LGA 2011 Conference a success

The fourth and final day of the Local Government Association (LGA) of NSW Conference has finished up at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in Nowra. The event attracted over 500 councillors, staff and industry representatives this year.  Delegates attended workshops and discussions on topics ranging from coal seam gas exploration, the carbon tax and emergency services funding as well as discussing ways to strengthen the Local Government sector in NSW, and improve services and conditions for local communities.

During the conference, new LGA Office Bearers and Executives were elected with Councillor Keith Rhoades, the mayor of Coffs Harbour, being re-elected on day one as the President of the LGA of NSW for the next 2 years.

Benchmark Estimating was present at the conference and had a stand in the exhibition hall. Business Distribution Manager David Power says “we had a very busy few days with lots of visitors to the stand. Many of the delegates who attended the stand stayed to watch demonstrations of Benchmark Estimating Software. Overall, the conference was a great success”.

Delegate prize pack winner, Richard Mutton (L), Deputy Mayor at Dubbo City Council, is presented with a copy of Benchmark Estimating Software

Delegates who attended the Benchmark Estimating Software stand had the opportunity to request a free copy of Rob MacDonald’s whitepaper entitled Can Cost Overruns Be Avoided in Capital Works Projects? If So How? Rob MacDonald is the founder of Benchmark Estimating and is a driving force behind the continual development of the Benchmark Estimating Software system.

Rob’s paper looks at the reasons behind unexpected increases in the costs of capital works and outlines a case study where recent improvements in cost estimating have successfully addressed chronic cost overruns and underestimation of costs for a multi-billion dollar infrastructure programme. You can download a copy here.

A highlight of the show for Benchmark Estimating was our participation in the Delegate Prize draw in which we gave away a copy of Benchmark Estimating Software ‘Lite’ Edition valued at over $3,000. The winner of the prize draw was Richard Mutton, Deputy Mayor at Dubbo City Council. The Benchmark Estimating team would like to extend a big congratulations to Richard!

Benchmark Estimating would like to thank everyone involved and all of the local government representatives who visited our stand. We’ll be getting the information requested out to delegates in the coming weeks. If you attended the conference and have a question in the meantime, please contact us.