RVI Public Seminar : Reengineering Local Government

A Ratepayers Victoria Inc event in partnership with Eastern Ratepayers Inc

DATE:    Saturday, 14 Nov 2015

TIME:    9:30 am registration, seminar from 10 am to 4 pm

VENUE: Mulgrave Country Club, Corner of Wellington and Jells Road, Mulgrave 3150.


  1. Identify the key deficiencies in LG system
  2. Fixing today’s broken system via LG Act reforms
  3. Recognising a peak body for ratepayers in Victoria
  4. Contribute info for RVI submission to the LG Act Review program


Contact:  The event is free. For catering purposes, early booking is required by 1 Nov 2015 – please contact either:

  • Jack Davis – jack_d@iinet.net.au; mobile 0412 238 974, or
  • Frank Sullivan – frank.sullivan6@bigpond.com; mobile 0438 555 805

Join us and other ratepayer leaders to discuss about common core issues and how the LG Act and other associated laws, and the roles of ratepayer groups can be changed to fix today’s broken LG system for the better.

The seminar will include free light lunch and feature inspirational speakers including:

Keynote Speakers:

Minister for Local Government , Hon Natalie Hutchins
Assoc Professor of International Business, Sharif As-Saber

Guest Presenters:

Joe Lenzo, Ratepayer advocate leader from Mornington Peninsula Shire 
Carl Cowie
, CEO of Mornington Peninsula Shire
Rafal Kapton, Councilor of Casey
Matthew Gordon, Board Director of Oursay, a digital community engagement platform.
Frank Deutsch, Councilor of Ararat

These guest speakers will share their insights, such as what is wrong with Local Government today, a case study of best practice CEO leadership and council operations transformation; workplace bullying and conduct reforms; using technology as strategic tools for change; community engagement reforms, etc.

RVI President Jack Davis will open the seminar. Seminar attendees will engage in Q&A with the Minister; participate in working lunch breakout group activities to identify key issues in local government and share ideas for reforming the LG Act and formally recognizing a funded ratepayer peak body in the sector.

Because of time management, questions for Q&A will have to submitted to either Jack Davies or Frank Sullivan by 12 Nov 2015 and the submitted questions will be chosen on a first come first serve basis. On-call questions are not allowed on the day of seminar. For those who missed their questions chosen can individually contact and converse with the Minister, through her email natalie.hutchins@parliament.vic.gov.au.

This seminar ‘s focus is to understand the coming reform directions and identify future ratepayers’ roles and driven opportunities for change in a new local government world where “Every council is responsive to, and reflective of, their local community” is evidently effective.


A Common Vision for ratepayers

The time has come for RVI to help all ratepayer advocates to share a common vision for reform, ie

“Every council is responsive to, and reflective of, their local community”

The institutional translation of this community centered vision is an integral local government system that values and can continuously demonstrate:

  • collaboration,
  • accountability and
  • transparency

to its communities.

The implied social responsibility of this vision also:

  1. requires councils and its peak bodies to understand, practice and show good governance not just in decision making, but also in conduct and action taking, and
  2. involves collaborating ratepayers to be the evidence based assessors of their councils’ good governance performance in not just operating matters, but also policy implementation and sustainability.

Through this common vision, RVI, coordinating effectively with local ratepayer groups, will lead rate-paying people to come together, share knowledge and skills,  build the common processes of grass root governance oversight and reporting of their councils’ performance and capacities to comply with good governance principles in conduct, decision making and implementation.

Information technology will be strategically used to enable share-ability of these community driven processes and information and build a traceable and BIG DATA future proofing repository of empirical evidence & bench-marking data about councils’ capacities to be collaborative, accountable and transparent.

Come to the seminar and listen to how this can be readily achieved. Phase 1 plans are already underway for developing the new ecosystem of interconnecting and value adding ratepayers in the Eastern and Southern regions.