Sustainable futures Helen Anstis

Sustainable futures

Sustainable futures – Helen Anstis will present at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference Canberra 5 – 6 September 2016.

Sustainable futures: We are pleased to announce Ms Helen Anstis, CEO, Baw Baw Shire Council as a Speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Helen Anstis will present on ‘Pathways to a sustainable future’.

There is no denying that many rural councils are stretched financially and are struggling to maintain the current levels of service and infrastructure provision due to increasingly tight financial conditions.

Seeking additional funding for just road and bridge maintenance will not solve the problem in the long-term. Only systemic changes to local government operations, combined with a review of the funding arrangements from Federal and State governments will resolve the long-term financial sustainability crisis that many rural councils face.

Therefore this presentation will explore this issue of future sustainability and present ideas on how rural councils can achieve long-term sustainability. All ideas were generated through a workshop run with the Emerging Leaders group.

In order to be seen as sustainable, a council would have to have an operating surplus on an annual basis after fulfilling 100% if its infrastructure renewal requirements and provide essential services.

Sustainable futures – About Helen Anstis

Helen Anstis joined Baw Baw Shire Council as its CEO on 5 July 2010. Baw Baw Shire offices are located in Warragul approximately 1 hour east from Melbourne’s CBD.

Helen’s diverse career, spanning over 30 years includes time in the private sector and across all three tiers of government. Her career covers wide ranging experience and includes roles such as investment manager and investigator. She has held positions at Hobsons Bay, Geelong and Hume City Councils prior to her employment with Baw Baw Shire.

Helen’s local government experience also includes a study tour across the United States and Europe, investigating the effects of chronic illness in the workplace, the findings of her research have been presented to the MAV and she was also awarded an Local Government Managers Scholarship to work in the United Kingdom for one month as an exchange manager with Three Rivers District Council.

In June 2014 Helen represented Baw Baw Shire on the Victorian State Government South East Asian Super Trade Mission, which visited Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Sustainable futures and a broad range of topics for regional development will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is the regional conference to attend. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.