Issue 046
March 2015

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

  • 2015 Emerging Leaders Program
  • Workshop Wednesdays
  • Women's Network events




A word from the CEO

I am pleased to welcome the HR Network to the growing list of networks we support.  You can read more about their upcoming activities below.

In other news, our Emerging Leaders Program is filling up quickly - don’t delay if you have been considering this program, it truly is life changing.

I wish all of you a safe and happy Easter weekend and look forward to celebrating all that is great about local government at our upcoming awards.




News Flash!

Human Resources Network

LG Professionals SA is very pleased to announce the addition of the local government Human Resources Network to our networks. 

Their network goals for 2015 are: Connect, Share, Collaborate and Grow.

This network is open to everyone who works in HR in local government, so if you are not already a member now is the time to think about joining.

 It’s a great opportunity to keep up with what’s happening in HR and connect, share, collaborate and grow with your peers at the same time.

If you would like to join the network please send your details to

Meeting dates are listed below under network news.



Member Profile

Proudly sponsored by

Tammie Hamilton

This month we speak with Tammie Hamilton, Service Coordinator , Planning and Quality for the City of Playford.

Tammie shares some of her background, her positive reflections of LG Professionals membership and also explains what motivates her to work in Local Government.

Hi Tammie, thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
I’m the Service Coordinator (front line manager) for the Planning and Quality (P&Q) Business Support Team at the City of Playford

The team and I are accountable for ensuring all Council’s services have a ‘service standard’.

This is where services are costed (so we can sustainably afford what we provide) and measured as a method to ensure we deliver efficient and effective services to the community.

read more..



LG Professionals SA Promotions

2015 Emerging  Leaders Program

Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next level?  Then don’t miss out on this career/life changing experience!

This year’s program is filling quickly – so register early to ensure your place!
Applications close 21 April unless sold out.

Prospectus and Registration..


Industry Trends

Women still under-represented in Local Government in Australia

The first comprehensive profile of Australia's local government workforce paints a picture of women being reluctant to run for office but popular with voters when they do.

At the last round of local government elections, nationally, women accounted for just 32 per cent of all candidates and were elected to 30 per cent of positions.

Even fewer (24 per cent) of mayoral candidates were women but, again, almost all were elected.

Women account for a higher proportion of staff positions (46 per cent) but this falls as the management level rises. Only 11 per cent of council chief executives are women.

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.

Please see upcoming events for further details!


CEO Network

Save the Date for the next CEO Forum to be held on May 22nd, further details to be distributed soon.


General Managers Network

It was great to see a number of GMs from around the State at the Forum held 19th March.

Please see recent events for further 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.

The Community Managers Network is pleased to announce upcoming meetings for 2015:

15 May
Location: LG Professionals SA Boardroom

19 June
Location: LG Professionals SA Boardroom
Committee Member Appointments

31 July
Topic: Results Based Accountability – Cheryle Gray from City of Charles Sturt will be speaking on the framework used for the councils’ community centres.
Location: LGA Training Rooms

11 September
Location: LG Professionals SA Boardroom

23 October
Location: LG Professionals SA Boardroom

27 November
Location: LG Professionals SA Boardroom

Any LG Professionals SA Members wishing to join the Network can do so by emailing Mel at


Leaders Alumni Network

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

The Leaders Alumni is pleased to present the next series of workshops in May on the topic of ‘Taking the Torture out of Performance Reviews’, please read the upcoming events section for further details.


Human Resources Network

The HR Network is pleased to announce the next meeting will be held:

7 May - City of Marion
Topic: Talent Management, followed by a Hot Topics discussion

23 July –  Campbelltown

22 September - Yankalilla

3 December – Adelaide City Council

Further details will be distributed to the Network.


Sponsor Insight – AME Recruitment

Managing your own career

Local Government employees are blessed to work in an industry that actively provides opportunities for career development. However that does not mean you can leave it to the organisation to manage your career. You alone are responsible for managing your career and like anything in life, you need to work hard to get there.

Be active and take control or you may find yourself in a “comfortable” job and not in a fulfilling career.

The issue most people are faced with when thinking about career goals is how to get started? What is your dream job and how do you get there? Start by asking yourself hard hitting questions and be prepared to answer them.

What experience do I need?

read more.. ____________________________________________________________________


Tips and Ideas

4 easy ways to worry less

Constantly sweating the small stuff? 

Not for much longer.  Double your mental energy and feel lighter fast with this life-changing plan.

Fact: being told to ‘stop worrying’ is about as effective as trying to change the weekend weather forecast with Jedi mind powers. 

But what if you looked at worry in a different way?  Namely, using it to your advantage.  “Learn how to recognise worry, then replace it with thinking”, says corporate coach Kimberly Medlock.

 “Worry is when your thoughts are stuck on the problem.  Thinking is when you’re focused on finding a solution”. 

Here’s how to set the wheels in motion.

read more..


Looking Back on SA

"Burnside the Beautiful"

The original Burnside Council Chambers (pictured right) were built in 1869.  The picture was taken in 1928.  (Pic courtesy Beneaththelandslide)

Burnside was established in 1850, when a parcel of land was purchased in order to establish a village just east of Adelaide. 

Surveyor and planner Nathan Hailes was hired to lay out the new village. 

The village was described in advertisements by Hailes in 1850 as "Burnside the Beautiful" with advantages of "perpetual running water, extensive and diversified view, rich garden soil and good building stone ..." with a "... direct, newly-opened and unblemished route to Adelaide". (Greenhill Road)

(from wikipedia)



 New Members

  • David Waters, Adelaide Hills Council
  • Gary Mavrinac, District Council of Mallala

    Please make our new members feel welcome!




  • Michelle Smith, Youth Development Officer, City of Campbelltown
  • Katrina Marton, CEO at District Council of Mallala (commencing early May). Formerly General Manager, Town of Walkerville
  • Michelle Mayger, HR Manager at Port Pirie Regional Council (commenced 30th March) 
  • Dean Mustart, Works Coordinator at Coorong District Council, formerly at Wattle Range Council (commenced 23rd March)

   Congratulations to all!



 Upcoming Events and Programs

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

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  (registrations close 21April)
Prospectus and Registrations



Recent Events

1. Management Challenge

Congratulations to all 15 teams who competed at the Management Challenge on Tuesday 24th March at AAMI Stadium.

There was a buzz in room with teams displaying a great level of energy, humour and team work! We look forward to announcing the winning team at the upcoming Gala Awards night on Friday 17th April! Thank you also to major sponsor Civica.

Well done all!

This year’s teams were as follows:

Adelaide City Council
Alexandrina Council
City of Burnside
City of Charles Sturt Team 1
City of Charles Sturt Team 2
City of Marion
City of Mitcham
City of Onkaparinga
City of Playford
City of Prospect
City of Salisbury
City of Tea Tree Gully
City of Unley
City of Holdfast Bay
Town of Walkerville

GM Forum

On 19th March, members of our GM Network met at the City of Holdfast Bay.  Highlights of the session were a CEO Panel discussing the move from GM to CEO, a speed networking session around hot topics and a session run by Michelle Holland on "Managing our personal social media profile".

LG Professionals SA Conference - photos now available for viewing..

Check out the huge photo gallery on our website!  You can view the photos here




LG Manager digital magazine - Spring edition now online

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 About LG Professionals SA

LG Professionals is 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. 

We award and acknowledge achievements of excellence.

We are proud to be part of a national federation of state based LGMA organisations, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the national local government sector.


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