What are the emerging trends and issues shaping local government across Australia?
Please join us at a special forum featuring the latest thinking and research on emerging trends across the sector on Tuesday 19 March at the UTS Centre for Local Government.
For more than two decades the UTS Centre of Local Government has been the leading university-based centre specialising in education and research for local government in Australia, and one of only a few internationally. This forum is an opportunity to celebrate and share insights from the work of researchers and students across the Centre’s PhD and Master’s programs.
Hosted by Associate Professor Bligh Grant, the forum will run from 11am to 4pm, with two sessions, the first exploring emerging trends and the second session featuring an interactive co-design workshop. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The forum is free to attend, but RSVP is essential.
Topics and speakers include:
- How is an increased focus on community engagement changing local government? Helen E. Christensen, PhD Candidate, IPPG Associate & Board Member, IAP2 Australasia
- Does size really matter? A case study of amalgamations, municipality size and efficacy in Adelaide and Perth Joshua McDonnell, PhD Candidate, University of Western Australia
- Managing the challenges and opportunities in implementing participatory governance practices in Victoria Emanuela Savini, PhD Candidate & IPPG Associate
- Reframing the relationship between statutory and strategic borders in metropolitan areas Kane Pham, PhD Candidate & IPPG Associate
- What has been the impact of developer contributions reform in NSW and what alternative approaches could be explored? Melissa Ballinger, Strategic Project Officer – Development Contributions, Wollongong City Council
- What role do public libraries have in fostering urban resilience and cultural sustainability? Heather Davis, Manager, Libraries and Learning at City of Sydney
- Understanding the role and perceptions of councillors in NSW and their impact on council operations Nigel Judd, Councillor, Temora Shire Council
- Extending the olive branch – how councils are using alternative dispute resolution in neighbour disputes Andrew Simpson, Tree Management Team Leader, Woollahra Council
Co-design Workshop – Teaching local government
Local government plays a critical role in supporting regional infrastructure and economic development, and providing essential facilities, services and cultural activities that are essential to fostering healthy, sustainable communities.
With around 190,000 professionals working in local government nationally, the sector brings together a diverse mix of professionals with wide-ranging expertise and experience.
As part of the forum, we invite you to participate in an interactive co-design workshop hosted by Associate Professor Bligh Grant. Your ideas and experiences will help us to strengthen digital learning resources that provide essential skills and understandings needed to succeed in local government.