LGiU launch event: tackling big issues locally I 27 Feb 2020

Posted February 13, 2020

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Date & Time

Thursday, 27 February 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am AEDT (daylight saving time)


SGS Economics and Planning, Level 14, 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne or live-stream the event to your computer or mobile.

Watch the event here

About this Event

Join SGS Economics and Planning and not-for-profit local authority think tank LGiU Australia on 27 February and discuss how to tackle big issues at a local level. Register to attend the free breakfast seminar and panel discussion in Melbourne CBD or live-stream the event on your mobile or computer.

Complex, global problems are often best tackled locally. Join us on Thursday 27 February and hear expert panellists discuss how local councils, institutions and organisations working on local issues can:

  • Benefit from sharing innovation and best practice.
  • Drive sustainable operations in a changing climate.
  • Manage finances to meet new challenges.

This event is ideal for professionals from:

  • Local government
  • State government
  • Academic institutions
  • Not for profit and community organisations
  • Other organisations working on local issues.


8.45 am

Arrive at Melbourne CBD venue; enjoy a light breakfast.

9.00 am

Seminar and live stream starts

Luke Nicholls, LGiU Australia Lead and SGS Economics and Planning Principal & Partner will moderate the event and introduce LGiU Australia.

9.15 am

How local councils benefit from sharing innovations

Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Global Chief Executive Officer of the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), will talk about why it's important that councils share innovation and best practice and will give some examples to show how doing so can help them deliver better services and strengthen local democracy.

9.25 am

Drive sustainable operations in a changing climate

The changing climate is impacting many communities and, increasingly, these communities are expecting action from their local representatives. Ellen Witte, Principal & Partner at SGS Economics and Planning, will shed light on driving community resilience and sustainable council operations – including managing core tasks such as rates, roads and rubbish - in a changing climate with changing natural hazards.

9.35 am

Managing finances to meet new challenges

Mark Davies, local government financial management expert and advisor and Principal at Financial Performance Solutions, will discuss how to address common challenges local councils experience when managing finances.

9.45 am

Panel discussion - questions from the floor. Guests live-streaming the event will have the opportunity to submit questions.

10.15 - 10.30 am

Closing remarks by Luke Nicholls.

About LGiU

A joint venture between not-for-profit democracy think tank LGiU and public policy advisory business SGS Economics and Planning, LGiU Australia is a local authority membership organisation. Our members are councils and other organisations with an interest in local government from across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and now Australia. Read about LGiU Australia here. Browse content on the LGiU global website.


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