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Candy Choo

CEO, Local Government Professionals WA
Candy is the CEO of Local Government Professionals WA, the peak body association representing the hard working local government officers across Western Australia.
Since November 2017, Candy has transformed the Association into an innovative and progressive organisation where they play a key role in shaping the future of local government through advocacy work and professional development programs. Prior to joining Local Government Professionals WA, Candy was at LGIS for 7 years and spent two years as the Divisional Manager of Workcare Services where she was responsible for the Local Government Workers Compensation Portfolio and providing people risk services keeping local government workers safe in the workplace.
With her background as a psychologist, Candy feels a strong sense of privilege of having the opportunities to work with many people in local governments over the years and she is passionate about driving positive changes for the Sector and promoting the rewarding (and cool!) work the Sector does to others.

Sue McDougall

Horticulturalist, Gardening writer, Broadcaster and TV Presenter
Growing up in the WA wheatbelt, where wildflowers were always abundant in the reserves and on the road verges, Sue McDougall developed an appreciation for the flora of her home state from a young age.

Still, it wasn’t until she started studying horticulture and working in the industry that she realised the wildflowers she had grown up with and taken for granted were unique, prized species.
Sue is passionate about getting it right from the beginning, encouraging gardeners to plan and do it properly so they are successful. She believes gardening is a lost skill with many of her generation not having a clue how to garden and grow their own food.

Brad Ness OAM

Five time Paralympian/Assistant Coach – Australian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team
Brad has had the unique opportunity to combine the personal outcome of a work place accident with his studies and continued career as a professional athlete.

He captained the Australian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team for 10 years, and is now the Assistant Coach of the National team, Head Coach for the Under 23 National Team and Head Coach of the Western Australian Institute of Sport. Together with his education, has given him the skills to communicate effectively at all levels
Brad has travelled the world in his pursuit of excellence with the Australian team as well as living and playing basketball professionally in Italy for more than 12 years. He uses these opportunities to engage and inspire.
Some of the highlights of Brad’s career to date Include::
  • Carried the flag for the Australian Paralympic team at 2016 Rio Paralympics.
  • Captain of the Australian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team (The Oz Rollers).
  • Gold medal at the Beijing Paralympic Games.
  • Silver medals at Athens and London Paralympic Games.
  • Gold medal World Championships 2010 and 2014
  • Winning the Sandy Blythe Medal – Most Valuable Australian Player 2005-2006.
  • Awarded Order of Australia Medal for his Services to Sport 2008.
  • Representing the Australian government at the European Training Sport Centre in Varese, Northern Italy.
  • Invitation to attend the United Nations Laos Anti Mines Convention as mentor to land mine victims.
  • Meeting the Dalai lama.
  • Public Speaker for Accidental Hero Campaign, Victoria WorkCover Authority.
  • Playing basketball in America, Italy, United Kingdom, Japan, Greece, China, Korea, Cyprus, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Morocco, Thailand and Australia.
Brad is a below the knee amputee as the result of a work place accident that occurred when he was 18. This has not stopped him from achieving his goals and aspirations. He has developed a passion for motivating people of all ages to achieve their dreams.
Brad has a highly developed awareness of the importance of sound occupational health and safety practices in the workplace and how best to achieve these. He can present these concepts at various levels to meet any specific company requirements and to motivate staff to achieve best practice in the workplace.


Jeff ‘Joffa’ Corfe
Joffa rose to prominence in 2002 by donning a gold jacket and holding up a ‘Game Over’ banner during games when he felt Collingwood had secured victory, usually in the last quarter.
Joffa is not just about the Collingwood Football Club. Although it is a huge part of his life. Joffa does a lot of charity work and has been involved in such things as:
  • 2006—Joffa’s walk for Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria
  • 2007—Joffa stood out the front of Flinders St Station in Collingwood colours and was raising funds to help with the survival of the Carlton Football Club who were in dire financial troubles at that time. Collingwood hate Carlton the most, but if Carlton disappeared then there would be no one for Collingwood to hate. They had to be saved.
  • 2011—Ride to Football Park which raised $1300 for epilepsy Foundation of Victoria.
  • 2011—Flood Relief Charity Match.
With the release of his movie Joffa The Movie Bobblehead dolls were made and are still currently sold by the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria
And finally the book, Joffa Isn’t That Life.
Joffa is an Ambassador for Reclink Australia, Footys4all, Hepatitis Victoria, Epilepsy Foundation, Whitelion and was a nominee for the Australian of the year in 2016.
And now he is with us, your Local Government Supervisors Association.

Rodney Thornton

Road Safety Advisor, Wheatbelt South
Rodney Thornton has been in the role of Road Safety Advisor for the Wheatbelt South Region for the past 6 years servicing 18 Local Governments and their communities in all facets of Road Safety.

Prior to this role he was employed by six local governments in the role of Sport and Recreation Coordinator over a 13 year period in the Eastern Wheatbelt Region.

Rebecca Singleton

Senior Workplace Health Coach
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science and has worked within the health industry for nearly ten years.

Rebecca has extensive international experience facilitating rehabilitation programs and delivering wellbeing programs in both the corporate and private environment.
She is passionate about the importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace and is driven to educate and inspire people to take control of their wellbeing, to ultimately live happier and more productive lives.

In her spare time Rebecca leads a very active lifestyle, participating in activities such as yoga, hiking, netball and water sports.

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.

Renee Wockner

Manager – Workcare Services @ LGIS
Renee has a Bachelor degree in Exercise & Sports Science, a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion and her Master’s in Public Health.

Renee’s role as Manager of Workcare services at LGIS has her overseeing LGIS’s people risk programs, including the health and wellbeing program, injury prevention and injury management services, and the Human Resources risk management services.
Renee and her team work collaboratively to provide support, advice and services to assist Local Government’s with the prevention of physical and psychosocial injuries, or in the unfortunate event of an injury occurring, helping the member get the injured worker back to as work quickly and safely as possible.

Renee’s Presentation ‘Thriving at work’ is based on Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and his 7th habit, ‘Sharpening the Saw’, this workshop educates attendees on self-management techniques to look after themselves in order to thrive at work. Sharpening the Saw is about preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have – you! It is about taking the time to renew and refresh yourself in four different ways – Body, Mind, Heart & Soul. The presentation will provide attendees with practical self-care strategies taking into consideration the hectic lifestyles most of us have in the modern life. If your get up and go has got up and gone, begin to Sharpen the Saw.

LGIS is a no​t-for-profit industry based self-insurance scheme owned by over 130 Western Australian Local Governments. The Scheme incorporates protection for property, civil liability exposures, volunteer fire fighters and workers compensation and is a superior alternative to what is made available by the traditional insurance market.

Russell Woolf

ABC Radio
My Adventures in America and What America Taught Me

Siva Thillainath

Western Stabilisers
An Engineer with 30 years’ experience in pavement management and design. Siva started his career with Main Road WA in Perth and then transferred to Albany in 1988.
During his 4 years in Albany, working on various road and bridge projects, Siva was introduced to the use of soil stabilisation for the maintenance and construction of pavements.
In 1999, Siva set up Western Stabiliser for a group from the eastern states and in 2001, Siva took over the ownership of the business. In 2007 Siva sold the business to the current owners but continues to provide engineering services to their Customers.

Kevin Daniel (Danny) Coleman

Coleman Consulting—Road Construction & Maintenance
Danny commenced work with Main Roads WA in 1969 and resigned in 2018 after accumulating almost 49 years of continuous service and experience.
Danny enjoyed firstly, working on basic road construction, including operating all machine types, as well as final trim grader operating and Bitumen spraying operator.
Danny progressed through all supervisory levels to become a Works Manager, then into Project Management.
He has extensive supervision experience (approx. 28 years) with approx. 21 years in project management.
Danny has been mentoring Local Government Authorities to improve work standards particularly flood damage reinstatement.
The list below is an indication of the various Road Construction process and techniques skills that Danny can demonstrate:
  • Soil selection and characteristics.
  • Soils quality control, including pit establishment and rehabilitation.
  • Culvert selection and installation techniques.
  • Pavement works (All aspects).
  • Bitumen works.
  • Asphalt works.
  • Pre–seal works.
  • Seal widening Delivery of flood damage repairs from 1989 to 2018.
Danny offers his developed expertise in all aspects of road construction and maintenance processes to improve current practices.

Tim Richards

Operations Manager, Richgro Garden Products
Tim is the Operations Manager of Richgro Garden Products and has been with the company for 20 years.
Tim was born into the organics recycling industry as a member of the family business, Richgro and has grown up with compost under his fingernails.
Richgro manufacture a full range of garden products, of which many are based around compost. A large volume of Richgro's compost is packaged for retail sale. Richgro also have a bulk division primarily supplying the Western Australia landscape industry with increasing distribution into the Horticulture and Agriculture markets.
Prior to joining the AORA Board, Tim was Vice Chair of Compost Western Australia and represented them on the National Board of Compost Australia. He previously spent seven years on the state board of the Landscape Industries Association of Western Australia, two years as President and a representative on the National Board of the Australian Landscape Industry Association.
Tim is passionate about the organics industry and raising the bar for compost manufacturing in this country. He holds a strong belief that the future of gardening, agriculture and horticulture revolves around the ever-increasing use of organics that help bring life to the ancient soils that we have in this country.

Maurice Berger

Business Development Manager, MetroCount
Maurice Berger is MetroCount’s Business Development Manager and key member of MetroCount’s sales team. Maurice joined MetroCount in 2003.
Based in the company’s head office in North Coogee, Western Australia, Maurice develops new client opportunities, deploys product training courses, manages permanent monitoring station installations and delivers technical support to MetroCount’s many clients.
MetroCount has released several new, innovative traffic monitoring products over recent years. Maurice coordinates evaluation and approval of these products, primarily with Australia’s Road Authorities.
Maurice and his team manage the permanent site installation processes, the Software-as-a-Service subscriptions for traffic data, as well as project management of those installations for our clients. This includes the contractor liaison, site installation, and ongoing site management with data provision in Australia and other countries in which MetroCount operates.
Maurice provides MetroCount training courses to Departments of Transport, LGAs, Road Safety organisations and other associations in Australia, India, China, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and other exotic locations, and will soon provide webinar-based training courses.

Nick Fox

National Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Manager, Alcolizer Technology
In the role for the past 3 years, Nick is responsible for the management of a variety of matters for Alcolizer, including Workplace AOD Testing, AOD Policy Development and AOD Device Training.
Nick has a background in Law Enforcement and Law, having previously worked in WA as a Police Officer and a State Government Prosecutor for 26 years.

Helen Passmore

Executive Director, LO-GO Appointments WA, Qld, and NSW
After being an elected member and Mayor of the City of Subiaco, Helen established LO-GO Appointments WA in 1995. Within a few years the Group commenced operations in Queensland and New South Wales.
Across Australia LO-GO Appointments now employs approximately 200–250 temporary employees in Local Government each week. Helen will address issues facing health and well-being in the ‘temporary’ world.

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