Join us for our electrifying 2.5-day summit filled with captivating panels, engaging workshops, expert presentations, local walking tours, and even some EV test-drives!

Bus Departure* – 1:00 PM

Event – 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Melbourne Showgrounds

EV Showcase and Drive Day sponsored by Polestar

The Cities Power Partnership team will kickstart our action packed Summit with an EV Showcase and Drive Day event. Join us for an afternoon of exploring a range of zero emission vehicles progressively making their way into council fleets across Australia. The day will include a Summit welcome from Portia Odell, CPP Director, and will conclude with a catered welcome reception.


Event details

At the EV Drive Day we have an impressive lineup of electric passenger and delivery vehicles, and medium and heavy-duty vehicles from leading car companies participating. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement regarding all the car companies that will be present at the event.

Closing out activities for the day, a catered welcome reception will be hosted at the venue providing an opportunity for furthering networking and discussions ahead of our official Summit program commencing the following day at RMIT University.


Important Logistic Information

CPP have arranged transfers to and from the Melbourne Showgrounds via an electric bus courtesy of bus company Kinetic Group. *This bus service has been arranged for summit attendees who expressed their interest in opting for this free transfer when purchasing their summit conference ticket. The pick-up location will be in a central CBD location in Melbourne for at 1.00pm departure time.

Attendees are welcome to make their own arrangements to travel to the venue via public transport if preferred. Parking at the Melbourne Showgrounds is available for those that elect to drive to the venue with parking costs $20.00 per vehicle. Further details will be provided to attendees ahead of the event.Conditions of test driving of a selection of the vehicles will be limited to full Australian licence holders with no driving restrictions. All participants will be required to sign a waiver and test drive agreement form that will be sent out ahead of the EV Drive Day. The test drive component is subject to weather conditions and may be altered on the day for safety reasons.

8:00 AM to 8:45 AM

Storey Hall Foyer

Registration and Check-in

8:00 AM to 8:50 AM

Auditorium Foyer

Connections & Coffee

Start your day off right! Check-in early, grab a barista-made coffee, a pastry, and engage with fellow summit attendees in a welcoming environment.

9:00 AM to 9:30 AM


Conference Kickoff

Welcome to Country, followed by inspiring words from the Climate Council CEO and Cities Power Partnership Director.

Portia OdellCraig ReucasselAmanda McKenzie

9:25 AM to 9:30 AM


Presentation by Shinehub

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM


Climate Science Keynote: Professor Emeritus David Karoly, FAA, Climate Councillor


10:00 AM to 10:30 AM


Keynote Address: Greg Mullins, former Commissioner of Fire and Rescue New South Wales, Climate Councillor



Morning Tea

11:00 AM to 11:05 AM


Presentation by BOOM Power


11:05 AM to 11:55 AM


Electrify Everything

A rigorous panel discussion on electrification’s crucial role in a sustainable future, highlighting the benefits and opportunities it offers councils.

Kristen McDonaldGeorgia WindrumJarrod LeakTrent McCarthy
Facilitated by Dr Martin Rice

11:55 AM to 12:45 PM


Climate Change Communications Training: How to Effectively Talk about Extreme Weather and Electrification

Strong voices localise and personalise climate change stories and solutions. Learn how to develop your messaging and speak confidently on these two vital topics.

Jane GardnerDylan Quinell



1:35 PM to 2:25 PM


Community Energy: Case Studies from Leading Councils and Experts

Delve into the challenges and solutions involved in successful community energy initiatives, including community batteries, virtual power plants and more.

Liam HendersonTim NelsonChris Croker
Facilitated by Amanda McKenzie

2:35 PM to 3:25 PM


Climate Risks in Council Operations

When it comes to climate risk, there are many considerations council CEOs should take into account surrounding public infrastructure, private infrastructure, and the legal implications of addressing both. Hear from leading councils and experts about how to approach these risks.

Kelly GrigsbyRyan GaleCrystal Fleming
Facilitated by Craig Reucassel

2:35 PM to 3:25 PM

Green Brain

Leading in Times of Crisis and Uncertainty

Learn from experts and those with lived experience on how to best lead communities in times of uncertainty.

Grant BlashkiTony WolfeAmanda Findley
Facilitated by Jane Gardner

3:30 PM to 4:20 PM


How Climate Action Affects Councils’ Bottom Lines

Incorporating climate decisions across council operations can alleviate risk, save money and set communities up for the future. Hear recommendations and learnings from leading councils and experts.

Paige McNeilCraig MilburnEllen Witte
Facilitated by Dr Tim Nelson

3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

Green Brain

Building a Regenerative Future

How can Indigenous and Western knowledge combine to inform stronger, more resilient and impactful climate strategies? Hear from experts about case studies on regenerative practices and successful partnerships.

Andrea Siodmok Jessica WingadWillie PepperDavid Tournier
Facilitated by Matt Sykes

4:25 PM to 4:30 PM


Conference Day One Wrap

Highlights from the day and what to expect from the Awards Gala Dinner.

4:45 PM

Walking Tour: Make Room

Places are limited to 20 participants. This tour is only available for those who registered at time of registration. The tour will depart Storey Hall at 4:40 PM.

4:40 PM to 5:10 PM

Bonus Presentation: Sustainability and Carbon Emissions at RMIT

Hear about the university’s electrification journey so far and the challenges to come

Michael Snow

6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

State Library Victoria


Climate Awards Gala Dinner

Celebrate and learn from our winners! The 2023 Climate Award Gala Dinner will be held at the historic State Library, hosted by Craig Reucassel

7:30 AM to 8:15 AM

Walking Tour: Southbank Boulevard

Places are limited to 25 participants. This tour is only available for those who registered at time of registration. The tour will start from the Southbank meeting-point at 7:30 AM.

7:30 AM to 8:15 AM

Walking Tour: Melbourne Skyfarm

Places are limited to 25 participants. This tour is only available for those who registered at time of registration. The tour will start from the Skyfarm meeting-point at 7:30 AM.

9:00 AM to 9:15 AM


Day 2 Opening

Welcome to Country

9:15 AM to 9:30 AM


Ministerial Keynote

Lord Mayor Sally Capp

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM


Australian Governments Working Together for Strong Climate Action

This cornerstone panel discussion will explore how all three levels of government can effectively work together for stronger climate action, and the important role local government can play.

Sally CappLily D’AmbrosioLinda Scott
Facilitated by Dr Jennifer Rayner


Morning Tea

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM


The Role of Australian Towns and Cities at COP 28

At international climate talks, local governments are increasingly recognised for the important role they play in climate action. Hear how Australian cities and towns are participating in these global conversations.

Abby BinayAnna Reynolds
Facilitated by Craig Reucassel

11:30 AM to 12:20 PM


Preparing Communities for a Clean Energy Economy

Learn about the benefits and growth opportunities associated with the clean energy economy, and the role councils have in facilitating job creation and economic development.

Matt BurnettJacqui BellCarolyn Crossley
Facilitated by Craig Reucassel


1:05 PM to 1:10 PM


Presentation by Sea Electric

1:10 PM to 2:00 PM


Roadmap for Change: How Local Governments can help in the shift to cleaner transport

Emissions modelling in the Climate Council’s latest report “Shifting Gear – A Pathway to Cleaner Transport,” reveals that by the end of this decade, we must reduce car trips by over half, increase public transport trips by 3.5 times, and promote active modes of transportation threefold. Join us in this discussion as we examine potential avenues for further action.

Anita CurnowNicole VukicJames RoscoeJennifer Alden
Facilitated by Dr Jennifer Rayner

2:05 PM to 4:00 PM

Seminar Room

Innovate4Cities Marketplace (presented by GCoM)

An interactive, workshop-style session where cities and local governments present their big ideas seeking funds, financiers, research and partners to tackle policy, research and innovation gaps most critical to action View details.

Facilitated by Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds, and Mayor Abigail Binay; speakers include Cathy Oke, Ben Jance and Peta Olesen.

2:05 PM to 3:00 PM

Green Brain

The Opportunities and Limitations of Green Hydrogen

Learn what green hydrogen is and what it means for councils.

Steven PercyRob GrantTahlia Nolan
Facilitated by Dr Simon Bradshaw

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Green Brain

Brighter Futures, Lower Bills

In the built environment, managing energy demand can deliver the quick wins necessary to drive emissions down. Improving energy efficiency will also improve health and enhance community resilience to climate impacts, particularly for residents on low incomes.

Jenny EdwardsRachel GoldlustCaroline ValenteKatherine Sampson
Facilitated by Craig Reucassel

4:05 PM to 4:25 PM


Where to From Here: A Conversation

Craig Reucassel, Portia Odell and Simon Bradshaw will chat about the future: the critical actions and solutions needed in the coming years, and the role local government has to play.

Craig ReucasselPortia OdellSimon Bradshaw

4:25 PM to 4:30 PM


Conference Wrap-up

Climate Cocktails at Captain Melville


For questions about the Summit, Awards or Sponsorship, please contact:

Quimby Mills
Events & Communications Coordinator
[email protected]

For questions about EV Drive Day, please contact:

Melinda Everett
EV Project Officer
[email protected]

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