Key insights from the 2015 Local Government Innovations Conference

Business Aspect was pleased to sponsor the Local Government Innovations Conference on 09 and 10 September 2015 at the University of Wollongong and support New South Wales (NSW) Local Government innovation. The conference brought together local government industry professionals to exchange and share experiences and research results in all aspects of innovation and learning.

Over the two-day conference, which was attended by Business Aspect’s NSW Principal Consultant, Ian Palmer, experts such as The Hon. Paul Toole, Minister for Local Government, Barry Smith, General Manager for Hunter’s Hill Council and President LG Professionals, NSW
and Dr John Martin, Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University
shared their most recent innovations, trends, concerns, practical challenges and solutions they’ve adopted.

Ian Palmer reflected that the conference provided a very informative and thought provoking event. “The venue provided a great opportunity to see how the University of Wollongong is progressing so many great ideas and pushing the boundaries. This was reflected in the conference presentations with speakers from numerous councils, agencies, finance companies, technologists, researchers and think tanks,” Ian said.

“Also, it was a great chance to showcase some of the excellent work being undertaken in local government as presented by councils who are innovating every day to solve complex problems in new ways. This varies from community engagement to internal services reviews to partnerships across all levels of government.

“I think innovation is alive and well in NSW Local Government as the sector tries to do more despite funding constraints and a difficult climate with many changes occurring. True innovation occurs where resources are constrained. The NSW Community is demanding better services but as Councils are constrained by budgetary pressure and lack of resources they are turning to innovation to help drive better outcomes,” he concluded.

To learn more about Ian Palmer or our team please click here.

To read a related article by Michael Cook ‘Organisational Resilience’ then visit our BA Perspectives area.

Apples were provided to delegates by Business Aspect during the conference, the leftovers were donated to youth homelessness charity, Care for Street Kids Australia.