2017 Conference 2017-10-30T02:16:04+00:00

Tasmanian Local Government and the community have recently been faced with many challenges include disorganised councils, Boards of enquiries, regional flooding, potential amalgamations and recently the publicly played out battle over TasWater.  These challenges have tested even the most seasoned professional but none the less we see the sector push forward with a determination to continue to deliver quality services to the community.

There are many different definitions of what resilience is and some of the most consistent aspects of those definitions relate to an individual’s capacity and ability to cope with changes and challenges, and to bounce back during difficult times.    With the current challenges affecting Local Government, it is fair to say that personal resilience of key importance for the success of the sector and therefore the speakers selected for this years’ conference are varied in nature and will provide their experiences and learnings from facing challenges and adverse events head on.


Wednesday 1st November                 Activity & AGM

Thursday 2nd November                   Conference commences 8.30 concludes 4:00

Thursday 2nd November                  Conference pre-dinner drinks 6.30 and official Dinner at 7.00

Friday 3rd November                        Conference resumes at 9.30 concludes at 12.30


Venue Location(s)

The main conference will be held at the C3 Convention Centre which is located at 64 Anglesea St, South Hobart, just a short distance up from the LGAT Office at 326 Macquarie street Hobart.

The welcome dinner and AGM will be held at the Salamanca Inn at 10 Gladstone St, Battery Point.


Plenty of free parking is available at the venue.


LG Professionals Tasmania recommends the below accommodation venues for our delegates and sponsors.  Please ensure that you reference the LG Professionals Tasmania Conference.

Ibis Styles

*Reference Government Employee to receive 5% off the flexible rate

Address:  173 Macquarie St, Hobart
Phone:  (03) 6289 8500

Salamanca Inn

Address: 10 Gladstone St, Battery Point
Phone:  (03) 6223 3300


It is recommended that delegates either drive or catch a cab to the conference venue during the day.  A shuttle bus will be available for the conference dinner.  The pick up locations are to be advised and there will be two return time slots available for your use.  Your use of the shuttle service must be indicated at the time of registration including the desired return time.

Questions and assistance

Any questions you have in relation to the conference or the registration process should be directed to the Executive Officer (Alyce Jordan) in the first instance and ideally via email at eo@lgprofessionalstas.org.au .


Full conference Member – $660 (inc GST)

Full Conference Non Member – $880 (inc GST)

Day attendance Only – $440 (inc GST)
Attendance at 1 day of the event (Thursday OR Friday).  Does not include dinner functions or AGM.

Dinner Guest Only – $165 (inc GST)
Attendance for the gala dinner only.  This is reserved for invited guests including delegate spouses and sponsor invitees

Sponsor Delegate – $440 (inc GST)  
Additional conference registration for sponsor delegates.  Includes attendance at dinner and trade catering during conference

AGM Only – $110(inc GST)
Attendance for the AGM Dinner on Wednesday evening.  Includes meal and drinks


Key Note Speaker

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Saul Eslake is one of Australia’s most respected and renowned economic commentators. Having worked as an economist in the Australian financial markets for over 25 years his comments and economic findings have been known to cause a stir in the media.

As a Chief Economist in Australian financial markets for over 25 years, Saul’s comments and economic findings generate attention. Whether on the 7:30 report, Sky News or in The Financial Times, Saul is known to bring the spotlight onto important domestic and global economic issues, pulling them further into mainstream view. His ideas and forecasts aren’t all shake-ups however; Saul also means business. In June this year, Saul completed a successful appointment as Chief Economist for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia, significantly raising the banks profile since joining in 2011.

His previous roles include; Chief Economist at ANZ (the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group), International Chief Economist at National Mutual Funds Management and as a Director at Grattan Institute, a think tank affiliated with Melbourne University.

Saul has also served in the public sphere as a Member of the Howard Government’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Policy Advisory Council, as well as the Rudd and Gillard Government’s Long-Term Tourism Strategy Steering Committee and National Housing Supply Council.

Saul’s easily digestible and down-to-earth insights means he presents a well-researched and clear economic picture on a range of highly charged and relevant topics to various industries, corporations and ‘mere mortals’ across the globe.

Given the fluid nature of the economy, Saul customises every presentation to specifically suit the audience and industry in both private and public sectors.

The rest of the line up… (so far)

David Hawkins  
Managing Director

When Tragedy Strikes: are you prepared for a crisis response?

Are you prepared to plan, manage and execute fast paced communication and logistical strategies in the event of a tragedy in your community? Learn from Australia’s most experienced crisis communication experts.  This will be a hands on practical workshop that puts you right in the centre of the (hypothetical) storm. You will come away with an understanding of all aspects you need to factor in during a crisis.

Jeffery Griffith
General Manager
Anderson Morgan

Embracing Disruption – Resilience Through Radical Transformation

The pace of technological change is disruptive and destabilising.  Maintaining effective systems of governance in Local Councils will require overcoming the tendency to maintain the status quo.  Rapid societal shifts resulting from digital disruption will require Local Councils to be responsive, adaptive and agile.  Radical transformation is coming.  Embrace disruption and thrive.

David Dilger 
Partner – Employment & Safety
Page Seager Lawyers

New Approaches to Managing Mental Health in Fitness for Work Cases

David will explore, through an analysis of current case law, problems with the ‘traditional approaches’ to managing mental health in fitness for work cases and propose an alternative more contemporary approach that reduces both unnecessary administration and the risk of legal claims.

Saul Eslake
Managing Director
Corinna Economic Advisory

The Tasmanian Economy

Tasmania’s economy seems to be ‘on the up’, although the improvement is far from even across the state. And we’ve seen this before – signs of better times, then a renewed slump. So how sustainable will this upturn be? What are the key risks this time around? What does Tasmania need to do in order to secure a more robust and resilient economy? What is the role for Local Government in this?

Prof Jan Mcdonald 
Faculty of Law

Promoting social and ecological resilience in bush fire management regimes.

Current approaches to wildfire prevention, management, and recovery address competing objectives of protecting human safety and property, and conserving of natural values. As with many fields of environmental and natural resources management, these tensions are compounded by a congested and fragmented legal landscape, both across spatial scales, levels of government and sectors. Resilience offers the potential to reform current approaches, advocating inclusive mechanisms by which to address trade-offs, and more dynamic, adaptive governance of fire risk.

Rob Mathers
Group Manager Open Space
City of Hobart

Bushfire Risk Management: The City of Hobart Experience

The City’s bushland is highly valued for its environmental, recreational and scenic values.  It does, however, also pose a significant threat to the community through the potential for bushfire, a risk recognised in the City’s Strategic Risk Register as extreme.

As land managers, we are continually trying to achieve a balance between reducing fire risk whilst protecting bushland values.  In recent years this has become increasingly challenging with the introduction of more stringent requirements around bushfire management.  This talk will present the work being undertaken by the City in adopting contemporary fire management practices.

Matthew Brocklehurst
Assistant Director – Emergency Management

Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail

A presentation on the importance of planning in the context of Emergency Management and how it can help to build resilience in the community.

Workshop Streams

Stream one

Eyal Halamish
Chief Executive Officer

How to think like an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is a major fascination of our times. Even if we don’t want to work for ourselves, we need to learn how to think like an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are skilled at spotting possibilities and unmet needs, turning everyday frustrations into opportunities.

Of course entrepreneurs do more than mull: they make things happen.

In this presentation Eyal Halamish (CEO of OurSay) will cover the following:

  • A proven method to generate innovative commercial ideas
  • How to prototype ideas to test functionality and market potential
  • Storytelling techniques to connect emotionally with an audience
  • The benefits and challenges of failure and how to use these as an opportunity for growth
  • How to develop a smarter attitude to risk.

Stream Two


Personal Resilience and  Wellbeing

This 90 minute workshop focuses on understanding what mental health is all about and building an increased capacity for resilience. Participants undertake activities that aim to develop self-awareness and encourage a mindful approach to their overall mental health and wellbeing.

Workshop objectives:     To support the development of mentally healthy workplaces, improve knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing and develop an increased capacity for resilience.

Key topic areas:                Key topics include workplace duty of care, understanding mental health and wellbeing and its components, understanding resilience and wellbeing, mindful awareness and looking after your mental health and wellbeing.

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