Conference Information

Registrations are open now for the 2018 OranaSafe Local Government Plant Safety Conference.

There is no cost to register for this conference. 

Local Governments within Western NSW are invited to attend, with attendees expected to include operators and team leaders, through to HR, Risk Managers/Officers, Directors, Management and Mayors. 

Held Thursday & Friday, 25-26 October 2018.

Register for the conference now!

Registrations close Friday, 12 October. 

See below details of the agenda, evening, speakers or submit your questions!


The conference will be held at Gilgandra Services Club, Morris Street Gilgandra NSW 2827.
On Thursday evening, we will be hosting a dinner at the Gilgandra Racecourse, Racecourse Road Gilgandra NSW 2827.


Thursday, October 2018

Registration   10.00am - 11.00am
Key note speaker,        
Robyn Moore

11.00am - 12.30pm
Lunch 12.30pm - 1.30pm

David Edwards
1.30pm - 3.00pm
Afternoon tea 3.00pm - 3.30pm
Robert Glover

3.30pm - 5.00pm


Pre-dinner canapes*  6.00pm - 7.00pm
Meal 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Key note speaker
Daniel Keighran VC      

8.30pm - 9.30pm

*Please note there is no cost for dinner, drinks will be available upon purchase. 
Transport is available to the dinner, please book when registering.

Friday, 26 October

Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Carlie Holt 
9.00am - 10.30am
Morning tea 10.30am - 11.00am
Brad Byrnes
Chief Operating Officer
Parkes Shire Council

11.00am - 12.30pm


Speakers & Topics

Daniel Keighran, VC
Daniel Keighran enlisted in the Australian Army at 17 and served his country for 11 years. He is the first and only recipient of the Victoria Cross awarded to a soldier from the Royal Australian Regiment. The Victoria Cross was awarded, ‘For the most conspicuous acts of gallantry and extreme devotion to duty in action in circumstances of great peril'.
Following discharge from full-time Army service in 2011, Dan commenced work in the mining industry. Today he is a consultant with Channel 7 and a Brand Ambassador with Australian Defence Apparel (ADA). He is also an Active Reservist with the Australian Army and an Ambassador to Mates4Mates, which supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their families.
With an intimate insight into high risk environments, Dan is an authority on the importance of planning and teamwork, and how making decisions under pressure can ultimately influence the outcome of any event or project.

Robyn Moore, Professional Speaker
Safety and wellness speaker, Robyn Moore will speak about decisions, behaviours and going home safely after work. Robyn aims to engage and empower through her stories.

David Edwards, Managing Director of Australasian Transport Risk Solutions Pty Ltd
Look at the safety culture in another industry that has similar issues to Local Government as David Edwards discusses safety of plant and equipment operations and working in remote and isolated areas.
David has 50 years of experience in the rail transport industry (both heavy and light rail) in rail regulation, rolling stock construction and maintenance, railway operations, network rules, safety legislation and accreditation, compliance auditing and accident investigations.

Carlie Holt, Partner Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Presenting a legal perspective on themes including what is the legislation and what does it require of Council and workers? What are the legal risks associated with the unsatisfactory selection of plant? What are the requirements for licensing, training and supervision?
Carlie Holt will also provide a summary of cases and what went wrong for individuals and organisations, then finishing with a "court simulation".

Brad Byrnes, Chief Operating Officer at Parkes Shire Council
Parkes Shire Council is seen as an industry leader in the field of WHS and Brad Byrnes has been responsible for implementing WHS systems, processes and procedures. Listen as Brad presents their experience in transitioning from paper to electronic records with a plant safety focus.

Robert Glover, Sales Manager Mastercom
This will be an interactive session that provides an overview of technology for working in isolation and remotely, with radios, phones and GPS tracking devices explored.

Submit your questions

Type the characters you see in the image below * (Required)