A word from the CEO

Well, we are pleased that "Mad March" is nearly over.

But I'm not talking about the Fringe, WOMAD, and the Clipsal....

I'm talking about our own Mad March here at the LGMA (SA). We have had our Annual Conference at the zoo, the FMG (Financial Manager's Group) conference, community managers and emerging leaders meetings, and the Annual Management Challenge - all in March!

We are also very busy organising the gala dinner on the 15th of April - so it's been a hectic but enjoyable time for us.

I'm delighted to have received very strong feedback on the conference.  Warm feedback really makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Thanks too for the feedback about this newsletter - as you know it was our first one last month - and we were flooded with good wishes and encouragement.  So please spread the word about the newsletter to your colleagues.

Finally - don't forget the 2011 Emerging Leaders Program. Applications close on the 1st of April.  Also we are seeking expressions of interest for our Diploma of Management Program, run in conjunction with Proteus.  If you are interested in learning more about this program please contact me asap.

Enjoy the newsletter, and I hope to see you at a LGMA (SA) event or function in the near future.




Get to know your LGMA
SA Team!

Pictured here, left to right:
  • Julie Siebentritt, Finance Officer
  • Taryn Sexton, CEO
  • Mandy Curyer, Membership and Communications Manager



Industry Trends

Community Engagement - a complete, up to date, "how to" guide

The days of attempting to engage the community on important issues by putting a small ad in the back of the "public notices" section of the local paper are, thankfully,  well and truly over.

Now there is a plethora of tools and networks that Local Governments can use to bring about true, 2 way communication and engagement.

This recent (December 2010) and very comprehensive whitepaper, examines and explains in detail, recent trends including social networking to improve community engagement.  From the USA, it was developed by the Alliance for Innovation and  comes to us via our links with the ICMA (International City/County Managers Association).



Country Spotlight

Each month we will place the spotlight on a country council or staff member.

This month, we are speaking with John Brak, CEO, Regional Council of Goyder.

Hi John – thanks for spending a few minutes with us for our LGMA newsletter. 

What's your current role?       
Chief Executive Officer, Regional Council of Goyder.

How did you get into that role?
I was employed as the Planner for the Regional Council of Goyder and held qualifications and prior experience in Local Government administration.
When the position of CEO became available I applied and the rest, as they say, is history.

What do you like best about the current job?
The challenge of managing a local community service organisation that is owned by, and accountable to the local community.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into a similar role?


Network News

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.

Save the date: R U Ready? Volunteering for a Sustainable Future: Volunteer Management Conference 1 & 2 August 2011. Details here...

Emerging Leaders Alumni Network

Aim: Bringing together professionals that have completed the Emerging Leaders Program to network, socialize and further develop their skills and contacts.

Save the date: 13 May, 12 Aug, and 11 Nov 2011 for networking sessions hosted by our Corporate Sponsors.

Women’s Network

Aim: The focus of the 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.

Save the date: Women’s Network Dinner, Friday 3 June 2011
    At the Next Generation Function Centre
    6.30pm for  7pm start
    Theme: Networking

Save the Date: Women’s Network Conference : scheduled for 26 October 2011, venue to be announced.



Tips and Ideas - account for your time

Where does all the time go? With all the supposed technology to save us time, why are we, as Local Government professionals, busier than ever?

This month's tip helps you to find out.  Essentially a simple time tracking tool, helps you define any number of projects and tasks and record easily record your time spent in each. 

Comprehensive reports by project and task can be created for any time period.

Try it - you'll be amazed how much time is burnt up on non-essential tasks.  It can be a fantastic tool for prioritising your time and focusing on what really is most important and productive.

click here to go to the myhours website.


Upcoming Events

Annual National Conference - Cairns

Best Practice to Next Practice is the theme for the 2011 LGMA National Congress and Business Expo.  The congress and business expo will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre from 22 - 25 May 2011. The congress will explore how local government leaders in Australia have developed innovative and cutting edge solutions to some of the sector’s most pressing issues whilst still navigating restraint in their communities.  A bulging list of keynote speakers will present their innovative case studies under three central themes:

    * Attraction and retention
    * Financial sustainability and infrastructure, and
    * Population growth and community.



Recent Events
- Annual Conference

Scene: Friday 11th March, late afternoon, Panda Enclosure, Adelaide Zoo.

Wang Wang and Funi, Adelaide Zoo's Pandas,  are relaxing in their enclosure when they notice a large crowd assembling in the viewing area.

Wang Wang: Who are these people?  They look different from our usual audience.  There seems to be less ice cream, less tormented parents and much more champagne and canapes.

Funi: Yes…I think they are on a Local Government conference.  You know, the type of event where the organisers Panda to their every whim.

Wang Wang: Every day you trot that same joke out.  Honestly, it’s becoming hard to bear.

Funi: Hmm....ditto. (after a pregnant paws)

Wang Wang: Seems like a good event though.  How many do you reckon are here?

Funi: Over 180 I would think.  Good turnout.  Using us as the feature attraction really brings ‘em in.  I call it Pandemonium.

Wang Wang: Yes... but I hear they had some good speakers too.  Apparently some excellent sessions, and they had very good feedback from the delegates.  Not that we ever hear any good speakers in here.  Frankly I’m getting sick of the Chinese music they play in here.  Give me some rock + roll.

Funi: Don’t tell me – Teddy Bear by Elvis?  Really – you’re getting too predictable. It worries me that I have to spend 10 years in here with you. 

Wang Wang: Oh wait … that the zookeeper?  I think it’s lunch time! – great.... I’m starving.

Funi: Bet you ten bucks it’s just more bamboo. Would it kill them to give us something else?

Wang Wang: Yes I can bearly stand it myself.  By the way I heard a new one today.

Funi: Go on…

Wang Wang: Why do Pandas like old movies?

Funi: I don’t know - why?

Wang Wang: Because they are in Black and White.


With over 180 professionals attending the event, the Annual Conference was another fantastic success for the LGMA.  Feedback was very positive about the venue, the event and the speakers. 

Here are just some examples of some speaker feedback:

“interesting and engaging”
"excellent speaker"
"Very engaging"

If you weren’t there – where were you?

Make sure you don’t  miss the next one!

Click here to see a selection of photos from the event.  Also, the event program can be viewed here…


Emerging Leaders Program - this is your last chance to get on board this year!

The LGMA (SA) Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) 2011 provides an outstanding professional development opportunity for local government professionals. The program is unique to the sector and very different from generic leadership development programs as it focuses specifically on leadership in a local government context.

This will be the sixth time the program has been offered here in South Australia, with a strong track record of success. The program is based on a combination of thought leadership and an experiential learning model providing extensive interaction amongst program participants.

Key elements of the Program include:

• Exposure to a broad range of best practice in a local government context
• Unique insight into both metropolitan and regional issues
• Exposure to outstanding thought leaders in a small group setting
• Access to a high quality dynamic mentor
• Experiential learning model; a “learning by doing” approach
• The opportunity to develop strong relationships with peers in other councils
• Eligibility upon completion to join the Emerging Leaders Alumni Network
of LGMA (SA)
• An active role for participants in the management and implementation of the Program

Registrations close April 1 - enrol now!



Social Media Workshop (date to be announced)

facebook, twitter, linked in, myspace......?

How can Local Government navigate this minefield to get the best results and avoid the pitfalls?

Following excellent feedback from a  session at the recent LGMA (SA) conference, we are considering putting together a comprehensive workshop to train local government professionals in the best use of social media.

If you would like to know more, please let us know by sending us an email or giving us a call, and we'll be in touch with the program outline and schedule when complete.

New Members

Please welcome our new LGMA (SA) Members this month:

  • Mr Peter Bice, Business Excellence Partner, City of Marion
  • Mr John Brak, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Council of Goyder
  • Ms Michelle Holland, Manager, People and Culture, City of Salisbury
  • Ms Dee O'Loughlin, Manager Library & Customer Services, Adelaide Hills Council
  • Ms Julie Short, Manager People and Org. Development, City of Tea Tree Gully

Not yet a member?  Join now! 

Lucky iPad winner

Adam Gray from the LGA walked away from the Annual Conference with a shiny new iPad, thanks to the random prize draw.

Congratulations Adam! 

Get on board! 

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About LGMA

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