Issue 085
October 2018

  • A word from the CEO
  • Sponsor Insight
  • News Flash
  • Member Profile
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Programs and Events
  • New Members
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Save the Date
  • AGM and board nominations
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Timothy Tol

  • Short Programs
  • Network Events
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

For those of you who don’t know, we share premises with a few other organisations and recently in the kitchen, one of our office friends asked me if it was our busy time as she had noticed we were out and about a lot. My response was ‘It’s always busy here at LG Professionals, SA; we just keep growing and offering more and more’. So my message to you this month, and the theme of our newsletter, is ‘seize the day’ and take advantage of all we have to offer.

Don’t be ‘too busy’; you deserve to take time out to develop yourself and form networks – this will ultimately save you time as you work smarter not harder and form connections who can support you and share with you.

This month I commend and congratulate all who got involved, from our Executive Leaders Program participants who recently concluded their program, the Coober Pedy Rural Challenge team who drove a whopping 9.5 hours to Renmark to participate in the Rural Management Challenge, and to our Ignite and short program participants. Well done to all. I’m sure you will go back to the office feeling refreshed and inspired and better able to serve your communities. And thank you to all the Executives who support your people to be even better and to learn with us.

Read on to learn more about what’s been happening and what’s coming up.

Happy reading …

Taryn Sexton

News Flash

Rural Management Challenge 2018

Congratulations to Port Pirie Regional Council!

On Thursday 11 October at the Renmark Hotel five rural teams competed in this year’s Rural Management Challenge. What a day! Teams demonstrated exceptional team work, tackling tasks as they came with energy and humour. Many stepped well out of their comfort zones and excelled - well done to all!

It was a tough race, but Port Pirie Regional Council came out on top, followed by Mid Murray Council. A big thank you to all teams and supporters for a fantastic day. We look forward to seeing Peter Arnold, Matthew Cooper, Lee Kirchner, Glenn Miller and mentor Grant McKenzie at our Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner on 17 May 2019 to officially present them with their winner’s trophy!

We would like to thank our wonderful facilitation team - without them the day wouldn’t have been possible!

  • Paul Heairfield
  • Nigel Morris
  • Cate Hart
  • Jane Trotter
  • Jim Myhill
Please click here to view a video of the day (best viewed in Chrome).

Thank you also to our corporate partners LGFA, LGRS, Statewide, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers and McArthur, and to our Event Partner, Tonkin Consulting for your valued support.

Australasian Management Challenge 2019 – registrations opening soon!

The South Australia event will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019 at Morphettville Racecourse—Save the Date!

Registrations for the 2019 Australasian Management Challenge will open on Thursday 1 November 2018. To register, and for further information please visit

Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Timothy Tol

This month we speak with Timothy Tol, who has just commenced the role of Director of Infrastructure and Environmental Services at Renmark Paringa Council.

Timothy speaks to us about his passion for working in local government, his career path and his views on professional development.

You’ve worked in Local Government for a while now. What is your current role and what does it involve?
Yes, I have been in Local Government for a while—almost 19 years now. I've just started at the Renmark Paringa Council on Monday 29 October as the Director of Infrastructure and Environmental Services. This role involves providing leadership to these two portfolios, and I am looking forward to it.

What attracted you to the sector and what keeps you motivated?
Actually when I was studying at university the last place I thought I’d be working was Local Government. I had that negative stereotypical view of Councils back then. However, it was at the end of 1999 when I landed an opportunity to do some work experience as a planner at the City of Victor Harbor through Donna Ferretti, who was a lecturer at UniSA at the time. This led to working as a General Inspector over that summer ... read more

18th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards

Nominations will be opening very soon for our 18th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Program—keep an eye on your inbox for further information in the coming weeks. Please remember, there is no project too small! We are looking forward to reading about all of the fantastic initiatives you have undertaken in the last 12 months.

The Award Categories for 2019 will be:

  • Innovative Management Initiatives
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
  • Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure and Asset Management
  • Leadership in Community Services
  • Excellence in People and Culture

Network News

General Managers Network Forum – Exploring Bedford Industries
It was great to see some of you at the GM Network forum on 26 September at Bedford Industries. For those that couldn't make it, the group was taken on a tour of the Panorama site, led by Samantha Hellams, previously General Manager City Services at the City of Playford. Samantha shared some insights on:
  • The challenges around the NDIS
  • The flow on effects that councils need to be aware of and consider (e.g. to council services and infrastructure)
  • How Bedford are adapting to continue to provide the best service for their clients/employees.
One of Bedford’s main focuses is collaboration, and they are very keen to stay engaged and work with Local Government. This was the final forum of the ‘Innovation and Change’ series for 2018. Throughout the year we explored the Tonsley Innovation Precinct, the former RAH and lastly Bedford Industries.

We are in the process of planning next year’s calendar and themes, with the assistance of a small working group, so watch this space for the next GM network forum!

Continuous Improvement Network Forum – Embedding a Community Outcomes Culture Through Analytics
The network held their fourth and final forum of 2018 on 17 October. The forum was hosted by the City of Playford and included presentations from Shikha Sharma, Manager Analytics and Information Solutions and Anika Semmler. The forum gave us insights into the Playford Analytics Centre, and how this team of continuous improvement professionals are supporting and empowering the organisation to make a difference by leveraging their current skill sets and always bringing the focus back to the community’s needs.

We are nearly at the one year mark of LG professionals,SA supporting this network, and what a year it has been. The network forums have continued to grow in numbers, and it has been great to see the enthusiasm and support that CI professionals share with each other. Here’s to another year of supporting this passionate group of individuals!

For further information on any of our networks, please contact Tahlia Willey, Network and Program Officer at or phone 8291 7994.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Conversations that Matter
Useful skills and strategies to lead conversations that build relationships and improve performance
Monday 19 November
Registrations closing 5 November. Register now

New members
  • Shylie Harris, District Council of Kimba
  • Michael Taggart, City of Salisbury

Movers and Shakers

  • Rachel Emmott has commenced at the City of Mitcham as Manager Community Development. Rachel was previously at the City of Playford
  • Good luck to Ella Winnall who has vacated her role as Tourism and Economic Development Advisor to run as Councillor Candidate for Berri Barmera Council
  • Timothy Tol has recently moved from District Council of Loxton Waikerie to Renmark Paringa Council as the new Director Infrastructure and Environmental Services
  • Emma Rennie, previously Manager, Information Services (Customer Services, Records & IT) at the City of Mitcham, is now Team Leader, Digital and Business Information Solutions at Town of Gawler
  • John Devine has moved from the City of Unley to join the City of Salisbury as General Manager City Infrastructure

Tips and ideas - Invest in your human capital!

Investing in human capital = investing in your organisation

There are significant, long-term benefits in investing in your organisation’s human capital. Taking a vested interest in helping your employees thrive in all areas of their lives—not necessarily just work—will create a more engaged, productive and happier team. Here are a just a few benefits of investing in your human capital.
  • Employee satisfaction
    Internal professional development for your staff shows them that you care about their careers. When your employees feel that their workplace cares about their development, they are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs.
  • Employee engagement
    Investing in employee development can help to grow your employee engagement. Giving your staff career advancement opportunities, and investing in their development, gives them a reason to be engaged at work.
  • Organisational communication
    Human capital development works to improve every facet of employee performance, including communication. This process can help your company to discover employees who may be lacking communication skills and assist them in remedying this situation.
  • Workplace culture
    Better employee satisfaction, engagement and communication lead to an improved overall culture. Employees want to learn, they want to develop their careers, and they want to enjoy going to the office every day. A positive culture leads to engaged and happy employees.
  • Retention rates
    Workers who are receiving professional education and development are less likely to seek other employment opportunities. So, if an employee can advance within the organisation, he or she won’t have to look for advancement opportunities elsewhere.

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 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.

AGM and Board Nominations

Members are asked to please register to attend our AGM on 29 November 2018 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am at the ARC Campbelltown. Register here.

Recent Events

Executive Leaders Program
Our 2018 Executive Leaders Program recently wrapped up, marking a very successful first year for our newest leadership program. Spanning two intensive three-day blocks over three months, participants challenged assumptions and perspectives, developed complex and adaptive thinking capabilities, and equipped themselves to navigate rapidly changing environments with a solutions-focused approach.

Here’s what some of this years’ participants had to say:
  • ‘I needed this course, its content and its motivation—my thinking needed changing.’
  • ‘Thank you so much. Loved this program!’
  • ‘This was a fantastic opportunity. Some interesting concepts—very different (but good!) ways learning compared to other experiences.’
  • ‘I will be a different, better leader from here onwards that is better able to serve my community’
  • ‘I will now approach problems and leadership with a new perspective and a range of tools to use.’
If you're interested in the 2019 Executive Leaders Program, fill out our EOI form here.


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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