The finishing touches are in place for the wheatbelt zone local government conference which will focus on information technology in York later this week.

About 150 people are expected at the conference which will take place on April 3 and 4. Conference sessions will be in the York Recreation and Convention Centre and the conference dinner in the York town hall.

The event brings together key decision makers, government and non-government organisations integral to the development of the Wheatbelt and focuses on how the region can best use technology to grow and develop locally and capture global opportunities and exposure

Shire president, Cr Matthew Reid, will officially open the gathering at 12.30pm on Thursday followed by a keynote address at 12.45pm by Mark McCrindle on the topic 'Making the Wheatbelt Globally Competitive'. McCrindle is a social analyst renowned for tracking global change and analysing social trends.

Later in the afternoon, there will be a keynote address, 'Optimising your online presence',  by Yvette Adams an entrepreneur who offers design and  training services in information technology and social media.

The final address for the day is by Simon Waller on using apps to improve business performance. A wheatbelt zone challenge in lawn bowls will precede the conference dinner at 7.00pm. Singer, Lauren Arthur will provide entertainment.

Day two of the conference will include input from two specialists on the topic 'Making the online world work'. They are WA Information Commissioner, Sven Bluemmel, and Peter Gurney from NBN Co.
Concurrent workshops will follow. They are Optimising your online presence - putting knowledge into action with Yvette Adams and Applying Apps with Simon Waller. The conference will end with a session entitled 'The Future is in our Hands'.

ABOVE: The York town hall is the venue for the conference dinner.