27th National Municipal Works & Engineering Conference 2021

Responding to Disruption and Change



11 – 12th March 2021


Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Bendigo



8:00am – 5:00pm

Responding to Disruption and Change

Disruption and change are constant factor in the life of municipal workers and the organisations that service the municipal works industry. This year’s conference presents speakers that highlight the facets of disruption, and the resilience, recovery, and innovation that emerges in response to these challenges.

Watch the Keynote Presentation here. 



Conference Partners

City of bendigo
MAC Procurem en t
Program Highlights



Delegates / Attendees

General membership is available to any employee of a local or state government agency who is actively engaged in the field of municipal works. 


Corporate membership is available to any company that provides products or services to local government.


Keynote Speakers

The Hon. Jeffrey Kennett AC

Jeffrey Kennett AC was the 43rd Premier of Victoria between 1992 and 1999, who now works as a media commentator. He is currently the president of the Hawthorn Football Club. Jeffery is ideally placed to talk about the impacts of disruption and change, and how to deal with these impacts.

Daniel Weis

Senior Cybersecurity Specialist, Nexon

Daniel is the Senior Cybersecurity Specialist at Nexon. Dan has over 24 years’ experience in I.T, in a range of different industries, and was one of the first 10 people in the world to become a Certified Ethical Hacker. Earning the nickname “The General” because of his multitude of industry qualifications, Daniel also holds an additional 22 industry certifications.
Simon Griffiths

CEO and Founder of Who Gives A Crap and Shebeen

Determined to leverage business as a force for good, Simon founded two successful social enterprises – Who Gives A Crap and Shebeen – in his twenties. He launched Who Gives A Crap with an award-winning pre-sales campaign that created $1 million worth of PR value and attracted more than 2.5 million social media hits.

Des Dowling

Beginning his career as a print journalist, Des Dowling went on to become a successful comedian. He has since worked for over a decade as a TV news reporter for the ABC, Channel Nine and Channel Seven, and on mainstream radio. In 1998 Des placed in the Australian final of the Triple J Raw Comedy competition. He went on to appear regularly on television and radio as a stand-up comedian.

Chris Anstey

Elite Sports Coach and Sporting Star

Chris Anstey is an Elite Performance Coach, whose 17-year sporting career included playing stints in the NBA, Russia, Spain and at two Olympic games. Chris was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round (18th pick overall) of the 1997 NBA draft. He also played for the Melbourne Tigers, South East Melbourne Magic and Victoria Titans in the NBL. 

Rodney Eade

Facing Change - What We do

Rodney Eade made his VFL debut for Hawthorn at just 18 years old. He played 229 games for the side from 1976-1987 before moving to the Brisbane Bears in 1988. He then moved into AFL coaching. He currently runs his own company Facing Change, which focuses on positive transformation.

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