Community Development Network

The Community Development Network's aim is to provide leadership and support to people working within the Community Development and Community Services within Western Australian Local Government and related organisations.

 The LG Professionals WA Community Development Network Committee:

Paul Gravett
Manager Community
Town of Victoria Park
9311 8111
[email protected]
Deputy Chairperson
Sam Kempton
Coordinator Community and Economic Development
Shire of Boddington
9883 4999
[email protected]
Adam Strelein
Manager Economic and Community Development
City of Belmont
9477 7222
[email protected]
Ben Armstrong
Leader Community Capacity
City of Canning 
1300 422 664
[email protected]

Caroline Jones
Manager Community Learning
City of Canning
1300 422 664
[email protected]
Cassie Curulli
Acting Manager Place
Shire of Harvey
9729 0356
[email protected]

Denver D'Cruz
Manager Community Development
City of Kwinana
Shire of Harvey
9439 0281
Denver.D'[email protected]

Deb Wilkes
Executive Manager Community Development
Shire of Shark Bay
9948 1013
[email protected]
Judy Toll
Community Development Officer - Grants
Town of Victoria Park
9311 8114
[email protected]
Jude Thomas 
Director Place & Community
City of Mandurah
9550 3821
[email protected]

Kristy Arnott
Coordinator Community Development Lifespan Services
City of Swan
9278 9670
[email protected]
Mary-Jane Rigby
Manager Community Support and Safety Services
City of Rockingham
9527 0703
[email protected]
Peter Madden
Manager Community Capacity Development
City of Gosnells
9397 3333
[email protected]
Board Representative:
Matt Macpherson
Director Technical Services
City of Nedlands
9273 3500
 [email protected]
Board Representative:
Suzie Haslehurst
Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Toodyay
9574 9300
[email protected]

Community Development Network Strategic Plan 2021-2025

The Community Development Network (CDN) aims to work collaboratively to facilitate professional development opportunities, enable improved community development outcomes and encourage greater social impact state-wide.

View the Network's Strategic Plan 2021-2025 below.

Strategic Plan

Community Development Evaluation Framework and Toolkit

We are incredibly proud and excited to have launched the Community Development Evaluation Framework and Toolkit. These resources support the implementation of effective evaluation practices in the local government context.

A tailored response
The evaluation framework is a tailored response to the needs of Community Development Officers (CDOs) - a guide to evaluation basics that can be effectively used within a range of settings.

This resource is a step towards creating a more systemic approach to evaluation across the state-wide network of CDOs, enabling CDOs and Managers to developed a shared language and understanding about what is possible when evaluating their work.

A resource of two elements - a framework and a toolkit
This resource consists of two parts - an evaluation framework providing:

  • An overview of key things to consider when planning and managing an evaluation
  • A foundational approach to undertaking evaluations for community development purposes in local government settings
  • A discussion of main approaches to evaluation and methods that might be most suitable to a real-world local government context.

And, an evaluation toolkit providing:

  • Guidance on implementing the evaluation cycle and using different evaluation tools
  • Templates and resources