made significant contribution to the development of the State. Dr. Modi is a medical consultant by profession.
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Rod FyffeCr. Rod Fyffe Mayor, City of Great Bendigo; Vice-Chair, MAV’s Arts and Culture Committee. Cr. Fyffe has served as Mayor for his council three times, maintaining a broad interest in all aspects of local government, but especially economic development, arts, sport and recreation, aged and youth services, environment and heritage issues. He has been a long serving Board member of the Municipal Association of Victoria.
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Cr. Chris Meddows-Taylor
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