LGiU AUSTRALIA LIVE EVENT: How to create more resilient local economies

Posted September 14, 2020

Experts in this area:
  • Local government
L Gi U Australia event

Date: 24 September 2020
10.00 - 10.45 am
Format: Zoom panel discussion including questions from the audience.

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Join us on 24 September to discuss the role of local government in economic development and how local councils can create more resilient local economies.

Dr Marcus Spiller Principal & Partner at SGS Economics and Planning will moderate the discussion with panellists Jacqueline Brinkman, Patrick Fensham and Laurel Johnson.

Jacqueline Brinkman CEO at Economic Development Australia will highlight the critical role economic development professionals play in economic recovery and resilience building and discuss the types of skills and expertise that local councils need to develop their local economies.

Patrick Fensham Principal & Partner at SGS Economics and Planning will discuss how local government can adopt Community Wealth Building strategies for greater resilience.

Dr Laurel Johnson Teaching and Research Academic in the University of Queensland's urban planning program will explore how local communities engage in local economic development.

LGiU Australia is a partnership between LGiU and SGS Economics and Planning.


SGS Economics and Planning Jacqueline Brinkman EDA website 600pxl

Jacqueline Brinkman is an economic development specialist and CEO of Economic Development Australia (EDA), the national peak body for economic development. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, EDA membership has more than tripled to over 1000 members in just 3 years. Jacqueline is one of Australia’s most experienced industry cluster managers and she has facilitated industry development and new investment across a range of sectors. Her advocacy and lobbying has resulted in legislative change at a local, state and federal level. Jacqueline was CEO of Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise for 5 years during which, she led the economic recovery following the 2013 bushfires. Jacqueline has held senior executive roles in the tourism industry in Cairns and NSW, is an award-winning copy writer and an experienced company director.

SGS Ecoonomcis and Planning Patrick Fensham 600pxl

Patrick Fensham works to address social disadvantage and find solutions and innovations to policy challenges and issues. He specialises in regional and community economic development, metropolitan and strategic planning, infrastructure planning and funding analysis, cultural development and development feasibility analysis. He is focused on addressing urban and regional social disadvantage and promotes new policy solutions and innovations for progressive change.

SGS Economics and Planning Laurel Johnson UQ 600pxl

Dr Laurel Johnston is an urban and social planner with over 25 years of experience as a practitioner and an educator/researcher. As well as being a full-time academic in the UQ urban planning program, Laurel manages her own planning consultancy service with government and non-government clients throughout Australia. Her practice, research and educator roles are complementary.


SGS Economics and Planning Marcus Spiller 600pxl

Dr Marcus Spiller is an expert in regional economic development, housing policy, infrastructure funding and metropolitan governance -- this includes writing and co-editing two books on urban management. Marcus has a passion for sharing knowledge and informing robust debate and is an Associate Professor (honorary) at the Melbourne University and an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and UNSW. He is also a frequent presenter at conferences across Australia and internationally.

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Experts in this area:
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