LGMA National received funding through the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships program to run the Pacific Local Government Climate Change Fellowship Program (PLGCCF) in April – May 2012. This inaugural PLGCCF will pave the way for regular fellowship programs with out local government peers in the Asia-Pacific and will be an opportunity to contribute to the capacity of local government in our region and to promote good governance, best practice and address key local development objectives such as alleviating the impacts of climate change.
The aim of the program was also to consolidate the importance of increasing the capacity of local-level governments to address and alleviate the impacts of climate change. This is beacuase their proximity to citizens means that local governments play a vital role in addressing and ensuring community quality of life.
The Fellowship commenced in April 2012 in Canberra with an orientation and induction program followed by six weeks of professional work placements within Australian councils. The program concluded with the fellows’ participation in the 2012 LGMA National Congress in Perth (2012) and the LGMA International Masterclass.
The five Pacific Local Government Climate Change Fellows were selected by LGMA National’s partner organisation in the Pacific, the Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific (CLGF Pacific), and were chosen because of their leadership role in climate change in their organisations and their local communities. The inaugural fellows were:
- Angela Mageto, Director – Regulatory Services, National Capital District Commission, PNG
- Iosefa Uluao Lauti, Secretary, Funafuti Town Council, Tuvalu
- Boutaake Tengkam, Local Government Officer, Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs, Kiribati
- Jeffrey Josiah Kaitip, Prinicipal Physical Planning Officer, Department of Local Authorities, Vanuatu
- Tekaai Bakoa Tekanene, Island Clerk, Kiritimati Urban Council, Kiribati
Angela and Iosefa were hosted by Townsville City Council while the Hunter Group of Councils hosted Bouataake, Jeffrey and Tekaai.
Source: Lauren Oakey, LGMA National