Better Practice Program

Economic development in the Local Government Sector BCAC (Before COVID-19 and After COVID-19)

Development of our local economies has been a challenge and an area of focus for many Local Government, even before the impact of COVID-19.

David Eaton the Commissioner for Small Business will join us to share strategies for enhancing the capability of small businesses in our communities.

This session also includes local government case studies with representatives from the Cities of Joondalup, Gosnells, Canning and Rockingham, the Shire of Mingenew and the Town of Victoria Park sharing their successes, challenges and lessons learnt in the BCAC environment.

Event Program:

8.30am Arrival and Registration
8.40am Welcome and introduction

               Anthony Vuleta, CEO, Town of Victoria Park
               James Pearson, CEO, City of Joondalup

8.50am Small Business Commissioner
              David Eaton Small Business Commissioner
              David will detail several strategies that can assist local governments in supporting and enhancing the capability of small businesses in local communities.
9.30am City of Joondalup
               Nashid Chowdhury, Economic Development Lead, City of Joondalup
               The City of Joondalup is transitioning from an economy supported by population growth to one driven by business investment, innovation and entrepreneurship. Nashid will present on the role the City of Joondalup has played in growing an innovative ecosystem and the impact this has had in the local economy.
10.10am Morning Tea
10.30am Shire of Mingenew

                 Nils Hay, CEO, Shire of Mingenew
                 Nils will present on the Shire of Mingenew becoming one of the first local governments to become an 'Astrotourism town' and the potential economic value that the 365-day opportunity can bring.
11.00am City of Rockingham
                 Michael Parker, CEO and Scott Jarvis Manager Tourism and Economic Development, City of Rockingham
                 Michael and Scott will discuss the award-winning Rockingham Foreshore Revitalisation project and the success achieved before, during and after COVID-19.
11.30am City of Gosnells, City of Canning, Town of Victoria Park
                 Lisa Tidy, Place Leader Economic Development, Town of Victoria Park
                 Boris Wong, Leader Business Development, City of Canning
                 Linda Talevski, Business Development Officer, City of Gosnells

                 The City of Gosnells, City of Canning and the Town of Victoria Park have collaborated to reduce red tape with food truck permits by introducing a Simplified Trading Partnership Permit. They will be sharing their collaborative story.
12.00pm Closing Remarks
                 Anthony Vuleta, CEO, Town of Victoria Park


Thursday 25 March 2021


8.30am - 12.15pm


BanksiaParking is available either in the bays to the front (right) of the Administration Building or in the overflow car park 
(see map). Please do not park in allocated staff parking.

City of Joondalup Function Centre
102 Boas Avenue

Parking is available on site.

This event will also be live streamed.

Who should attend?

CEO’s, Directors, Senior Managers.

Registrations are required—close Friday 19 March 2021.

  Download event program PDF .


This is a complimentary event for LG Professionals WA Members. 

*Local Government Members:
Bronze: 1 x complimentary registration
Silver: 2 x complimentary registrations
Gold: 3 x complimentary registration

*Click here to see if your local government is a Local Government Member. 
Please email for your Local Government Member discount code.

Non-members may register (subject to availability)—$100 per registration.
LGSA Members may also register - $100 per person

Please be aware that you may be placed on a wait list if the event nears capacity