LGC21 Program Outline

LGC21 will feature engaging sessions delivered in multiple formats including presentations, round tables and hands-on workshops that deliver takeaways. 

Tuesday 1 June

 9.00am - 5.00pm General Manager Workshop

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Wednesday 2 June

 8.00am Registration
 9.00am Welcome
Stewart Todd, President - General Manager Narrabri Shire Council
9.30am Opening Keynote Speakers - Future Crunch
10.30am Morning Tea - Expo Cafe
11.00am  Local Government | Local Action 
Panel Discussion

When faced with adversity, local governments across the globe leap into action. Be it a threat from terror or natural disaster, we lead from the front, protecting and embracing our communities, emerging stronger and more united than ever before.

Facilitator: Therese Manns, Director, Statewide Mutual and General Manager, Randwick City Council
- Simon Markham, Manager Strategy & Engagement, Waimakariri District Council, NZ
- Matthew Hyde, Chief Executive Officer, Snowy Valleys Council and Board Member
- Ali Wastie, Chief Executive Officer, Bass Coast Shire Council
- Craig Milburn, General Manager, Kempsey Shire Council
 12.30pm  Lunch - Expo Cafe
 1.30pm  Embracing an Uncertain Future  
 Panel Discussion

 COVID-19 has demonstrated the value of being able to respond and adapt to an ever changing landscape. It has also created space to work across traditional boundaries – geographical, organisational and jurisdictional to address problems that cut across multiple policy platforms, borders and communities. In this session we will discuss how local government can effectively work in partnership with stakeholders; how we can strengthen our capacity to respond to changing community issues and how we will continue to evolve post COVID. 

 Facilitator: Simone Schwarz, Specialist Consultant and Associate UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance

- Peter Tegart, Chief Executive Officer, Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council
- Kathrina Lo, New South Wales Public Service Commissioner 
- Professor Roberta Ryan, Academic Director, Hunter Research Foundation Centre, The University of Newcastle
 2.30pm Local Government | Thriving Communities
Kate Macnaught, Manager, Sector Improvement, Taituarā NZ - via Zoom

New Zealand plans to be the first in the world to measure its success against how it does socially, culturally and environmentally. They are developing a new approach to analyse the impact of social services on the wellbeing of New Zealanders. This can help funders, providers and others understand whether these services are making a genuine and lasting difference to people’s lives and inform better decisions about where to focus effort to improve people’s wellbeing.
 3.30pm  Afternoon Tea - Expo Cafe
 4.00pm  Association Update
5.00pm  Welcome Reception - Expo Cafe

Thursday 3 June

 8.00am Managerial Career Choices: Evidence from South Australian Local Government
Dr John Martin, Emeritus Professor La Trobe University
Annie Guthrie, Mediator, Coach and Facilitator

This session first reports on research carried out on the managerial career choices of second and third-level managers in SA Local Government regarding applying for a CEO (GM) position. The findings raise many issues related to the motivation of these managers to apply for promotion to the top job which provides insight into staff motivation more generally when it comes to recruiting future employees. Recruiting, selecting and managing competent and capable staff is an ongoing issue in Australian Local Government. What is the impact of a council's reputation on recruiting such staff? What can your council do to both keep and recruit such staff?

There are structural and individual factors that contribute to and compound the current and continuing under‐representation of women in leadership and senior management positions. We explore these factors by investigating the beliefs and intentions of male and female senior managers with respect to applying for promotions to executive level in local government organisations in South Australia.
 9.00am Creating an Outcomes Based Culture  
Panel Discussion

The benefits to an outcomes-based culture include less wasted time, more responsiveness, higher quality work and better team morale. Creating an outcomes-based culture isn’t something that happens overnight, it takes a conscious effort and sometimes it takes letting go of the reins. In this panel we will hear from leaders who are enhancing outcomes for their community as a result of their commitment to building culture.

 Facilitator: Vicki Mayo, LG Professionals, NSW
- Paul Bennett, General Manager, Tamworth Regional Council
- Allan Mills, NSW Government Leader, Deloitte
- Sandra Kubecka, Director Community Assets, Camden Council
10.30am Morning Tea - Expo Cafe
11.00am Creating High Performing and Resilient Teams  
Panel Discussion

The pressure for teams to be resilient is more urgent than ever.

Resilience requires a level of self-awareness and empathy that may not come naturally to all team members. As leaders, we must assess the state of our teams, identify weak spots and deliver strategies that will help team members break down barriers and build foundations of trust, transparency and self - awareness.

This session explores how leaders can become comfortable asking some tough questions to determine whether our teams have what it takes to qualify as truly resilient. 

Facilitator: Gavin Carnegie, LG Professionals, NSW
- Nicole Stafford, Co-Chief Executive Officer, LeaderLab Global
- Sharon Connolly, Change Communications Expert

- Meg Salter, Managing Director, Auridian Training and Consulting

- Maria Zuschmann, Chiropractor, Speaker, Author, Podcaster and Coach, Aligned U

 12.30pm Lunch - Expo Cafe
 1.30pm Closing Keynote Speaker - Sam Bloom             
 2.30pm Closing Comments
Stewart Todd, President - General Manager Narrabri Shire Council
 2.45pm Conference Close

The LG Awards Dinner will follow the conference, commencing at 6.30pm. Tickets for the Awards Dinner are not included in the conference registration, but can be booked as part of the registration process.

Program subject to change.