Ear bending

STIRLING mayor Mark Irwin and CEO Stuart Jardine will try to get the ear of key players in the Turnbull government to push the city’s infrastructure projects while heading east for a conference and an awards night.

Mr Jardine will represent the city at the National General Assembly of local governments in Canberra from June 17 to 20.

It’s agenda includes strengthening the financial sustainability of councils, infrastructure, digital transformation, indigenous policy issues, women in local government and diversity in representation.

• Stirling council CEO Stuart Jardine. File photo

“Analysis suggests that a Commonwealth election may well be called between August 2018 and May 2019,” a report to the council said.

“The 2018 [assembly] therefore provides an important opportunity to progress key local government issues in the Federal agenda.”

Following the awards the CEO and mayor will team up for the Australasian Reporting Awards in Sydney.

The council has picked up a couple of ARA awards in the past, taking out an “Overall Gold Award” in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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