Writing for Influence in Local Government

About the Workshop

Report writing skills are important for anyone wanting a successful career in Local Government. Better decisions can be made more promptly when reports are of a high standard.

There is a clear link between the planning that goes into a Council report and the ease of implementation of the resulting Council resolution. Good reports contribute to higher trust between Councillors, the community and staff.

Writing for Influence in Local Government is a course designed to raise the standard of report writing by helping those who write or authorise council reports and correspondence to:

  • develop understanding of context including political awareness; and
  • populate documents with information that is relevant and orderly; and
  • write reports and correspondence by better understanding elements of informed decision making to enable better decisions and value for our communities.

Upcoming Workshops

Online Delivery:

Sept 13   Online    Register Here  

Regional Delivery for Surrounding Councils:

July 19 @ City of Greater Bendigo Register Here  


Your Facilitators 

Melanie Fleer

Melanie has worked in Victorian local government for over 20 years, including 15 years in leadership roles spanning the areas of communications, governance, legal, marketing, risk, property and customer service. She holds a Bachelors in Public Relations, and Graduate Diploma in Group Facilitation. Melanie has worked at Brimbank City Council Maribyrnong and Darebin councils. Melanie now works as a governance consultant to the government sector.

Julie Reid

Julie has had 33 years’ experience working in Local Government both nationally and internationally and has had recent experience in State Government. She is a qualified Master of Planning and has a Graduate Diploma in Management and Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies).
Julie’s recent career highlights include working as Executive Director of Local Government Victoria in the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions and as the first female CEO at the City of Kingston. Julie also spent 10 years at an executive/director level leading city development and engineering/infrastructure portfolios at Whitehorse and Greater Dandenong City Councils.

Julie’s career in Local Government has included working in large Councils in the UK (including Westminster City Council, London), in rural Councils in New South Wales and a number of Victorian Councils. Julie’s diverse experience in local government has seen her contribute to governance, planning, urban design, sustainability, economic development, building, waste, capital works delivery, community engagement and more. Julie launched her own consultancy business in June 2022 to continue assisting Local Government into the future.

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When: April 14, 2022
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This is a public LGPro workshop which will be held at City of Greater Bendigo and is open to registration for surrounding councils.

When: July 19, 2022
Where: VIC
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When: August 18, 2022
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When: August 25, 2022
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When: November 8, 2022
Where: Docklands, VIC

Registrations are OPEN for 2022 (July-Dec)

Course Details

    3 hours
    Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
    Price*: $357 (inc. GST) for non-members / $250 (incl. GST) for LGPro members



Duration: Full day with catering
Time: 9:30am to 3pm
Price*: $505 (inc. GST) for non-members / $352 (inc. GST) for LGPro members

*Pricing is valid from July1, 2022 until June 30, 2023
Prices will increase by 2% on 1 July, 2023

More Information

For further information email [email protected] or phone (03) 9268 6400
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7+ business days prior the workshop: full refund and/or transfer available
6 business days prior the workshop: no refund available, however substitute participants are welcome.
A substitute delegate is encouraged to attend in place of a cancellation.

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* Transfers to the next available program intake are subject to any applicable fee increases.

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