Councils as commercial operators – the highway beyond roads, rates and rubbish

Mellor Olsson are delighted to invite you to our first quarterly Local Government Property, Planning and Procurement Forum (LGP Forum) for 2018. This session will focus on the role of Councils as owners and operators of commercial enterprises.

The ever increasing need to do more with less, rising community expectations and the real possibility of a rate capped future has seen Councils exploring commercial opportunities available to them.  

Uniquely placed with existing skills and assets that can be used to generate income and deliver outcomes for communities has enabled some Councils through innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial attitude to reassess and reinvent the delivery of services to the community.

We will examine a number of examples in an informal, interactive setting where attendees are encouraged to participate. These include numerous commercial enterprises run by the City of Adelaide, a regional Victorian Council's response to rate capping that resulted in ‘Utopia’, a Council who successfully manage their own residential land development projects and a Council who are turning their former Council building into a business innovation hub and café. 

We will review the roles, functions and principles which need to be observed by Councils, examine the legal and political potholes to be considered and the public perception of Councils who dare to stretch beyond roads, rates and rubbish. This forum will include an open panel discussion and a brief overview of the National Competition Policy implications that need to be considered.

Presenters include;

  • Allison Down - Property & Contracts Officer - Town of Walkerville;
  • Chantal Milton – Manager Strategic Development Projects – City of Salisbury;
  • David Barrett – Manager Business Enterprises and Communications – Town of Gawler;
  • Ryan McMahon – Director Organisational Services & Excellence - City of Tea Tree Gully;
  • Steve Mathewson - Director Services - City of Adelaide.  

Morning tea will be provided during the break and the forum will include a legal Q&A session that will consider the consequences of an altered risk profile for a Council who runs a commercial enterprise as opposed to outsourcing the role.

Our team of Local Government specialists will also be on hand to answer questions, talk to you about any legal issues you have, as well as provide updates on recent changes in the law. 


Wednesday 21 March 2018
Registration from 8.30am, Seminar from 9.00am - 11.00am
Graduates Clubhouse, Park 10 (opposite 148 Mackinnon Parade) North Adelaide (see map here)

This is a complimentary event but spots are limited.

To register your attendance, please email Janelle Borlace by Friday 9 March 2018, by clicking here

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