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The Victorian Local Governance Association is a peak body supporting councils, councillors and the community


Values, Vision and History

The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) is a peak body supporting councils, councillors and the community. The VLGA supports the local government sector through leadership, advocacy and professional development with metropolitan, regional and rural Mayors, Councillors, CEOs and council officers.


Our communities will be inclusive, sustainable and dynamic, characterised by strong leadership and effective local governance.


We will bring together councillors, community leaders and local governments to build and strengthen their capacity to work together for progressive social change.


We believe that transparent, accountable and democratic governance policies and practices in all settings enable citizens to create their own sustainable futures.


The Victorian Local Governance Association was established in August 1994 as a community and local government response to the removal of local democracy and the silencing of community voices in the days of forced amalgamations by the former Kennett State Government. The formation of the VLGA was to restore democracy at a local level. The founding members of the VLGA included Glenyys Romanes, Liana Thompson, Lyn Allison, Mike Hill, and Tim Costello.

The VLGA was incorporated as an association in 1995 and has been advocating for democracy and democratic governance since it was formed.

It has transformed from primarily being an advocacy and advice body to one that promotes democratic governance through its numerous programs, projects, training and presence in the sector.

While in its early days its primary aim was to respond to the removal of local democracy, the campaign to protect the role and independence of local governments and the involvement of local communities is just as relevant twenty years later.

For an additional perspective on the history of the VLGA please download the following speeches:

Life Members

Victorian Local Governance Association life members:

Lyn Allison                                          The late Cr Don Chambers
Julie Hansen                                      The late Mike Hill
The late Hon Alan Hunt AM           The late John Jago
Peter Johnstone OAM                    Tom Moloney
Liana Thompson


VLGA Councillor Declaration Form

The VLGA is committed to connecting communities and strengthening democracy

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