Issue 052
September 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
  • Emma Morgan

  • Network Events
  • Rural Management Challenge
  • Women's Conference





A word from the CEO

The sun is shining and spring is springing – a great time to start mapping out your professional development plans for the next year. 

The Management Challenge will be launched in October as will our Professional Leaders and Emerging Leaders programs.  You can read more about upcoming events in this jam packed edition of Leaders Connect. 

To our members, please don’t forget to register to attend our AGM so we can ensure a quorum. 

It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the year just gone, welcome new Board members and catch up with your peers.

Finally, a special congratulations to all our Movers and Shakers (see column below).

It’s fabulous to see our members growing their careers and being appointed to key roles. 

A special welcome also to Matt Pinnegar, new CEO of the LGA.  We look forward to working together to help grow the capacity of the sector for the benefit of the South Australian community.



News Flash!

Save the dates! 

Ultimate Life Planning Workshop - Friday 20 November 2015, 9.00am to 5.00pm, AIM SA, Hindmarsh.

2016 Annual Conference ‘Mission Possible’ – Friday 19 February 2016, National Wine Centre

Professional Leaders Program – Next program February 2016

Management Challenge – March 2016 – time to start thinking about putting in a team! The event will be launched nationally in October.

2016 Leadership Excellence Awards Dinner – Friday 15 April 2016, Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Time to start thinking about nominating.  The call for nominations will open soon.

Emerging Leaders Program – Next program May 2016 



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Emma Morgan

This month we speak with Emma Morgan, Executive Assistant to the CEO at City of Charles Sturt.

Emma is also the chair of the LG Professionals SA Women's Network.  She shares her visions for the future of the network and also speaks about her experience at Charles Sturt.

Hi Emma - thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
My current role is Executive Assistant to the CEO at City of Charles Sturt which involves making sure that the office of the CEO runs smoothly in every way.  This includes fielding enquiries from residents, elected members and staff and investigating matters to ensure that the appropriate action is taken, not to mention the usual diary and correspondence management. 

I’m also responsible for the administration of one of Council’s grant programs and find assisting community groups to deliver their initiatives is one of the more rewarding aspects of the role.

read more..



Sponsor Insight - Telstra

Connecting your Community. A better vision for the future of citizens, business and government.

Imagine the day in the life of a council manager in the future… On your way out the door, you run into your neighbour who tells you how great the new council portal was when he submitted his building plans. He was also able to look up tree removal guidelines and book an on-site inspection for the next day.

In the office, you take a look at the month’s data reports – parking fines, rubbish collections, pet registrations, library usage…you can see how your council is tracking against other months, and also against other local governments. It’s interesting to look at the fleet management stats – since you introduced the new ‘safe driver’ system, costs have been cut by a quarter and WH&S compliance is a breeze.

Then it’s time to meet with the social media guys, who have come up with a great new app for identifying dumped rubbish and graffiti. Now locals can simply snap a photo and send it – you can pinpoint the location of the problem from the geo-tag and send someone out there to sort it out.

read more..


Industry Trends

Collective Impact

In a recent edition of Leaders Connect we reported on a workshop run by Mark Cabaj with the Community Managers Network - regarding Collective Impact. 

The same article also highlighted the work being done by Mid-Murray and Onkaparinga taking a Collective Impact approach to community issues.

But what exactly is Collective Impact - and how can you get involved?

Collective Impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organisations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change.

From The Collective Impact Framework | Collaboration for Impact

Watch this short video on the Together SA website, to learn how organisations, working together, can have a greater impact on delivering community outcomes.


Network News


Women's Network

Spaces are filling up fast for our Women’s Network Annual Conference ‘Yes You Can’ to be held at the Adelaide Zoo on Friday 23 October 2015.

Take a look at the following line up of speakers and topics.  There’s something for everyone!
  • ‘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

Don’t miss out, limited places available… book now!


CEO Network

Recent Forum
On Friday 18 September the CEO Network came together to discuss ‘Efficiency’ and heard from a range of guest speakers who set the scene from a variety of perspectives including the UK experience, the State Government experience, and some examples from Local Government in SA including Adelaide Hills Council and the City of Playford. 

The CEOs were also updated on the current developments in the Central Region which is aiming to improve efficiency and service to its member councils.

A high energy speed networking session got the CEOs talking on facilitated questions and sharing new ideas with one another.  It was great to see a few new faces and everyone agreed it would be good to see more CEO’s involved in the future.

Thank you to guest speakers Andrew Meddle, Terry Crackett, Mal Hemmerling and Cate Atkinson and to Telstra for hosting the session at the Adelaide Oval.

LGA CEO Residential Forum
The LGA's Annual  CEOs Forum represents an extraordinary opportunity for Council CEO's to come together to reflect on their work with the aim of improving their practices and performance.

The Forum is designed as a structured and facilitated conversation among high-level thinkers and leaders about the successes and challenges Council CEO's face in their role. It is an opportunity to share perspectives, exchange and hear new ideas, get answers to unsolved problems and network with your peers.

For more information or to register, please click here.

General Managers Network

The most recent GM Network event was held at the Leadership Lab and included a workshop on emotional intelligence.  The participants enjoyed a highly engaging discussion on the principles of emotional intelligence and how better self-awareness and empathy can help us in our work and daily lives.  As always the speed networking session was a hit, providing participants the opportunity to better get to know their peers in a fun and fast paced session.

Our last event for 2015 will be held at the Leadership Lab on 6 November with a two hour workshop on the topic of Authentic Leadership run by Josie McLean.  All General Managers/Directors are encouraged to attend. This is our opportunity to network and build relationships with each other in a learning and supportive environment.  We are also interested in any of your ideas for topics for future sessions. 

Please email Melanie Winter at or network chair, Jane Trotter at with any feedback or suggestions.

Jane Trotter
Chair GM Network


Community Managers Network

Anti-Poverty Week will be held on the 11-17 October this year and aims to strengthen the understanding of poverty and encourage research, discussion and action to help reduce poverty and hardship.

In 2014 all councils were surveyed by the LGA and Community Managers Network to explore anti-poverty initiatives being undertaken with 30 councils responding, providing 20 case studies.

This year for Anti-Poverty Week five councils will present on local government initiatives. There will also be displays from other councils about the initiatives they are implementing, to be held on Monday 12 October at the City of Mitcham. Click here to register.

For more information on Anti-Poverty Week you can visit the website

If you would like to get involved in the Anti-Poverty Week activity please contact Terra Lea Ranson at or Melanie Winter at


Human Resources Network

The next HR Network session will be held on Thursday 3 December at Adelaide City Council.  Please save the date, with more information to be released shortly.

The HR Network met on Tuesday 22 September at the City of Playford to discuss the Playford Journey, including the change, and ultimately the improvement of the way they have managed poor behaviour or performance within their council. Jessica Moore, Paula Williams and Andy Slager discussed the way that Playford has turned around challenges within the workplace and empowered management to build performance and morale within their teams. They explained the processes and systems they have developed or implemented to enable this change.

Ashleigh Smith from EMA Consulting also joined to speak about the benefits of the Employee Management System (EMS) as a system to track any investigations in a user friendly manner that runs in a way that satisfies legislation. Following the presentations there was a panel discussion and hot topics session held. 

Thank you to the City of Playford for hosting this session.


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

Leadership - The Big 4

This article highlights that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage 4 types of behaviour:
  • Solving problems effectively.
  • Operating with a strong results orientation.
  • Seeking different perspectives. 
  • Supporting others.
As a Leader do you believe you are strong in these areas, what do others think? Heightened emotions and change - is there really a link?


Coming up at the Leadership Lab:

A Workshop on Project Creeps – 29 September 2015, 5.00pm to 6.30pm

Come along and join us for our Workshop on Project Creeps led by Alina Lebed in the Leadership Lab.

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


Tips and Ideas

Timeful - get the most from every day

Timeful is designed to organise your schedule so you get the most from every day.

It manages your time by collating your meetings, catch-ups, to-do-lists and even things like exercises sessions and coffee breaks.

It then uses some seriously smart software to analyse your day based on deadlines and your habits to make sure there’s enough time to get all those tasks done. 

Google has just announced it is acquiring Timeful.

“You will start to see the unique features you’ve come to expect from Timeful — and much more — available in Google Apps,” Timeful said in a posting about the news on its homepage.

The Timeful app will also continue to be available in Itunes.


LG Professionals SA Annual General Meeting

Thursday 29 October 2015

Leadership Lab, Executive Education Unit, University of Adelaide

Click here to register your attendance.


Digital Detox - is it time to unplug to reconnect?

Our ability to stay balanced and create healthy tech habits in this time of exponential technological growth is tricky. 

It's why so many are choosing to unplug for a while in order to relax, boost productivity and create positive relationships with our digital devices.

Like to know more?

Read on for an interesting article by Sophie Perri, the City Messenger.

read more..


Looking Back on SA - Christmas Pageant

from Wikipedia

Adelaide's Christmas Pageant was founded by Sir Edward Hayward, owner of the Adelaide department store John Martin's, who was inspired by the Toronto Santa Claus Parade and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

He opened the first 'Children's Christmas Parade' on 18 November 1933 at the height of the Great Depression. It was a success; running for around 40 minutes with just 8 floats and 3 bands, it attracted 200,000 spectators and from then the tradition of the John Martin's Christmas Pageant or as it was affectionately known the 'Johnnie's Christmas Pageant' was born.

Father Christmas was introduced in 1934 and tradition of the pageant finishing at the Magic Cave (itself created in 1905) was established.

The Pageant, now one of the largest in the world, has been sponsored by SA Credit Unions since 1996. 

This year the pageant will be held on 14 November.

read more..




LG Professionals SA Promotions

Emerging Leaders Tour

The participants of the Emerging Leaders Program 2015 were treated to a thought-provoking and educational day in Mount Barker on 27 August hearing from a range of speakers on the topic of Local Government - Political Context.

The day commenced with an introduction to Mount Barker and welcome from Mayor Ann Ferguson who shared an insight to some of her experiences as Mayor of the District Council of Mount Barker.

Next was a bus tour of the Mount Barker growth areas (formally known as the Ministerial Development Plan Amendment). Marc Voortman and Greg Waller, of the Mount Barker District Council, explained the challenges and opportunities faced by Council and the community following the State Government decision to rezone 13,000 hectares of rural land to residential, with a target to increase population of Mount Barker by 26,000.

There were great examples shown as to how Local Government has responded and provided leadership in managing the current and future needs of their community. Shaun Bowden, of Lanser Communities, provided a developer’s perspective and demonstrated how they have worked with State Government, Local Government and the community.

The group returned to the Council Chamber to hear from two speakers, first being David Hope from Skilmar Systems Pty Ltd.  David addressed the group on his experiences of the political interactions between elected members, CEOs and staff, and how those interactions had driven change. David discussed his thoughts on the ELP Project topic for 2015 ‘Local Government’s role in the transformation of South Australia’ by using some key experiences he had been involved in over his career that have resulted in change for SA.

John Trainer, Mayor City of West Torrens then discussed his experience and observations of the relationship between State Government and Local Government, and his thoughts on the ELP Project topic for 2015. 

The final session of the day was a workshop to examine different governance models and how they can affect change and decision making. The group broke into three working groups to run different scenarios to resolve a common problem. It was facilitated by Stephen Yarwood, Urban Futurist, citi2050 who reflected on his personal experiences and assisted the groups throughout the workshop.

Overall it was an informative day which provided the group with a comprehensive insight into the political context for local government that leaders need to understand and work within to drive change.

A donation was made to the Royal Flying Doctors in lieu of a gift for the guest speakers.




  • Matt Pinnegar has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the LGA. Matt has moved to the LGA from BP Developments where he was the External Affairs Manager and principal contact in South Australia for BP’s Great Australian Bight Exploration Program.
  • Mark Goldstone has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Adelaide City Council, commencing in this role in October.  Mark was previously Chief Executive Officer at the City of Prospect.
  • David Armitage has commenced as Maintenance Officer Pools & CWMS at Wattle Range Council.
  • Catherine Allen has commenced at Wattle Range Council as Executive Assistant.
  • Catherine Loder has commenced at Wattle Range Council as Governance Officer.
  • Malcolm Mak has commenced at Wattle Range Council as Graduate Civil Engineer.
  • Glen Carter has commenced at the District Council of Mount Barker as Manager Field Services.
  • Anne Hammond has been appointed as Manager Corporate Services at the Yorke Peninsula Council.  Anne was formerly Business Improvement Officer at Yorke Peninsula Council.
  • Paul Sutton has been appointed as CEO of City of Charles Sturt, where he was previously a General Manager.

    Congratulations to all!



New Members
  • Ros Kruger, Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Simone Schmidt, City of Salisbury

    Please make them feel welcome!


 Upcoming Events and Programs

1. Community Managers Network Anti-Poverty Week Presentation
Monday 12 October 2015
Mitcham Institute

Click here to register

2. Rural Challenge
Thursday 15 October 2015
Chifley on South Terrace, Adelaide.
Last Chance to put in a team!

Click here for more information. If you are interested in registering, please contact Rhiannon at

3. Annual Women’s Conference- ‘Yes You Can!’
Friday 23 October 2015
The Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo

Click here to view the full program and register

4. Engaging Citizens in Local Government Workshop- Third and final workshop!
Thursday 5 November 2015
City of Burnside

Click here for more information

5. General Managers/Director Network Forum
Authentic Leadership
Friday 6 November 2015
Leadership Lab, Executive Education Unit, University of Adelaide

Click here to view the program and register



Recent Events

Engaging Citizens in Local Government Workshop

On Thursday 17 September, 30 participants from various councils participated in an interactive workshop, specifically designed to provide practical insights to support local governments’ transition to online engagement.

Gaining an understanding of strategic community planning and how local government can use the various social media and online tools such as Facebook and Twitter to connect with their communities, attendees left feeling informed and inspired. 

Participants on the day described the seminar as “clear and simple, but with a highly effective delivery”, “positive, thought provoking and highly relevant”, “valuable- great ideas and concepts”.

Thank you to the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters for kindly hosting this session.



LG Manager Magazine

LG Manager digital magazine.

Click here to view the latest edition.



National News

LGMA National welcomes incoming Prime Minister

LGMA National has congratulated the incoming Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, following his elevation to the leadership of the Federal Liberal Party.

President of LGMA National, Dr Shayne Silcox, said the LGMA National Board was looking forward to working with Mr Turnbull on consultation matters affecting the local government sector, with the support of the LGMA Federation Partners, whose unique relationship with local governments will help meet the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Read the full media release here.

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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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