Issue 029
August 2013


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Industry Trends
  • Member profile
  • News Flash
  • Network News
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • LGMA Promotions
  • About Us

Member profile

  • Tony Siviour


Upcoming Events:

  • Network events


Corporate Partners





A word from the CEO

This month the LGMA (SA) team welcomes Melanie Winter as our new full time Administrative Officer.  Mel has already helped run two events and has not yet been with us a fortnight – what a start!

Thank you to all of our members, corporate partners, event sponsors, volunteers and event attendees for your support last financial year. 

Because of each and every one of you, LGMA (SA) has had a great year advancing excellence in local government management.  Click here to view a short video looking back at the year:

Happy Footy Finals All!





LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

August 2013 - Tony Siviour

This month we speak with the CEO of Renmark Paringa Council, Tony Siviour.  Tony tells us about his background, what he enjoys most about working for a country council and his ideas for the future.

Hi Tony - thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
I am currently the CEO of the Renmark Paringa Council and have been in this role for approximately two and a half years.

Where were you before and what attracted you to your current role?
I spent approximately 5 years on the Eyre Peninsula in my first CEO role before returning to the Riverland, with a short 10 month stint at Rural City of Murray Bridge. I am passionate about the Riverland and had always wanted to return to the community where I grew up in a decision making capacity.

What is the most satisfying thing about working in Local Government?
Positive outcomes at a local level. That’s what I enjoy the most.
We have an extremely well presented town which we pride ourselves on and to receive positive feedback on the presentation of the town gives me great satisfaction. I also enjoy the great diversity that comes with the job.

read more..


Industry Trends:

Future Proofing Local Government - National Workforce Strategy 2013-2020

LGMA, together with ACELG has prepared the first-ever comprehensive and consistent national approach to local government workforce development.
The Strategy is designed to address retention, development and attraction at a time when Australia is experiencing increasing demand for skilled workers, and local government is taking on increasing responsibilities for service delivery at the local level.
The Strategy was funded by the Australian Government and prepared by the Local Government Practice Unit of LGMA on behalf of ACELG's Workforce Development Program.

  read more..


News Flash!

Plan well ahead!

LGMA (SA) calendar of events 2013-16 now available.

Make sure you don't miss out on anything - start marking out the dates in your calendar now! 


Peter Bice (formerly Mitcham Council) has won a position at the Barossa Council in the role of 'Director Works and Engineering Services'

Marc Van Riet (formerly of Copper Coast Council) has begun in the role of ‘Building Development Officer’ at the District Council of Yorke Peninsula.

Peter Halton has joined the Wattle Range Council as ‘Director Engineering Services’.

Sid Jain has joined the Wattle Range Council as ‘Director Corporate Services’.

Emily White will begin in the position of ‘Manager Economic Development‘ on 9th September at the Wattle Range Council.

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


Network News

If you would like to become a member of any of our networks in 2013 - just jump online and register here..

CEO Network

The CEO Network is open to local government CEO’s in South Australia who are LGMA (SA) members and has a main focus of sharing knowledge, offering peer support and teasing out opportunities

The most recent CEO Network Forum was recently held at the Science Exchange. 35 Local Government CEOs attended the presentation which was an opportunity to discuss the Towards the Council of the Future discussion paper and featured a range of informative presentations by the Local Expert Excellence Panel and Council CEOs.

It was impressive to see such high attendance at the event and we thank all attendees, the Local Expert Excellence Panel and guest speakers for their time. We look forward to seeing the Network gather again at the September and November workshops!

The Towards the Council of the Future discussion paper can be found online at the LGA website.

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 & Call for Expressions of Interest for Presenters and Case Studies!
Community Managers Network Rural Workshop & Dinner 2013
Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November 2013, Victor Harbor

Conference Themes:
•    Social Infrastructure Planning
•    Social Return on Investment & Evaluation
•    HACC / Ageing

Expressions of interest are now open for presenters and case studies for the Community Managers Network Rural Conference.

Please briefly outline your interest and proposed presentation in an email to Melanie Winter: no later than Wednesday 4th September.

Conference Details:
Thursday 31st October, 10.30-5pm, Victor Harbor Council Chambers
Post Conference Halloween Dinner, McCracken Country Club

All Welcome – Registrations opening soon!

Friday 1st November, Community Managers Network Meeting, 9-1pm, McCracken Country Club
CMN Members Event

Accommodation at McCracken Country Club can be organised through the LGMA (SA). Email for more information.

Further registration and program details to come!

LGMA (SA) Leaders Alumni Network

Aim: to promote and develop leadership excellence within local government amongst LGMA (SA) leadership program graduates.

Members of our Leaders Alumni Network attended a valuable career and lifestyle session last Friday 16th August hosted by Statewide Super.

Participants had a chance to network and to hear from guest speaker, Statewide Super’s Acting People and Culture Manager, Julia Simcock. Julia explained how she strives to manage the balance of career, family and lifestyle goals and shared some tools and experience learnt along the way.

Thank you to Julia Simcock and Statewide Super for making a great event possible and for the Leaders Alumni Network attendees who came out on such a wet and wintry night!

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.

Planning is underway for the Annual Women’s Conference on 8 November. SAVE THE DATE!
The next Forum will be held at Mid Murray on 11 September – details in Upcoming Events Section below.


National News

Have you ever wanted to take your local government interests and experience overseas?

Do you want to network and exchange knowledge with your local government peers overseas?

Are you interested in participating in an international fellowship program?

Would you like to host an international local government professional in your local council?

Have you ever wanted to use your local government experience to play a role in addressing key development issues within our region?

If you answered "yes" to one or more of these, then you may like to be involved in an LGMA International Program.  Register your interest to keep up to date on our international activities and upcoming international programs being offered to LGMA members.


Tips and Ideas - 12 ways to nail your presentation in the last 30 seconds

Do your presentations end with a crescendo, leaving your key points firmly in the audiences' minds, or do your run through heaps of slides only for your presentation to die out with merely a whimper at the end?

Check out these 12 tips and make your presentations memorable!


LGM Latest Edition online

Federal Election 2013 - What do we want?

LGMA's national publication, Local Government Manager, is now available online.

Click here to read the latest edition.


Parks and Leisure Conference

2013 Parks and Leisure Australia Annual Conference -

Transforming People and Places
Melbourne, 13-16 October, 2013

read more..


New Members

Nathan Cunningham, Light Regional Council

Pat Gerace, Kangaroo Island Council

Darren Keenan, Kangaroo Island Council


LGMA Promotions

Membership Renewals 2013/14

Congratulations to Reece Harrison, City of Charles Sturt on winning a $300 Myer Voucher for renewing his membership by 31 July 2013.

Well done Reece - enjoy the voucher!

Qantas Club Discounts

One of the many great benefits our members receive is:


Save $225 on a new 1yr membership or $305 for 2yr membership, with significant reductions in both joining fee and renewal fees.

Join us!

Want to join the LGMA (SA)? Click here for details.


Upcoming Events
and Programs

Register now:

LGMA (SA) Women's Network Forum
11 Sep 2013 11:00 AM • Barn Conference Centre Randell Street, Mannum (opposite the Mannum Caravan Park)

CEO Network - Stand and Deliver the Council of the Future
13 Sep 2013 1:00 PM • Executive Education Unit, University of Adelaide, Level 7, 10 Pulteney St, Adelaide SA

CEO Network - Adaptive Leadership Workshop
14 Nov 2013 10:00 AM • Statewide Super, 211 Victoria Square Adelaide

LGMA (SA) Women's Network Forum
11 Sep 2013 11:00 AM • Mid Murray Council, 49 Adelaide Road, Mannum, SA

Save the Date:

Rural Management Challenge – 16 October in Port Augusta - registrations will open soon.

LGMA (SA) AGM  - 24 October at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Community Managers Rural Workshop – 31 October / 1 November Victor Harbor

Women’s Conference – 8 November at the National Wine Centre


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