Leading local government advocate to deliver 2010 Earle Page College Politics Lecture

Published 14 September 2010

geoff_lake_smlAustralian Local Government Association (AGLA) President Geoff Lake will deliver this year’s Earle Page College Politics Lecture at the College on Wednesday, September 22. The 27-year-old Melbourne lawyer, who was the city’s youngest ever mayor at the age of 22, will have a busy schedule during his Armidale visit.

He will meet with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Webb,  and also have talks with staff at the UNE Centre for Local Government.

Cr Lake has been a City of Monash Councillor since 2000, is a board member of the Melbourne Fire Brigade and former President of the Municipal Association of Victoria. As president of ALGA, he represents the 565 councils across Australia on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) alongside the Prime Minister and state and territory leaders.

His lecture, open to the public at 8.30 pm in the Earle Page College dining room, will cover some of the contentious issues facing local government including:

  • The contemporary role and potential future role of local government
  • The effect of the High Court’s decision on federal funding of local government
  • The need for constitutional reform to enable the three levels of government to work together more effectively
  • The importance of engaging in the political process and
  • The value of community and council involvement in planning.

College head Andrea Gledhill said local government issues were very much on the local, state and national agenda

“The Earle Page lectures have always attracted high profile speakers, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, in the past,” she said. “Cr Lake is an outstanding young local government leader and the issues he will be discussing are very relevant to communities. We are looking forward to hosting his visit and hope that apart from the Lecture, he can meet people in local government as well as our UNE academics while he is in Armidale.”

Cr Geoff Lake

  • President, Australian Local Government Association (since 2008)
  • Councillor, City of Monash, Victoria (since 2000)
  • Board Member, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Victoria (since 2005)
  • former President, Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) (2004 to 2006)
  • former Mayor, City of Monash (2002 to 2004)
  • Geoff is the president of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and a lawyer at the Melbourne offices of Minter Ellison Lawyers.

He was first elected as a councillor in the City of Monash in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs in 2000 and became the youngest ever mayor in Victoria in 2002 at the age of 22.

Among his duties as president of ALGA, Geoff represents the 565 councils across Australia on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) alongside the Prime Minister and state and territory leaders.

Cr Lake is also a board member of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) in Melbourne.