Better Practice Program

Managing Social Media Impacts

Who should attend?

CEO’s, Directors, Senior Managers.

Why you need to attend…

The growing social media use in local government and the interaction between citizens and government via government websites is having a profound impact on the way we communicate and manage community expectations. Social media is no longer simply another channel to communicate and engage with communities. Community activism; demands for more transparency and accountability, and the pressure to be more responsive, are cause to reflect how local governments manage and control communications in a fast-paced world. This forum Managing Social Media Impacts is designed to explore current issues related to social media in a local government context and provide an opportunity to hear from a range of experienced practitioners and experts. 

Presentations and Speakers

Defamation and Social Media
Neil Douglas Partner, McLeods, Barristers and Solicitors

Managing Social Media in Times of Elections
Bill Parker CEO, Shire of Denmark and
Simon Di Rosso General Counsel, City of Kalamunda

Using Social Media to Engage with the Community
Len Kosova CEO, City of Vincent and
Miranda Wallace/Sheree Lowe Marketing and Communications, Shire of Merredin

The Citizen-centric Approach to Website Design
Stuart Gibbon
Executive Director ICT Strategy & Delivery, 
Office of the Government Chief Information Officer

See the Event Flyer for full details of topics

Click on the links below to view PDF versions of the speaker presentations from the workshop

Len Kosova - City of Vincent
Sheree Lowe - Shire of Merredin
Stuart Gibbon - Office of the Government Chief Information Officer

When and Where


Friday 16 March 2018


8.30 am (for an 8.45 am start) to 12 noon—light lunch served


City of Vincent, 244 Vincent Street, Leederville 6007 
Time restricted parking is available in the Loftus Centre 
(entry via Loftus Street or Richmond Street)—permits will be available from the Administration Building. 
Parking is available either in the bays to the front (right) of the Administration Building or in the overflow car park 
(see map). Please do not park in allocated staff parking.


There is no registration fee for attendance at this forum, however, the event is an exclusive LG Professionals WA member event and registrations are restricted to two LG Professionals WA members per local government or two local government officers per LG Professionals Council Corporate Member.
Registrations are required—close Friday 9 March 2018.

LG Professionals WA expresses its appreciation to the City of Vincent  for kindly hosting this event.


Program Information as a pdf:

Flyer and Application Form. Download the flyer and application form.