Issue 010
November/December 2011


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Industry Trends - Supersize my job!
  • Country Spotlight
  • Member Profile
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Recent Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming training
  • Membership Matters
  • LGMA Promotions
  • New Members
  • About Us


  • LGMA (SA) State Conference
  • LGMA (SA) Awards dinner


Member Profile

  • Bobbi Atherton
  • Katie Symes

Upcoming Events:


  • LGMA (SA) State Conference 2012
  • LGMA (SA) Awards Dinner


Corporate Partners






A word from the CEO

It’s time to register for the Management Challenge! Congratulations to the City of Tea Tree Gully for being the first team to register.....and let the competition begin!

Congratulations to our XLP participants who engaged so well with all of our speakers and topics - read more about the XLP, including some testimonials from some of the participants, under "Recent Events" below...

I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Board Members: Mark Searle, Tony Siviour, and Andrew Cameron. Mark will become President next October and both Tony and Andrew are from regional councils.

We are currently in discussions with the University of Adelaide and the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government aiming to accredit our Management Challenge and Emerging Leaders Programs towards an MBA pathway. I will keep you informed as to how this progresses.

I would also like to announce our Annual Conference for 2012, "Talkin' about your generation", to be held next February.

Industry-leading speakers have been locked in, and other arrangements finalised.  You will find the topics entertaining, engaging and relevant.  There is no better event to attend if you want to stay at the forefront of progressive Local Government thinking.

All that is left is for you to register - details are under "Upcoming Events" below...

Finally, don’t forget to nominate for the prestigious Leadership Excellence Awards.  The closing date is 16 January 2012 to allow sufficient time for the judges to deliberate.

Over the Christmas period, we'll be taking some time off too - LGMA (SA) will be closed from noon on 21 December, reopening 16 January.

So, on that note, we wish all of you in “Local Government Land” a safe and happy holiday season including some well earned “re-charge” time to energise yourself for all of the challenges and opportunities that 2012 will bring.



Country Spotlight - Bobbi Atherton, District Council of Yorke Peninsula

The range of skills shown by staff in country councils continues to impress.....this month we look at Bobbi Atherton, HR Advisor, from the District Council of Yorke Peninsula.

Hi Bobbi - What is your professional background?
 I have over fifteen years of experience working for the State Government.  I started my career with an administration background and worked with many different authorities including TAFE, Liquor Licensing Commission, Corporate Initiatives Unit and Services SA. 

My most rewarding roles have included Project Officer and Office Coordination roles within the Government Businesses Group (responsible for outsourcing various Government Assets); Office for Government Enterprises (responsible for monitoring and reporting on various statutory authorities); and the Office of the Employee Ombudsman (providing an employee advocacy role – advice, rights and resolution processes). 

The last two years have been in Local Government with a role in Risk Administration/ Occupational Health and Safety and earlier this year I have moved back into industrial relations field, with a role as HR Advisor.



Industry Trends - Supersize my job!

In this extract from our colleagues at ICMA, Dr. Benest reviews some steps you can take to handle the additional work that's landed on your desk during periods of economic belt-tightening.



Member Profile - Katie Symes, Policy Officer - Coast and Communities, Local Government Association

Hi Katie - thanks for being the subject of our member profile this month.

How did you get into your current role?

I was already working at the LGA when my current position was created. I was really enjoying the challenges of Local Government and having a background in environmental science I jumped at the opportunity to apply.


Network News

All the Network committees would like to wish their members a very merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year!

If you would like to become a member of any of our networks for the New Year - just jump online and register here..

Also, congratulations to Mary Deakin, General Manager Corporate & Community Services at District Council of Yorke Peninsula (and our Chair for the Women’s Network Committee) for being the successful applicant for the CEO District Council of Elliston.

We wish Mary all the best for her future in Elliston as CEO

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.

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.

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.


Tips and Ideas

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Recent Events

Executive Leaders Program (XLP) 15 – 17 Nov 2011

Congratulations to this year’s participants that attended our XLP. These local government professionals set aside three days for their development and explored leadership in a local government context while examining the role of the CEO. They had “heart to hearts” with Mayors, existing CEO’s, past CEO’s and a range of other guests.

Here are a few testimonials from participants :

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. It has given me a lot to think about, both in terms of my career aspirations and some more immediate areas of focus for my development. For anyone considering whether a senior role in Local Government is for them – this program is worthwhile

  • I believe Marie Modra from Locher was an excellent facilitator who had the flexibility to allow the discussion to go where attendees wanted to go. Excellent running of the program and loved the paper presentations. Excellent program and selection of guest speakers.
    Well done Marie, Taryn and the Local Government Managers Australia

  • Yes excellent opportunity to meet other people within different council, as well as to get a more personal view/insight into current/recent CEO’s – very privileged. Thanks!
 To register your expression of interest to attend 2012 XLP please see details under ‘Upcoming Training’ below.


Emerging Leaders Alumni Network Event

Emerging Leaders Alumni Network event proudly supported by Local Super 18 Nov 2011, was held at the Griffins Hotel with guest speaker’ s Nic Szuster CEO Local Super and Lowen Partridge, Peartree Marketing. Lowen presented on: ’Knowing How to Market Yourself’. A big thank you goes to Local Super for supporting this event.

Women’s Network Conference – 26 Oct 2011


The Women’s Network Conference ‘Unwrap Your Super Powers’ was held at the Convention Centre with 100 delegates and was a huge success.

The guest speakers included winners of 2011 Excellence Awards, showcasing their projects, 2 women (Kathryn Finnigan AM and Kylie Walsh) pioneering their way through SAPOL , breakout sessions to reflect on individual and collective goals, and to end a great  day Jennifer Jefferies, an inspirational speaker about work life balance and her 7 steps to sanity who had the delegates hanging off her every word and laughing hysterically. Thank you to all those who attended and participated.

Congratulations go to Bobbi Atherton (District Council of Yorke Peninsula) for winning the photo competition at the conference, a $200 voucher (proudly sponsored by ... I think the photos speak for themselves! Well done Bobbi.




Upcoming Events

1. LGMA (SA) 2012 State Conference

‘Talkin ‘About Your Generation’

24 February 2012

National Wine Centre

You can't miss this - our Annual Conference brings together insightful topics and brilliant speakers in an entertaining and informative format.

And of course, the LGMA (SA) Annual Conference provides spectacular opportunities for networking and sharing ideas.  Be there!

Click here for more information and to register.



2. 2011 Leadership Excellence Awards Dinner

Adelaide Convention Centre

20 April 2012



3. Leadership Excellence Awards –Call for nominations now open

Nominations Now Open

Click here for the online form!

Further details - click here for the full brochure

Upcoming training

1. 2012 Management Challenge - March 2012

Registrations now open!

The Management Challenge has its own website - check it out!

2. Register your Expression of Interest for:

2012 Impact Leadership/Diploma of Management for leaders in Local Government – LGMA (SA) collaborating with Proteus Leadership Centres.

This interactive program uses a practical approach to personal and professional development, combining theory and work related experiences and is designed to have an immediate impact on an individual and organisational level. Participants will explore ways to reach solutions to the real issues faced in the workplace, whilst learning about their own leadership style and behaviours.

Aug 9th and 10th

Sept 6th and 7th
Oct 11th and 12th

9am to 4pm daily

$2,500 per person ( an additional $1,450 is required to upgrade to the Diploma of Management)

Click here to register your interest to participate in this program/diploma 2012

3. 2012 Executive Leaders Program (XLP)

(dates TBA)

A Sector Relevant Approach
Designed exclusively to equip and support senior executives in local government in South Australia, including new Chief Executive Officers, Directors, Senior Managers and aspiring CEO's.  One of the most challenging career transitions in local government is moving from an operational focus to one requiring a strategic whole-of-council approach to leading and managing the full obligations of Council.

While the role of the Chief Executive Officer in South Australian local government is challenging, it is also highly rewarding for those who have the right mix of skills, experience, training and preparedness to lead in this uniquely diverse and dynamic environment.  However, this can sometimes be a difficult and daunting pursuit especially for those recently appointed or new to the sector.

3 day program, 9 to 4pm daily with Dinner on day 2
Click here to register your interest to participate in the 2012 XLP

4. Also -
Stay tuned for some very exciting information soon to be released regarding our very popular Emerging Leaders Program 2012!!!


Membership Matters

LGMA (SA) Membership for 2011/2012 

Now is the time to get on board and save!

With a packed schedule of fantastic events in the pipeline for early next year - get on board as a member now and save on your registration costs!

Members save from 10-50% on event registrations so join now!

If you would like further information on the types of memberships available and the benefits please click

Council Bundles

LGMA is now offering council memberships, with a wide range of benefits to participating councils. 

Find more details on council membership bundles here

or phone Mandy, our Manager Membership and Communications, for further details on 8100 9975.

Qantas club - special deal for LGMA members

LGMA (SA) members are eligible for corporate Qantas club membership rates as a newly arranged member benefit.  This results in a  $255 saving for a 1 year membership and $365 saving for a two year membership

Please phone Mandy on 8100 9975 for details.




LGMA Promotions - Thank you for your support!

We would like to acknowledge and thank our valued Corporate Partners for their ongoing support and enthusiasm as well as a big welcome to our new Corporate Partners for 2011/12. Please click on the link to see their logos, and while you are there, click on their logos to open their websites and learn more about them.



New Members

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

First name

Last name

Job Title




Manager Financial Services

District Council of Yorke Peninsula



Management Accountant

District Council of Yorke Peninsula



Manager Community Engagement

City of Holdfast Bay



Manager, Development Assessment

City of Tea Tree Gully

  General Manager  City Services
  City of Holdfast Bay
  Chief Financial Officer
  City of Onkaparinga

Not yet a member?  Join now! 


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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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