Issue 015
June 2012


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Stop Press
  • Industry Trends - LGMA Presentations Online
  • Member profile
  • Norman's Advice
  • Movers and Shakers
  • News Flash
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas - email etiquette
  • Recent Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Training
  • Membership Matters - Council Bundles
  • LGMA Promotions
  • About Us

Member profile

  • Karla Pickett


Upcoming Events:

  • Network events


Corporate Partners




A word from the CEO

As the end of the financial year approaches, I find myself both reflecting on the past year and planning for the year ahead.

Though the start of the year for LGMA (SA) saw the loss of 35 members to a new NT Division, we have since welcomed 78 new members which represents an increase of over 30% in our membership base! These new members are CEO’s, General Managers, Managers, and Officers from a wide range of backgrounds including engineering, planning, finance, I.T., HR, governance, community development and more.  

I’d like to thank all of our renewing members and all who have joined LGMA (SA) this last year. Your support of the Association is most appreciated and you are in good company.  If you are not a member, please consider joining – you will be part of a broad network of local government professionals who truly care about the sector and each other.

Another group most deserving of thanks is our Corporate Partners.  Without their support, events such as our Conference and Awards would not be possible. Their support goes beyond dollars, with many contributing support in the way of ideas, a helping hand, a shared resource or acting as LGMA (SA) “ambassadors” during their travels.

At our recent Board meeting a three year Strategic Plan was adopted which will pave the way for further growth while ensuring we remain relevant to the local government sector and continuously raise the bar on the events and programs we provide.  I look forward to a year of delivering on our core programs while introducing some new pilot programs as well.

I hope you all enjoy this edition of Leaders Connect.




Stop Press - City of Salisbury 2nd in Australasia (and first in Australia) in LGMA Australasian Management Challenge!

The Australasian Management Challenge was held in Melbourne on the 22nd June, and 8 teams from Australia and New Zealand took part.

This was the 20th year of the LGMA Management Challenge and it was as competitive as ever.

First place overall went to Hastings (NZ).

Salisbury were very proud to take second place overall, and were quick to claim the "Australian" victory!

Team members Skye Browne and Kim Ritter were among the first to take up their iphones to start letting the world know of their success.  And Thomas Alves, who had all the teams thinking he was from France, admitted (in a French accent) when accepting the award, that he is actually from Brazil!

Congratulations to City of Salisbury for a job well done, and for maintaining a fantastic spirit of fun and teamwork throughout.



Member profile - Karla Pickett

This month we speak with the School Services Librarian at Onkaparinga, Karla Pickett, and she shares her interesting background and ideas.

Hi Karla - What's your current role, and how long have you been in that role?

I am currently the School Services Librarian at the City of Onkaparinga. I am located at the Seaford Library, which is a joint use library between the City of Onkaparinga and DECD and my role is to ensure that the Seaford 6-12 School’s needs are met. I have been here for almost 3 years now.

What did you do prior to that?
Funnily enough, I was a secondary PE, Outdoor Ed and Science teacher, and I spent 7 years as an Officer in the Army Reserve, reaching the rank of Captain.

read more..

Industry Trends: National LGMA Congress presentations now online

Were you unable to make it to the National Congress in Perth? 

If so, you'll be very appreciative of the fantastic
information being provided by LGMA national - all the slides from the keynote and plenary sessions.

There is an absolute gold mine of information here - best practices, ideas, thought leadership and much more. 

You can access the information here...


Norman Waterhouse advice
- Councillor legal costs

Are legal expenses for Councillors covered by the council, or are they personally liable for their own legal costs?

This is a critical issue for Councils and Councillors.  A recent case illustrates the conditions upon which Councils are not responsible - read this incisive report from Norman's "May briefly" to learn more.


It was month of country appointments in June:

Trevor Smart was appointed CEO at the District Council of Grant

Roger Sweetman was appointed CEO at Robe

and Nick Brown was appointed CEO at Kingston

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



News Flash!

Are you a previous Emerging Leader?  A big announcement is coming soon!

Stay tuned!!!


Network News

If you would like to become a member of any of our networks in 2012 - just jump online and 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.

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.

On 31st May, 30 Emerging Leaders Alumni came together at the Historian to catch up over a drink and a nibble and listen to Jodie Nevid from BRS talk about “The Art vs the Science of Leadership.”

It was wonderful to see so many previous and current Emerging Leaders there and to witness first-hand the friendships which have lasted well beyond their program year.

A special thank you to BRS for hosting this most successful thought-provoking evening.

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.

The year started with a great event at the City of Onkaparinga on 28th March when we heard from Katrine Hilyard, Branch Secretary of the ASU on her life achievements and the motivation she has to face the challenges and opportunities as a high profile leader.  The network also then undertook a training session on work life balance presented by Vashti Wallace.  There were over 60 women for the morning and congratulations to the City of Onkaparinga for organizing the event and sponsoring a great lunch.

Our next event is on Wednesday 27th June at the City of Charles Sturt commencing at 9.00am.  We will not only hear from our host Jan Cornish, GM Asset Management Services but also, Victoria MacKirdy, LGMA (SA) Board Member, and  Acting GM Corporate Services, City of Unley on work and life.   The network meeting will also provide an opportunity to hear from Louise Macartney and Vassi Coutsoumbes who will provide important information on how we can influence our environments to remain healthy and active.

I would love to see you there!

Cate Atkinson
Chair, LGMA Women’s Network

LGMA (SA) Women's Network Forums
27 Jun 2012 9:15 AM • City of Charles Sturt, Civic Centre, 72 Woodville Rd, Woodville

For more details, click here...

26 Sep 2012 9:15 AM • The Barossa Council - 43-51 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa

For more details, click here...

LGMA (SA) Women’s Network 2012 Conference
2 November 2012
National Wine Centre Australia
Save the date – Registrations open soon!!!

50:50 Vision: Councils for Gender Equity Program For more details, click here...

Tips and Tricks - email etiquette!

This quick, 2 minute video on the "top 5 email time wasters" has some fantastic tips on how to make your emails more effective, and save time for yourself and your colleagues.

It's a "must see" video for those who deal with tonnes of emails everyday!

Click on the picture or click here to view the video


Recent events
- Launch of CEO Network

LGMA (SA) was pleased to host a lunch at Concubine restaurant to officially launch the new CEO Network on the 22nd June.

The lunch was attended by Minister Russell Wortley, Mick Petrovski from the Office for State/ Local Government Relations and guest speaker, Kate Costello, from Governance Matters, along with 20 CEO’s. 

Many ideas for the new network were discussed, including future events and topics.

Brian Carr was appointed as the Chair of the network and calls for nominations for the coordinating committee will be issued to all CEO’s.


Forget the 3 Musketeers!  What about the 3 Brave CEO's (and one Mayor)!?!

Three of our Local Government CEO's, and one Mayor, braved the freezing conditions to take part in the "CEO Sleepout" on the 21st of June.

Local Government Leaders (L-R)

Mark Searle: CEO City of Marion
Peter Smith: CEO Adelaide City Council
Robert Bria: Mayor City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters
Andrew Johnson: CEO Port Pirie Regional Council.

And you can still donate!  Just click here to donate to the CEO sleepout....


Upcoming events

LGMA (SA) Women's Network Forums

1. 27 Jun 2012 9:15 AM • City of Charles Sturt, Civic Centre, 72 Woodville Rd, Woodville

Click here for more details.

2. 26 Sep 2012 9:15 AM • The Barossa Council - 43-51 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa

For more details, click here...

LGMA (SA) Women’s Network 2012 Conference
2 November 2012
National Wine Centre Australia
Save the date – Registrations open soon!!!




Sponsor Column - Norman's Conference

Don’t miss the most important and comprehensive conference on the legal issues impacting Local Government. Over 200 delegates attended last year’s Norman Waterhouse Local Government Conference. This year Normans will highlight
emerging trends and key issues affecting South Australian councils, drawing on
Normans’ unique perspective as the leading advisor to the sector.

Click here to view the Norman Waterhouse Local Government Conference 2012 Program, and click here to register.


Upcoming training

Register your Expression of Interest for one (or both) of these outstanding development programs:

1. 2012 Impact Leadership/Diploma of Management for leaders in Local Government

LGMA (SA) is collaborating with Proteus Leadership Centres to bring you this interactive program.  The 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


Membership Matters

Simply renew and this could be you, chillaxing in a SPA!

Or walking on the beach, shopping, soaking up the culture - it's your choice!

We are running a promotion to encourage you to renew, pay and update your contact information by 31 July 2012.

You will be automatically entered into win a $300 voucher should you do all three things by then.

So renew now!!



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.


Pass this on!

Please send this email to your colleagues!

If you have received this newsletter from a colleague, you are invited to join our mailing list.  Just send us your email details to

Also, if you are current subscriber, don't forget to update your email details with us if you are about to change your email address (e.g. if you are changing jobs...)


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.




LGMA (SA) PO Box 754, Kent Town SA 5071 | Level 2, 157 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000 | Ph: 8100-9975


Mailing Address:  5 Hauteville Tce EASTWOOD   Phone: 8291-7990   Fax: 8451-1568   E-mail:

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software