Issue 042
October 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

  • Andrew Meddle


Upcoming Events:

  • Women's Network Conference
  • CEO Network Forum
  • General Managers Forum
  • Workshop Wednesdays


Corporate Partners




A word from the CEO

This is the last newsletter you will receive from LGMA (SA)!

As of next week, we will be rolling out our new name and brand: LG Professionals SA.  We are still your member association focussed on creating the environment and development opportunities that guarantee our members thrive as professionals working in local government in South Australia. 

The content of our events and programs is informed by our members and people who genuinely care about the sector.  We are excited that our new name is reflective of the fact that we are here to support all local government professionals, not just managers and this is evidenced by our broad range of networks and programs which you can read more about in this edition of Leaders Connect.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our AGM next week, and at our upcoming events and programs in November including the Women’s Conference, GM Network event and CEO Forum.




 T News Flash!
1. Rural Management Challenge

Congratulations to Yorke Peninsula Council who won the recent Rural Management Challenge!  Read all about it in the "Recent Events" section...

2. Women's Conference

Due to so many people being on leave during the recent school holidays, Early Bird Pricing has been extended to close of business Friday for the Women’s Conference! Register here.


2015 Management Challenge Registrations open today!

Past participants always talk about the challenge as an extraordinary learning exercise.

Challenge teams learn to deal with a wide range of situations, in a pressure cooker environment.  Teams are challenged to find the best ways to work together to capture ideas, develop work plans and strategies and most importantly, what is needed to get the job done in a limited time.

The team bonding and networking opportunities are unparalleled so make sure you start putting a team together NOW and enter!

Information and registrations here.


Upcoming Events
and Programs

Women’s Network Conference
Friday 7th November at the National Wine Centre
Click Here for Information and Registrations

General Managers Network Forum
27th November at The Adelaide Zoo
Click Here for Information and Registrations

Professional Leaders Program
Starting February 2015 – Registrations close in December 2014
Click Here for Information and Registrations

CEO Network Forum
Friday 28th November
Click Here for Information and Registrations

Workshop Wednesdays

The art of effective communication
February 2015 – various dates and locations
Click here for Information and Registrations

Taking the torture out of performance reviews
May 2015 – various dates and locations
Click Here for Information and Registrations


LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

October 2014 - Andrew Meddle

This month we speak to Andrew Meddle, General Manager Sustainable Communities at the Rural City of Murray Bridge.

Andrew explains his fascinating journey from working in Local Government in the UK to holding a key position in a growing rural City - and how he once tried to smuggle a knife into the Houses of Parliament!

Hi Andrew, thanks for talking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
I have a varied portfolio covering planning, building, environmental and public health, compliance, community services, business support and arts and culture.

I have some amazing facilities to manage too in our library, regional art gallery, town hall, theatre, Lerwin Aged Care Facility and our recently improved swimming pool.

Above all I have a great team, with a great sense of humour and a great community centred approach.
read more..


Industry Trends

Simpler parking signs

The talk this month in Sydney has been the discussion around the innovative parking signs conceptualised by New York designer Nikki Sylianteng, who is lobbying the City of New York to adopt her new designs.

Mosman Council is said to be looking closely at the idea, in an effort to reduce the "visual clutter" of existing parking signs and also to improve legibility for users.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald article here...


  • Bill Ryan has joined Wattle Range Council in the role of Manager Financial Services,
    formerly of Buloke Shire in Victoria
  • Matt Grant is now the Director Business & Economic Development at City of Prospect
  • Paul Johns is now the WHS Coordinator at the City of Marion
  • Brad Willmott is now the Manager Planning & Infrastructure at the Town of Walkerville

Congratulations to all!

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 (S A) members and has a main focus of sharing knowledge, offering peer support and teasing out opportunities.

Thanks to those who attended the session on CEO contracts on 25 September and a special thanks to Sathish Dasan of Norman Waterhouse Lawyers for sharing his wisdom with us.  An update on the session has been circulated to all CEO’s.

The next CEO Forum will be held on 28 November and the topic is” Productivity and productive communities – what does it mean for CEOs?"

The session will feature guest speaker Dr Lindsay Ryan.  Dr Ryan has written, published and presented a number of papers on practical actions every organisation can implement to improve productivity.  Register here.


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 LGA and CMN are pleased to announce their recently published Anti-Poverty Initiatives in Councils Report is available here.

Thank you to all the Council staff that submitted case studies and images, and those that participated in the survey; LGA staff and Members of the Community Managers Network on the project team- who contributed to development of the survey and report, analysis of the survey results, and production of the Anti-poverty Initiatives report- especially Cam Opie- Vice Chair Community Managers Network, and Terra Lea Ranson- Member of Community Managers Network (City of Onkaparinga).

For further information on individual case studies please contact the person or Council listed on the case study, for more general queries about the report, survey findings or submitting your own case study, please contact:

Cam Opie- Vice-Chair, Community Managers Network
8298 1505


Rebecca Perkin – Policy Officer Planning and Community, Local Government Association
8224 2025


Leaders Alumni Network

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

Although Christmas is fast approaching I thought I was a good time to again promote the ‘Workshop Wednesday’ series. The interest in these sessions has again been great with the first session being sold out. There are a number of workshops planned over the next few months covering a wide cross section of topics suiting all staff. The next workshop will be on The Art of Effective Communication in early February. Be quick as spaces are very limited!

Secondly, there is still time to register for the upcoming ‘Professional Leaders Program’ however registrations are closing in early December, so be sure to check out the LGMA (SA) website or contact Taryn for more information.

Lastly, it is worth mentioning that the LGMA (SA) 2014 Annual General Meeting is coming up on Thursday, 30th October. Not only will be a very informative meeting and an opportunity to network it will also be the launch of the new name (LG Professionals SA) and brand to all members.

If anyone has any questions regarding any of these events or the Leader Alumni Network, please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn or myself. Look forward to catch up with you all at the various upcoming events.


Ryan England

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
"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 including:

Erma Ranieri - Putting in the time: the road to leadership equality
Jodie Nevid – Time to get a life!
Rebecca Mezzino – Time to Focus: Dealing with interruptions and distractions

News flash - keynote speaker Erma Ranieri was just announced as the South Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year!

Click here for information and registrations


General Managers Network

I am thrilled to advise that our first event post launching this network is now open for registrations.

This event has been designed by a committee of General Managers from Onkaparinga, Prospect, Adelaide Hills, Charles Sturt, Tea Tree Gully and Murray Bridge taking into account feedback from the Network Launch.

The event will be held at the Adelaide Zoo on 27 November and feature sessions on elected member relationships, what skills and attributes are desirable in executive candidates and a unique networking and team building activity.

Click here for information and registrations.

Have you registered your interest in the General Managers Network? Please email for more information.


Tips and Ideas

Crowdfunding for Local Government projects?

Here's an idea that may send shivers down a few spines, but may also cause others to jump for joy. 

The ideas is - Limit rate rises just a bit, and instead let the community "vote" for the civic projects they really want by paying for them through crowdfunding.

Some even argue this is a more democratic process than the existing community consultation or grant funding systems, as it shows what people are willing to pay for, directly.

So - would it work in Local Government?  It already is, in the UK. 

Read the article "Crowdfunding the way forward for Councils" here.

You can also read more about the UK site, Spacehive, developed to meet the growing need for councils to fund civic projects - and the successes they have had to date.


LGM Latest Edition online

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

Click here to read the latest edition.


LGMA Promotions

1. Leadership Lab - now included in your membership!

Did you know that members of the LGMA (SA) now have access to membership of the University of Adelaide Executive Unit’s Leadership Lab?

Join the other 30 members who have taken up this opportunity - click here to find out more.

2. Survey reminder - win an iPad Mini for Christmas!

Just a quick reminder to please take a few minutes to complete our survey. 

We highly value your feedback to inform our decision making and would be most appreciative if you could take a few minutes to complete our survey.  We will run this survey annually to help us gauge how we are going and what we can do better.

To complete the survey click here

The survey will close on 28th October.  Upon completion you will be entered to win an iPad mini just in time for Christmas! Yes, Christmas!

New Members

A warm welcome to our new members
  • Simon Grenfell, Alexandrina Council
  • Thornton Harfield, City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Neville Styan, Alexandrina Council
  • Jessie White, District Council of Mount Remarkable


Local Councils win Climate Change Award

Congratulations to the Onkaparinga, Holdfast Bay, Marion and Mitcham councils who have been recognised for action on climate change, picking up a national award in front of 400 climate experts at the 2014 Climate Adaptation Conference on the Gold Coast.

The Resilient South Project, a collaboration between the four councils, won the Local Government Champions Award at the conference, hosted by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF).

Click here for more information on the project.


Recent Events

Rural Challenge

A record number of eight rural council teams came together in Mount Gambier on Thursday 16th October to compete in the annual Rural Management Challenge – a day of teamwork, tight deadlines and plenty of creative thinking!

The winning team on the day was Yorke Peninsula Council (aka the Peninsula Powerhouse! - the winning team is pictured right) and all teams celebrated the day's successes at an Awards Dinner held that evening at The Barn Palais. Congratulations!

To catch a glimpse of all the action of the day, please check out this year’s video.

Thank you to the observers who provided feedback to the teams on the day: Kris Schulte and Christine Laundy from Adelaide City Council, Kerry Loughhead from City of Prospect and Jane Trotter from the City of Salisbury.

Also a big thank you to our wonderful rural challenge sponsors and Corporate Partners and facilitator Terry Bruun.

We hope to see you all back to compete next year!


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About LGMA

Founded in 1936, Local Government Managers Australia is the leading Professional Association representing Managers and Aspiring Managers in Australia and Asia/Pacific.

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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