Issue 030
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
  • About Us

Member profile

  • Chris Parish


Upcoming Events:

  • Network events


Corporate Partners





A word from the CEO

Welcome to the September issue of Leaders Connect.

September! If you're like me, you're wondering how that happened!

As we head in to the home stretch of the year, it's a great time to start reflecting on your achievements with a view to nominating for an LGMA (SA) Leadership Excellence Award - because we all need to celebrate and share our success. Nominations will be open in the coming months.

Daily, I am inspired by the passion for community which exists in local government and we are busy planning to celebrate that in April at our annual gala dinner. 

Also, a reminder to all members to please register to attend our AGM on 24th October in conjunction with the LGA AGM. It's a great opportunity to catch up with your fellow members and receive an update on LGMA (SA) news. 

Hope to see you there,




LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

September 2013 - Chris ParishChris Parish - photo coutesy The Plains Producer

This month we speak with Chris Parish, Community and Development Services Manager at Wakefield Regional Council.

Hi Chris - thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?

I am currently the Community & Development Services Manager.

The role involves the areas of Building & Development, Environmental Management, General Inspectorate and Community Development.

Where were you before and what attracted you to your current role?

For the past 7 years I have worked in the private and not for profit sectors mainly in Training and Business Development, most recently with an Indigenous Training & Labour Hire National Company called National Indigenous Training & Hire.  As National Training Manager I was responsible for Business Development throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory as well as managing Compliance of their Registered Training Organisation.

read more..



Industry Trends:

Smart Cities - what are the latest trends?

Around the world, new cities are being built, while cities that have been around for centuries are being upgraded for the future.

It is partly a reaction to over-crowding and pollution and partly because in an ever-connected world, it makes increasing sense to hook entire cities up to the network.

A smarter city may mean one that uses data on traffic to ease congestion or one that aims to join up services to provide better information for citizens. For many it is about making cities greener....

read more..


News Flash!

Taryn did us proud!Taryn, with husband Luke at the awards

Hearty congratulations to our own CEO Taryn Sexton, who was a finalist in the SA Telstra Women's awards in the community and government category..

Whilst she didn't win her category, we are all very proud of her achievements.

Taryn has been at the helm of LGMA SA for nearly four years. Her achievements include increasing membership by one-third, increasing corporate partnership 200 per cent and improving LGMA SA’s financial position by 82 per cent.

With a long history of success in leading non-profit organisations, she was a most worthy nominee.


Vale - Colin Wirth

The LGMA (SA) was sad to hear of the recent passing of Colin Wirth at age 84, a former member who had a long involvement and commitment to the local government sector and was a mentor to many over the years...


•    Stephanie Coughlin has taken up the position of Community Services Officer at Renmark Paringa Council, moving from the role of Healthy Communities Assistant
•    Peter Graves has taken up the role of Organisational Development Officer at Renmark Paringa Council
•    Emily White has joined the Wattle Range Council in the role of Manager, Economic Development
•    John Martin-Brown has taken the position of Manager Human Resources at 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 - 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 next CEO Network event is the Appreciative Enquiry Workshop on 14 November.  See below in "Upcoming Events" for details.

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.

Welcome from the New Chair of the Community Managers Network 

Hello.  I’m Bronwyn Webster, Manager of Customer and Community Services at the City of Charles and newly elected Chair of the Local Government Community Managers Network.  I am very excited to be taking on this role and look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible in the coming months.  I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to my predecessor Cam Opie who has worked tirelessly and with great passion and commitment for the past 7 years as Chair.  Cam has lead, guided and at times pushed the network committee to focus on clarifying our role and purpose and growing the network.  Without his leadership and drive the network would not be in the great shape that it is today.  Thank you Cam!

The strength of our network is directly related to the input of our members both at committee level and through the various events we run and issues we pursue.  I draw your attention to our annual rural meeting which this year is being held in beautiful Victor Harbor on Thursday October 31, followed by a network meeting on Friday November 1.  The theme is Developing our Communities – what value? Can we afford not to do it?

 The day will focus on evaluating and measuring the social and economic impact of community development and will include presentations and case studies from several regional and rural councils.  Keynote speaker will be Dr Helen Feist. Helen is the Deputy Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide. Dr Feist’s work has a focus on the dynamics of population change, the demography of Australia and South Australia’s population, with particular attention to rural communities, the influence of migration and ageing on our population, and the implications of these issues for society and communities.  I commend this conference to you and hope to see you there.

I look forward to meeting you all and encourage you to become involved in your network activities.

Visit for up to date Network information and to register for the upcoming Conference.

LGMA (SA) Leaders Alumni Network

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

As another year comes to close, I thought it was a good to highlight a couple of changes that have recently taken affect:

My name is Ryan England and I have recently been appointed the Chair for the Leaders Alumni Network. I am currently the Manager, Information & Communication Technology at The Barossa Council, a position which I have held for over 5 years. I completed the Emerging Leaders Program in 2011 and have been a member of the committee for the past two years. I am passionate about Local Government and networking across the sector to share ideas and experiences.

With the recent addition of the Professional Leaders Program to the programs that the LGMA offer this network recently underwent a name change… This network is open to anyone who has completed either the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) or the Professional Leaders Program (PLP).

A big thank you goes out to Clive Harrington (City of Campbelltown) who was the previous Chair. Clive was instrumental in establishing the network and his efforts are certainly appreciated.

This year we have a number of new faces on the committee:

Kylie Flynn     City of Onkaparinga, Customer Team Development Coordinator
Bobbi Pertini    District Council of Yorke Peninsula, HR Advisor
Russell Peate    Mid Murray Council, CEO
Brett Steiner    City of Tea Tree Gully, Senior Strategic Advisor
David Carroll    Adelaide City Council, ICT Infrastructure & Operations
Vesna Haracic    City of Salisbury, Team Leader- Housing and Cultural Services

It is certainly plenty of exciting times ahead with a number of events/sessions being planned. Whilst 2014 holds some extra significance as it is the 10th anniversary of Emerging Leaders Program, planning is underway to recognise this with a special event. Stay tuned the Leaders Connect eNewsletter for further details regarding upcoming events.

Lastly, if anyone has any questions regarding the Leaders Alumni Network or the programs please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn or Mandy who can pass on my details. I look forward to see many of you at our upcoming events.

Ryan England.

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.

We have had a great year since launching the women’s network and we certainly wish to thank our members for supporting the programs that have been delivered over the last 12 months.

Earlier in September we were pleased to be able to provide a training and development program in Mannum to support our regional members.  Michelle Holland and Leanne Hague provided everyone with not only excellent training in respect to whole brain thinking, but also special reasons to support those around us through organ donation. With nearly 30 participants, the day was a great success and the feedback has been extremely positive about getting out to country locations – a theme we will continue into the future.

On 8th November we have our annual conference, again to be held at the Wine Centre, Hackney.  This is a great opportunity to hear from very successful women and the program has been developed having regard to your feedback from last year. 

I am looking forward to presenting to you Khadija Gbla, 2011 Young South Australian of the Year and Young African Australia of the Year, Kym Williams, Managing Director of BRS, and Lois Whittal from the University of Adelaide along with many other successful women from local government and business providing panel discussion and master classes, and expect the day to again be a highlight in our development and training calendar.

I would love to see you there!

Cate Atkinson
Chair, LGMA Women’s Network


National News - Citizen Committees

New research from Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACLEG) has explored the role of citizens' committees in Australian local government decision-making processes.

The report, The Role and Future of Citizen Committees in Australian Local Government will be a useful resource for councils looking to enhance the effectiveness of community committees.

Committee types include both council-appointed committees, and incorporated non-for-profit organisations.

read more..


Tips and Ideas - Make stress your friend!

How do you view stress - as something harmful, or something positive?

In this short, Ted Talk video, Kelly McGonical talks about how you can change your mindset about stress - and reap the health benefits as a result!

View the video here..


LGM Latest Edition online

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

Click here to read the latest edition.


AWLGA Mini Conference

The Local Government Women’s MINI CONFERENCE No.2
will be held on Friday 25 October 2013, at Tea Tree Gully Council Civic Centre,
571 Montague Road, Modbury

read more..


New Members

Wayne Hart, CEO, District Council of Mt Remarkable

Michelle Holland, Manager, People and Culture, City of Salisbury

Correction from last month’s edition:

Pat Gerace is the Executive Director Intergovernmental Relations, Local Government Association of SA  - not Kangaroo Island!


Recent events

Around 30 women working in Local Government met in Mannum on the 11th September to attend a Women’s Network Forum discussing Change and Resilience, hosted by the Mid Murray Council.

Guest speaker Michelle Holland, Manager, People and Culture at the City of Salisbury led an interactive workshop about managing change, understanding different personality types and ideas for maintaining a lifestyle balance.

Also joining the forum was guest speaker Leanne Hague from Taylor’s Gift Foundation, who provided the attendees with a touching story about the loss of her infant and the gift that organ donation had provided to other children.

It was impressive to see such high attendance at the event and we thank all attendees and guest speakers for their time. A big thank you also to Mid Murray Council, CEO Russell Peate and Carol and Rose for all their assistance with the event.

We look forward to seeing the Network gather again at the Women’s Conference in November!


Upcoming Events
and Programs

Register now:

There are several upcoming events we encourage you to get along to!

16 Oct 2013 8:30 AM • The Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, 1 Daw St, Corner Eyre Hwy & Stuart Hwy Port Augusta West

16 Oct 2013 7:00 PM • The Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, 1 Daw St, Corner Eyre Hwy & Stuart Hwy Port Augusta West

24 Oct 2013 5:00 PM • Green Room, Adelaide Entertainment Centre

31 Oct 2013 10:00 AM • Victor Harbor Council Chambers, 1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor

14 Nov 2013 10:00 AM • Statewide Super, 211 Victoria Square Adelaide

08 Nov 2013 9:00 AM • National Wine Centre, Cnr Hackney & Botanic Rds, Adelaide


Save the Date:

Annual Conference – 21 February 2014, Adelaide Festival Centre


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