Stephen Smith

Director Policy with the Local Government Association of South Australia

Stephen Smith is the Director Policy with the Local Government Association of South Australia with over thirty years’ experience at a manager and planner working in both local and regional government, he has undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Planning and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Stephens career has seen him spend 15 years in local government both in the UK and South Australia, during this time he managed the Environmental Services team at Stirling Council and was responsible for putting together the new Development Plan for the Adelaide Hills Council.

Between 2000 and 2016, Stephen worked with the Onkaparinga Catchment Water Management Board and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, as a General Manager and Director.  Stephen guided the development of the first NRM Plan in South Australia which was recognised with a State and National Planning awards.

In 2016 Stephen moved to the LGA as Director of Policy and has been instrumental in supporting councils with the implementation of the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act, he also leads teams with roles in economic development, environment, stormwater and waste management.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and in 2017 was recognised as the South Australian Planner of the Year.

Thursday, October 31
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm • Aggregating opportunities: Smart cities across boundaries
In this session we discuss one of the most exciting trends in smart cities action and investment – cross jurisdiction partnerships.   Guests:
  • Stephen Smith, Local Government Association of South Australia
  • Tom Griffiths, South West Group, Western Australia
  • Jannat Maqbool, Hamilton City Council, NZ
  • Daniel Adams, City of Prospect
  • Matthew Szymczak, City of Greater Geelong
  • Catherine Caruana-McManus, Meshed
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