Issue 045
February 2015

  • A word from the CEO
  • Member profile
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Recent Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Steve Woolley

  • 2015 Excellence Awards
  • Workshop Wednesdays
  • Women's Network




A word from the CEO

It was great to see so many of you among the 200 delegates at our recent “The Brave and the Bold” conference at the National Wine Centre.

The wonderful thing about our conference, and our Association, is that we attract local government professionals at all levels and from all departments proving that leadership truly is an action, not a position. 

There was a strong call throughout the day to unite as a sector and tell our story. A story of sharing, a  story of saving, a story of delivering economic and social growth to our communities. I see it so often in local government- great things are happening but we are too busy doing those things (or too humble) to promote them. 

One such avenue for the promotion of these projects is through our Awards program.  Come out and celebrate with us on 17th April, for more details read on. 

This edition of Leaders Connect is jam packed with lots of network news, upcoming event and program information and some handy tips and articles.  We hope you enjoy it!




News Flash!

LG Professionals SA Gala Awards Dinner – Friday 17th April

The judging has begun and we can’t wait to see you to celebrate the success of your industry with your local government peers at the upcoming Gala Awards Dinner on Friday 17th April in the brand new Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention Centre.

Registrations are now open – get in quick as last year it was close to sold out!!

Council bundle holders have received information on how to register pre-allocated tickets.

We look forward to seeing you there for a great night!

Register Now!



Member Profile

Proudly sponsored by

February 2015 - Steve Woolley

This month we speak with Steve Woolley, Corporate Services Manager / Deputy CEO at Wudinna District Council.

As a recent graduate of both the Professionals Leaders Program, (PLP) and the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Steve talks about the value of the programs in terms of direct benefits to both his daily role and the council overall. 

He also speaks about the challenges faced by smaller, regional councils and the importance of Legislative compliance.

read more..



Industry Trends

Urban Farming

Local markets for fresh produce, grown locally, are increasing in number and popularity across Australia and other countries.

With the average Aussie "quarter acre block" a thing if the past - how can local community spaces provide new or re-envigorated places to grow produce?

read more..

Network News


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 Women’s Network Committee which has recently welcomed many new members, have been busy planning their calendar of events and goals for 2015.

Please check out our 
webpage for details of our forthcoming events, the first of which is ‘The Ultimate Life Planning Workshop’ run by The 7 Effect on 27 April 2015 which looks to be a great event to kick off the year.

We’re always interested in hearing your ideas so if there’s any particular areas of training and development you’d be interested in please let us know. 

Emma Morgan


CEO Network

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

Save the date for the next session to be held on 22nd May 2015, details to be sent shortly.


General Managers Network

Creating Efficiencies - Resource Sharing

A very enthusiastic discussion took place at the last GM Network meeting on 23rd January 2015 about how General Managers from across the region could work together and derive benefits from closer cooperation.

One of the ideas debated was the sharing of personnel resources. As you all know, South Australia has 68 Councils of varying sizes, all of which have a significant number of internal and external services / functions to perform no matter the size of the council.

read more..

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 Community Managers Network send their congratulations to the Local Government Youth Network who recently held their inaugural Conference which was a sell-out success!

Please read ‘recent events' for more information on this fantastic event.


Leaders Alumni Network

Aim: to promote and develop leadership excellence within local government amongst LG Professionals SA leadership program graduates.

The Leaders Alumni are pleased to present the 2015 Workshop Wednesdays on the topics of ‘The Art of Effective Communication’ and ‘Taking the Torture out of performance reviews’.

Check out the upcoming events section for more details.

Sponsor Insight – Maintenance obligations under council leases

The extent of a tenant's responsibility to maintain their premises under a lease is often an area of concern for both landlords and tenants, and is not always easy to determine. 

Councils are typically responsible for an array of properties either owned by the council, or under its care and control.  It is important for councils to ensure their lease agreements are regularly reviewed, and that those properties are regularly inspected to ensure their tenants are not only complying with their maintenance, repair and replacement obligations, but also, to ensure that all maintenance works have been properly completed in accordance with all relevant laws and standards.

read more.. ____________________________________________________________________


Tips and Ideas

10 Simple Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science

Do you want to be happier, have more energy, be more effective and have more leisure time?

Of course!  Who wouldn't?  

So take 5 minutes of your time to check out this scientifically-backed list of breakthroughs....

read more..


Looking Back - and forward? 

Adelaide Tram Network

Another thing that seems be "coming around again" to the thinking of yesteryear is transport. 

Back in the 1950's, Adelaide was serviced by a broad network of trams that were gradually phased out by the late 1950's to be largely replaced by buses. 

By 1958 the Glenelg tram was the only line left, until the recent Adelaide and Hindmarsh lines came into service.

With talk of extending these new services further - if only we still had the network that existed 60 years ago? 

Check out the network map! (right)



LG Professionals SA Promotions

Adelaide College of the Arts - Special Invitation

Cultural Precincts:
The Creative Collision of Infrastructure, Design and Pragmatism

Thursday 5 March

You are invited to join Brian Debnam as he shares his extensive experience developing cultural and festival precincts, reinvigorating live performances spaces, re-visioning and re-using heritage buildings, along with creative resourcing options.

Hear about his work providing project management services, feasibility studies, organisational development and business planning for over 60 different clients in the UK, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.




 New Members

  • Sue Miller, District Council of Mount Barker

    Please make our new members feel welcome!




  • The City of Campbelltown welcomes:
    • Cassandra Douglas as Events Coordinator
    • Daniel McKenna as Cadet Planner
    • Rebecca Cranwick as Youth Development Officer

  • Wattle Range Council welcomes:
    • Lauren Oxlade as Manager Environmental Services
    • Jack Pennington as a Graduate Engineer
    • Steve Chapple as Manager Economic Development

   Congratulations to all!



 Upcoming Events and Programs

General Managers / Directors Forum
Thursday 19th March, 9-1.40pm, Brighton
City of Holdfast Bay
Flyer and registrations

Women's Network: The Ultimate Life Planning Workshop
27 April 2015, 9.30-5.30pm, AIM SA, 180 Port Road, Hindmarsh SA 5007

Flyer and registrations

2015 Gala Awards Dinner
Friday 17th April, Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention Centre

Workshop Wednesday: The Art of Effective Communication
Thursday 7th May, Mount Gambier
Flyer and registrations

Workshop Wednesday: Taking the torture out of performance reviews
arious locations and dates in May 2015, 9.30pm – 12.30pm
Flyer and registrations

Women's Network Forum - Getting Rid of Guilt, 9.30-12.30pm
Flyer and registrations City of Charles Sturt 11 May
Flyer and registrations Campbelltown City Council 18 May

Women's Network Forum - Believe in You, 9.30-12.30pm
Flyer and registrations City of Charles Sturt 10 June
Flyer and registrations Campbelltown City Council 17 June

Emerging Leaders Program
Begins 28th May 2015
Prospectus and Registrations



Recent Events

1. Workshop Wednesdays

During February, a number of metro and rural local government professionals attended one of the three Workshop Wednesdays on the topic of the ‘Art of Effective Communication’.

Experienced and respected trainer Marie Modra presented an interactive three hour session which covered the essential elements of communication, understanding personal communication styles, how to adapt styles for different situations and the skills for making impromptu presentations or updates in team meetings.

‘It was informative, enjoyable, and real’, workshop participant, 11th February.

We are pleased to announce a regional workshop has been arranged on the topic for the 7th May in Mount Gambier. Details available in "Upcoming Events".

2. Our Future is NOW! – Youth Development in Local Government conference

“What can we do to remove barriers to meaningful youth participation and engagement?” – was the big question that the inaugural Youth Development in Local Government conference asked of its participants.

On Thursday 12 February 2015, the Local Government Youth Development Network (LGYDN) organised this very well attended conference, supported by the Local Government Community Managers Network (LGCMN), Local Government Professionals SA and the Local Government Association.

An implementation of one of the recommendations of the report “Our Future is NOW!” which was launched in November 2012, the objective of the conference was to attract Mayors, Elected Members, CEO’s and Managers to learn how engaging with, and working alongside, young people contributes to vibrant, resilient and sustainable communities.

Eighty representatives from Councils across the state enjoyed the impressive list of speakers and guests of honour, which included the Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le AO, the Minister for Youth Zoe Bettison MP and Dr Felicity-Ann Lewis and a panel session which included the executive director of YACSA Anne Bainbridge.

The program highlighted the complexity of the role of Youth Development in the Local Government context, and the importance and impact of meaningful youth participation and engagement.

After lunch, the room was buzzing when participants were asked to discuss the question “What can we do to remove barriers to meaningful youth participation and engagement?” at the individual, team and organisational level.

The outcomes of these discussions are currently being collated by the organising committee, and will be made available through Local Government Professionals and the LGA website.

3. The Brave and the Bold

Last Friday around 200 brave and bold delegates donned their capes and flew into the National Wine Centre for the LG Professionals SA Annual State Conference. There, they discovered their superpowers, questioned their attitudes toward risk and were inspired to be brave and bold local government leaders.

Feedback included:
‘Dynamic, passionate, charismatic speakers’
‘Diverse presentations holding to the theme’
‘Thought provoking, challenging, value’
‘motivational, inspirational, made me want to do more’

Thanks to all who attended and our valued sponsors without whom the event would not have been possible.




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 About LG Professionals SA

We are a not-for-profit member based association representing professionals working in local government in South Australia.

We have the ability to link and connect people from different councils who may not otherwise form relationships or share. Our high quality professional development programs and networking events are uniquely local government – reflective of the culture of the sector and sensitive to the needs of its professionals.

The content of our events and programs are informed by our members and people who genuinely care about the sector.

We provide a safe and supportive environment in which to grow and learn while creating opportunities to make time away from the office to work on the business or on self. 

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