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Correct at 10th November 2017, subject to change



5.00pm – 7.00pm

Welcome Function
Held in the Trade Exhibition area, Opal Cove Resort

Sponsored by

8.00am Registration
8.50am – 10.10am Session 1

Welcome to Country
Official Welcome
Coffs Harbour City Council
Strategy and Business Partnership: Learnings and New Frontiers, Olivia Simons, City of Sydney
Gold Sponsor Address: Connecting Local Government to the CloudJade Doherty, TPG Telecom


10.10am Morning Tea and Trade Exhibition
10.50am – 12.50pm Session 2

Keynote Address: Cyber Attacks Peter Coroneos
Peter is an internationally recognised authority on cyber policy, who has twice been invited to the White House to brief Obama Administration cybersecurity leadership. Detailing his journey from taking the lead of the internet industry in Australia when the future of the internet was by no means certain, to describing how he created a groundbreaking cyber security initiative which protects tens of millions of internet users, Peter’s presentation will captivate you whilst providing a rare insight into the internet industry.
Keynote Address: Digital Disruption – Nick Abrahams
Nick is a former professional comic and, for a while, was known as the Seinfeld of Japan (as bizarre as that may sound). Nick will look at how the industry will be impacted by digital disruption, and identify what you can do. Rather than looking at a “futurists” 20-30 year time horizon, Nick looks at what will be the major impacts over the next 3-5 years. Nick recently released the book “Digital Disruption in Australia: A guide for entrepreneurs, investors and corporates” – the only book that looks at the impact of disruption specifically in Australia.

12.50pm Lunch & Trade Exhibition
1.45pm – 3.15pm Session 3

Gold Sponsor Address: Smart Cities, Mark Hilton, Datacom Systems (NSW) Pty Ltd


Connect – Technology for ‘Tomorrows Penrith”, Jane Howard, Penrith City Council
Digital Disruption is Just a Mindset, Joe Vidakovic and Marcos Baez, Shellharbour City Council

3.15pm Afternoon Tea & Trade Exhibition
3.45pm – 4.45pm Session 4

The Road Less Travelled… and for Good Reason , Jon Dundas, Maitland City Council
Then and Now – light-hearted retrospective on the transformation of the IT landscape over the last 20 years of the conference, Marie Phillips, Technology One & Adam Young, Coffs Harbour City Council

4.45pm Close of Day One
6.30pm – 10.00pm

Seafood BBQ Buffet

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10.00pm – 12.00am

Post Function Drinks

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8.30am Registration
8.55am – 10.30am Session 5

Welcome to Day Two

Digital Toolbox, Nathaniel Mason, City of Tea Tree Gully, SA and Karin Mahoney, City of Charles Sturt, SA

Keynote Address: Business Transformation, Gus Balbontin
Gus is the former Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet. He led a large global restructure that reinstated the company’s financial health and strengthened it’s ability to manage future disruption. Let Gus take you behind the scenes of the massive digital transformation that has affected all industries in the past two decades. Gus shares the stories of how so many companies mishandled this change, and how today’s business leaders can capitalize on the disruption that is still occurring today.

10.30am Morning Tea and Trade Exhibition
11.00am – 12.30pm Session 6

Gold Sponsor Address: Your Journey towards a Smart City… STARTS NOW
Fadi Geha, Simble

Keynote Address: Disruptive Technology – Are you Future Proof?, Steve Sammartino
Steve is a “business technologist” who will blow your mind with his keynote. Uniquely combining anthropology and technology, Steve demystifies the rapidly changing rules of business. Steve will take you on a mind-spinning journey detailing our changing world as we enter technological age. What we learned at school, university and business college is now severely outdated. Steve outlines the shift which will displace dominant players and give rise to new commercial heroes. Steve illustrates how all of the major factors of production are being disrupted forever. Everything is up for grabs, including your job, your industry and the customers you are choosing. Are you brave enough?

12.30pm Lunch & Trade Exhibition
1.30pm – 2.30pm Session 7
Interactive Conference Workshop, Gus Balbontin and Steve Sammartino will facilitate an interactive workshop based on future technologies that are fast becoming a reality, as well as common issues and trends that delegates are facing. Steve and Gus will help you unpack these challenges and give you some concrete steps/plans to follow immediately on return to your workplace. Working in small groups, Gus and Steve will mentor/brainstorm with you on the best way forward, inspiring you to take action with their combined knowledge, high energy and quick thinking.
2.30pm Afternoon Tea & Trade Exhibition
2.50pm-4.20pm Session 8
  8A: Presentations 8B: NSW IT SIG Meeting
2.50pm – 3.20pm Disaster Recovery Essentials for Local Government Ricci Danieletto, BigAir Group Pty Ltd  All delegates welcome
3.20pm – 3.50pm Removing Barriers to Cloud Consumption for Local Governments, Naran McClung, Viatek
3.50pm – 4.20pm Navigating through the “clouds” to get back into the light!!, Dean Redman and John Papoutsis, HITECH SUPPORT Pty Ltd
4.20pm Close of Day Two
7.00pm – midnight

Conference Dinner
Theme – “Alice in Wonderland”
(prizes for best costumes!)

Sponsored by
Hewlett Packard Enterprises


8.45am Registration
9.10am – 10.15am Session 9

Welcome to Day Three
Whitsunday Regional Council: Out of the Cyclone and into the Cloud, Jodie Rugless, Whitsunday Regional Council
Artificial Intelligence Applied to CCTV Systems
Ian Gordon, Crowd Intelligence

10.15am Morning Tea and Trade Exhibition prize draw
11.00am – 12.00pm Session 10

11.00 am:
Keynote Address:Life on a Wire, Peter Davidson
Peter has confronted fear and beaten it. He was the paramedic who put his own life in danger during the tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. In the midst of the worst storm in race history, Peter was lowered from the chopper into the enormous waves to rescue eight sailors. This is a powerful and moving story of showing the best of what ordinary, well-trained and motivated people can achieve. Having willingly placed his own life in danger in order to save others, Peter is one of the most inspirational speakers in Australia.

12.00pm Conference Close, (lunch available in restaurant for those not attending Golf or Go Karting)
12.15pm Buses depart for activities
12.30pm Go karting or Golf (lunch and return transfers included)


Conference Managers

For further information regarding the 2017 NSW Local Government IT Conference please contact:


2017 NSW Local Government IT Conference Managers
East Coast Conferences

Jayne Hindle, Amy McIntosh, Jasmine Durbidge, Jodie McCormick

Phone: (61-2) 6650 9800
Fax: (61-2) 6650 9700
Mobile: 0423 497 038
Postal: PO Box 848, Coffs Harbour,
NSW, 2450 Australia
ABN: 56 515 955 798 (East Coast Conferences)

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