Issue 083
August 2018

  • A word from the CEO
  • Corporate Partnership
  • News Flash
  • Membership Renewals
  • Australasian Management Challenge
  • Industry Trends
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • New Members
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Save the Date
  • About Us

  • Rural Management Challenge
  • Network Events
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

In a few weeks we will farewell our Marketing Manager, Linda Wride, as she embarks on the next chapter of her life – retirement! We will both wish her well and celebrate eight years of her contributions to our growth. 

Her legacy includes driving our name change and rebrand, adding analytical and creative thinking to our programming, marketing and processes, reminding us to tell our story and put our members first, and teaching us all how to be better writers. 

Her humour and caring nature will be missed.  Linda, we wish you all the best and thank you for your service.

Next month, I will introduce you to our current team – as of September, there will be nine of us working hard to deliver our member-led programs, forums, events and services.

I also wish our cohort of Executive Leaders all the best as they commence their program journey this month in Clare. May you all move out of your comfort zones into the space where true learning happens.

And to our Emerging Leaders, you have passed the half way mark! I wish you continued energy for the second half of the program.



LG Professionals, SA Sponsorship and Corporate Partnership

Do you know a company who would be interested in sponsoring  LG Professionals, SA?

As a not for profit association, LG Professionals, SA rely on the support of sponsors to be able to continue to deliver the range of high quality events and professional development programs that we are known for.

Partnering with sponsors also creates opportunities for our members to learn, build relationships and receive best value.

Have questions about sponsorship? Please contact Rhiannon on 8291 7990 or

News Flash

Professional Development Program
Under the leadership of our board we have been quietly working towards developing some exciting new benefits, initiatives and programs for our members.  You can expect to see a lot more on offer for professional development over the next 12 months.

So with that in mind, we are very pleased to present to you our Professional Development Program for the remainder of 2018.  This program has something for everyone at each stage of their career.  We have an amazing line-up of presenters and these programs have been well researched and thought out to ensure we are delivering what the sector needs.

All of our programs can be delivered in-house plus we can work with you to customise programs specifically for your council.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Kate Staples, Manager Professional Development and Networks to discuss these opportunities with you.

The first in the series is:

Influencing Skills for Positive Outcomes
Friday 7 September 2018 – Our first short program released as part of this program, it’s not too late to register.

In order to improve performance and achieve results, leaders and professionals need to be adaptive and agile in influencing the thinking, decisions and actions of a wide range of people. Being able to influence more confidently and effectively helps leaders to get people on board with ideas, actions and strategies.

This workshop will focus on how to be a more influential, collaborative and adaptive leader in order to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

Click here for further information and to register.

And to ensure we are offering development opportunities for every career stage:

Ignite Light
This accredited program is tailored specifically for new supervisors, team leaders and coordinators. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor staff.

The focus of the program is to enable those who have limited experience in leading and managing people to develop the capabilities required to be successful in their role. Ignite Light is part one of a two-part program (Ignite Light and Ignite Accelerated).  Completing both programs and associated assessments provides participants with full accreditation of Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.

Ignite Light is broken into five units and runs from 4 October to 5 December 2018. 

Numbers are limited, so we suggest you register your council’s interest early to ensure staff receive a place. Registrations close Thursday 13 September 2018.

Click here for further information and to register.


Membership renewals

Kellie Knight-Stacey from the City of Victor Harbor is the winner our Membership Renewal Promotion and will be attending our Annual State Conference in February 2019 on us!

It’s not too late to renew your membership – simply check your inbox for your renewal instructions.

Have questions about membership? Please contact Rhiannon on 8291 7990 or

Bay of Plenty (NZ) wins the Australasian Management Challenge!

The Australasian Management Challenge Final was held in Canberra last week, in conjunction with the LG Professionals National Congress. 

After a thrilling couple of days, filled with challenge tasks of all types, including a live presentation to the Congress audience - Bay of Plenty Regional Council emerged as the winners. 

Hearty congratulations to them - they were the best team and thoroughly deserved the win. 

Congratulations also go to City of Vincent (second place) and Port Stephens Council (third place).


Well done to Rural City of Murray Bridge for representing SA at the Australasian Management Challenge Finals!

The Murray Bridge team put their best foot foot forward and acquitted themselves very well at the Australasian Management Challenge Finals in Canberra last week. 

While they didn't win, they performed at a very high level and should be very proud of their efforts in representing themselves, their council and their State!

Congratulations to the team for their excellent performance.


Industry Trends - Council Elections

Engaging young people in Council elections - is compulsory voting the best approach?

Voting in Council elections is often low, especially in younger populations.

How can residents, especially younger ones - be engaged to participate more in local government?

The City of Hobart believes it has the answer  - compulsory voting, among other things such as social media activities.

read more..


Network News

CEO Network
The CEO Network held a forum on Wednesday 15 August around the topic of partnering principles and how these can be used to successfully get major projects off the ground in cost effective ways for the benefit of the community. It was a great opportunity for the CEO’s to share their experiences amongst their peers. 

HR Network Conference – ‘Workforce 4.0: Are you Future Ready?’
The HR Network are holding their inaugural conference on Wednesday 19 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Click here for program and to register.

This is definitely a conference not be missed!

General Managers Network – Exploring Bedford Industries
The next cab off the rank in the change and innovation series is ‘Exploring Bedford Industries’. The forum will be held on Wednesday 26 September at the Bedford Industries Panorama site and will include a discussion with Maggie Dowling, CEO of Bedford Industries (previously General Manager at the City of Playford). Maggie will share her reflections since leaving the sector and challenge the network to think about the conditions needed to truly collaborate. A fantastic opportunity for GM’s and Directors to network with their peers.

Click here for flyer and to register.

Save the Date! 2018 Women’s Conference
The annual Women’s Conference will be held on Friday 2 November at the Stamford Grand, Glenelg.

Make sure you hold a place in your diary! Full program and registrations will be available in September.


Upcoming Events

Attention HR Professionals/CEOs & General Managers!
Workforce 4.0: Are you Future Ready?

The HR Network are holding their inaugural conference on Wednesday 19 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Full program and registrations available here.

This is definitely a conference not be missed!
Register today for the 2018 Rural Management Challenge
Date: Thursday 11 October 2018
Venue: Renmark Hotel

Is your Council up for the Challenge?
If so, it’s time to register and start selecting your team!
Register today!

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s Rural Management Challenge will be held in Renmark. This is a fantastic opportunity for rural councils to participate in a ‘Management Challenge’ that has been specifically tailored for their needs. It’s a unique opportunity for staff development and for rural councils to showcase their skills.

It’s also a great team building exercise and you only need four staff members from any level of council to participate. If you don’t have enough staff in your council, you also have the option of forming a composite team with neighbouring councils.

The Rural Management Challenge is designed to stretch team members’ comfort zones and expand their skill sets. Teams that perform well, come to the day ready to let go of their fears and embrace the unexpected.

For further information, download the brochure here.

For any enquiries please contact Rhiannon on 8291 7990 or

LGA Community Engagement Forum – Thursday 6 September
A number of recent developments have the potential to impact community engagement processes in the local government sector.

The LGA will provide an update on these developments, at a Community Engagement Forum to be held on 6 September 2018.

For more details visit the LGA Circular.


New members
  • Kathy Hayter, Alexandrina Council
  • Steve Nolis, LGA SA
  • Sama Reid, LGA SA
  • Marc Duncan, City of Mitcham
  • Andrew Hall, City of Mitcham
  • David Klye, Whyalla City Council
  • Emma Rennie, City of Mitcham
  • Brad Warncken, Rural City of Murray Bridge 
Welcome to all!

Movers and Shakers

  • Jason Taylor was recently appointed as the CEO for the Southern Mallee District Council, previously Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Victoria.
  • Justin Robbins recently commenced as Manager Finance and Rating Operations at the City of Tea Tree Gully, previously the Rural City of Murray Bridge.
  • Wayne Richards recently commenced as Manager IT Solutions at the City of Tea Tree Gully, previously National Pharmacies.
  • Stephen Skehan recently commenced as Team Leader, Information & Systems at City of Holdfast Bay, previously Senior Business Consultant with Better Business Basics.
  • Jason Cunningham recently commenced as Business Analyst at the City of Holdfast Bay, previously Business Analyst with SA Health.

Tips and ideas - New leader?  Don't be in a rush...

Patience is a virtue - especially when you are new leader.

You need time to gain respect, assess, engage, and sell your new strategy to your new team. 

Before you start pitching ideas for change, know this: if you go about it the wrong way, you’ll get the cold shoulder. Worse, you might earn a reputation for not understanding the company’s culture, which could have long-lasting implications for your success.

Selling ideas when you’re the new leader on the block takes a strategic mindset, which can get overlooked in the rush of excitement or pressure to produce immediate results.

Here are five things to consider to help make your case more persuasively:

read more..

Save the date

Please mark the following dates in your calendar for 2018 and 2019. These are events you won’t want to miss!

Annual Women’s Conference, Friday 2 November 2018
Annual General Meeting, Thursday 29 November 2018
Annual State Conference, Friday 22 February 2019
Australasian Management Challenge, Thursday 2 May 2019
18th Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner- Friday 17 May 2019

Note: LG Professionals, SA wish to advise that commencing in 2019, we will be shifting the date of our Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner from April to May in order to align with a shift of the Australasian Management Challenge Final.




LG Professionals, SA encourage councils to consider nominating for LGIT SA’s 2018 Awards program.

The Local Government Information Technology (LGIT) SA Awards were introduced in 2016 in an effort to promote and reward excellence in Information Technology (IT) and Information Management (IM) across the Local Government sector in South Australia.

The overall aims of the LGITSA Awards Program are to:
  • Recognise and reward excellence in IT and IM across the state
  • Create an aspirational goal leading to the elevation of standards and quality of IT and IM services across local government in South Australia
  • Create awareness across the sector, State and community of the level of expertise and excellence in local government in IT and IM
This year’s categories are:
  • Infrastructure and Operational Excellence
  • Community Transformation Initiative
  • Information Management Excellence
  • Innovation Initiative
  • IT/IM Team of the Year
  • Young Achievement Award
Learn more and nominate here.

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About Local Government Professionals Australia, SA

LG Professionals, SA is a not-for-profit member based association representing professionals working in local government in South Australia. 

We have the ability to link and connect people from different councils who may not otherwise form relationships or share. 

Our high quality professional development programs and networking events are uniquely local government – reflective of the culture of the sector and sensitive to the needs of its professionals. 

The content of our events and programs are informed by our members and people who genuinely care about the sector. 

We provide a safe and supportive environment in which to grow and learn while creating opportunities to make time away from the office to work on the business or on self. 

We award and acknowledge achievements of excellence.

We are proud to be part of a national Federation of State based Local Government Professionals Australia organisations, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the National Local Government sector.


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