The Big Ideas Forum

  • Date:

    4 April 2019

  • Location:

    Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 200

Local Government Research and Innovation Showcase 2019

In 2018 LGNSW established a Research and Innovation Program to support new areas of research, policy development and innovation for the advancement of local government in NSW. Its purpose is to fill gaps in the evidence base, explore emerging issues, promote informed discussion and debate, and encourage the development of research capacity within the sector.

This event was a showcase of nationally significant research projects currently underway in partnership with universities and NSW councils, and focused on the possible application of these projects more broadly and for other councils in NSW.

Senior university and local government experts showcased current projects and innovations, and explored the practical realities of how councils can best work together and with universities and commercial partners to access federal funding and address their most pressing community issues through research and innovation.

The program included plenary presentations, panel discussions, case studies and workshops on the following topics:

Setting the Scene: Trends and Planning for Public Policy - Rae Dufty-Jones, Director Academic Programs, Western Sydney University

Cooks River to Iron Cove Greenway - Nick Chapman, GreenWay Place Manager, Inner West Council

Greening the Greyfields + Video - Ori Gudes, Research Fellow, University of NSW

Waste to Energy - Terry Dodds, General Manager, Tenterfield Shire Council

Participatory Local Government - Tooran Alizadeh, Senior Lecturer, Univesity of Sydney

Waverton Coal Loader - David Banbury, Project Coordinator, North Sydney Council

Crisis or No Crisis - Alan Morris, Professor, University of Technology Sydney

Smart Street Furniture - Dr Christian Tietz, Director Industrial Design, UNSW

Understanding the Australian Research Council's Linkage Fund - Katie Richmond, External Engagement Manager, University of Sydney

Smart Cities: Innovation in Local Government - Petryhce Donovan, Digital Innovation (Smart Cities) Program Manager, Canterbury-Bankstown City Council