Metro Branch Event – Community and Government Engagement

How to work with the ‘Jedi’ and deal with the ‘Dark Side’

The way local government responds to the ‘NIMBY’ (Not in My Backyard) and engages with State Government is changing.

Local government is working with communities to harness their power to generate greater benefits for local people. But this is occurring in an environment of growing negative media attention towards local government from minority self‑interest groups and individuals. These individuals and groups can get ‘personal’ and negatively impact on the relationships and positive whole‑of‑community outcomes that local governments are trying to achieve. What modern techniques and approaches can local government use to combat the growing number of minority self‑interest groups and individuals?

Local government is working with State Government to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for all communities. But how can local government improve their relationship and work better with State Government?

This event will include the Local Government Professionals WA Metro Branch AGM and sundowner drinks.


Dixie Marshall

Dixie Marshall, former Senior Newsreader and State Government Strategic Communicator and current Head of Flare at MarketForce. Dixie will speak about the changing media landscape, the latest in tech and data, targeting and addressable capabilities and modern techniques for community and government engagement.

Patrick Fagan

Patrick Fagan, Director of GRA Partners.
GRA Partners offer unrivalled market coverage in government relations and corporate communications counselling. They work with a diverse portfolio of domestic and international clients across all industry sectors.

Dixie and Patrick will conduct a Q and A on government specific issues.

Deanie Carbon

Deanie Carbon, former WA IAP2 Convenor and current Community Engagement Officer now with the City of Cockburn, is no stranger to controversy, having worked on local government reform, Roe 8 and other contentious issues. She has worked for three local governments in Perth and Brisbane and is now training to be a community engagement teacher. She will share her war stories and give you five take‑home tips about how to engage the community.

When and where:


Wednesday 20 March 2019


3.00pm–4.30pm followed by networking


ARC Cockburn Function Centre,
1st Floor,
31 Veterans Parade,
Cockburn Central

Cost (incl GST)

Members: FREE
Non-Members: $40 (incl. GST)

Registrations close

Monday 11 March 2019

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