Gladstone set for $3m windfall with LGAQ conference

MAYOR Gail Sellers is thrilled the Gladstone region will host the 2017 Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Annual Conference.

"The LGAQ Annual Conference is one of the highest profile meetings of government officials held in Queensland and we are thrilled that Gladstone now stands in elite company as one of the few regional areas that is capable of hosting such a large, high-calibre event," Cr Sellers said.

"Private investment in new accommodation and dining facilities in the CBD has complemented our own redevelopment of the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre and we are all now reaping the rewards."

LGAQ CEO Greg Hallam said the LGAQ annual conference will inject some $3 million into the Gladstone economy.

"We are a big conference bringing people from across Queensland and beyond and we will book out about  600 hotel rooms during  three or four days and spend pretty big in logistics and conference organising," Mr Hallam said.

"I have visited Gladstone in recent months and was very impressed with the facilities that community now offers to conference organisers such as ourselves."

Cr Sellers announced the good news yesterday via her Facebook page.

"We are one of very few regional centres with the facilities to host this conference," she wrote.

"Our Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre will be the focus and we will make use of all the Motels, Hotels and Apartments in the surrounds.

"CEO of LGAQ Greg Greg Hallam tells me that this conference will inject $3 million into our local economy."
She finished the post with: "#GRCMayor #LGAQ #Gladstone #Superexcited"

Gladstone last hosted the LGAQ Annual Conference in the 1980s.