This conference is the premier event for all professionals involved with the Integrated Planning and Business Improvement functions in NSW local government, bringing together the best and brightest minds in these fields and beyond. 

Now in its eighth year, LG Integrated Planners is an opportunity for delegates to come together and discuss issues affecting local government professionals, define best practices and develop tools to support the integrated planning and reporting function.

This year’s conference programme includes:
  • Office of Local Government Update
  • Local Strategic Planning Statements Guidelines
  • Workforce Management Strategies 
  • Innovative Engagement Strategies
  • Overview of Blacktown City Council's Service Review Programme
  • Lake Macquarie City Council's Business Improvement Programme
  • Open discussion on challenges and opportunities faced in the industry



Wednesday 7 August - Friday 9 August 2019


Mercure Wagga Wagga
1 - 15 Morgan Street Wagga Wagga NSW


If you are interested in being involved with LG Integrated Planners in 2019 please give contact me.
Jan Sinclair, Events & Professional Development Manager
02 8297 1202

Reasons You Can't Afford To Miss LG Integrated Planners

  • Three days of educational sessions designed to challenge your thinking and develop your skills
  • Receive timely updates from state agencies including the OLG
  • Insights into managing the integrated planning function at your council more effectively and efficiently
  • Expand your professional network
  • Learn about what's ahead for IPR so you're ahead of the changes

Don't Take Our Word For It

  • 75 percent of attendees from last year's conference rated the conference as very good or higher
  • 80 percent of attendees said the conference offered an excellent opportunity to network and learn

Programme Outline

11.300pm - 12.30pm
Registration and Lunch
12.30pm - 1.00pm Conference Welcome:  Geoff Burton, Business Planning and Performance Manager, City of Sydney and Chair Integrated Planners Members Network
 1.00pm - 1.45pm Office of Local Government Update:  Karen Purser and Anita Gambhir
 1.45pm - 2.30pm SRV Reforms and Review: John Madden, IPART
 2.30pm - 2.45pm  Meet the Sponsors:  Pulse Software and JOC Consulting
 2.45pm - 3.15pm  Afternoon Tea
3.15pm - 5.00pm Local Strategic Planing Statements: Gary White, Chief Planner from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will present a session and examine the guidelines.  This session will then be followed by a workshop to close of Day 1 which will look at the practical application and implementation 
6.00pm - 9.00pm Networking Dinner: The Thirsty Crow Brewery.  Coaches depart at 5.50pm from the Mercure or enjoy a short 20 minute walk.
 9.00am - 9.10am Day Two Welcome
 9.10am - 9.40am Good Data and Where to Get it:  Dr Ian Oppermann , NSW Chief Data Scientist at the NSW Data Analytics Centre will examine the wealth of data that is available to NSW local government – what’s available, what can be shared, what’s open source and how public sector agencies are making formal arrangements to share information with other government agencies.
 9.40am - 10.40am Corporate Planning in Victoria: Birgit King of Yarra Ranges Council, VIC will compare and contrast legislation in Victoria to that of NSW and discuss how we can learn from each other in achieving business improvement
 10.40am - 11.10am Morning Tea 
 11.10am - 12.00pm Review of Lake Macquarie City Council's Business Improvement Framework:  Jenni Donaldson and Caitlin Botha of Lake Macquarie City Council will present an overview of their journey so far as a council in modernising and streamlining their BIF and share the projects and outcomes they have delivered and what the strategy is moving forward.
 12.00pm - 12.45pm Internal Executive Dashboard Reporting:  Michael McDermid or Northern Beaches Council and Sharne Colefax of Shellharbour City Council will present an overview of their respective council's approach to internal reporting and specifically executive level dashboards.
 12.45pm - 1.30pm Networking Lunch
 1.30pm - 2.15pm Workforce Management:  In this session three councils share how their Workforce Management Strategy integrates with the IPR suite of documents as well as provide tips and guidelines for better practice in developing the Workforce Plan.  With Fiona Piltz, Wagga Wagga City Council, Murray Watson of Albury City Council and Nick De Martin of Griffith City Council
 2.15pm - 3.00pm Case Study:  'Love Yack' Community Engagement Project:  Our Gold Sponsors JOC Consulting recently worked onan exciting and innovative community engagement project with Indigo Shire Council in Victoria.  In this session Mette Kirk from JOC Consulting and Guy Wilkinson of Indigo Shire Council walk us through their approach and the results so far.
 3.00pm - 3.30pm Afternoon Tea
 3.30pm - 4.00pm Our Service Review Journey by Blacktown City Council:  Christine Del Duca from Blacktown City Council will provide an overview of their recent service review programme 'Better Practice Reviews', which is based on an adaptation of th eUTS Centre for Local Government methodology, with local principals and objectives.
 4.00pm - 5.00pm IPR Think Tank
 7.00pm Conference Dinner:  The Magpies Nest.  Coaches depart the Mercure at 6.40pm
 9.00am - 12.00pm WORKSHOPS: Delegates can select from one of two workshops

CONDUCTING EFFECTIVE SERVICE REVIEWS with Stephen Bunting, Director, Morrison Low Consultants  

Service reviews should be seen as part of ‘business as usual’ – a continuous improvement process – which is integrated with corporate and strategic planning, asset management and community engagement.


In this workshop we will walk through:

  • What is a service delivery review?
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • The project plans
  • Objectives, scope and resources
  • Identifying services
  • Analysing services
  • Developing an implementation plan


One of the great challenges in the workplace is explaining complex information in an easily understandable format. Often a well-drawn graphic or chart allows the communication of fair amount of detail without overwhelming the audience.


In this session we will examine ways to present data to tell your story.

 12.00pm Lunch (Take away lunches will be available)

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