Join LG Professionals Australia for intimate conversations with local government leaders as they grapple with the challenges of managing the COVID-19 pandemic. We explore the unique impacts these have had on a diverse range of councils and how they are being overcome in real-time on the limited podcast series, the Local Government COVID-Cast.

We sit down with City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy to discuss how to harness people-power in the community, how staff emergency management response training helped pull the council through not just the recent bushfires but the following pandemic, and local government’s role in the recovery effort leading out of this pandemic.

We talk to Shire of Mundaring CEO Jonathan Throssell about how the coronavirus is affecting council finances long-term, how to build a safety net for employees not covered by JobKeeper, and how bushfires have prepared staff and management for COVID.

We’re in conversation with Burnie City Council General Manager Andrew Wardlaw on how a small coastal city became a flashpoint in stemming the spread of the coronavirus, how the council bridged the gap left by JobKeeper, and the uncertain future of a major docking destination for cruise ships.

We’re in conversation with Carpentaria Shire Council CEO Mark Crawley on how his council was equipped to face the coronavirus pandemic, how they quickly moved to protect a vulnerable population, and what the suspension of services will mean for council finances.