Issue 051
August 2015

  • A word from the CEO
  • Sponsor Insight
  • News Flash
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Program Profile
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Rebecca Tappert

  • Network Events
  • Rural Management Challenge




A word from the CEO

Welcome to another jam packed edition of Leaders Connect!

I’m pleased to say that our previous edition experienced our highest ever readership and two of our upcoming events are sold out! 

It’s so fantastic for us to know that so many of you are engaged with us and we look forward to seeing you at an event soon. 

Thanks also to those of you who completed our Leaders Connect Survey – watch this space for future improvements. 

Read on for information about our various network events, the Rural Management Challenge and our Women’s Conference!



Statewide announces strong
investment returns f
or 2014–15

When your super is with Statewide you have a solid investment team working for you.

Statewide has achieved double-digit returns on its default investment option for the past three financial years and has been recognised as one of Australia’s top three performing superannuation funds for two years running.*

However, the reality of investments is that they fluctuate over time.

That’s why it’s important to select a super fund with a rock solid, long-term investment strategy; capable, pro-active investment managers; and local people on the ground that you can talk to – a fund like Statewide.

Statewide members can rest easy knowing that their money is in safe hands, every day of every year.

If you’d like more information about Statewide or assistance with your super please give them a call on 1300 65 18 65 or visit

*The MySuper option has been the default since 1 July 2013. The Balanced and Growth options were the default options for 2012–13. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

News Flash!

Membership prize winner! 

Congratulations to Ben Saint from Adelaide City Council who won a $300 Myer Gift Voucher for renewing his membership before 31 July 2015.

Have you renewed your membership yet? For any queries please contact Mel on 8291 7990.

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Don’t have time to go to the website and enter your email address?  Just call LG Professionals SA on 08 8291 7990 and we can send you the password reset email.

It’s time to register for the 2015 Rural Management Challenge! 

Thursday 15 October 2015

The Rural Management Challenge provides rural councils with a unique opportunity for staff development. The emphasis of the Challenge is one of learning- both individually and as a team. 

Time to think about registering a team!  Last year we had 8 rural councils participating and would love to see at least 10 participating this year.  So we are setting the challenge for you to help us achieve our goal and develop your team along the way!

Still not sure? Please take the time to read this helpful and inspiring interview with last year’s winning team the Yorke Peninsula Council.

To find out more about the event download the flyer here!  Or click here to register a team.



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Rebecca Tappert

This month we speak with Rebecca Tappert, Manager, Administrative Services for the Barossa Council.

Rebecca has also been a business owner, an Elected Member, a participant in the Rural Management Challenge and a recent graduate of the Professional Leader's Program (PLP).  She shares her thoughts and insights on local government, the Rural Challenge and the PLP.

Hi Rebecca - thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
My current role is Manager Administrative Services. My portfolio consists of leadership of the customer service team, management of our 19 external section 41 Committees (!), management of Council’s Lease and Licence agreements with many varied and sporting and community groups, liaison with Elected Members through the facilitation of event management and community requests and various project / administration programs working with most internal groups of Council.

I have always been a 'Jack of all trades' and I while there is scope for specialty areas within local government, this role enables me to have lots of variety and breadth of focus areas which is something that really appeals to me.

read more..



Leaders Connect - thanks for your input!

Many thanks for all who participated in the recent Leaders Connect survey. 

We had an excellent response rate with some very useful insights and comments.

Overall, we were delighted with the very positive support we received for our online newsletter, but we promise not to rest on our laurels...

We'll keep you posted about new ideas and improvements in the near future.


Industry Trends

How's your PERMA+?

South Australia has unleashed a state-wide movement to build wellbeing and resilience in the population.

Philanthropists, state and local governments, schools and a wide range of private organisations are investing in the work of measuring and building wellbeing and resilience, led by the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Centre (SAHMRI)

The Centre will lead, measure, build, embed and evaluate resilience projects across South Australia and create a powerful body of evidence about how to build wellbeing and resilience in different groups of people, at different ages.

Ms Gabrielle Kelly, Director, Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, said the Slip Slop Slap message told Australia how to change behaviour to reduce skin cancer, and that Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment (PERMA +) can work in the same way for mental health.

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.

Registrations are now open for our Annual Women’s Conference ‘Yes You Can’ to be held at the Adelaide Zoo on Friday 23 October 2015.

We have a great line-up of speakers and topics including:

•    'Towards a State of Wellbeing', Janet O'Hehir, SAHMRI
•    'Leading Change - whose role is it?' Felicity-ann Lewis, 2014 South Australian of the Year
•    'Looking Back to Move Forward', Jodie Nevid, 7 Effect
•    'Adapt, Survive and Thrive - a Story of Change', Elaine Bensted, Zoos SA
•    'Technology for Work, Rest and Play', Agnes Sheehan, Telstra

There will also be a lively panel discussion and some other fun activities planned throughout the day.  We look forward to seeing you there and inspiring you to say ‘Yes I Can’.

Emma Morgan
Chair, Women’s Network


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.

The next CEO session will be held on 18 September on the topic of efficiency in local government and will feature a range of case studies from SA local government and state government and the opportunity to discuss individual CEO’s KPI’s in this area. Click here for program and to register.


General Managers Network

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

The GM Network will be holding their next session on 26 August at the Leadership Lab as part of the University of Adelaide Executive Education Unit’s partnership. It will feature a two hour workshop on Emotional Intelligence led by Lois Whittall who is an MBA facilitator and regular presenter for LG Professionals SA sessions. The meeting will also feature a speed networking session and group discussion.

Save the date for the next session to be held on Friday 6 November with Josie McLean on the topic of Authentic Leadership. Further details will be released soon.


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 CMN is currently involved in two important pieces of research.  The first is the review and updating of the LGA Ageing Strategy.  This work will be finished shortly and will provide Councils with a core document that will guide their planning for services for their ageing communities.

We are also in the process of developing an induction kit for Community Services/Community Development staff that will not only provide an introduction to local government but will also focus on the particular issues and challenges for community services staff. 

This will be an e-resource and will provide a guide for self-paced learning with a wealth of useful and inspiring information and resources.  Watch this space for further updates!

Also, thank you to all who attended our special presentation on 31 July.  Please read the ‘recent events’ section for more information on the session.
Bronwyn Webster,
Chair, Community Managers Network


Leaders Alumni Network

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

The LG Professionals SA Leaders Alumni Network met recently and reviewed responses from the recent survey. We are currently building programs and sessions based on these results, with more information to be released soon.

Well done to those that have recently completed the Professional Leaders Program.  I hear the exam went well and you all now have a well-earned break from your studies. Please ensure you stay in touch with the alumni, as many of us have.

Also, can you believe it’s the 10th Year of the ELP program and the Committee is keen to celebrate this achievement and to reconnect with those that have been a part of the program – more details to come.

Taryn and I had the pleasure of being a part of a discussion at the Leadership Lab recently, meeting Dr Barry Bales, visiting from the University of Texas. It was an interactive and informative discussion on how we manage and lead complexity in an increasingly complex world. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you make use of the Leadership Lab at the University of Adelaide, as a space to meet others or to attend one of their events.

We will be calling for nominations soon to join us on the LG Professionals SA Leaders Alumni Committee. If you are interested I highly encourage you to nominate.

If you want to keep in touch with the Alumni please make sure your details are kept up to date by contacting Melanie Winter at

Kylie Flynn
on behalf of the Leaders Alumni Committee

Human Resources Network

Connect, Share, Collaborate, Grow.

The next HR Network session will be held on Tuesday 22 September at the City of Playford on the topic of ‘Investigations & Disciplinary Management’ featuring case studies and presentations based on the City of Playford experience.

Click here for the program and to register.

The Thought Space

The thought space will feature comments and links to articles on leadership, personal development and innovation.

from Sarah McGregor, Manager Leadership Lab

Heightened emotions and change - is there really a link?

It's surprising how many people talk about change management and the process without really thinking about the people involved and the emotions they can experience.

This is a timely reminder, that change may be a process but managing the people and leading them through it sensitively can be to the advantage of the people and the organisation, not just one at the expense of the other.


Coming up at the Leadership Lab:

From battlefield to boardroom – what great leaders can learn
3 September 2015

A conversation about leadership characteristics and complexities with two exceptional leaders, the Hon Kevin Scarce AC CS RAN (Rtd) and Major General Arnold Fields USMC (ret.).

We have a limited number of places for members, to find out more about registering, logon to the Members Only Events page at

Why you should forget the work-life balance

Learn to see work as part of your life by making it meaningful, says author Kate Toholka.  With more stress than ever in our lives, it’s easy to feel overworked, overwhelmed and, well, over it.

Our work has a huge impact on our health and happiness, probably more than we’d like to admit.  Learning how to manage our stress in the workplace is essential to develop long-lasting health and happiness. 

Use the following five suggestions to boost your morale and limit the negative impact of stress:



Tips and Ideas

Happy Money - does earning more money make you happier?

No - in fact, like eating too many doughnuts, the happiness you derive from money follows the law of diminishing returns. 

According to recent research, (in the US) happiness 'per dollar' peaks at a salary of about $75,000 per year and then declines. 

But more importantly - it's how you SPEND the money that will have the biggest impact on your happiness.

read more..


Looking Back on SA - Channel 10

Adelaide got its fourth TV channel in July 1965 when channel 10 started broadcasting from its Gilberton studios.

Joining channels 9, 7 and 2, it was a time when Adelaide enjoyed a good deal of local content including Here's Humphrey, The Channel Niners, and more.

The first show to be broadcast form SAS-10 was another local production - the Bobo show featuring Bobo the clown. (pictured right)

The Gilberton 10 location, now the site of a new apartment development, was also the base for such great shows as 'Deadly Earnest' on Friday nights!

In 1987 the studios experienced a change from SAS-10 to ADS-7, as the two stations essentially swapped broadcast channels.

Just by the way - in these days of 'programming overload' - what was actually on Channel 10 on launch day - Monday, 26 July 1965?

12pm - Test pattern
4pm - Bobo the Clown
5:30pm - Sword of Freedom
6pm - Rescue 8
6:30pm - News
7pm - Opening night special
7:30pm - Movie - Sabrina
9:30pm - Movie - Appointment with Danger
11pm - Station close

Did you have a favorite local TV show? 




LG Professionals SA Promotions

Save The Date
LG  Professionals SA Annual General Meeting
Thursday 29 October 2015

Leadership Lab, Executive Education Unit, The University of Adelaide

ACELG Essay Prize

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) at the University of Technology Sydney invites submissions from the local government community for the inaugural Erica Bell Local Government Essay Prize.

The purpose of the competition is to elicit new and innovative ideas about advancing local government and preparing the sector to meet the challenges of 21st century Australia. The theme of the 2015 prize is ‘Why local government matters’.

Submissions are due 16 October 2015. More information can be found here.




  • Sharon Somerville commenced in the role of Manager People and Culture at the City of Holdfast Bay on Monday 17 August. Sharon was previously HR Business Partner at the City of Mitcham.
  • Ben Willsmore commenced in the role of Project Manager, Urban Design and Special Projects at City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters. Ben was previously at City of Unley in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.
  • Kylie Fergusen has commenced as Manager, Community Development at the City of Mitcham. Kylie was previously Social and Strategic Planning Manager with Jensen Planning and Design.
  • Mr Aaron Peek of Wattle Range Council has been promoted from Finance Officer to Manager Financial Services.

Congratulations to all!



New Members
  • Terry Crackett, Adelaide Hills Council
  • Simon Davis, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Wally Iasiello, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Kerry McConnell, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Stephen Melville, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Sarah Philpott, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Rebekah Schubert, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Simon Trill, City of Port Adelaide Enfield

    Please make them all feel welcome!


 Upcoming Events and Programs

1. Engaging Citizens in local government
The session to be held on Thursday 17 September 2015 has sold out! If you missed out on registering, please express your interest in attending a future session with Rhiannon at

2. CEO Network Forum
Efficiency in local government
Friday 18 September 2015
Adelaide Oval
Click here to register

3. HR Network meeting
Investigations & Disciplinary Management
Tuesday 22 September 2015
City of Playford
Click here to register

4. Rural Challenge
Thursday 15 October 2015
Chifley on South Terrace, Adelaide.
Click here for more information and to register.

5. Annual Women's Conference
‘Yes You Can!’
Friday 23 October 2015
The Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo
Click here to view the full program and register



Recent Events

ELP Rural Day

On Thursday 30 July, the Emerging Leaders undertook the rural perspectives module of their course, with a participant-led day that took them from Tea Tree Gully to Clare and Burra and back via the Barossa, all in one big day!

The tour included hearing the Tea Tree Gully Council and CFS perspective of the Sampson Flat bushfires, a visit to the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council to hear from Leanne Kunoth, the Manager of Governance and Community Services, a presentation at the District Council of Goyder with CEO John Brak and a very entertaining tour of the Burra Mines with volunteer tour guide John.

The day gave all participants an increased understanding of the opportunities and challenges rural councils face.

The next ELP session will be held in Mount Barker on Thursday 27 August looking at the ‘Political Context’ of local government.

Community Managers Network Meeting

The Community Managers Network recently held a very successful workshop session looking at Results Based Accountability (RBA) and Collective Impact.  Attendees heard from the City of Charles Sturt where the Community Development team is using the RBA scorecard to track progress on achieving outcomes in Council’s community centres. 

Jan Brown from City of Onkaparinga provided an insight into ‘Together in the South’, a group of local leaders with the shared vision that every child is safe, healthy, active, ready to learn and getting along with others.

Together, they are taking responsibility for improving the emotional and social wellbeing and success of over 6,000 children between 0 and 8 years old in Hackham West, Christie Downs, Huntfield Heights, Noarlunga Downs, O’Sullivan Beach/Lonsdale, Christies Beach, Hackham and Morphett Vale.

Mid Murray Family Connections is a group of educators, service providers, elected officials, council staff and church leaders who came together more than a year ago out of concern about the deterioration of the well-being of children in the region. Mid Murray Council provided an overview of the project so far.

These presentations were well received and inspired those present to give further consideration on how to make an impact on some of the really wicked problems confronting our communities.



LG Manager Magazine

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Click here to view the latest edition.



National News

The City of Stonnington - LGMA National Congress Video.

Councils were invited to participate in the 'WebsEdgeGovernment' video series at this year's National Congress in Darwin, held back in June of this year. 

The videos produced were short and punchy - and deliver compelling viewing, 

Here's just one of them.  The City of Stonnington - Community, Environment, Liveability and Prosperity.

Click here to view the 5 minute video.


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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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