Sustainable Communities Conference 2016


The Sustainable Communities Conference is an annual one-day event held in August connecting and supporting communities across The Hills Shire. The conference will provide opportunities to discuss communities of interests and community planning, community governance, building social capital, improving community well-being and social services, strengthening collaboration and partnerships. 

The conference is held for Community workers, carers, youth and community volunteers, Councillors, CEOs and directors of not-for-profit organisations, managers and Council employees (working in community and economic development), community groups, youth workers, community and cultural development workers and stakeholders.

Collaborate Change Action 

This year's conference focussed on the key areas of  'Collaboration', 'Change' and 'Action', with presentations, panel discussions and workshop sessions centered on creating positive social change within communities, by turning strategy into action.

This year's key note speakers and presenters are drawn from a broad cross-section of community sector, bringing with them a combined knowledge base covering everything from youth engagement, inter-generational collaboration and mental health prevention to social sustainability, community engagement through creative arts and social impact assessment.

The Sustainable Communities Conference is designed to equip local community organisations with the tools to strengthen community engagement, local networks, and organisational operations for the benefit of The Hills community.

If you have any questions regarding the conference please contact the Sustainable Communities Team on 9843 0237. We look forward to seeing you at our 2016 event.


  • Advocacy and strategic input and advice to government about community issues and the organisations that support them
  • Sharing information and research around building capacity and optimizing resources
  • Building relationships with key stakeholders to develop a cross-sectoral response to address issues relating to The Hills
  • Identifying potential pathways and referral options for communities of interest
  • Providing best-practice examples/models for work and professional development

Enquiries: or Sustainable Communities Team on 9843 0237.



Robyn Moore-speaker and entertainer

Robyn has worked in Education, Advertising and the Communication/Entertainment Industry for over 40 years. She has provided voiceovers for ads including Mr Sheen, as well as the shows ‘Blinky Bill,’ ‘Flipper,’ and ‘Skippy’. She’s also an Ambassador for the Australia Day Council, the Australian Childhood Foundation and is the National Patron of Make-A-Wish Australia.

Jennifer Armstrong- The Beauty Bank

Jennifer Armstrong is the 2016 NSW Premier's Woman of the Year, The Beauty Bank founder, Western Sydney University student, Cronulla Sharks Stadium Operations Coordinator, Mum and foster carer. A survivor of domestic violence, Jennifer is also a popular leadership speaker, motivating and educating others on the effects of domestic violence and the power of resilience.

Peter Kenyon- Bank of I.D.E.A.S.

Peter Kenyon is a social capitalist and a community enthusiast.  Over the last 30 years he has worked with over 1600 communities throughout Australia and overseas seeking to facilitate fresh and creative ways that stimulate community and economic renewal. 

He is motivated by the desire to create healthy, inclusive, connected, caring, sustainable and enterprising communities and local economies.

Conference Documents

Sustainable Communities Conference Flyer(PDF, 1MB)

2016 Sustainable Communities Program

Andrew Gibson Presentation(PPTX, 3MB)

Australian International Academy - Mona Abdel-Fattah(PPTX, 88MB)

Speech by Mona Abdel-Fattah - Australian International Academy(PDF, 151KB)

Chicago Youth Presentation(PPTX, 3MB)

Dinner on The Table - Rachel Golding(PPTX, 4MB)

Dural Educational Excellence Program(PPTX, 491KB)

Dural Men's Shed Presentation(PPTX, 1MB)

Hillsong Presentation - Ashley Mays(PPTX, 4MB)

Patricia Cooney - Connecting with Community thru Festivals & Arts Projects(PPTX, 16MB)

Peter Bank of I.D.E.A.(PPTX, 30MB)

SCC - Presentation(PPTX, 3MB)

SydWest Presentation(PPTX, 6MB)