Conference Program

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12 November


Registration Operational

LGNSW stand open from 1pm

Exhibition open from 1pm

12.30pm-2.00pm: Optional off-site visit to PHIVE at Parramatta Square, hosted by City of Parramatta Council (FULL – waitlist only available).

2.30pm– 3.00pm

Afternoon Tea in exhibition area


Plenary Room
3pm to 3.05pm – David Reynolds, Chief Executive LGNSW intro

3.05pm to 3.10pm – Welcome to Country

3.10pm to 3.20pm – President’s Welcome

3.20pm to 3.25pm – Lord Mayor, City of Parramatta

3.25pm to 3.45pm – AR Bluett Memorial Awards presentation

3.45pm to 3.50pm – Kristy McBain MP, Federal Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories

3.55pm to 4.55pm – The Housing Crisis, Let’s Collaborate on Solutions Forum. Panel: Rose Jackson MLC, Scott Farlow MLC and Emeritus Professor Peter Phibbs, Henry Halloran Research Trusts, University of Sydney

5.00pm to 5.05pm – Address by President’s Welcome Reception Partner Landcom


President’s Welcome Reception, exhibition area, Rosehill Gardens

7.30pm: Bus transfers to Rosehill and Parramatta CBD hotels. Delegates make own arrangements for dinner.

13 November

From 7.30am

Doors open – Registration operational.


Level 1
AEC Voting for LGNSW Board President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and Directors (voting for all positions at the one time)


Distribution of electronic voting handsets and delegates are seated in the Grand Pavilion plenary room


Conference intro and Welcome: David Reynolds, Chief Executive LGNSW


Opening Address by Cr Darriea Turley AM, President LGNSW


Address from Ron Hoenig MP, Minister for Local Government – representing NSW Premier Chris Minns MP


LGNSW Chief Executive David Reynolds thanks Minister for Local Government and explains voting on motions procedure and housekeeping


Opening of the Federal and State conferences, adoption of standing orders, business sessions and consideration of motions and conference business.

Presentation of financial reports by Cr Nathan Hagarty, LGNSW Treasurer

From about 10.15am: Start of consideration of motions and conference business


Morning refreshments. Trade exhibition operational

11.00am-11.30am: AEC Voting for LGNSW Board President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and Directors (Voting for all positions at the one time) on Level 1


Address by Elite partner Statewide Mutual


Consideration of Conference Business (continued)


Delegate lunch in trade exhibition area, sponsored by Distinguished Partner Active Super

1.00pm-2.00pm: AEC Voting period for LGNSW Board President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and Directors (Voting for all positions at the one time) on Level 1


Premier Partner – StateCover Mutual Members’ Lunch (invitation only)
GMs and CEOs join StateCover Mutual for member networking and lunch (level 2)


Consideration of Conference Business (continued)


Afternoon Refreshments. Trade exhibition operational (ground level)

3.30pm-4pm: AEC Voting period for LGNSW Board President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and Directors (Voting for all positions at the one time) on Level 1


ALGA update. Cr Linda Scott, President ALGA


Consideration of Conference Business continued


Networking in Trade Exhibition (Level 1)


Pre-dinner drinks in Trade Exhibition (Level 1)

From 7.00pm: LGNSW Conference Dinner (Level 2). Elite Partner – Statewide Mutual. Entertainment with Jelly Bean Jam. 

Presentation of Local Government Service Awards

14 November


ALGWA (NSW) Breakfast
Sponsored by ALGWA Breakfast Partner Maddocks.

MC: Stephanie Brantz.

Speaker: Federal eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant

From 7.30am

LGNSW Information Desk and Exhibition and light refreshments Exhibition Centre


Plenary Room
MC: Stephanie Brantz

Financial Sustainability for Councils: panel session followed by Q&A. Panel members are Carmel Donnelly PSM, Chair IPART; Dr Amanda Cohn MLC, Greens spokesperson for Local Government; David Mehan MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer; Peter Tegart, Always-Thinking Advisory and Facilitator for this panel

10.05am– 10.15am

Keynote address by NSW Leader of the Opposition: Mark Speakman, MP


Refreshment break in trade exhibition, ground floor. Trade Exhibition operational


Keynote address by Mark McCrindle, McCrindle – Towards 2035: Securing our future workforce


Plenary Room
Panel session followed by Q&A: Sourcing our Future Workforce from under-employed markets. With Tig Armstrong, Work and Stay; Helen McCabe, Future Women and Jobs Academy; Jane Spring AM, Chair Disability Council NSW; Mark McCrindle, facilitator for this panel,


Plenary Room
Keynote: Towards a sustainable road funding model for Local Government, With Marion Terrill, Transport and Cities Program Director, Grattan Institute


Lunch served in trade exhibition area. Trade exhibition operational


Ky Blackman, First Assistant Secretary, Counter Foreign Interference Co-ordination Centre, Department of Home Affairs
Counter Foreign Interference Partnerships in Local Government with Q&A


The Hon. Helen Murrell SC, Commissioner, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)
Topic: Outcomes from Significant Local Government-Related Investigations


Final remarks from President LGNSW, including announcement of location for Annual Conference 2024

Annual Conference concludes.

Social Events

President's Welcome Reception

12 November, 5.15pm to 7.30pm.

President’s Welcome Reception in exhibition area, Rosehill Gardens. Sponsored by Landcom.

The President’s Welcome Reception is included in your registration. Tickets for partners and extra guests of members can be purchased at time of registration.

Conference Dinner

13 November, 7pm to 10.30pm.
LGNSW Conference Dinner and entertainment. Sponsored by Elite Partner – Statewide Mutual
Presentation of Local Government Service Awards will be made during the Conference Dinner.


Conference Dinner

13 November 7.00pm to 10.30pm

LGNSW Conference Dinner and entertainment $230pp incl GST). Sponsored by Elite Partner – Statewide Mutual
Presentation of Local Government Service Awards will be made during the Conference Dinner.

StateCover Mutual Lunch

13 November 1.05pm to 2.15pm: Exclusive to GMs and CEOs.

Sponsored by Premier Partner StateCover Mutual

ALGWA Breakfast

14 November 7.30am to 8.45am

Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA NSW) Breakfast (Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion)
Sponsored by ALGWA Breakfast Partner – Maddocks

Site Visit

12.30pm – 2.00pm

Note: This site tour is now fully booked. There is a waitlist.

Say Hi to PHIVE

Join us at PHIVE to explore the City of Parramatta’s bold new community, cultural and civic hub in the heart of Parramatta’s CBD.

The tour begins on the doorstep of PHIVE in the emerging Parramatta Square precinct that boasts cafes, restaurants, shopping and incredible public art.

From there, be taken through the unique spaces and world-class amenities that showcase PHIVE as a space to learn, a place of inspiration and cultural experiences. And a place to connect, meet and do business.

The tour also takes in Parramatta’s internationally recognised Library, and will give you a firsthand view of the sustainable and expressive architecture of PHIVE, and the design choices that have created a welcoming and open building.

Proudly hosted by City of Parramatta


* Conference program may be subject to change


Cr Darriea Turley AM is a councillor at Broken Hill City Council and was elected as President of the Board of LGNSW in December 2021. She has worked and volunteered in health and welfare for more than 30 years, being involved with and initiating many groups in the “Silver City”.

Cr Darriea Turley AM

LGNSW President

The Hon Helen Murrell SC was appointed part-time Commissioner for a five-year term from 7 August 2022. Ms Murrell recently retired as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the ACT, a position she held since 2013. She was called to the NSW Bar in 1981 and appointed Senior Counsel in 1995.

The Hon Helen Murrell SC

ICAC Commissioner

Stephanie Brantz is a Sport and Major Events presenter with more than 20 years’ experience in media in Australia and abroad. Chair of DFAT’s Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council and a Director on the Board of Football NSW, Stephanie is also an experienced producer, journalist and commentator.

Stephanie Brantz


Mark McCrindle is a social researcher, best-selling author, influential thought leader and TEDx speaker. He is recognised globally as coining the name for the emerging generation, Generation Alpha. Mark’s advisory, communications and research company, McCrindle, counts among its clients more than 100 of the largest companies and leading international brands.

Mark McCrindle


Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. In this role, she leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online.

Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe.

The Commissioner was recently named one of Australia’s most influential women by the Australian Financial Review and a leading Australian in Foreign Affairs by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Julie Inman Grant

eSafety Commissioner

Ky Blackman has been First Assistant Secretary at the Counter Foreign Interference Coordination Centre since September 2023. Prior to this, he held a range of senior executive roles which included, Acting Commander Joint Agency Task Force, Operation Sovereign Borders; acting First Assistant Secretary International Policy; Assistant Secretary Asia; Acting Assistant Secretary Global Security; Acting Assistant Secretary North Asia, and Acting Assistant Secretary Counter Proliferation in the Department of Defence. In these roles, he led operations, policy formulation, capability development, and intelligence support to Australian Defence Force operations.

Ky Blackman

Counter Foreign Interference Coordination Centre

Marion Terrill is a leading transport and cities expert with a long history in public policy. She joined Grattan Institute in 2015 to establish the Transport Program, which she expanded to include Cities in 2016. At Grattan, Marion has published on a wide variety of topics, including investment in transport infrastructure, cost overruns, value capture, traffic congestion, and carbon emissions and air pollution from cars and trucks.

Marion Terrill

Grattan Institute

Helen McCabe is a former journalist, magazine editor and digital media executive. Five years ago Helen launched Future Women to support and train professional women, the men they work with and the employers they work for. Helen’s observations and experience in “breaking the code” extend across her varied career in radio, print and digital media at the Canberra Press Gallery, editing The Australian, The Sunday Telegraph and The Australian Women’s Weekly, at Nine and now as Managing Director of Future Women.

Helen McCabe

Future Women

David Reynolds has worked in local government for almost 17 years, after starting his career in the private sector as a lawyer specialising in employment and industrial law. He is also a qualified company director. David has broad and deep experience across the many functions of the local government sector. In addition to local council experience, he has participated in a number of industry groups at the State level, including several award working parties, discussions on contributions reform, and he was closely involved in the delivery of the Western Sydney City Deal.

David Reynolds

LGNSW Chief Executive

Peter Tegart, an experienced facilitator, has held CEO and general manager roles over 20 years across the local and commonwealth public sectors. He designed several policy and program initiatives and models involving rating and finance, triple bottom line, integrated planning, workforce planning, salary systems, organisational and structural reform. Recently, Peter guided the successful merger of two local government entities, the doubling of annual OPEX and CAPEX budgets to $300 million, and transformed organisation structures, integrated planning and organisation culture for the new council, culminating in the 2020 A.R. Bluett Award for metro/regional NSW councils.

Peter Tegart

Partner - Always Thinking Advisory

Jane Spring AM is an accomplished NSW Government leader who served as Assistant Commissioner, Capability and Leadership at the NSW Public Service Commission and is currently Chair, Disability Council NSW and Interim Chair, Australian Disability Strategy Advisory Council. She has a strong commitment to supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities, as evidenced by her role as Ambassador for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s IncludeAbility project and her participation in many committees related to accessibility and inclusion.

Jane Spring

Chair, Disability Council NSW