Welcome to the 2016 Christmas edition of the Mead Perry Group newsletter.

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Local wildlife in Winton.
John and Scott pictured here with Susie Dunn of Strategy to Action.

In this Issue

  • What have we been doing?
  • New team members!
  • Feature Story - A time for reflection
  • MPG Team - Out and About 
  • Future Conference attendance
  • Further Conferences Scheduled
  • Our Specialist Services
  • Skills Manager
  • Our Local Buy registration contract details

What have we been doing?

We have been keeping busy with a variety of specialist projects for Councils throughout Australia, including but not limited to;

  • Finance Operations support - 2 Councils, 5 projects
  • Continuous Improvement Program - 3 Councils, 3 projects
  • Delegation Register Development & Review - 1 Council
  • Corporate Planning - 1 Council
  • Rate Methodology Review - 1 Council
  • CEO Performance Review Facilitation - 1 Council
  • Organisational Review - 1 Council
  • Systems Review, Benchmarking & Development - 5 Councils, 1 project

Does your organisation need advice or assistance in any of these areas?

We can help.

MPG feel it is important to ensure good communication and networking continues to be a high priority, with both existing and new clients, to better serve needs of local governments and the issues that immediately affect you!

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New Team Members!

Mead Perry Group is very pleased to announce that Bill Gilmore has joined our team.

Bill has 40 years experience in the Qld public service, with more than 30 years direct involvement with the Local Government sector.  He has held multiple roles within the Local Government department, including South East Regional Director, Director Finance and Funding and Deputy Director General. We are so excited to have access to his level of experience and knowledge. 

Bill's specific strengths include knowledge of Local Government Acts, government processes and networks and a thorough knowledge of Local Government funding program arrangements.
We also welcome Gerhard Van Der Walt to the MPG team. 

Gerhard has over 35 years of accounting and finance experience, with 16 years working for Queensland Councils.  His special area of expertise is financial statements, and prides himself in delivering these in a timely and reliable manner. 

He has held Finance Manager positions within Local Government and has immense practical knowledge in the daily functioning of these departments.
Feature Story - A time for reflection

With 2016 drawing to a close it is the perfect time to reflect on our activity over the last year. As is often the case it has been a year of contrasts. Obviously Local Government Elections in Queensland were a feature for us in the first part of 2016 and resulted in having to dust off our old election handbooks to assist the Weipa Town Authority returning officer with their election.

The generally quiet time early in the year allowed us to get out and about with trips to Perth and road trips with our consultants to visit Councils in the far North and North West of Queensland. As the new Councils settled, opportunities to assist emerged and during the year we covered most of Queensland working with our clients from Goondiwindi in the south to Weipa and Aurukun in the North. Cassowary Coast and North Burnett in the East through to Burke, Mt Isa, Boulia and Diamantina in the West. It has been an exciting year in which we have met new people, been engaged by new clients and have been involved in many diverse and challenging projects.

Above all we have appreciated you, our clients, for giving us the opportunity to assist you in continuing to deliver great outcomes for your communities and we look forward to continuing those relationships into the future.

For a bit of fun let’s have a look at MPG’s 2016 in numbers:

2 - New consultants. Gerhard Van Der Walt and Bill Gilmore.
5 - New clients – Weipa Town Authority, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Etheridge Shire Council, Richmond Shire Council and Aurukun Aboriginal Shire Council.
7 - Conferences sponsored. LGMAQ, LGAQ, LGFP, WQLGA. LGFP WA, NQLGA, ALGWA.
15 – Existing clients that we worked for. Barcoo, Blackall Tambo, Boulia, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Diamantina, Goondiwindi, Guyra, Longreach, Mt Isa, Murweh, North Burnett, Quilpie and Winton.
38 -  Projects
178 - Flights
296 - Nights on site
No wonder we are all looking forward to an end of year break!!!

At MPG we are constantly looking to develop our skills, knowledge and capacity to better serve our clients so we are committed to putting energy and passion into our growth and development in the future.

So a big thank you to all of our friends who have used our services in 2016 and especially to our fantastic team at MPG who are committed to maintaining our values of quality service and delivering positive outcomes to our clients.
We wish you all the best for Christmas and the new year and look forward to catching up with you all in 2017.

MPG Team - Out and About

It was definitely conference season!
Scott and John were invited to the IT Vision Annual Conference in Perth
Innovate 2016 is the national conference from IT Vision, aimed at leading innovation of software for Local Government, Port Authorities and Statutory Authority customers.

8 sessions were held over the two day program, with a highlight being the opening key note speaker Steven Bradbury.  The Winter Olympian medallist presented on the dedication and hard work required to be an Olympic athlete, and thoughtfully brought along his gold medal.  John is pictured below with this medal.
Then it was up to beautiful Port Douglas for the LGMA Queensland Annual Conference.
With Council delegate representatives numbering in the 80's, this conference had the solid foundations of a great event right from the beginning.  The traditional Beach vs Bush challenge took place during the day 1 welcoming, with John lending a foot (or two of them, if you want to be particular about it) to the Bush team, pictured below.
Two days worth of diverse presenters then explored the overall conference theme of 'Animating Leadership':
  • Power in the Vote: What is your community trying to tell you?
  • Contextualising Leadership Challenges
  • Harnessing Resources: Empowering communities to deliver
  • Trend Conversations: Foresight for your organisation
  • Leading for engagement and change
  • Leading Communities
  • Shared Value: An innovative approach to building social capital
  • Engaging communities for behaviour change
  • Creating ownership: Better business conversations

The MPG team took advantage of the many networking opportunities on offer, with both delegates and fellow sponsors.
John and Lew with Eleanor of Leading Roles.
And with Marie from Sniip.
With our business card draw winner, Mark Pitt from North Burnett Regional Council.
Scott enjoying the gala dinner, pictured here with the Assistant Minister Jennifer Howard.
October rolled around, which as we all know means LGAQ conference - the landmark 120th year for this event was at the Gold Coast.
Held at the Convention & Exhibition Centre, the conference theme was 'New World Order', referring to the economic, political and technological changes that impact on, and offer opportunities to, our local communities. 

The three day event  brought together delegates from all across Queensland, and was also attended by both the Premier and Deputy Premier.  Keynote speakers included:
  • Dr Parag Khanna - 'New Economy, New Politics'
  • Dr Jim Minifie - 'Rise of the Sharing Economy'
  • Mr Channa Seneviratne - 'Smart Infrastructure'
  • Mr Matt Church - 'Scientific Humourist'
  • Ms Rabia Siddique - Former Terrorism and War Crimes Prosecutor, International Humanitarian, retired British Army officer and a hostage survivor
The announcement was also made that Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson was elected to the position of LGAQ President for the next four years - congratulations!
Scott catches up with Aurukun Mayor Dereck Walpo and Cr Edgar Kerindun.
Meanwhile, a consultant far, far away went even further away - Lew represented us in a group delegation to Papua New Guinea!
The Cairns Chamber of Commerce partnered with Tradelinked Cairns and PNG to offer a business delegation to travel to Port Moresby and Bougainville in October.  The intent of the delegation was to continue to develop mutually beneficial relationships between Cairns and Papua New Guinea, and to introduce delegates to the potential of these regions as a future market opportunity.

Lew spent five days meeting with leading PNG organisations, as well as  private business enterprise representatives and government department heads from key industry sectors.
Departing from Cairns airport.
With David Knapton (Senior Trade Commissioner) and Kevin Owens (Penske Power Systems delegate).
Final night of delegation, with a reception at the Trade Commissioners residence in Port Moresby, with members of the Trade delegation, representatives of the world bank, Australian High commission, ANZ, Westpac and Kina Banks.
With Wesley (PNG Manager Evolutionbites) and Esther Decklam (Accounts Manager Education Capacity Development Facility).
Chiefs Forum, Brisbane.
The second forum of the year was held in Brisbane, with representatives from the indigenous Councils meeting to discuss issues specific to their Local Governments. 

MPG were also invited to make a presentation to the delegates, and our chosen topic was Grant Management.  We spoke about the issues surrounding compliant management of funding, timely and accurate acquittals and ensuring all relevant costs are being applied to grant cost centres.
Then it was back to the Gold Coast for the 37th Local Government Finance Professionals QLD Annual conference.
Held at the Surfers Paradise Marriott resort, with a theme of 'Shake It Up, Positive Disruption', the conference focused on the ongoing theme of grant and subsidy reductions, and the strain this then places on Councils' increased services demands and community expectations, while maintaining financial sustainability.

MPG had a booth sponsorship for the second year running, and there was a good attendance level from all areas of Queensland over the four days of the conference. Keynote speakers included:

  • Peter Fitzsimons AO - 'Positive Disruption'
  • Gareth Aird Chief Economist, CBA - Economic Update
  • Patrick Flemming - 'QAO value adding services to Local Government'
  • Paul Spinks - 'Managing personal wellbeing through periods of disruption'
  • Jude Munro - 'Navigating Disruptive Environments'
  • Frankie Carroll, LG Department - Financial sustainability from a Department perspective
  • Mark Donaldson VC - 'Surviving'
  • Monica Bradley - 'Innovation, Strategy & Networking in the digital age'
Booth networking underway!
Emma Peters from Local Buy models our popular t-shirts.
And in between all that, Lew got invited along to the opening of the new Aurukun Shire Council Cairns office!
Aurukun Shire Council celebrated the opening of its Cairns office with about 50 people including Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt and Cairns Mayor Bob Manning on September 22.

The new office will accommodate council’s Cairns-based support staff who provide much-needed support for the council, the management team and their colleagues based in Aurukun.

With Mayor Dereck Walpo.
With QLD Treasurer Curtis Pitt.

Standout Town - Jundah

Here at MPG, we travel. A LOT.  So, we thought we'd like to showcase some of the amazing places we get to visit, and provide you all with a snapshot!
Five Fast Facts
  • Located 2.5 hours drive from Longreach, 30km above where the junction of the Barcoo and Thomson rivers meet to form Cooper Creek, providing excellent fishing opportunities!
  • It's home to the 'Galaxy Opal' - one of the worlds largest Boulder Opals which was found in the area.
  • The Historical Museum provides a fascinating window into the early pioneering times of the district.
  • Nearby Welford National Park has 124,000 hectares of nature's diverse landscapes to enjoy!
  • The Settlers Nature Drive is a flora tour (complete with signs explaining each species) which starts in town and goes on a loop along the Thomson River.

Future Conference attendance

LGMA National Congress, Hobart, 22 to 24 May 2017.

LGMA QLD Future Leaders Forum, Cairns, 18 to 19 May 2017.


Further Conferences scheduled for your information

Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia
South Australia
Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia

New South Wales
Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia
Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia
Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia
Western Australia
Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia
Northern Territory
Local Government Association


Ask us about our Skills Manager Software, it's a very efficient way to keep track of all your training and qualifications!

Skills Manager is a database application that has been developed by Mead Perry Group to manage and report on licences, training and skill development information where the organisation’s corporate systems are not meeting their needs.
The advantage of using a database is the improved reporting options that are available compared to Word or Excel systems.  Skills Manager utilises the Microsoft Access database.  The major aims of Skills Manager include providing reports on:


  • individual employees licences and training; and
  • licences and training held by individual employees; and
  • when training or licences have expired.

Our Specialist Services

Local Buy

Register of Pre-Qualified

Suppliers (RPQS)

Business Management


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