Issue 033
December 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

  • Evelyn Pollard


Upcoming Events:

  • Network events
  • PLP
  • 2014 Conference


Corporate Partners





A word from the CEO

Congratulations to the 2013 Emerging Leaders who graduated on 13 December. 

You can view their report “Community Expectations of Local Government - Are Councils the Heart of our Communities?” here. 
I congratulate each and every Emerging Leader on a year of growth, reflection and hard work. 

LGMA (SA) once again looks forward to partnering with the Executive Education Unit at the University of Adelaide to deliver this accredited program in 2014.

Merry Christmas and Happy new Year to all of our members, partners, sponsors, and to all in local government from the LGMA (SA) Board and staff. 

We wish you a safe and restful season and look forward to seeing you in 2014!




LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

December - Evelyn Pollard

This month we speak with Evelyn Pollard, Manager Human Resources and Service Centre at the City of West Torrens.

Evelyn reflects on her time in local government, and shares her "top 5" tips for recruitment and retention.

Hi Evelyn - thanks for speaking with us.

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

My current role is Manager Human Resources and Service Centre, where I am responsible for  customer service, human resources, work health and safety, injury management and public liability.

read more..


Sponsor insight

Connor Holmes (a Fyfe Company) again featured heavily in the Planning Institute of Australia SA Division Awards for Excellence, walking away with two awards and a commendation.

Along with the District Council of Mallala and the Hickinbotham Group, Connor Holmes received an Award for Excellence in the Improving Planning Processes and Practices category for its work in designing and delivering a growth planning process for residential expansion at Two Wells.

This project was recognised for its innovative and leading-edge approach to linking a range of planning tools and processes (some new, and some tried-and-tested) to give effect to a community-grounded vision for growth.  A strong understanding of both private sector and local government imperatives allowed Connor Holmes to design and deliver a process which allowed the requirements of the Council and the developer to be integrated within a strong partnership framework.

This project also received a commendation from the Minister for Planning, recognising its strengths as an integrated planning process for greenfields growth areas.

Connor Holmes (with the Port Pirie Regional Council) also received an award in the category of Best Planning Ideas – Large for its work on the Port Pirie Retail and Industrial/Employment Lands project.  These studies were designed to assist underpin Council’s future planning both at a Council governance and economic development perspective and also from a land use planning perspective to support a vibrant community.

These pieces of work included both empirical and secondary research to ensure that the findings were relevant to Port Pirie as a City and Council but also to the wider region.  The studies identify opportunities for Port Pirie to expand its economic base and employment activities and to lever off other emerging and existing industries.  They conclude by showing the potential for demand in land for retail and other employment/industrial land uses, identified preferred locations and include recommendations for amending the Council’s Development Plan, along with ideas for considering the wider economic impacts for Port Pirie.

These projects were recognised for taking an holistic approach that is technically underpinned to provide for sound sustainable communities through planning practice.

Connor Holmes’ success in the 2013 PIA Awards follows a strong achievement in 2012, when the firm was recognised with two commendations and an award (for the Green Infrastructure Working Paper, which went on to receive a National Award for excellence).

*Sponsor insight is a monthly column to provide an opportunity for LGMA SA's sponsors to share their experience and advice on local government issues.


Industry Trends:

Encouraging social and health benefits as payment options?

Some councils (and other levels of government) around the world are looking at the potential social and health benefits of alternative forms of payment for fines and services.

A city in Canada allows payment for parking fines in toys (at least in the Christmas season!) and has achieved some amazing results.

Read more about this innovative approach by the City of Red Deer here..

And subway riders in Russia (in scheme designed to also promote the 2014 Winter Olympics) can pay for their tickets by performing 30 squats instead of the $1 fare.

This gives train riders some extra exercise in their day - and helps promote health and well being. 

What could Australian councils do to follow suit?  Worth thinking about....

Read more about the Russian train initiative here..


News Flash!

Christmas Holiday Hours

LGMA (SA) will be closed from 5pm 19th December to 9am 13th January.


Simon Murphy has joined the Alexandrina Council as the Coordinator Library Services

Robin Gregor has taken up the position of CEO at District Council of Streaky Bay

Lachlan Miller has taken up the position of Manager Governance at Adelaide Hills 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 CEO Network enjoyed a successful year in 2013, holding four significant events and workshops. 

Please save the date for the next CEO Network Forum to be held on Friday 28th March. Registrations will be open in early 2014.

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.

The Local Government Community Managers Network has had another busy year, highlighted by our regional conference at Victor Harbor at the end of October.  At that Conference we made mention of Frank Hornby’s book “Australian Local Government and Community Development – From Colonial Times to the 21st Century”.

This book focuses on the history and achievements of Australian local governments. Tracing their beginnings from colonial times and highlighting milestones up until the present day, it follows the growth and development of local governments, their interaction with the state and federal governments, and their responses and solutions to changes in Australian life. It examines local governments’ relations with Indigenous peoples and migrants, approaches to housing and community development issues, and involvement in local arts and culture.

This book also explores the way in which local governments provide the Australian people with a voice, acting as an intermediary between them and the state and federal governments.

I commend this book to you – perhaps some interesting festive season reading!  It is available from LGMA – an order form can be found here.

Season’s Greetings to all,

Bronwyn Webster, Chair, Community Managers Network

LGMA (SA) Leaders Alumni Network

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

Last week, 25 participants from a wide cross section of Councils graduated after successfully completing the 2013 Emerging Leaders Program. This program is very different from generic leadership development programs as it focuses specifically on leadership in a local government context.

These graduates join many others who have completed one of the leadership programs offered by the LGMA (SA) and are now welcomed into Leaders Alumni Network. The aim of the network is to promote and develop leadership excellence within local government through events and networking sessions.

There are a number of exciting events planned for 2014, so please ensure that you keep a look out in the Leaders Connect eNewsletter for further details.

Ryan England, Chair, Leaders Alumni Network

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.

All the very best for Christmas and the New Year! Can you believe how quickly the year has gone by but how exciting it was! I would like to thank all of our network members and sponsors for supporting the programs that have been delivered over the last 12 months.

Not only have we provided 2 very successful training forums focussed on whole brain thinking with one of these in Mannum, the network also facilitated an excellent State conference attended by over 120 fabulous women. 

The forums provided a great opportunity for more personalised training and with one in the country we were able to leave the metropolitan area behind for a fabulous day in a great region.  The very successful sell out annual conference, focussed on Bee-lieve it! Achieve it! provided a significant highlight for the year and I have been inspired from all the great presenters – who could forget Khadija Gbla – a very inspiring woman.

So, mark in your calendars events as they are promoted and don’t forget to discuss with your manager opportunities for supporting one of the key networks in local government.

Cate Atkinson
Chair, LGMA Women’s Network


A little Christmas Magic

A surprising and fun promotion by Westjet (a Canadian low-cost airline) put smiles on plenty of faces at Christmas.  It's entertaining but also interesting to see how some promotions can really hit the mark.

No doubt it put smiles on the faces of their marketing department too - because this You Tube video has more than 27 Million views....  :)

Watch the video here.


LGMA National News

Registrations are open for the 2014 LGMA National Congress & Business Expo.

Join economist Nicholas Gruen, innovator Roy Green, the Grattan Institute's Jane-Francis Kelly and Professor Gary Banks for two days of discussion on Productive Communities.

read more..


LGM Latest Edition online

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

Click here to read the latest edition.


LGMA Promotions

Have you considered taking part in the Professional Leaders Program in 2014?

In any role, it is essential to have a good understanding of financial management, operational excellence and the need to contribute to strategic planning within your organisation.  In 2013 one of our bright young Managers at Yorke Peninsula Council was successful in obtaining a UHY Haines Norton scholarship to undertake the PLP program.  This unique development opportunity tailored at university level has strengthened her knowledge and capabilities in being able to develop into future leadership roles, in addition to providing networking opportunities with other Local Government authorities. Her future looks very bright!

Andrew Cameron
Chief Executive Officer
Yorke Peninsula Council

Click here for the 2014 Prospectus.

Get in quick – Registrations Close 13th January

There’s also some good news for Rural Councils - UHY Haines Norton has kindly sponsored a scholarship fund for rural participants again in 2014 – application forms are available here and close 9.00 am on 13 January 2014.

Registrations Now Open for 2014 Conference: ‘Change’ Under the Spotlight.

Friday 21 February 2014
Adelaide Festival Centre
Book Now!

Featuring a great line up of speakers including:

Doug McKay, Outgoing Chief Executive, Auckland Council
Greg Doyle, Director Corporate and Community Services, City of Wollongong
Jodie Nevid, Practice Leader, BRS

Designed and staged for local government officers, professionals and managers - the sector is your stage!

Register before the 13th Jan to go in the draw for a chance to win one of 3 complimentary tickets!

Apply Now for the Sponsored Rural Table of 8, kindly supported by UHY Haynes Norton - refer to the Program for application details.

Click here for the Program
Click here to Register

Email now to put your name down for the Rural Table of 8 –


Survey Winner

Congratulations to Melissa Marschall of Mid Murray Council on winning the ipad mini for completing our survey and thank you to everyone for participating. 

We are analysing the responses to ensure we are meeting your needs.


Recent events

Last week the ELP celebrated the graduation of the 2013 Emerging Leaders Program.

See the Networks section for details of this fantastic event!


Upcoming Events
and Programs

Plan your professional development for 2014 now!

The LGMA (SA) have several exciting professional development opportunities that take place in early 2014 – so it’s important to check these out and book in before heading off on holidays!

Professional Leaders Program  – registrations close 13th January!
Click Here for information

Annual Excellence Awards Program  - nominations close 24th January!
Click Here for information

State Conference ‘Change: Under the Spotlight’– early bird promotion ends 17th January!
Click Here for information

(Please also note a Rural Table has been kindly sponsored by UHY Haines Norton – apply for a seat by emailing by 13th January)

State Management Challenge – register now!
Click Here for more information

Awards Gala Dinner – further details to come!

CEO Network Forum 28th March with Commissioner Lander and panel - further details to come!


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