NCEIF Breakfast Webinar Series 2020

Join us for an online series of breakfast sessions to discuss how community and stakeholder engagement for Infrastructure development and natural resources has changed as a result of the global pandemic. What challenges are we facing? How have we adapted? We have enlisted some of the best in our sector to showcase what they are doing and give their take on how we can embrace our “whole new world”.

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NCEIF is back for 2021. We are very pleased to invite you to the 2021 Forum - to be held on 19 and 20 August 2021. The forum will be held at the stunning venue, Cloudland in Brisbane. Book now to secure your place early. After a year of not being able to connect, this forum will give you plenty of opportunities to learn, be inspired and network. We really look forward to seeing you!

The digital landscape is constantly changing, and the pace of change is also increasing. MySite CCO, James Moore, will chair a discussion with Colin Goudie, MySite CTO on digital trends and advancements that will influence community engagement over the years to come. Guest speaker, Matt Ensor from Beca AI, will close out the session by discussing Beca’s development of an AI-powered conversational agent named Tala to engage people in diverse communities who would traditionally not take part in public consultation.

Join us as we sit down (virtually) with three superstars of the community engagement industry: Kathy Jones from KJA, Max Hardy from Max Hardy Consulting, and Jill Hannaford from GHD, at our second NCEIF Webinar in December. Collectively they have been in the industry for almost 100 years! As you can imagine there are many stories to share and lessons to learn from.

Are you joining us?


The National Community Engagement for Infrastructure Forum (NCEIF) would like to invite you to an online series of breakfast sessions to discuss how community and stakeholder engagement for Infrastructure development and natural resources has changed as a result of the global pandemic. What challenges are we facing? How have we adapted? We have enlisted some of the best in our sector to showcase what they are doing and give their take on how we can embrace our “whole new world”.

We will open our breakfast series, with Peter Colacino, Chief of Policy and Research at Infrastructure Australia. With all this change, we have been fortunate to see more government spending on Infrastructure projects which will make the work we do busier than ever.  The federal budget recently saw an announcement of $2 billion in funding to deliver road safety projects as well as $1 billion of funding for the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, on top of the $500 million already announced.  Peter will look at what this means for our sector.

With an increased workload on the horizon, we are having to change the way we work as the community engagement session at the town hall is no longer an option. We wanted to keep you up to date with what is happening in the industry and highlight some case studies of working with lockdowns and virtual engagement and to help prepare you for what lies ahead. We have arranged 3 x one hour breakfast webinars to be held before Christmas. 

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Webinar 1 – Not panicking during a Pandemic. A Whole New World – delivering infrastructure stakeholder and community engagement during and post this global pandemic.

Thursday 19 November at 8.30am AEDT

Keynote address – Peter Colacino, Chief of Policy and Research at Infrastructure Australia.

The new age of COVID – delivering infrastructure during and post this global pandemic. What do community and stakeholder engagement professionals need to know? What does the pipeline of projects look like? How can we best adapt?

Case Study – North East Link

Vanessa Williams – Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, North East Link Project

Starting construction during a pandemic and the harshest lockdown in the country. What were the engagement challenges and how did you overcome them? Tips?

Case Study – Parramatta Light Rail

Rhys Haynes – Director of Communication and Engagement, Parramatta Light Rail

Managing community and business expectations and starting construction during a global pandemic. What are the engagement challenges and how have you overcome them?


Webinar 2 – Legends breakfast – Meet the legends in our sector.
Thursday 3 December at 9am AEDT
They’ve seen it all, but maybe a global pandemic has even challenged them a little? Let’s discuss this ‘whole new world’. What’s your advice for embracing the challenges that face us? Hear from our most seasoned professionals in our sector? Melanie Layton will host this sit down with Kathy JonesJill Hannaford and Max Hardy. Collectively, they’ve been doing this for over a hundred years.

Webinar 3 – The digital engagement revolution.  Where to now?
Thursday 10 December at 9am AEDT
More information coming soon.

Please click here to register.  We have a special offer of $20 per session or all 3 sessions for $50.  The best news is that you will be able to deduct this investment from your 2021 NCEIF Brisbane conference registration.  Once you register, we will forward the Zoom codes. Please also note that the times above are EST - hence daylight savings time.

We hope that you will be able to join us and stay connected with our community.