Wednesday Program

Workshops with a Local Government Focus
Wednesday 21 February 2018

The Annual Conference program will open on Wednesday 21 February from 1pm-5pm with work focused sessions that are high priority for Local Government. These interactive sessions will give delegates with a diverse range of interests the opportunity to hear from sector leaders and subject matter experts.

Workshop 1: Discovering self-leadership that enhances and nurtures team performance 

Becoming more self-aware is the first step in embracing self-leadership, which then begins the natural progression for genuine, authentic team leadership generating transparent and organisational leadership.

This session will explore what it means to be self-aware and how to develop the skill and capability of self-reflection that drives the emotional intelligence within us all.

You will gain a further understanding on your own leadership brand and how to reflect on whether your leadership behaviours are aligned to develop yourself and others. This session will provide simple yet powerful skills to drive your leadership awareness through the use of insightful questions that prompt safe and transformational reflection.

Richard Day, Facilitator, Leadership & High-Performance Coach, Life & Business Leadership Institute    


Workshop 2: Local Government as an advocate- positioning your community for success in an election

Advocacy on behalf of communities to address needs that Local Government is unable to address on its own is core business. The run up to a state election provides a critical opportunity to increase the sector's capacity to influence decisions that will deliver benefits to the community.

While advocacy is core business do we have the skills and knowledge to do it well? What is it we seek to achieve, who is it we seek to influence and what motivation is there for them to support your request.

This session will look at advocacy taking a 360-degree view with an emphasis on providing practical advice and insights. You will get perspectives from a former senior politician and current strategic communications adviser working with regional Councils; the Executive Director of Local Government Victoria who is a former Council CEO; a CEO from Rural Councils Victoria and a current Director of Advocacy working in the sector. 

Presenters include:
Bill Forwood, Strategic Counsel CPR
Graeme Emonson, Executive Director Local Government Victoria
Lenny Jenner, CEO Borough of Queenscliffe
Mary Agostino, Director Advocacy and Community Services, Mitchell Shire Council


Workshop 3: Mastering your mind - an understanding of resilience and its importance to health, performance and relationships

Mastering Your Mind is a unique program for building resilience and empowering staff to perform at their peak.

Blending psychological skills training with physiological stress management techniques and behavioural change tools, this session provides participants with the knowledge, skills and resources they need to increase self-awareness and respond more effectively to change. Participants learn how to think more clearly, stay calm under pressure, and sustain a higher level of performance throughout their day.

The session will provide participants with an understanding of resilience and its importance to health, performance and relationships; practical skills and strategies for building resilience to stress, challenge and change; and a range of resources to encourage the ongoing development of resilience skills.

Presenters include:
Will Shacklock and Kylie Shacklock, Working Mind Resilience Training


Workshop 4: How do we justify the intangible? Creating a love of place

Place making is a multi-disciplinary approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces, an approach Councils are paying more attention to.

Despite place making meaning different things to different people across Councils, ultimately it capitalises on a local community assets, inspiration and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness and wellbeing.

The same can be said for the arts. Arts programs such as events, public art and cultural development projects play an important role in informing the identity of a place and people's connection to it.

However, the success of both creative and place-based initiatives is difficult to evaluate and may not necessarily have an immediately measurable impact. In an environment of competing priorities and limited resources where decisions are made on quantitative data the question that needs to be addressed is, how can we secure support for place-based creative initiatives, and how do we justify the seemingly intangible?

Presenters include:
Dr Dominique Hes (Project Lead) and Christina Hernander from the University of Melbourne as part of the Sandbox Project


Workshop 5: From effort to outcome - how do we know if we're succeeding?

Local Government undertakes a broad range of activities and delivers a very large number of diverse services. New work areas such as Service Planning, Business Improvement and Digital Transformation have also been employed to help strategically manage and improve Council programs and provision of services.

Amidst all this how do we know if what we are doing is providing worthwhile outcomes, if they represent value relative to the resources they use, and if the new work processes have improved them?

What does success look like, how could we evaluate our programs, services and improvement activities, and why should we do it?

Presenters include:
Eric Dommers, Principal Research Fellow and Research & Policy Centre Brotherhood of St Laurence and Honorary Research Fellow, Life Course Centre
Mozma Tate, Senior Corporate Planner, Whitehorse City Council
Michael Smyth, Manager Business Transformation, Greater Bendigo Council
Birgit King, Corporate Planning and Performance Coordinator, Yarra Ranges Council


Workshop 6: Service delivery driving asset planning

This workshop will examine why and how the sector is transitioning from traditional asset management practices to service driven outcomes. The adoption of a service centric mindset is not only required to establish appropriate levels of service, it is a fundamental element of the dialogue between Council and community.

We will explore a framework that will enable Councils to tell their value story to their ratepayers in a way that makes much more sense for them and helps Councils better demonstrate their public value. We'll also examine the role real community engagement can play in enabling communities to be involved in service planning.

Using the framework described above we will examine case studies of Council efforts to enhance strategic asset management and deliver significant community benefits.


Joe Carbone, consultant and ex Local Government CEO 



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