Truss welcomes new Australian Local Government Association President

Media Release

WT234/2014

17 November 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has congratulated Cr Troy Pickard on his appointment as President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA).

“I warmly welcome Cr Pickard to his new position and look forward to the Australian Government continuing its good working relationship with ALGA. The Government recognises the important contribution councils make to our national economy and the leadership they provide at a local community level,” Mr Truss said.

“Cr Pickard is Mayor of the City of Joondalup in Western Australia, and has served as Vice President of ALGA since November 2010 and as a board member since October 2007.

“He has now been appointed as ALGA President for a two–year term.

“Since 2010, Cr Pickard has been President of the Western Australian Local Government Association, having served as the Deputy President for three years prior.

“His leadership and clear dedication to the local government sector has been recognised with numerous decorations and awards throughout his distinguished career.”

In 2005, Mr Pickard was presented with a Distinguished Service Award from the Western Australian Local Government Association, and in 2002 and 2007 he received a ‘40 Under 40’ award, which identify Western Australia's top 40 young business achievers.

Mr Truss thanked outgoing ALGA President Ms Felicity-ann Lewis for her commitment to a productive partnership with the Australian Government during her time in office.

“During her time as ALGA president, Cr Lewis brought a strong voice to local government issues and an outstanding commitment to positive change,” he said.

“I wish Cr Lewis well in the next stage of her career.”

The Australian Local Government Association represents 560 councils across Australia.