Issue 041
August 2014


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Industry Trends
  • Member profile
  • Network News
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Recent Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • About Us

Member profile

  • Howard Aspey


Upcoming Events:

  • Women's Network Forum
  • CEO Network Forums
  • Community Managers Network Conference
  • Rural Challenge and Dinner
  • Workshop Wednesdays


Corporate Partners





A word from the CEO

Thank you to all of our members, corporate partners, event sponsors, volunteers and event attendees for your support last financial year.

Because of each and every one of you, LGMA (SA) has had a great year advancing excellence in local government management. 

Please click here to view a short video looking back at the year.

I would also like to draw your attention to the Call for Nominations for our Board and Notice of AGM to be sent to members this week.  Please consider serving your association and sector in this way.

I’d also like to strongly encourage community managers to register for this year’s Community Managers Network Conference “Active Citizenship: The Future of Local Government? to be held on the 12th September.

This is a topic that is becoming increasing relevant to councils.

Happy Footy Finals All!




 T News Flash!

Congratulations to Mary Herrman from Yorke Peninsula Council who won a $300 Myer Gift Voucher for renewing her membership before 31st July.

The Council are going to spend it towards their newly opened youth space!

Have you renewed your membership yet? For any queries please contact Mel on 8291 7990.

Membership and Council Bundle Information can be found online at


Upcoming Events
and Programs

CEO Network Forum ( 4 x 1 day sessions various dates)
Executive Education Unit, Level 7, 10 Pulteney St Adelaide

Community Manager's Conference
Active Citizenship: The Future of Local Government?

12 Sep 2014 9:00 AM • Adelaide Festival Centre, Banquet Room

LGMA (SA) 2014 Rural Management Challenge
16 Oct 2014 8:00 AM • The Barn, 747 Glenelg River Road, Mount Gambier

2014 Rural Challenge Dinner
16 Oct 2014 7:00 PM • The Barn, 747 Glenelg River Road, Mount Gambier

Professional Leaders Program 2015
09 Feb 2015 9:00 AM • Various locations to be advised

Workshop Wednesdays

Mental Toughness
September 2014

First Day Manual for New Managers
November 2014

The Art of Effective Communication
February 2015

Taking the Torture out of Performance Reviews
May 2015

Women's Network conference - save the date!

7th November, National Wine Centre.  Don't miss out - mark your diary now!


LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

August 2014 - Howard Aspey

This month we speak with Howard Aspey, Airport Administrator, Whyalla City Council. 

Howard (pictured right with aviation legends Chuck Yeager and Dick Smith) explains why he was attracted to the job and the interesting role that airports play in local economic development.

Hi Howard, thanks for speaking with us. 

What's your current role, and what does it involve?

My current role is Airport Administrator.  The role involves a very diverse range of duties from all administration (budget preparation and implementation, compliance issues, reporting, parking system management etc.) to pest plant technician, re-fuelling, the list goes on - which makes this role very interesting.

read more..


Industry Trends

Dog elected as Mayor - just a publicity stunt?

What's most interesting about this story is not actually that a dog was elected a Mayor, but how much free publicity it has attracted for such a relatively minor issue.

Minor, because Duke was only elected as an "honorary" Mayor in the town of Cormorant, Minnesota - so no actual duties or political clout comes with the title, and in fact the whole process took just 12 votes!

It just goes to show how much the media love a dog story.  Read more about Duke here...

There have been other interesting "honorary Mayors" in unincorporated towns in the US where the Mayor is purely a ceremonial title with no political clout.  For example, the town of Lajitas, Texas, has a goat as the Mayor.

But there have been other times when animals have
been elected to actual office. 

In 1938, the "Milton Mule" shocked the local voters....

On September 13, 1938 Boston Curtis won the post of Republican precinct committeeman for Milton, Washington, by virtue of fifty-one votes cast for him in the state primary election.

Boston Curtis ran no election campaign, nor did he offer a platform.

When the residents of Milton realized who Boston Curtis was, they were surprised, because Boston was a long-eared docile brown mule

Boston Curtis's election victory was engineered by Milton's Democratic mayor, Kenneth Simmons. Simmons had taken the mule down to the courthouse and placed its hoofprint on all the documents necessary to register it to run. The hoofprint appeared on the records as a smeared mark. Simmons also signed his own name to the documents as a witness.

Simmons came up with the name "Boston Curtis" by combining the mule's name of "Boston" with the name of its owner, Mrs. Charles Curtis.

Simmons gave two reasons for the stunt. First, he wanted to embarrass the Republican party. He also wanted to demonstrate that voters often "know not whom they support."

There is no record of the mule's subsequent performance as an elected official....


  • Nathan Cunningham has taken up the position of Director – Community, Planning & Communications at the City of Prospect,  formerly of Light Regional Council

  • Heidi Hirtler has taken up the position of Development Officer (Planning) at Yorke Peninsula Council, formerly of Adelaide Hills Council


If you have recently been appointed to a new position, or know someone who has, please let us know and we will publish that information in this new column.  Simply send the details in an email to


Network News

If you would like to become a member of any of our networks - just jump online and register here..

CEO Network

The CEO Network is open to local government CEO's in South Australia who are LGMA (SA) members and has a main focus of sharing knowledge, offering peer support and teasing out opportunities.

Click here to register for the next CEO Forum,to be held on the 5th September .

Community Managers Network

Aim: To provide leadership and support for people working in the Community Development and Community Services Sector within Local Government and related organisations.

What are you doing on Friday 12 September?  Have we got the answer for you!

The Local Government Community Managers Network is holding its annual conference on Friday 12 September.  Titled Active Citizenship – the Future of Local Government?, the aim of the conference is to explore the meaning of active citizenship and its applicability to local government generally and to community services/community development in particular. 

Guest presenters include the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, the Hon Stephen Yarwood, Mayor Felicity-Ann Lewis and CEO Mark Searle, City of Marion together with Sharon Zivkovic a highly regarded community participation facilitator and Annie Bolitho who has conducted research on the role and future of citizen committees for the Australian Centre of Excellence in Local Government.

A ‘world café’ will provide an exciting and energising opportunity for conference participants to engage in discussion and debate about the trends and opportunities for active citizenship raised during the day.

The conference is being held at the Adelaide Festival Centre with registration from 8.45 am.

For those in regional councils over 100km from Metro Adelaide, we are offering a $100 subsidy.  To apply, please email

Click here for more information and to register.

Leaders Alumni Network

Aim: to promote and develop leadership excellence within local government amongst LGMA (SA) leadership program graduates.

Congratulations to Michelle Chambers, Team Leader Business Support at the Rural Council of Murray Bridge for being accepted into the MBA program at Adelaide University as a result of completing our Professional Leaders Program.  Michelle says: “I’m very excited, thank you for helping me see what possibilities there are within local government careers.”

Have you done the ELP or PLP and used the credit to continue your studies? We’d like to hear from you so we can share your story in the spirit of celebration and inspiration! Contact Melanie Winter on

Workshop Wednesday 2014-2015 Series   

The LGMA (SA) Leaders Alumni Member Network is pleased to launch the Workshop Wednesdays Series for 2014/15 - an exciting array of practical workshops for local government professionals. The workshops will be facilitated by Di Rogowski, who has held highly successful roles in the public and private sector.

Each session runs for three hours and will be held at a choice of three different locations.


Mental Toughness
September 2014 - Click Here for Flyer and Registrations

First Day Manual for New Managers
November 2014 - Click Here for Flyer and Registrations

The Art of Effective Communication
February 2015 - Click Here for Flyer and Registrations

Taking the Torture out of Performance Reviews
May 2015 - Click Here for Flyer and Registrations

For any queries or assistance with registrations please contact LGMA (SA) on 8291 7990

Women's Network

Aim: The purpose of the LGMA SA) Women's Network is to maintain and improve the role of women employed in Local Government and identify and provide opportunities to network and /or gain development and training.

Annual conference - save the date

"It’s About Time” – is the theme of this year’s Women’s Network Conference which will be held on Friday 7 November and will once again feature a great line up of inspirational speakers and include some interactive sessions.

Pencil the Date into your diary now so you don’t miss out - registrations will open soon.

General Managers Network

Launch of General Managers Network

This network is open to LGMA (SA) members who report directly to the CEO and are General Managers or Directors.

Read about the successful launch of this new network in "Recent Events" below.

A calendar of upcoming events for the GM network will be released soon.  Watch this space!


Tips and Ideas

9 ways to be happier at work.

Are you the type of person who bounds into work early each day, brimming with enthusiasm and excitement at the prospects of another stimulating work day?

Or are you the type that has to drag yourself out of bed to go to work, needing a strong coffee before even speaking to anyone, and who spends the day watching the hands of the clock advance with glacial speed towards your 5pm overnight parole?

Most likely you are somewhere in between! 

Take a look at these 9 ideas to get you more motivated and happy at work...

read more..

LGM Latest Edition online

LGMA's national publication, Local Government Manager, is now available online.

Click here to read the Autumn 2014 edition.


LGMA Promotions

2014 Rural Management Challenge

Calling all Rural Councils! Take on your fellow councils at this year’s Rural Management Challenge!
The 4th Annual Rural Management Challenge will be held on Thursday 16 October at the Barn in Mount Gambier.

The Rural Challenge is good fun, great value and a hands-on approach to leadership development that translates into relevant tangible and enduring benefits for individuals, teams and councils.
Last year’s winners, the Yorke Peninsula Council, say the take-away benefits they have experienced from the Challenge include:
  • Delving into the unknown and having lots of fun whilst doing it;
  • Building on your time management skills;
  • Fostering team work and growing your confidence;
  • Development both personally and as a team;
  • Knowing that winning isn’t everything; and
  • That the journey is so much more important than the destination.

Click here to register and for information.

Professional Leaders Program

The 2015 PLP registrations are now open! Click here for information and to register.

New Members

A warm welcome to our new members
  • Berghuis, Megan
    City of Unley
  • Brown, Anthony
    Rural City of Murray Bridge

  • McIntyre, Janice
    District Council of Grant
  • O'Neill, Kate
    City of Mitcham
  • Pathuis, Graham
    City of Victor Harbor
  • Sanford, Glenn
    City of Victor Harbor

Welcome to our brand new Council Bundle holders:
  • City of Victor Harbor

Recent Events

Launch of the GM Network

30 General Managers and Directors celebrated the launch of the General Managers Network at Ayers House on the 14th August.

Guest speaker Denise Picton presented an engaging and relevant workshop on strategic thinking and gravitas – most inspirational. 

This was followed by lunch where participants brainstormed ideas for the future of the network. 

This network is open to LGMA (SA) members who report directly to the CEO and are General Managers or Directors. A calendar of events will be issued soon.

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About LGMA

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LGMA is committed to the development and improvement of local government management. It is committed to maintaining high professional and ethical standards throughout the profession and to ensure that its members are at the forefront of change and innovation.


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