Issue 040
July 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

  • Lorraine Vingerhoets


Upcoming Events:

  • GM Network launch
  • Women's Network Forum
  • CEO Network Forum
  • Community Managers Network Conference


Corporate Partners





A word from the CEO

The first of July always seems like New Year’s Eve to me. 

Perhaps it’s because I grew up in the cold where New Year’s was in winter.  Perhaps it’s the start of a new financial year and set of goals and plans. Perhaps it’s that the LGMA calendar is the planning cycle. 

Whatever the case, it’s a good time of year to reflect on your personal and professional goals. 

To that end, consider the role LGMA programs and networks can play in helping you to be the best local government professional you can be and connecting you with like-minded colleagues. 

Also, in the coming months, information regarding our AGM will be publicised including a call for nominations for members of the Divisional Board.

Please consider nominating for the Board as a way of shaping your Association and expanding your local government network.



 T News Flash!

Membership Renewals

Membership renewals are due! Renew by 31st July to go in the draw for the $300 Myer voucher being offered!

All members will have received a renewal email and invoice on the 1st July. If you have any queries or need your invoice resent, please email Mel

Membership and Council Bundle Information can be found online at


Sponsor Insight
- Norman Waterhouse Conference

Celebrating its 25th year, the Norman Waterhouse Local Government Conference will be held on Friday the 8th of August at the Adelaide Zoo Sanctuary.

Join Normans for three streams of education including:

Environment and Planning:
The rapid pace of planning appeals, compliance and review actions can make it difficult to keep up. What, if any, views should be protected; what constitutes a valid representation; how are applications validly varied; what are ancillary and incidental uses? Guidance on these and other contemporary issues considered by the courts, including the very recent refinement of the existing non-complying use principle by the Supreme Court will be provided.

Commercial and Property:
Our team will lead a hypothetical based on the redevelopment of a metropolitan centre, an exciting new development by an unnamed South Australian council. The hypothetical will explore a variety of issues that have arisen for the Council relating to procurement, probity, community groups, contaminated land, public health, Development Plan Amendments, land division, governance issues and developer input. Join the discussion to see how your council would identify and manage the issues and challenges and plan for the best possible outcome.

Governance and Regulatory Services:
Gain insight into how regulatory and industry developments are impacting local government and how you should respond. Given the commencement of the legislative regime establishing the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, all local government employees, especially those with decision making powers, must keep abreast with these changes.

Don't miss this great opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills, as well as get up to speed with the latest updates on the most important issues facing councils today.
The event will also provide valuable networking opportunities to connect with your colleagues from all Regional and Metropolitan councils.

Click here to view the program and register today!

*Sponsor insight is a monthly column to provide an opportunity for LGMA SA's sponsors to share their experience and advice on local government issues.

Upcoming Events
and Programs

Women's Network Forum – ‘Making Time for Mindfulness', Tuesday 5 August, Gawler
Click here for flyer and to register

CEO Network Forum Series – Next Forum on Friday 5 September
Click here for flyer and to register

Community Managers Network Conference - Friday 12 September
Click here for program and to register

2014 Rural Challenge – Thursday 16 October, Mount Gambier


LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

July 2014 - Lorraine Vingerhoets

This month we speak with Lorraine Vingerhoets, Development Officer, Building and Compliance, City of Burnside. 

Lorraine tells us about how (and why) she found her way into Local Government and as a recent graduate of both the ELP and PLP, gives us her insight into both of those programs.

Hi Lorraine, thanks for speaking with us. 

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

I am currently a Development Officer Building & Compliance within City Development and Safety at the City of Burnside.

My role involves the assessment of development applications requiring ‘building rules consent’ against legislative framework and inspections of all new building work.  I am also the building compliance officer which means I am responsible for investigating breaches of the Act and Regulations and ensuring that any threats to safety e.g. swimming pools and unsafe structures, such as retaining walls.

read more..


Industry Trends

The impact of "outsider influence" (from our colleagues at ICMA)

Are your online community engagement tools engaging with residents outside of your Council area?

Governments across the US and Canada (and Australia - Ed) are increasingly using online civic engagement tools to involve their communities in government decision-making processes. Those governments know that using online tools can increase public trust in their governance  – but only if the tools have the appropriate feature-sets to avoid or mitigate common pitfalls of crowd-sourcing. 

One of these common pitfalls is called, outsider influence. Outsider influence can occur when a government puts its public forums online, because then anyone on the planet – or in the next town over – can try to overly influence the forum.

How can you insure against this crowd-sourced, unbalanced view?

read more..


  • Justin Commons, formerly of Prospect,  was recently promoted to the role of CEO of Livingstone Shire Council in QLD.


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.

Please see "Recent Events" for a brief report on our last event!

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.

The Community Managers Network are pleased to launch the 2014 Conference – Active Citizenship: The Future of Local Government? Please join us on Friday 12th September to hear from a range of fantastic speakers and participate in a World Cafe. Registrations are now open! Please note that a regional subsidy is available for eligible councils – email for more information.

2014 Conference - Active Citizenship: The Future of Local Government?
12 September 2014,  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Adelaide Festival Centre, Banquet Room

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.

Upcoming events will be promoted soon!

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.

I am pleased to say that the Women’s Network Committee has been busy with the development of another great conference to be held on 7th November at the Wine Centre. For those of you who have attended the conference in the past I am sure you will join me in recommending it to your work colleagues.  The day will bring you a fantastic insight into successful women and how they have managed their careers, as well as looking at your skills to deliver training targeted for your needs.  So book the date now and ensure you are one of the limited number to experience this great day!

For a regional opportunity don’t forget that the Network is delivering a 3rd ‘Making Time For Mindfulness’ morning forum at Gawler on 5 August at the Gawler Sport and Community Centre. With two very successful forums already undertaken we know this will provide the chance for anyone who could not get to Tea Tree Gully or Alexandrina for great training focussed on mindfulness. Bookings are open until the end of this week - click here for more information and to register.

Cate Atkinson

General Managers Network

Launch of General Managers Network

Join us at Ayers House for a special session to launch the GM Network.  Denise Picton will be conducting a workshop on gravitas and we will be canvassing your ideas for the future of the network.

For more information and to register visit our website

Also - to make sure you don't miss out on future GM network announcements please fill in this survey so we have the details of all GMs and Directors. Please click here to access the survey.

Please note - this network is open to all executive level managers in Local Government in SA, not just "General Managers".  (i.e. the network is open to all those who directly report to a CEO)


Tips and Ideas

See "Hey Jude" presented as a flowchart

This is an excellent tool - and it's simply brilliant marketing.

How do you show the functionality and ease of use of a flowcharting tool? 

How about by making a flowchart of the lyrics of "Hey Jude".  Check this out, it's inspired - and it will give you a smile.

Access the LucidChart online tool here.

Watch the Hey Jude Flowchart video


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

Announcing the 2014 Rural Challenge will be held in Mount Gambier on 16 October.

More details coming soon.

E-mail to register your interest as a team, sponsors or volunteer observer.


New Members

Welcome to our new members
  • David Beaton, CEO, Berri Barmera Council
Welcome to our brand new Council Bundle holders:
  • Wakefield Regional Council
  • Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council
  • City of Whyalla
  • City of Tea Tree Gully
A warm welcome to all!

Recent Events

On Friday 25 July members of our CEO Network came from around the state to discuss potential sector reforms and prepare themselves to be leaders of change. 

The session was led by Andrew Stevens of the Executive Education Unit at the University of Adelaide.  Andrew shared some tools and techniques which will be useful when facing any complex adaptive issue. 

The next session will be held on 5 September at the Uni – the topic will be Organisational Culture.

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