Agenda

08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Speakers
Tim Frederico,
Director, Corporate Development
Frankston City Council
THE FUTURE OF AUSTRALIA’S LOCAL COUNCILS 

09:10

Integrating asset management and financial sustainability as two pillars of success for Australia’s local councils   

  • Drawing the link between effective asset management and financial sustainability 
  • Analysing the benefits of this integration and how it builds sustainable councils
  • Shaping comprehensive asset management plans for long-term financial planning
  • Managing risks, assets and finance concurrently and effectively 
Speakers
Andrew Johnson,
Chief Executive Officer
Port Pirie Regional Council

09:50

Wollongong City Council’s Journey to Financial Sustainability

  • Identifying the problem
  • Developing a case for change
  • Engaging your community
  • Reinvesting in line with Asset Management Plans
  • Earning the trust of the community
Speakers
David Farmer,
General Manager
Wollongong City Council

10:30

Morning Break

ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANNING & DELIVERY 

10:50

Leveraging on effective asset management strategies for greater sustainability 

  • An overview of asset management and its crucial role in council sustainability 
  • Understanding how getting asset management right can help local councils
  • Effective asset management as a key requirement to manage and prepare for the future 
Speakers
Craig Shelton,
Manager, Asset Management, Southern
SMEC Australia

11:20

Blending long-term financial planning with capital works project management  

  • Evaluating efficient funds distribution to support Capital Works projects 
  • Learning how to prioritise capital infrastructure projects with the model 
  • Lessons learnt – Practical tips and advice 
Speakers
Phil Warner,
General Manager, Infrastructure
Whitehorse City Council

12:00

Leaders Panel: Managing Australia’s local council assets in times of change 

  • Taking a long-term view – Transforming and sustaining Australia’s local councils
  • Designing more rigorous asset management and planning 
  • Identifying and overcoming asset management challenges
  • Next steps – Key steps to take while preparing for the future 
Speakers
Samantha Krull,
Director, Infrastructure Environment and Leisure
Glen Eira City Council
Alan Clark,
Director, Infrastructure Services
Wangaratta Rural City Council
Ben Howell,
Asset Management Coordinator
Ballarat City Council

12:50

Networking Lunch

13:50

Case Study: Rural City of Wangaratta’s Asset Management journey to Mobile

  • Understanding the real efficiencies of mobility 
  • Supporting informed decision making in the council
  • Mobility – One source of truth 
  • Cultural change and mobility
Speakers
Alan Clark,
Director, Infrastructure Services
Wangaratta Rural City Council
FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY IN POLITICAL ENVIRONMENTS

14:30

Panel Discussion: Balancing political decisions with financial sustainability 

  • Reality check – The shadow of “over-promises” and how to shine a light on them 
  • There is no “one size fits all” – Addressing the challenge according to council capacity, resources and community needs 
  • Balancing public demand with constrained budget and resources
  • Making tough choices for the best interests of Australian communities 
Speakers
Sarah Cumming,
General Manager, Corporate Services
Latrobe City Council
Andrew Day,
Director Corporate and Financial Services
Yarra City Council
Binda Gokhale,
Manager, Finance & Property
Wyndham City Council
Alison Leighton,
Chief Operating Officer
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

15:20

Afternoon Tea

15:40

Understanding the need to increase commerciality in Australia’s local councils 

  • “Putting your eggs in different baskets” – The importance of exploring different platforms and avenues to increase council commerciality 
  • Generating additional revenue to boost further growth in councils 
  • Embracing commerciality as an underlying motivation for council programmes 
  • Creating growth opportunities for Australia’s councils 
Speakers
Craig Milburn,
Director, Corporate & Community Services
Shoalhaven City Council

16:20

Council Amalgamation – 6 Months On: Establishing financial sustainability and effective management post-amalgamation

  • Highlighting the unique challenges involved in council amalgamations 
  • Overcoming financial, management and operational challenges 
  • Incorporating old and new assets under the new umbrella 
  • Lessons learnt – Practical tips and advice 
Speakers
Peter Bascomb,
Deputy General Manager
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

17:00

Chairperson’s Closing Address and End of Conference Day One 

08:30

Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Speakers
Sasha Lord,
Corporate Performance and Strategy Coordinator
Glen Eira City Council
FUTURE-PROOFING LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT

09:10

Keynote: Strengthening the capacity and performance of Australia’s local councils  

  • Moving along the journey to future-proofing Local Government management 
  • Delving into strategies, initiatives and effective planning 
  • Delivering for communities, by communities 
  • Food for thought – Embracing changes and challenges  
Speakers
Mark Grant,
Director, Sector Performance & Development
Local Government Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

09:50

C-Suite Panel: How can we keep Australia’s local councils financially sustainable? 

  • Determining key ingredients that are essential to maintain financial sustainability 
  • Transforming organisational culture to place more emphasis on financial sustainability 
  • Mapping the roadmap to change – Taking the first steps
  • Looking at the future of financial sustainability in Australia’s local councils 
Speakers
Domenic Isola,
Chief Executive Officer
Hume City Council
Dennis Hovenden,
Chief Executive Officer
Frankston City Council
Andrew Davis,
Chief Financial Officer
Casey City Council
Helen Sui,
Director, Corporate Services
Whittlesea City Council

10:40

Morning Break

11:10

Striking a healthy balance between resident expectations and financial viability  

  • Key considerations to take when addressing the dilemma 
  • Recognising the importance of keeping the bottom-line healthy
  • Aligning resident expectations with appropriate service levels and financial costs 
  • Weighing and prioritising projects according to public demand, resident needs and costs
Speakers
Wayne Rogers,
Director, Corporate Services
Blacktown City Council
DRIVING EFFICIENCY & COST MANAGEMENT 

11:50

Dealing with rate-capping and its effects on local councils in the long-term  

  • Improving Council’s operating position
  • Utilising Council’s balance street
  • Making the tough decisions
  • Moving the organisation along the journey
Speakers
Domenic Isola,
Chief Executive Officer
Hume City Council

12:30

Networking Lunch

13:30

Integrating asset management and level of services for financial sustainability 

  • Assessing current Level of Services (LOS), Service Standards & Cost of Services (COS) at service asset class level
  • LOS and COS impacts on managing asset classes & sub-asset classes  
  • Manually deciding/reviewing target LOS and assessing its impact on COS, Assets, and People (resources) 
  • Manually deciding/reviewing COS and assessing its impact on LOS, Assets, and People (resources)
  • Adjusting LOS (reduction & increase) and deciding the cost savings & investment for sustainability
  • Adjusting COS (sustainable) and deciding LOS for review and community engagement  
  • Community Dashboard, Management Dashboard and Service Provider Dashboard 
Speakers
Vivek Kangesu,
Manager, Corporate Asset Management
Townsville City Council

14:10

Case Study: Mapping Hepburn Shire Council’s journey to asset and financial sustainability 

  • Delivering increased services at reduced cost
  • Focusing on procurement efficiency to "spend Council's money as if it's your own"
  • Utilising distruptive technology to achieve rapid-prototyping
  • Getting the basics right for asset management
Speakers
Grant Schuster,
General Manager, Corporate Services
Hepburn Shire Council

14:50

Introduction of the Roundtable Sessions

15:00

Afternoon Tea

15:30

Roundtable Sessions 

Roundtable sessions allows for extended discussion among a small group and are excellent for giving and receiving targeted feedback and engaging in in-depth discussions. 
 
How it works: 
There will be 3 roundtable sessions, each 30 minutes in length and each focusing on a different topic. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in all 3 roundtable sessions. 
 
Each table will be hosted by a moderator and will include approximately 20 delegates. Each session typically begins with a 5 minutes introduction by the moderator on the chosen topic, followed by 25 minutes of discussion and feedback. Moderators will have a set of 3-4 targeted questions to focus the discussion. At the end of each 30 minute session, all delegates will rotate to the next table for a different topic. 
 
Topic (a)
Brainstorm! Exploring different ways to increase council commerciality 
 
  • Discussing different opportunities to generate additional revenue 
  • Innovation is key – Thinking out of the box and brainstorming ideas
  • What more can be done to drive further growth in your council? 
Wayne Rogers, Director, Corporate Services, Blacktown City Council
 
Topic (b) 
Shaping the future of local council asset management with technology 
 
  • Evaluating the use of asset management technology and its benefits 
  • Overcoming challenges involved in using asset management technology
  • Creating greater value through operational and cost efficiency
Craig Shelton, Manager, Asset Management, Southern, SMEC Australia
John Wheatley, Account Manager, Asset Management Central, SMEC Australia

16:30

Chairperson’s Closing Address and End of Conference

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