Issue 048
May 2015

  • A word from the CEO
  • News Flash
  • Member profile
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Matthew Pears

  • Women's Network events




A word from the CEO

This week we wish all 28 Emerging Leaders the best of luck as they become the tenth cohort to commence the program!  We have faced the unprecedented challenge of having a waiting list for this year’s program and the biggest group ever!

Participants come from councils far and wide including City of  Whyalla, the District Council of Kimba and Berri Barmera Council.  It is most pleasing to be able to say that we are supporting our regional professionals more and more – recently we held a workshop in Mount Gambier and are commencing planning for the next rural challenge in October.

In other news, you will no doubt have noticed the number of CEO vacancies in recent weeks. This presents an exciting opportunity for many of our members to go for new roles and continue to serve the sector and ultimately the community. 

In thinking about these opportunities, it is an ideal time to think of your own development and the role we can play. 

As we plan our programs and events for the next financial year, please do feel free to share any ideas with us.

Happy June to all!




News Flash!

Changes at LG Professionals SA

We recently welcomed Rhiannon Clarke to the team at LG Professionals SA as our new Administration and Events Officer.

Rhiannon joins the team with extensive event management experience and is looking forward to using her skills for the benefit of local government professionals. Her contact details are and phone 08 8291 7990. She looks forward to meeting you in due course!

Melanie Winter has been promoted to the new role of Network and Program Manager. This new role reflects our commitment to providing a unique sector-specific level of support to our members as well as our commitment to connecting you to each other.  Mel's academic and work background positions her perfectly to identify content themes across networks and programs.  Her contact details are now and phone number is 08 8291 7994. 

A special visitor

On 14th May LG Professionals SA staff received a very special visitor.  Mr Reg Heffron visited our offices on the occasion of his 93rd birthday because he was literally born in our office!

His father built the villa which has subsequently been converted to office space and he fondly provided us with a tour down memory lane.  He also brought with him a book he recently received entitled The 'Easy' Boys: The Story of Bomber Command Aircrew in World War II based on his wartime journals.

It was a very special visit.



Sponsor Insight - McArthur

Are your remuneration strategies on the money?

Competitive salaries and financial benefits play a major role in effective recruitment and retention strategies, but how do you know if yours are a true reflection of market rates and conditions?

Talent Architects, the management consultancy division of McArthur has just released their 12th edition of the annual National Local Government Remuneration Survey.

Based on feedback and data from over 180 Councils around Australia, the Survey reports on over 6,000 specific positions covering 4 key levels and 4 comprehensive job family groupings.

There is also an in-depth CEO salary category.

The Survey provides essential data to support business-critical decision making and effective HR strategies.

For more information, or to purchase a copy, contact Matthew Hobby, State Manager at or call Matt on (08) 8100 7000.



Member Profile

Proudly sponsored by

Matthew Pears

This month we speak with Matthew Pears, CEO of the City of Mitcham.

Matthew discusses the challenges and opportunities for Mitcham - and why Port Power should be in division 'two' of the AFL...

He has also recently been appointed as the Chair of the CEO Network and he shares his goals for the group.

Hi Matthew, thanks for speaking with us.

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

Chief Executive Officer, City of Mitcham.  It involves working with the community, elected members and staff to constantly improve the services provided by City of Mitcham.

read more..



Rural Management Challenge

Expressions of interest for us to come to your region

Please contact Rhiannon Clarke on to express your interest in LG Professionals SA bringing this year’s Rural Management Challenge to your region.

The challenge is a fantastic way to showcase your council’s talent, whilst building teamwork and skills- why not also showcase your community by expressing your interest to be the host town of this year’s event!


Industry Trends

Learning from others - finding solutions to common issues

A recent research paper from the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) and the Centre for Local Government at UTS (UTS:CLG) will assist local councils to learn from each other.

Councils learning from each other: An Australian case study explores how councils can work with each other for solutions to common challenges.

The paper looks at mechanisms that facilitate inter-council learning and how they can support improved governance initiatives, reform processes, and approaches to local government education and capacity building.

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 Network has been busy hosting three sessions this month with the 7 Effect. Please read the ‘recent events’ section for more details.

The next round of workshops will be held on 10th June and 17th June, again at the City of Charles Sturt and City of Campbelltown respectively.  The topic will be ‘Believe in You – 7 Steps to Boost Self-Esteem’.  If you’ve ever felt like a boost in confidence could give you a boost in life then please join us to discover that, just as there is a formula for low self-esteem, there is also a formula for high self-esteem and the first step in moving from one pattern to the other is awareness.

Our annual conference in October is shaping up to be a great event so please save the date of 23rd October in your diaries.  More details will follow soon.

If you have any suggestions for subjects you’d like to be covered please feel free to email them through to us at


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.

On Friday 22 May, members of our CEO Network gathered at the Science Exchange to discuss the topic of Elected Member relationships. CEO’s learnt about resilience within themselves, their teams and their organisations and planned for the future of the network.

Some excellent ideas were generated regarding future sessions – these will be shared with all CEO’s in the coming weeks.


General Managers Network

Aim: To provide opportunities for information sharing, networking and professional development, in a supportive environment, for General Managers in the sector.


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.

Call for Nominations for the LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network Committee

The LG Professionals SA Community Manager Network Committee wish to invite nominations for the 8 committee positions with terms completing 30/6/15. The 8 positions are for two year terms, beginning 1/7/15 and concluding 30/6/17.

The Community Managers Network Committee meets every 6 weeks throughout the year, with meetings generally held at 9.30-11am on a Friday at the LG Professionals SA offices in Eastwood.

The committee works with a variety of stakeholders on a range of defined portfolio areas including ageing, youth, volunteer, urban development and community infrastructure, children and families, evaluation, disability, lifelong learning and health and wellbeing and others that arise from time to time. The meetings also provide an excellent opportunity for those in the sector to share experience and knowledge.

here to visit the Community Managers Network webpage.

The nominations will be presented at the 16th June 2015 meeting and the positions confirmed by the committee. In the instance that the number of nominations received exceeds the positions available, voting via secret ballot will be held.
Nominations can be made by emailing Melanie Winter by Friday 12th June, 5pm.

Please include up to one page addressing the following questions:
•    Your current position and organisation
•    Summary of relevant experience and qualifications
•    Motivation for involvement in the committee
•    Your contact details
•    Your agreement to become a financial member of LG Professionals SA for the duration of your term (if not already a member).

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact LG Professionals SA on 08 8291 7994 or Chairperson Bronwyn Webster
or 08 8408 1104.


Leaders Alumni Network

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


Human Resources Network

Connect, Share, Collaborate, Grow.

The HR Network met on Thursday 7th May at the City of Marion for the Network’s first meeting of the year. We heard an excellent presentation by Melissa Cyplis of BAE Systems on their company’s talent management process.

The network reflected on the presentation’s topic through a facilitated discussion run by Sallyann Shearer of Adelaide City Council, followed by the valued ‘hot topics’ section to share current experiences and knowledge in the sector.

Thank you to everyone at Marion for your support in hosting the session.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 23rd July at City of Campbelltown on the topic of ‘Employee Value Proposition’ and looking at what your council brand is to current and potential employees.



Tips and Ideas

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A free tool called 'focus booster' could be the answer.  You can track your time,allocate time to tasks and use the handy timer to keep focused on the task!

read more..


Looking Back on SA - Port Adelaide Lighthouse

(from SA Maritime Museum)

The lighthouse was first lit in 1869 and originally stood at the entrance to the Port River. It was prefabricated in England of iron plates and shipped in pieces. It replaced the lightship Fitzjames which had been moored at the mouth of the Port River to mark the entrance to the harbour.

The lighthouse was dismantled and relocated in 1901. The lantern was installed in a lighthouse on Wonga Shoal, which is off Semaphore Jetty. The iron structure was re-erected on South Neptune Island with a new lantern and served there until 1985.

The lighthouse was restored and re-assembled on its current site, at the end of Commercial Road, in 1986.




LG Professionals SA Promotions

Member renewals

We thank all of our members- Individual, Council Bundle Holders and Corporate Partners for their support in 2014/2015. 

Renewal notices for 2015/2016 membership will be sent on the 1st July so please keep a look out in your inbox.

If you would like to discuss membership or how you can become more involved, please speak with Melanie Winter, Network and Program Manager, on 08 8291 7994 or email




  • Paul Duka has commenced as the new Director Corporate Services at Wattle Range Council, previously Manager Corporate Services at Coorong District Council.
  • Michael Sedgman will commence as CEO of The Rural City of Murray Bridge on the 9th June.  Michael was previously Executive Director Corporate Services Division, Dept of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure SA. Prior to that he was with Adelaide City Council in various General Management roles.
  • Colin Byles has taken up the role of CEO of the Northern Areas Council; he was previously at Port Pirie Council.
  • Mark Withers has been appointed CEO of Port Adelaide Enfield, previously from City of Charles Sturt.
  • Tim Jackson has resigned from his role as CEO of the City of Playford to pursue new opportunities.
  • Paul Trumble will also pursue new opportunities, after resigning from his role as the Manager Organisational Development at the City of Charles Sturt. 
  • Rachel Cooper has been appointed as the new CEO of IPAA Vic - she was formerly at Holdfast Bay.

    Congratulations to all!



 Upcoming Events and Programs

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



Recent Events

The Art of Effective Communication- Mount Gambier

On Thursday 7th May, ‘The Art of Effective Communication’ went to Mount Gambier for an interactive session on improving communication, and its effect on leadership. Attendees found the session ‘interesting and engaging’, leaving with ‘useful new tools’ to help them further develop their communication style and effectiveness.

The ‘refreshing presentation method’ by facilitator Marie Modra which did not incorporate the use of a Power Point Presentation or overheads was welcomed, with attendees encouraged to interact with each other to hear different points of view, benefiting all involved.

Thank you to the District Council of Grant for your support for this session and hosting the day.

Women’s  Network: Getting Rid of Guilt

On Monday 18th May, the City of Campbelltown hosted, with LG Professionals SA, a Workshop ‘Getting Rid of Guilt’. During this session, attendees heard from Nicola Tinning from the City of Unley, followed by an interactive session with Jodie Nevid from the 7 Effect, who showed the group how to overcome feelings such as guilt and shame and turn them into constructive emotions such as courage, acceptance and peace. 

Attendees left the session with practical tips on how to manage guilt in their everyday lives, and motivated to try out new tools to reflect on self and relationships. Feedback from the day included comments such as "Very worthwhile- great engaging presenter", "it was great to see women working and helping each other in the workforce", "great to share in an honest and open environment".

An identical session was also held on the 11th May at the City of Charles Sturt
featuring a presentation by Alison Bretons, Manager Open Space, Recreation and Property at the council. Excellent feedback was received including “I found it extremely helpful and interesting and will use many of these new skills in the workplace as well as in my personal life. Jodie Nevid was a fantastic presenter and the whole morning was great.” Thank you to both councils for hosting the events.

If you are interested in attending the next Women’s Network Forum ‘Believe in You’ which will cover 7 steps to boost self-esteem, please register online at, or contact
with any questions. We would love to see you there!

Women’s Ultimate Life Planning Workshop

On Monday 27th April the Women’s Network ran the ‘Ultimate Life Planning Workshop’ facilitated by the 7 Effect.

It was an inspiring day that encouraged the 20 participants to reflect on the seven core elements of their life and evaluate their satisfaction in those areas, before embarking on a day that explored life goals and encouraged planning smaller steps over the next twelve months to travel towards these overarching ambitions.

Excellent feedback was received and many left the day inspired to start working towards their ultimate life plan.




LG Manager Magazine

LG Manager digital magazine - new edition now online

here to view the latest edition



National News

We wish to acknowledge and thank Mark Withers and Jane Trotter for their service as the SA reps on our National Board - Mark most recently as President and Jane as the longest standing National Board member.  Congratulations to Victoria MacKirdy on her appointment to the National Board, which recently halved its size resulting in one rep from each state.

The National LGMA Federation Awards were held at the 2015 LGMA National Congress & Business Expo Gala Dinner in Darwin recently. Congratulations to all winners, including the City of Burnside who took out the prize in the Innovative Management Initiative Category for their CEO succession plan. As part of this succession plan each of the General Managers undertook a rotation of roles in Community and Development Services, Corporate Services and Urban Services during 2014 providing them with in depth experience. 

Well done to the City of Burnside!


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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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