Community and Stakeholder Engagement for Local Government

When:  Nov 8, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (AEST)
Associated with  New South Wales

Community and Stakeholder Engagement for Local Government

Effective community and stakeholder engagement enables organisations such as Councils, Agencies and Not for Profit organisations to make better informed decisions. By engaging with communities and key stakeholders input is received from diverse perspectives and a variety of solutions are presented.

Every Council wants to have the reputation of being transparent, accountable and willing to listen. Opening up the communications between Council and the community will also enhance the communities understanding of the role of Local Government and promotes a sense of belonging within a vibrant community.

Communities and influential stakeholders are becoming better educated and connected and know how to get their voices heard. Being proactive rather than reactive can avert delays, reduce costs and build more resilient relationships with the community. 

Topics covered

Changing community expectations
Legislative requirements
Organisational history, culture and willingness to engage
What is and what is not engagement
Sustainable decision making
Emerging approaches and techniques for engagement
Strategies for addressing issues
Engaging with hard to reach communities


Those people who should attend this workshop include Engineers, Finance staff, Councillors, Planners and Project Mangers. 



John is a highly experienced communications practitioner, with specialist expertise in community consultation and community relations gained from over 25 years in the profession. John is also a highly sought-after trainer across a range of academic, management and communications-related fields. He is a licensed trainer for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). 

He specialises in Community Engagement, IAP2 training, Strategic Partnering, Alliancing, Coaching and Mentoring and a range of other activities. He has particular expertise in getting people to accept the ‘hard’ decisions that organisations need to make. 

John has consulted on organisational change with a key focus on strategic planning, organisation development, conflict resolution and team development. He has worked with large and small organisations reviewing their existing community consultation policies and guidelines and customising capacity building at all levels with their organisations. This ensures that they have the best possible chance to achieve positive and effective outcomes. 

He has also worked with the community at all levels to resolve issues that arise from organisational complexities as well as projects and achieved positive legacy outcomes. He is the Director of the Alliancing Group.

VENUE:       IPWEA NSW Board Room
Level 12, 447 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000
DATE:       8 November 2018

TIME:       8.30 am - 4.30 pm
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IPWEA NSW will provide suitable learning experiences and opportunities for all students. The learning environment will take account of the different characteristics of students and their varying cultural and educational backgrounds. All students have ready access to IPWEA NSW’s Student Handbook which contains a clear, consistent, rational and understandable summary of the organisation’s policies and procedures. 


IPWEA NSW Board Room
Level 12, 447 Kent Street
Sydney, NSW 2000


Elsie Pathmanathan
02 8267 3008