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Program Outline

The 2021 program will provide presentations on a wide range of subjects.
Wednesday 11 August 

Wednesday 11 August 2021

8.00 am
Registration opens—Buffet Breakfast
Registration opens Pick up your conference compendium and name badge.
8.30 am
Official opening by Mayor Albert Jacob, City of Joondalup
8.45 am
Matthew Gill
, Former General Manager, Beaconsfield Mine
Beaconsfield—Never think it won’t happen to you
9.45 am
Peter Hall, Project Manager, Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network
Road design and testing
10.15–11.15 am
Extended Morning tea
Visit our Exhibitors
11.15 am
David Waters
, Client Manager, Brain Box
LGWA Brain Academy—What it will mean for you
11.45 am
Adrian Warner, Road Safety Commissioner, Western Australia
Road Safety
12.15 pm
Michael Broadbridge
, G11 Team
1.15 –2.30 pm
Extended Lunch Break
Visit our Exhibitors.
2.30 pm
Gretchen Lumsden, Institute of Weight and Life Management
Ways to boost your mental health and positive thinking
3.00–4.30 pm
Drinks will be provided outside only so that you can mingle with the exhibitors before getting ready for the night's entertainment.
7.30 pm
Great Gatsby Speakeasy Evening
Canapés and drinks throughout the evening.
Don’t forget to dress to impress—Flapper dresses for ladies and braces, violin cases and trilbies for men.


Matt Gill

Former General Manager, Beaconsfield Mine
Matt is a mining engineer with over 35 years' experience.

He has a strong technical, operational and executive management background, having worked in roles ranging from an underground miner, supervisor, department head and site operations general manager, through to CEO and managing director, in Australia (Tasmania, WA, Victoria and NSW), Papua New Guinea, India, Ghana and Bolivia.
Matt holds three First Class Metalliferous Mine Manager’s Certificates of Competency and has been instrumental in the successful development of three gold mines (Porgera, Beaconsfield and Ballarat). He is a three-time winner of the Australian Mine Manager of the Year Award and received the AusIMM Leadership Award in 2008.
Matt has previously worked for Singapore-listed LionGold Corp, Renison Goldfields, Placer Pacific, WMC and Rio Tinto, and is currently MD&CEO for ASX-listed White Rock Minerals.

Peter Hall

Project Manager, Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network
Peter has been building roads and general earthworks for nearly 40 years—operating all earthmoving equipment.

Peter's career has progressed from labourer to Project Manager in that period.
He is self-taught, learning by asking questions of others. He has progressed by keeping an open mind and understanding that even the day one employee, or absolute newby, can teach him something about his job.
Peter has a strong desire to learn something new every day and a love of sharing knowledge.
Peter's employment to-date:
  • Main Roads (14 years)
  • Pavement Technology (5 Years)
  • Macmahon, Leighton, Ventia (17 years)
  • Coalcliff (1 year)
  • Western Stabilisers (2 years)
  • WSFN (6 months)

David Waters

Commercial Director, Brainbox
David is the Commercial Director of Brainbox. He has a number of years’ experience working in recruitment, training and HR with a previous background as a multisite manager in the hospitality industry.

He is driven by helping organisations to better understand the capabilities of the people in their businesses and by assisting them to achieve constant improvement in their teams.
Brainbox have a wealth of experience working with Local Government through both training and the delivery of a variety of HR related projects across a number of tier 1,2 and 3 councils. David is leading the promotion of the Brainbuilder microcredential eLearning platform in partnership with LGWA and is looking forward to presenting at the conference in August.

Adrian Warner

Road Safety Commissioner, Western Australia
Adrian Warner was appointed as Road Safety Commissioner in Western Australia in April 2020.

He came to the role with over 18 years of executive management experience in the WA public sector including four years as a CEO for Workcover WA, and immediately prior to taking on the Road Safety Commissioner role had held senior executive roles within the Housing Authority and Department of Communities with a focus on inter-governmental relations, remote community housing, social housing policy and housing data and research.
In 2009, following an initial 22 year career within the WA public sector, he relocated to Canberra where he was policy advisor to senior Cabinet Ministers in the Rudd/Gillard governments, before moving to Sydney in 2011 as a consultant for the global pharmaceutical company Novartis.
Outside of work, he has been involved in coaching and administrative roles with a number of community sporting clubs and is currently coaching both local and district representative level teams within the Perth Redbacks basketball association. Adrian also enjoys bike riding in his spare time.

Michael Broadbridge BPE, DipEd

Managing Director, G11 Team
Michael specialises in strategy execution, high performance and leadership coaching and he currently delivers a variety of programs for large-scale Western Australian companies. His experience across both business and sport is vast.

He has coached at three AFL clubs during times of significant culture change.
At Collingwood Football Club, Michael was intimately involved in the transition of the team from wooden spoon to two consecutive grand finals within a 5-year period. The driver for this rapid improvement was a significant culture change program. At West Coast Eagles Football Club, Michael was part of a major transformation of club culture underpinned by redefining acceptable player behaviour.
As a head coach, Michael has been awarded Western Australian Football Coach of the Year on two occasions and coached the West Australian state side to the first ever win over Victoria in Victoria.
Michael has also been a consultant with global company DuPont, specialising in leadership, culture and safety where he worked successfully across a variety of industries.
Michael is a qualified educator, having studied at UWA, and is recognised for coaching, mentoring, presenting and facilitating.

Gretchen Lumsden R.N. Dip. Educ.

Institute of Weight and Life management
Gretchen has 40 years experience in the health industry.
She is a registered nurse who brings up-to-date clinical information to you with practical help for attendees.
Gretchen’s sessions are entertaining, lively and packed with powerful information to save lives and ensure a healthy workforce. Gretchen is in demand across Australia achieving remarkable health and lifestyle behaviour changes for executives, managerial staff and operational staff.
Gretchen has a unique and very natural style of presentation, which immediately captures the attention of her audience. Her knowledge of the subject is clearly that of a specialist and together with her skill as a presenter, results in a most professional presentation.
Thursday 12 August 

Thursday 12 August 2021

7.00 am
Buffet Breakfast in Pool side Marquee
8.00 am
Spruiking Internal stands
5 minute sessions for all stand holders.
9.30 am
LGWA Annual General Meeting
10.15 am
Carol Redford, Astrotourism WA
Dark Sky and Astrotourism Policy: what does it mean for Local Government?
10.45 am
Brunch—inside and out
Last chance to visit the exhibitors.
11.45 am
Exhibitor’s presentation of prizes
Please ensure you register your draw with Jude at Registration.
12.00 pm
Emma Horsefield, Safety Program Manager, LGIS
WHS What’s it all about?
Current legislation and future legislation—what do we need to know? What are the core differences? What does it all mean?
More importantly, how can we keep everyone safe so that they return home safe and well to their families.
12.30 pm
Tony Hemming Arena Manager, Optus Stadium
How to look after a multi-purpose grass area
1.00 pm
Closing remarks
Ken Markham, President, LGWA Inc
Bus trip to Optus Stadium for those who have booked
The coach will leave at 2.00pm from the hotel reception and return to the hotel at 5.00pm.


Carol Redford

Founder/CEO, Astrotourism WA
Carol Redford is the Founder of Astrotourism WA. She is collaborating with Local Government to develop the Astrotourism sector of our Tourism Industry and increase overnight visitors to regional WA.

Together, the communities are striving to protect WA’s world-class dark night sky from artificial light pollution and brand WA the stargazing capital of the world.
Carol also runs Stargazers Club WA that introduces beginners to astronomy. She is Co-Chair of WA’s astronomy and space science community, Astronomy WA and is a “Dark Skies Ambassador” with the International Astronomical Union, International Dark-Sky Association and the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance.

Emma Horsefield

Safety Program Manager, LGIS
Emma has been working within management and consultancy roles for over 20 years, incorporating her project and change management skills.

Specialising in the area of workplace health and safety. Emma’s extensive industry experience and knowledge covers the development and implementation of work health and safety (WHS) initiatives aimed at improving safety behaviours and reducing workplace injuries.
Emma joined LGIS in 2014 as a Senior WHS Consultant, and has successfully progressed to manage the entire WHS Program for Western Australia, managing a team of consultants.
Emma has responsibility for the overall management of all workplace health and safety services, across a number of clients, ensuring that services are delivered to agreed scope, time and costs.
In addition to managing the overall WHS Program, Emma also works with clients to understand individual requirements, identify strengths and areas for improvement, and provide practical solutions on recommendations.
With a strong focus on improving safety behaviours, reducing injuries and striving for continuous improvement in management of workplace health and safety.

Tony Hemming

Arena Manager, Optus Stadium
Tony Hemming has spent a life time working and living in stadiums.

He holds a Dip Hort. STM and commenced his working career at the MCG. He is an International Agronomist and who has designed, constructed and has completed many start-up Turf management teams of multi-purpose stadiums for the Perth stadium HG Turf Group, ICC Academy and Dubai International stadium DSC and Al Wakrah Stadium Qatar for AECOM.
As the ICC Academy Head curator, Dubai, he consulted and educated in the Middle East including PCB, Pakistan and BCCI, India. He researched dust fall out, stadia shade and grass species within the Middle East conditions.
He’s inventor of a hybrid cricket pitch that has been installed at the ICC Academy, High-performance Centre Brisbane.
Tony has been a guest speaker at European Stadia Safety Managers Association (ESSMA) speaking at Barcelona FC and many turf conferences.
This year's presenters will cover many fields of expertise and give insights on a wide range of topics.
You can also view/download the Program as a pdf.

Conference Convener

Please contact Jude Newberry at ObscureLGWAEmail or on 0414 996 431 for information about the Conference.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained within this website is correct at the time of publication. The Organising Committee and Host Organisation reserve the right to alter or delete items from the Conference. None shall be held liable for any cost or damage arising from any action based on the information herein.
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Tel: 0414 996 431

PO Box 6643
East Perth WA 6892