Program & Speakers (VIC/TAS)

The only sector conference brought to you by local government for local government and its supporters, the event brings together industry experts offering inspiring and innovative content celebrating the PEOPLE behind the PLACES.

We kick things off with a behind the scenes tour of Marvel Stadium and Welcome Event on Monday 20 May. You will then be able to immerse yourself in two days of keynotes, panel sessions and presentations across 3 diverse streams: Places + Spaces; Parks + Projects; and People + Planning.

Don’t forget the social event of the year as we celebrate the best of Victoria and Tasmania’s parks and leisure industry at our Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner on Tuesday 21 May.


Alicia McKay is a leading authority on strategy, change, and leadership, empowering government, business and community leaders to make better decisions, challenge unhelpful norms, and turn good intentions into meaningful action.

Alicia is an expert facilitator and strategist who cuts through corporate jargon to get real about what it takes to change our lives, work and leadership as well as a celebrated author, speaker, and trainer.

Her first book – From Strategy to Action: A Guide to Getting Shit Done in the Public Sector – made waves across New Zealand and Australia, thanks to a sharp and practical approach to making things happen in government. Her next book – You Don’t Need An MBA: Leadership Lessons that Cut through the Crap – busts common myths for leaders in all sectors about what it takes to manage through uncertainty and challenge.

Alicia is also the founder of Not An MBA, a strategic leadership programme that turns busy leaders into savvy strategists. Alicia creates courses, runs corporate training, and consults with local, state, and federal governments in New Zealand and Australia.

To learn more, check out or follow Alicia on LinkedIn


Brett Phillips is a leading tennis commentator and long time supporter of PLA. Host of SEN’s The First Serve, a dedicated two hour weekly radio show, covering the world of tennis from the elite to the grass roots here in Australia and abroad.

Brett is also a host of Channel 9’s French Open, Wimbledon, US Open, Davis Cup, Billie Jean King Cup, Brisbane International and Adelaide International TV coverage as well as being the big screens host for Tennis Australia at the Australian Open.

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