Issue 055
December 2015

  • A word from the CEO
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Sarah Philpott

  • 2016 Conference
  • Professional Leaders Program



A word from the CEO

A huge congratulations to our 28 Emerging Leaders who completed their program last Friday.

This was the tenth year of this successful program and registrations for the next intake will open on 18 January 2016. 

The class of 2015 can be extremely proud of their presentation and report on Local Government's role in the transformation of South Australia.  Well done!

Once again, thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our survey - we really value your feedback. 

The results are in and provided us with some valuable insights into what we should keep doing, stop doing and start doing.

Overall, we are pleased that our name change last year seems to have had a positive impact and that we continue to be perceived as a high achieving association. 

The new membership benefit of access to the Leadership Lab at the University of Adelaide is also off to a great start. We will be looking at ways to better support our regional members and to better coordinate our calendar of offerings.

Wishing all of our members, corporate partners, event sponsors and the wider local government family a safe and happy holiday season. 

Thank you for your continued support and engagement.

Looking forward to what 2016 holds,



Merry Christmas from the LG Professionals SA team!

Please note our office will be closed from 21 December to 15 January.

Wishing you a Jib Jab Merry Christmas - make sure your volume is up!


Calendar Reminders

Save the date/s

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

Nominations for awards are open and need to be lodged by 28 January – so don’t leave it too late.  More details in newsletter below.

Emerging Leaders Program – next program commences May 2016.

Other Events
Want to know what exciting events are coming up with LG Professionals SA?  Please click here for a copy of our full 2015/16 Events and Program Calendar.



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Sarah Philpott

This month we speak with Sarah Philpott, Director Corporate Services at City of Port Adelaide Enfield and new board member of LG Professionals SA.

In this interview, she tells us about her decision to return to local government after a time away - and why she chose to nominate for the LG Professionals SA Board.

Hi Sarah - thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
I am the Director Corporate Services at the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and have been here since February 2015.  I see my role as supporting the council and organisation to achieve outcomes for the community.

My portfolio includes city development, financial services, information technology, information management and governance, so I have a great diversity of inwardly focussed support services and outwardly focussed community building aspects to my role.

read more..



Sponsor Insight - Norman Waterhouse
Deconstructing the New Council Member Conflict of Interest Provisions

The Local Government (Accountability and Governance) Amendment Act 2015 (the Amendment Act) was assented to and became law on 5 November 2015. The amendments are expected to come into force in the first half of 2016.

The Amendment Act provides for a number of amendments and insertion of new provisions to the Local Government Act 1999 (the LG Act). The Amendment Act also amends the City of Adelaide Act 1998 and repeals the Local Government Act 1934.

From a governance perspective, there are many notable amendments, including:

•    the requirement for a council member to notify the CEO of any change or variation to information appearing on the register within one month of the change or variation;
•    details such as income sources or employer, membership of a political party, trade union or professional association, and gifts must now be published on a website determined by the CEO;
•    a requirement upon councils to develop a policy on managing ‘informal gatherings’; and
•    the introduction of offences for the disclosure of information or documents the subject of a confidentiality order.

However, the amendment which has garnered the most attention for the Local Government sector is the wholesale replacement of the current council member conflict of interest provisions with a new, substantially different framework.


Old laptops needed for Cambodian Schools

Do you have any old laptops that you are no longer using and would like to donate to a good cause?

John Manning, Managing Director of Dewing’s Accounting who we share an office building with is collecting old laptops to donate to education projects in Cambodia.

After recently travelling to Cambodia to explore ways to help kids who otherwise might not have a shot at a decent education John has identified one thing that could really help - computers.

Please read below for more information on this great cause.

Kids in Cambodia only go to school for the morning or the afternoon, not both, so they only get a few hours of education a day. Historically the public system is inherently corrupt which means even attending doesn’t necessarily mean learning anything. It can be the case that families who can’t afford to ‘pay’ their teachers don’t get taught and even for those who can, the standard of teaching can, in some cases, be so low as to be non-existent. It’s possible for a child in Cambodia to get all the way through the system and learn very little which perpetuates the poverty cycle. Also, many kids don’t attend school at all because their time is more important to their families as labour.

So this means there are a number of schools that work privately in C
ambodia to try and do better.

Often they substitute for the public system in providing a
more robust, state-approved education. Sometimes they help to pull in kids who otherwise wouldn’t go to school at all - like those who live in the slums and/or work in the rubbish tips - by working in the community with the families.

Other projects are set up to provide supplementary education in the morning or afternoon where kids ar
e not at school, teaching them English, hospitality and other skills to help them improve their prospects for earning a decent living.

One thing that many of these schools are short of is computers – specifically old laptops. The cost of living is much lower than in Australia but electronics cost about the same the world over which means proportionately, one computer is an extravagant luxury – maybe for some, the equivalent of a year’s income.

Our perfectly good ‘obsolete’ laptops can still be incredibly valuable, especially compared to what they are using there at the moment. 

100% of everything donated will end up in an education project in Cambodia.

If you would like to donate a laptop, or have any questions, please contact Rhiannon at LG Professionals SA on 08 8291 7990 or


Industry Trends

Victoria launches 'Know Your Council' website

The Know Your Council site features dozens of service and financial indicators to enable comparisons of councils across suburban and regional areas.

As well as rubbish collection, it includes data on rates, council expenses, road construction, library costs, food safety assessments, animal management prosecutions, satisfaction with council decisions and safety incidents at public schools.

There is also a section for ratepayers to learn about the services provided by councils, how decisions are made, council elections, finance, planning and more...
read more..

Network News


Women's Network

We are pleased to announce the findings of the research funded by the LGA R&D fund looking at why there is an under-representation of women in executive leadership roles in local government.

The report outlines the methodology of the researchers who looked at the belief structure of women who have and have not applied for leadership roles.

The research highlights a range of recommendations for the sector. Please click here to read the report.


Human Resources Network

On 3 December, Adelaide City Council hosted the HR Network forum, sharing their strategic and innovative approach to new employee onboarding and induction.

Research suggests that employers have only 10 days to create a positive impression on new starters. Working on this theory, the team at ACC have worked closely with leaders to develop an onboarding process to maximise this time. 

ACC shared their experiences with the new online system, Taleo, which is being used for recruitment (internal and external) and uses digital signatures to accept letters of offer, bank details, superannuation and tax forms.  The portal streamlines previously manual processes while creating auditable records.

ACC also showcased their soon to be launched online induction program which includes gamification as a novel and interactive way of introducing new starters to the organisation.  To round out the new starter experience, employees also have the opportunity to attend a quarterly corporate induction program and undertake local level induction.

In addition to lots of great information, attendees were provided with some fantastic local produce from the Central Markets. 

All in all the session was a great success!  You can access the ACC presentation and further information here.

The Thought Space

The Thought Space features recent events, comments and links to articles on leadership, personal development and innovation.

from Sarah McGregor, Manager Leadership Lab

Maybe time to rethink your interview process?

Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley from UPS always gives the 'Scrapper' a chance.

 "Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose," she says. "In a choice between the silver poon or the scrapper - hire the scrapper."

In this short TED talk she explains why she thinks that those who don't always look good on paper may be just the person you need to hire.

See the TED talk here.

To join the Leadership Lab please contact Melanie Winter on 8291 7994 or

  Tips and Ideas

Where has this year gone?  Is time passing you by?

Our parents warned us about it, but it’s hard to understand until you experience it first hand: as you get older, time seems to fly.

Our perception of time changes as we age and have fewer first-time experiences, and the stress of too much to do doesn't help, Kristin Wong writes.

She offers some advice for living more freely in the present, including reorganizing your time and actively seeking new experiences.

"If you've gotten overly comfortable with life, try saying 'yes' more often."

read more..


Appsolutely great Apps for you to try

Jib Jab
Elf Dance by JibJab - Starring You! Cast Yourself & Friends as Dancing Elves for the Holidays

By JibJab Media Inc.

When the holiday season has left you feeling a bit stressed, one great way to get relief is with laughter. Elf Dance lets you turn your camera roll pictures or Facebook page photos into up to five hilarious dancing elves.

Once you have chosen your subjects and added them into your ‘cast of elves’, it will play a silly movie. You are even able to make your Elf Dance into an eCard to send to friends and family. Have fun and be merry!

read more..


Management Challenge

Register now for the 2016 Australasian Management Challenge!

Fourteen South Australian Teams have already registered!

Hurry - spots are limited!

  • City of Holdfast Bay
  • Adelaide City Council 1
  • Adelaide City Council 2
  • City of Tea Tree Gully
  • City of Playford
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • City of Salisbury
  • Alexandrina Council
  • City of Marion
  • The Corporation of the Town of Walkerville
  • The City of Charles Sturt
  • The City of Unley
  • The City of Mitcham

Don’t let them get a head start- register your team today here
Click here to visit the Challenge website for more information and to register.


Emerging Leaders Program Update

On Friday 11 December our group of 28 Emerging Leaders presented their final project presentation and report on the topic of ‘Local Government’s role in the transformation of South Australia’ to an audience of their managers, CEOs and colleagues and undertook their graduation ceremony.

They also heard from John Harry, CEO of City of Salisbury who spoke of the value of leadership programs and the importance of the ELPs sharing their learning’s back in their council.

The Leaders Alumni were also present in force at the event and helped in celebrating 10 Years of the Program.

Congratulations again to the Class of 2015!

Thank you everyone who was involved throughout the year – participants, managers, guest speakers, lecturers, council hosts and the University of Adelaide.

Please click here to access the Emerging Leaders Program Final Report 2015 on ‘Local Government’s role in the transformation of South Australia’.

Launch of 2016 ELP

The Prospectus for 2016 is available here, with registrations opening 18 January.



LG Professionals SA Promotions

Call for Nominations for the 15th Annual LG Professionals Australia, SA Leadership Excellence Awards

If your council hasn’t nominated for an award in previous years you are strongly encouraged to do so this year.

Attention Smaller and Rural Councils – time to make 2016 your year to shine!

We would like to dispel the myth that smaller or rural councils don’t win against their larger counter parts – it’s really that we don’t often receive many or any nominations from smaller councils. 

So no matter how small you might think your project is - we still want to hear about it.  Keep in mind it’s not about how big or how much money was spent on the project it’s more about your approach and how it has benefited your community.

Attention All Councils

Lastly we would like to draw your attention to a new category that we have introduced ‘Excellence in Local Economic Development’.  Finalists in this category will be invited to showcase their success at a special industry lunch to further explore the role councils can play in the economic development of South Australia on 8 June 2016 in Adelaide.

Nomination categories for 2016 are:
•    Innovative Management Initiatives- Metropolitan Councils
•    Innovative Management Initiatives- Rural Councils
•    Emerging Leader of the Year
•    Community Partnerships and Collaboration
•    Excellence in Local Economic Development
•    Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
•    Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure and Asset Management
•    Excellence in Risk Management
•    Leadership in Community Services
•    Leadership in Financial Management
•    Excellence in Age Friendly Communities

Note: Nominations close at 5pm on Thursday 28 January 2016.

Please click here for more information and to submit your nomination.




  • Tyson Radetti has commenced as Senior Civil Engineer at City of Campbelltown. Tyson previously worked in the private sector on key projects such as Waterproofing the West and the City of Salisbury Re-Water project.
  • Khalifa Harun has commenced as City Works and Projects Coordinator at City of Campbelltown. Khalifa was previously at the City of Mallala and the John Holland Group.
  • Bridget Ransome commenced this month at District Council of Mount Barker as Economic Development Officer. Bridget was previously with City of Marion as their Economic Development Officer.
  • Sarah Marzec has joined Wattle Range Council in the role of Community Development Officer.
  • Darren Birbeck has been appointed as General Manager Corporate Services at City of Charles Sturt.  Darren was previously at ECH.
  • Joel Taggart has commenced as Manager Development Services at Mid Murray Council.  Joel was previously at the Town of Gawler.

    Congratulations to all!



 Upcoming Events and Programs

1. 2016 LG Professionals Australia,  SA Annual Conference-
Mission ImPossible

Friday 19 February 2016
National Wine Centre

Join us for an insightful and inspiring day as we prepare to take you on MISSION POSSIBLE - turning the impossible into possible. 

We will delve into and explore the latest trends in mindfulness, resilience and courage, inspire you, help you to adapt to change and look at the qualities of leadership needed to complete your mission. 

Early Bird Promotion- register by 22 January 2016 and enter into the draw to win one of three free registrations (either bring a friend or be reimbursed – your choice).

Book a table of Eight and Save $’s 
Management Challenge Teams – register your whole team and start your bonding process early!

Rural councils - UHY Haines Norton has kindly sponsored a ‘table of eight’ for rural participants to attend. To apply for a fully paid for registration please send your details to Rhiannon at by 9am on 20 January 2016.

Please click here to view the program and register.

There is something for everyone with an excellent line up of speakers:
•    Preparing for your mission- it's all in the mind (Petrina Coventry)
•    Inspiration for your mission (Anthony Kittel)
•    Mission adaptation- when change happens (Eddy Varrasso)
•    The mission: Citizen engagement (Matthew Gordon)
•    Are you team ready? Managing expectations and those difficult relationships (David Pender)
•    And more ......

2. Professional Leaders Program

Register now for the 2016 Professional Leaders Program. Registrations are open until 17 December.

The Professional Leaders Program is the next step in the career pathway for those who have completed the Emerging Leaders Program and/or local government professionals wanting to move forward in their leadership career.

The program has been developed to both compliment and build on the skills developed through the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) however you do not need to have completed the ELP to undertake the PLP.

By passing the LG Professionals SA ELP and PLP you can receive status of completion of the Professional Management Program and the status of 2 subjects should you wish to undertake an MBA Pathway (standard entry criteria applies).* Please speak with us to find out the details of articulation pathways.

The Professional Leaders Program is designed to develop analytical capabilities through 4 modules in the areas of:

•    Strategic Management
•    Operational Excellence
•    Financial Management
•    The Context of Local Government

“A reinforcing, enlightening and educational experience that anyone aspiring to executive level should attend”. 
“An informative and innovative program which provided many learning and networking opportunities”.

If you have any questions regarding this program please contact Melanie Winter on 8291 7994 or email

*Conditions apply, please speak with LG Professionals SA to find out more.

Other Events

Want to know what exciting events are coming up with LG Professionals SA?  Please click here for a copy of our full 2015/16 Events and Program Calendar.



New members
  • Karyn Burton, Berri Barmera Council
  • Jason Cattonar, City of Burnside
Please make them feel welcome!

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Click here to view the latest edition.



National News

Save the date - 2016 Congress

The 2016 LG Professionals Australia National Congress & Business Expo will be held on the Gold Coast, QLD, from 4-6 May at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

Registrations are now open!  Click here to register.


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About LG Professionals Australia, SA

LG Professionals SA 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 Local Government Professionals Australia, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the national local government sector.


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