Dissatisfaction breeds disaster

parking-meter-standardJude Munro AO, CEO of Brisbane City Council from 2000-10, is visiting Bendigo to present the John McLean Inaugural Memorial Lecture on Friday 30 March.

‘There is a growing mood for reform in local government,’ says Ms Munro. ‘There is particular pressure for more community engagement.’

Ms Munro will discuss ways to encourage two-way communication between governments and the communities they represent on what she calls long conversations.

‘Long conversations relate to big problems faced by communities. They might relate to water management, conservation, managing medium density housing or the shape of metropolitan housing development boundaries.

‘Local government is the bedrock of democracy. If there is community dissatisfaction in Australia the warning signs will first appear at the local level. Local government could provide answers to potential problems that our national democracy faces.’

Ms Munro says she is honoured to present the John McLean Inaugural Memorial Lecture.

‘In his roles as CEO of the City of Greater Bendigo and, previously, the City of Ballarat, John McLean was a champion of his adopted communities. He was a role model for local government administrators who aspire to be both part of the community and a leader.’

The John McLean Inaugural Memorial Lecture is jointly sponsored by the Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation and the City of Greater Bendigo. It honours the memory of John McLean, CEO of the Bendigo City Council from 2003-07.

The lecture is between 12 noon and 2pm on Friday 30 March 2012 at Bendigo Town Hall. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. The preferred RSVP date is Tuesday 27 March. RSVP to Bendigo-Events@latrobe or by calling 5444 7374.

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Media enquiries

Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F (03) 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161 E z.knight@latrobe.edu.au

Tom O’Callaghan, Ph (03) 5444 7415 F (03) 5444 7526 M 0408 900 469 E T.OCallaghan@latrobe.edu.au

BACKGROUND

About Jude Munro

Jude Munro, AO was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Brisbane City Council, the largest local government in Australia with a budget of $3.2 billion and 10,000 employees, serving a population of 1.1 million people.

She is currently Chairman of Queensland Urban Utilities, Australia’s fourth largest water distributor-retailer, a Director of Uniting Care Queensland, a member of the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on Cities, Chairman of Airservices Audit and Risk Committee and the Director of Jude Munro and Associates.

She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Public Administration.

Ms Munro was CEO of the Cities of Moreland and St Kilda in Victoria and the City of Adelaide. She was a Director of the Translink Transit Authority, Brisbane Institute, Australia Trade Coast Pty Ltd, City of Brisbane Investment Corporation, International River Foundation, United Way Queensland, Brisbane Riverfestival, Adelaide City Marketing, Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority, and the 7th Australian Masters Games Board. She is a former chair of the National Local Government Drugs and Alcohol Committee and Queensland president of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

About John McLean

John McLean was a member of La Trobe University Council & Chair of La Trobe’s Bendigo Regional Advisory Board. John’s decision to donate his Council ‘dues’ to the Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation created a precedent that has resulted in his successors donating in excess of $25,000 to fund bursaries & awards to assist students enrolled on the Bendigo campus of the University.

The John McLean Memorial Lecture is jointly sponsored by the Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation & the City of Greater Bendigo honours the memory of John McLean – a man who gave generously to his adopted city of Bendigo & whose contribution will long be remembered.