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

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Sunset in Aurukun.
Litchfield National Park, NT.

In this Issue

  • What have we been doing?
  • Feature Story - MPG sponsors Delegates
  • 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;

  • Financial consultancy - 2 Councils, 4 projects
  • Operations support - 5 Councils
  • Rate methodology review - 7 Councils
  • Strategic Planning - 1 Council
  • Oncost Review - 1 Council
  • Staff performance review - 1 Council

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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An exciting announcement!

Mead Perry Group has held a long association with the team at LGMA over many years, both as members and conference sponsors.  This year we have taken the opportunity to upgrade our sponsorship to become an Executive Partner of LGMA Queensland.  We are looking forward to further developing this relationship and providing support for a strong management body for Queensland Local Government.
MPG sponsors Delegates

At Mead Perry Group we have a strong commitment to furthering the Local Government industry and supporting the development of leaders within the industry. We were therefore very pleased to be able to sponsor two delegates to the 2016 Australian Local Government Women’s Association conference.

This provided two Council officers, Teresa Pfingst (Goondiwindi Regional Council) and Charlotte Pitt (North Burnett Regional Council), with the opportunity to participate in a valuable professional development that they may otherwise not have had the opportunity to attend.

The theme of the conference was Disruption, Agility and Resilience and was designed to give attendees the inspiration and skills needed to effectively lead in a dynamic and evolving landscape.  The program explored how innovation and agility can respond to these changes and discussed ways for maintaining resilience in leadership in order to achieve this.

Teresa and Charlotte were delighted to attend this conference, and both reported that the speakers and presentations were inspiring and provided them with practical learnings from both a professional and personal perspective.  In particular, they learned that they need to take control of their own successes.

Furthering the opportunities of all members of Local Government, not only women, is highly valued by the MPG team.  To this end, as we approach peak conference season, we look forward to catching up with all of you at the many upcoming events on the calendar.  Please feel free to grab us for a chat!

(From left to right)  Cr Joan White with delegate Teresa Pfingst, and delegate Charlotte Pitt.

MPG Team - Out and About

Lew Rojahn returns to Far North Queensland
Our team member Lew has now returned to his home town of Cairns.  He immensely enjoyed his time and experiences in Thargomindah over the past year, and was very thankful to both the Bulloo Shire Council and wider community for welcoming him during this time.

Lew is now looking forward to representing MPG in Far North Queensland.  He, Scott and John took a road trip around some of the Northern Councils in June, visiting with representatives at Cairns Regional Council, Yarrabah Aboriginal Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Mareeba Shire Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Aurukun Shire Council, DILGP and FNQ Regional Organisation of Councils.

Pictures below are at Cassowary Coast Regional Council in Innisfail.
We headed to Bedourie in May for the 80th annual Western Queensland Local Government Association conference.
Representatives were in attendance from the following Councils:
  • Barcaldine
  • Barcoo
  • Blackall-Tambo
  • Boulia
  • Central Highlands
  • Diamantina
  • Flinders
  • Isaac
  • Longreach
  • Richmond
  • Winton
As this was the first conference following the March elections, many of the topics were focused on informing both new and returned members of both relevant responsibilities and regional updates.  These included the QRA 'Review of Qld Flood Gauge Network', the Department of Natural Resources and Mines 'Great Artesian Basin Plan Review Update' and 'Update on the review of Stock Routes legislation', and the LGAQ 'Update on topical matters'.

Scott is pictured below, presenting our topic on successful lobbying.

During the conference we also made a presentation to COWS (CEO's of Western Shires) regarding a potential joint corporate business system procurement project.
Scott and John had a catch up with Jennifer Howard, Assistant Local Government Minister.
Scott during his presentation.
July saw the annual North Queensland Local Government Association conference, held in Cloncurry.
As was the case with the WQLGA, representation was strong, with delegates attending from the following Councils:
  • Burdekin
  • Burke
  • Carpentaria
  • Charters Towers
  • Cloncurry
  • Croydon
  • Flinders
  • Hinchinbrook
  • McKinlay
  • Mount Isa
  • Palm Island
  • Richmond
  • Tablelands
  • Whitsunday
Over the course of two days, 4 sessions were run, including topics 'Education in the outback', Better health for the bush' and 'Improving innovation and infrastructure'.  The final fifth session was the Annual General Meeting, which discussed the future of strategic planning for the NQLGA.  The conference dinner was held under the open skies at the equestrian centre.
A beautiful and unique dinner setting.
Guests were entertained by a display of equestrian skills.
Lew represented us at the Indigenous Local Government Chiefs Forum dinner, held in Cairns at the end of July.
Held twice-yearly and hosted by LGMA Queensland, these forums offer an opportunity for the 16 indigenous Councils to meet and discuss relevant issues.  Conversations for this first event of the corporate year included problems with land tenure, Indigenous specific issues, mining and national parks.
A networking dinner was held in the evening at a local Cairns restaurant.
Tim Cronin (CEO Cook Shire Council) with Lew and David Clarke (CEO Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council).
Janelle Menzies (Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council) with Peta Irvine (CEO LGMA Qld).
And then we finished off the season with another road trip!
After an extremely positive reception to our earlier Far North Queensland road trip, we offered the same opportunity to a group of North West area Councils.  Scott, John and Leanne hit the road and met with representatives from Flinders Shire Council, Richmond Shire Council, McKinlay Shire Council and Charters Towers Regional Council. 

We really enjoy getting out there and having these meetings in your Council area, so if you want us to come to you, let us know, we'll see what we can do!

Future Conference attendance

LGMA QLD Annual Conference, Port Douglas, 6 to 8 September.

LGAQ Annual Conference, Gold Coast, 18 to 20 October.

LGFP QLD Annual Conference, Gold Coast, 22 to 25 November.

Indigenous Local Government Chiefs Forum, Cairns, Date TBA.

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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