On 8 September 2015, La Trobe University’s William Bill Keeton and Margaret Harvie will be hosting a talk about what constitutes true and meaningful community engagement in today’s leadership, on the La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus.


Are we really engaging when presenting public policies or projects where the community has had no initial input?
Margaret Harvie, accredited IAP2 trainer from Sydney and Bill Keeton of LaTrobe University met through a LinkedIn discussion around this topic. Margaret is coming to Albury to conduct Community Engagement training for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and both Margaret Harvie and William Keeton saw this as the perfect opportunity to bring this discussion out of cyberspace and into real life.


La Trobe Community Engagement IAP2 Albury-Wodonga  Margaret Harvie who has been a trainer for the IAP2 International training program for eight years.  She is a Director for PlanCom Consulting Pty Ltd.  Her clients include numerous local governments, Sydney Water and Transport for NSW.  She recently assisted the Singapore Government develop a community engagement framework that is used to guide all Singapore Civil Servants. Margaret is an Associate of the Singapore Civil Service College and the University of Technology Sydney.

La Trobe Community Engagement IAP2 Albury-WodongaWilliam (Bill) Keeton is currently conducting research for a PhD in the area of community engagement through La Trobe University at the Albury-Wodonga campus. The focus and title of his thesis is: Managing Community Engagement: A Cross-Case Analysis of Water Management Organisations in Victoria, Australia. In his earlier career, Bill retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel specialising in military logistics and community engagement liaison missions. He did extensive community engagement work in his last military assignment in Iraq in 2005.

This is an informal gathering of engagement practitioners (not formally part of the regular series of events for the NE Border Community Local Network for Engagement Practitioners).

Date: 9 September 2015

Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

Venue: Room 4211, Second Floor Building 4, LaTrobe University, Albury-Wodonga Campus, 133 McKoy St, West Wondonga.

RSVP: Please respond by 8 September to Margaret@plancom.com.au.