29th National Municipal Works & Engineering Conference 2023

Meeting the Climate Change Challenge

Share Industry Knowledge - Build Your Network - Meet Your Peers - Learn New Innovations



23rd – 24th March 2023


Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Bendigo



8:00am – 5:00pm

Meeting the Climate Change Challenge

The world’s climate is changing. Municipal works professionals find themselves on the front line in dealing with the impacts of these changes. This year’s conference presents speakers that highlight the facets of breakthrough innovation and creativity, leading change, and reengagement  that emerges in response to these challenges.

Meeting the climate change challenge

Program Highlights



2022 Testimonials

“I enjoyed the event and found all the speakers interesting, very informative and thought provoking.”
“Great food and drinks, looking forward to next year’s already.”
“Proved to be a great event with lots of positive feedback in a trying COVID environment.”

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.


2022 Keynote Speaker

Tamsyn Lewis-Manou

Tamsyn Lewis-Manou dominated Athletics in Australia for well over a decade taking out 18 Australian titles during the period from 1998 to 2012. Her most dominant event was the 800m where her shining moment came in 2008, where she took out the World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain, beating champion Maria Mutola in the process. She was also part of three consecutive Gold medal winning relay teams in the 4 x 400m at the Commonwealth Games in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Scott Grayson

CEO for the American Public Works Association

Scott Grayson serves as Chief Executive Officer for the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA). In this role he provides strategic leadership and directs operations to ensure that the vision and core values of APWA and CPWA are communicated and implemented at all levels of the organization. He collaborates with key stakeholders in the public works sector including: the U.S. Congress, Canadian Parliament, and federal and provincial/state branches of government agencies.

Beau Vernon

Sporting Coach and Motivational Speaker

On June 23rd 2012 Beau’s life changed forever. A normal incident in a normal game of Aussie rules football left him with C5-C6 quadriplegia. In an instant he went from a 23 year old who never sat still, to spending 8 months in hospital and looking at the prospect of spending his life in a wheelchair. Before the incident he played any sport and would be up for any outdoor activity and he even quit a commerce degree at the thought of sitting down to work all day. Things have definitely changed for Beau. Hear about Beau’s experiences of living with a spinal cord injury and the difficulties that come with it.

Sophie Taylor

Australian Women’s National Field Hockey team.

Sophie Taylor is an Australian hockey player, a defender for the Australian Women’s National Field Hockey team. Sophie is an athlete with a passion for her dual career working as a Physiotherapist. Sophie finished her Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy degree at La Trobe University in 2019 and has since worked as a Physio at Stoke Physio in Perth. In her spare time Sophie continues to further develop herself as part of the Victorian Institute of Sport ambassador programs, studying and coaching.

Nathan Burke

Former Australian Rules footballer

Nathan Burke is the current Head Coach of the Western Bulldogs AFLW team. He was a tough rover who always backed himself in a contest and was one of the most courageous footballers to play for the St Kilda Football Club. He set the club record for the greatest number of games at his retirement, with 323 games which was broken by former team-mate Robert Harvey in round 7, 2006. His tough playing style led to him using a helmet. Burke now runs his own consultancy company specialising in leadership, resilience, mental health and wellbeing.

Ben Price

Internationally renowned MC and Entertainer

Ben Price has mastered more than 200 voices and written comedy sketches, impersonating Donald Trump, Dr Phil, Scott Morrison, Kevin Hart, Homer Simpson, Sean Connery, Arnold Schwarzenegger & many more. He has appeared on numerous U.S show including Huckabee and Living East Tennessee, as well as providing character voices for the no. 1 animated feature film, The Pilgrim’s Progress. Ben will be providing the entertainment for Komatsu conference dinner. 

Watch the 2021 Keynote Presentation here

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