The Conference has been operating since 1988. It provides an exciting, informative and interesting forum for practitioners, agencies and supporting providers to explore a diverse range of discussion points, issues and services relevant to Aboriginal people and the broader communities in which they live, work and play.

Key topics will include education, business, employment, health and sport whilst also celebrating the Aboriginal culture, heritage art and music.

Delegates will leave equipped with skills to enhance their roles in providing best practice services and information to their people as well as sharing yarns, laughs and experiences with their peers.


Naming Rights Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Trade Exhibitor

Event Schedule

Wed 12th Sept


8:30am - 9:00am
Welcome to Conference, Welcome to Country, Mayoral address, Venue Housekeeping
9:00am - 10:00am
Panel Session – Clontarf Foundation
10:00am - 10:30am
Morning Tea - Lawn Marquee
10:30am - 11:00am
Naming Rights sponsor address - Whitehaven Coal
11:00am - 11:45am
Aboriginal Affairs NSW
11:45am - 12:30pm
Lunch & Exhibition
12:30pm - 2:00pm
LG Aboriginal Staff Meeting
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Bush Tucker / Traditional Cooking /Bush Medicine
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Afternoon Tea
3:00pm - 3:15pm
LG NSW Sponsor address
3:15pm - 4pm
NAIDOC Themed Panel Session
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Uluru Statement
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Department of Planning and Environment’s Aboriginal Community Lands and Infrastructure Program (ACLIP) Team
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Welcome Reception (Cocktail Event)

Thur 13th Sept

Keynote Speaker – Stan Grant

8:30am - 12:30pm
Site tour to Sculptures in the Scrub with Morning Tea
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lunch & Exhibition
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Keynote Speaker Address - Stan Grant
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Content & Speakers to be Announced
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Afternoon Tea on the Lawns
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Panel Session - Stan Grant, Andy Saunders & Gavin Wanganeen
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Content & Speakers to be Announced
6:30pm - 10:30pm
LGAN Awards Dinner

Fri 14th Sept

Keynote Speaker – Gavin Wanganeen

8:30am - 9:00am
Welcome, recap on Day 2 & highlights
9:00am - 10:00am
Keynote Speaker Address - Mr Gavin Wanganeen
10:00am - 10:30am
Morning Tea - Lawn Marquee
10:30am - 12:00pm
Namatjira Project - Film Screening
12:00pm - 12:45pm
Group Session & Conference Wrap
12:45pm - 1:00pm
Conference Close
Lunch & Departure



Early Bird
(end 22nd July 2018)


Standard Full


Group Registration
(groups of 4+)


Single Day


Stan Grant

Thursday 13th September

Stan Grant has a long and somewhat controversial professional history that has blended media with politics.

Born in Griffith in south-west New South Wales, Stan’s mother is from the Kamilaroi people and his father is of the Wiradjuri.

Much of Stan’s childhood was spent on the road, living in small towns and Aboriginal communities. This gave him a love of adventure and stories, and despite poverty and an early sporadic education, he says it was his family and the larger Aboriginal community that gave him a strong platform for life.

After attending University, Stan won a cadetship with the Macquarie Radio Network, launching a 30 year career in journalism. During that time he travelled the world covering the major stories of our time including the release of Nelson Mandela, the death of Princess Diana, war in Iraq, the Pakistan Earthquake and the rise of China.

Stan has won many major awards including an Australian T.V Logie, a Columbia University Du-Pont Award, and the prestigious U.S Peabody Award. He is a four-time winner of the highly prized Asia TV Awards, including reporter of the year.

Stan has written The Tears of Strangers and Talking To My Country and has published numerous articles and opinion pieces for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

Today Stan is the Indigenous Affairs Editor for the ABC and special advisor to the Prime Minister on Indigenous constitutional recognition.

Gavin Wanganeen

Friday 14th September

Gavin Wanganeen, descendent of the Kokatha people of the Western Desert in South Australia is a contemporary Indigenous artist.

He is also known for being an AFL legend & Brownlow Medalist whose glittering career has spanned some 300 senior games at Essendon & Port Adelaide, countless awards and a reputation as one of the best to ever play the game.

Gavin Wanganeen, descendent of the Kokatha people of the Western Desert in South Australia is a contemporary Indigenous artist. He is also known for being an AFL legend & Brownlow Medalist whose glittering career has spanned some 300 senior games at Essendon & Port Adelaide, countless awards and a reputation as one of the best to ever play the game.

Kokatha people have a strong connection to country, culture and hold the Tjukupa (Lore) and caring for country. The Kokatha lands are in the Central/South Western desert in South Australia.

Gavin was born at Mt. Gambier in South Australia’s South East in 1973.

Growing up, Gavin spent time on the State’s West Coast, where his maternal great grandfather, Dick Davey was a well respected leader of both the people of Kooniba Mission, and the general community.

While his precocious sporting ability emerged early, Gavin also shared a love of colour and storytelling through art.

Yet it wasn’t until his twenties, when a discussion with his Aboriginal teammates sparked a competition to produce the best piece of art from their respective regions, that Gavin made what would be a life changing decision to start painting.

Gavin Wanganeen is an important and inspiring role model within the Indigenous community due to his successful sporting career and transition to working artist.

Andy Saunders

Panel Session Speaker & Awards Dinner Entertainer

Comedian Andy Saunders believes the best way to make the world a better place is through laughter.

With an extraordinary ability to use humour to break down barriers and stereotypes as well as provoke thought, he is a talented MC and entertainer who will grab your audience’s attention from the moment he walks onto the stage.

Andy Saunders has been telling jokes in front of audiences ever since he can remember… he was always destined to make people laugh.

Having become of Australia’s most popular and successful acts, Andy Saunders has performed and hosted events around the country at a variety of events and venues including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Deadly Funny; Adelaide Fringe Festival Aboriginal Comedy All Stars, ABC Comedy Up Late TV and Up Early TV. Andy Saunders appeared on Channel Ten’s Oxfam Gala TV and at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Channel 10 TV appearance 30th Birthday Big Bash in 2016.

Andy Saunders takes satire to new heights. His trenchant observations of human behavior and sharp material, combined with skills in attracting and holding the attention of audiences of all ages are a powerful combination.

Nomination Forms

Council Election Nomination Form

Award Nomination Form


The Crossing Theatre is an impressive modern conference venue set on the banks of the picturesque Namoi River. This distinctive purpose built centre is ideal for hosting small functions and meetings to major conferences and conventions.

Completed in 2003, The Crossing Theatre is part of the vibrant centre of Narrabri which offers modern facilities and services, spectacular local attractions, great shopping and plenty of accommodation.


Narrabri is situated 560km north west of Sydney on the Kamilaroi Highway and 560km south west of Brisbane on the Newell Highway. The area is renowned for producing some of the world’s highest quality wheat, cotton, fat lambs and beef, and home to several research facilities.

The town’s name means ‘forked waters’, which aptly describes the splintering waterways you will see as you pass over the Namoi River, the Narrabri Creek and the creek’s sub-branch, Horse Arm Creek.




Getting to Narrabri is no issue with the range of transport options available. Fly by air, travel by train or bus or enjoy the scenic trip by car, stopping at some attactions along the way!




There is plenty of accommodation within a convenient distance of The Crossing Theatre. From affordable motor inns to luxury style appartments there is something for everyone’s taste and budget.




Narrabri offers plenty of gourmet treats to satisfy your hunger pangs. Several regional farmers have embraced the procedure of “value adding” to their produce with very positive and lucrative results.




Narrabri is an energetic regional centre offering a large array of tourist attractions including Mount Kaputar National Park, the Paul Wild Observatory and a cinema complex screening the latest movies.