Australia Democracy, devolution and governance

Councils in the Know – face-to-face local government forum


The social and environmental context local government works in is rapidly changing. At the same time, Councils continually have to do more with less. Evidence-based decision making across infrastructure, services, and acting on climate change is more important than ever. How can we continue to make evidence-based decisions across infrastructure, services, and climate?

  • Thursday 23 March 2023
  • 2.00 pm – 4.15 pm followed by refreshments
  • Level 14, 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne


SGS and LGIU Australia are thrilled to invite you to “Councils in the know”, a free face-to-face forum that unpacks some of the key challenges facing local government when it comes to services, infrastructure delivery and acting on climate change.


The event will be a unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders and experts about the latest trends, policy developments and how to make informed decisions for positive impact.

To start the forum, SGS Principal & Partner Julian Szafraniec will set the scene by discussing the place based impacts of key economic and social shifts in recent years, what a post COVID economy might look like and what this could mean for local governments in the future.

Then, council representatives will join SGS team members for three engaging and informative sessions, each addressing a different challenge.

Session 1: How to make an informed decision in the face of reform: unpacking the implications for local government of kinder reform.

Session 2: Increasing infrastructure costs and ensuring new infrastructure projects are financially and socially beneficial.

Session 3: Planning for climate change: Understanding risk, impacts and planning required at a local level.



Jo Noesgaard
SGS Senior Associate

Mark Allan
Director Greenline at the City of Melbourne

Rebecca Sirianni
Manager Community Planning and Delivery at Mitchell Shire Council

Andrew McDougall
SGS Principal & Partner

Julian Szafraniec
SGS Principal & Partner

Thomas Walker
SGS Associate & Partner

Dr Marcus Spiller
SGS Principal & Partner will moderate the event.

Who should attend?

Local government officers and senior executives working in the areas of infrastructure planning, service planning, climate change and sustainability, capital works and asset management, as well as those interested in developing an informed approach to planning and investment.

The event will be a valuable opportunity to network with peers, gain insights from thought leaders, and be a part of the conversation shaping the future of innovation.