Issue 059
May 2016

  • A word from the CEO
  • Calendar Reminders
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Scott McLuskey

  • Network events



A word from the CEO

Welcome to this edition of Leaders Connect! It was fabulous to see so many of you at our National Congress on the Gold Coast, you can view some photos here.

It is so important to take time out to work ‘on the business’ instead of ‘in the business’ and form stronger bonds with colleagues and peers. I came away with lots of ideas and look forward to sharing these with you over the coming months. 

Here at LG Professionals SA, we are busy planning a fabulous calendar of events and programs for the 2016-17 year. 

Membership renewals will be issued shortly, we do so value your membership with us. Your membership helps fund program and network development, ensuring content is for the sector by the sector.

Happy June to all, keep warm!



News Flash!

South Australia takes out two awards at the Local Government Professionals Australia Gala Dinner!

Congratulations to The City of Salisbury Strategic Development
s Project Team (top image) and Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre Team (bottom image) for taking out first place in their respective categories at the Local Government Professionals Australia National Awards, held
on the Gold Coast.
Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Team
What a fantastic achievement and so rewarding to be able to recognise at a National level the outstanding work that South Australian Councils are doing!


LG Professionals SA Membership

It’s time to start thinking about your LG Professionals SA membership which will be due for renewal shortly. 

The cost of Individual Membership has risen slightly this year to $270, but we’re sure you will agree it is still value for money.

Some great news regarding Council Bundles – we have upgraded our packages to ensure you enjoy immediate savings in addition to future savings when subscribing to a bundle.  We are also pleased to introduce the additional benefit of free membership to HR Managers so that you too can enjoy the benefits of membership while at the same time ensuring your council stays connected and informed of all that is going on at LG Professionals SA.

*Download Council Bundle flyer here.

On reflecting back over the year that has been, we have seen our programs, events and activities for members grow from strength to strength.  There has been outstanding attendance at all of our events and lots of positive feedback about content and delivery. 

Your feedback is very important to us as it forms the basis for development of what we look to deliver for you. 

Free membership of the University of Adelaide’s Leadership Lab has added another dimension of opportunities to our members and we are very pleased to announce that this will be continuing in the next financial year.

Here is the impressive list of the sessions that LG Professionals SA members were able to attend at the Leadership Lab last year at no charge:

1.    A Conversation on Managing Complexity
2.    The Mindfulness Advantage
3.    From battlefield to boardroom – what great leaders can learn
4.    What’s Art Got to Do With It? Business in the 21st century is not all straight lines!
5.    Leading Transport Towards a City for the Future – How Will Adelaide Move Around 
       in 2050
6.    Managing Organisational Know-How: Old Myths and New Realities.
7.    A Conversation around Vicarious Grief in the Workplace
8.    Workplace Stress and Cortisol: The Challenge of Balance, Control and the Good Life!
9.    Introduction to Systems Thinking for Managing Complex Issues
10.  An Insight into the Art of Making and Influencing Decisions
11.  Get Ready for Generation Z! The increasing speed of Generational Change!
12.  Benevolent Leadership: It’s hard being soft!

Plus 50% Discount for April Effective Change Management offered by University of Adelaide.

We look forward to your continuing support and membership in the coming year.



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Scott McLuskey

This month we speak with Scott McLuskey, Senior Development Officer, Planning, City of Prospect.

Scott tells us about his view for future development in Prospect and what he 'brought back' from the recent LG Professionals Australia National Congress...

Hi Scott, thanks for speaking with us.

You recently attended the National Congress on an LG Professionals SA Scholarship.   What were the top 3 things that you learnt that will stay with you from the Congress, and how will they affect your work or professional development?
I greatly appreciated the opportunity to attend the National Congress and thank LG Professionals SA again for the scholarship opportunity.

There were several things that resonated strongly with me including the concept that our communities are not lacking for information, they are lacking for clarity and also the concept that we should be creating processes that are designed for intrinsic success and by which failure is actually more difficult.

I think there is also a very direct application here in Prospect about the role that local government can play in leading rather than managing change and uncertainty.

read more..



Sponsor Insight


Industry Trends -  Are City Deals a good thing for Australia?

The Property Council has heralded the federal government’s proposal to introduce UK-style City Deals as part of a new Smart Cities Plan.
These deals have emerged as the preferred methods of formulating public policy and resource allocation in UK decentralisation. This kind of explicitly “informal governance” is novel and innovative.

City Deals in Australia may be part of a similar drive for local government reform. This reflects arguments that direct funding of local government by federal government creates efficiencies and that new investment in local infrastructure requires effective cross-border local government collaboration.

read more..


Australians want a fresh approach to the way we govern our local communities, cities and regions. Governments must work together to do better with less, and to regain public trust.

Our current federal arrangements are not delivering the results Australians need and expect.

Research conducted by LG Professionals Australia, the association representing senior managers of more than 500 local Councils across the country, shows that high-performing local government is essential to add strength, resilience and responsiveness to a revitalized federation.

This must be part of a new agenda based on collaboration, innovation and localism. Otherwise Australia will fail to respond effectively to the challenges of the 21st Century.

Click here to learn more.

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 following positions:
  • Eight positions for a two year terms beginning 1/7/16 and concluding 30/6/18.
For more information please click here.


Network News


Community Managers Network

1. Changes to Home Care
The Australian Government announced significant reforms to home care in the 2015-16 Budget. The reforms will improve the way that home care services are delivered to older Australians and will be implemented in two stages.

Concerns for local government as a result of these changes include:

•         Loss of bulk funding has obvious budget implications for councils
•         Ability to be able to remain competitive and deliver services
•         Lack of recognition from the funding bodies of the high level in-kind contribution gocal government provides- particularly in social programs and transport – High use of volunteers that encourage citizenship
•         Have the capacity to work in a business model which may operate in negative
•         High volume of clients who currently receive a single low level service and may fall through the gap
•         Staffing without block funding to support wages

read more..

2. New E-resource launched
The Local Government Professionals SA Community Managers Network has recently launched 'Local Government – Working With Communities – An Induction Guide'.

Written by Professor Fiona Verity, this publication is an e-resource and aims to provide an accessible and flexible introduction to local government and community services for new staff.

It will also be a valuable resource for non-community services staff and elected members, providing a practical overview of the nature and principles of community development and community work.

The publication can be found on the Local Government Professionals SA website by clicking here.


The Thought Space

What’s happening in the Leadership Lab?

Leadership Lab - your leadership thinking, research and high-productivity space!

The University of Adelaide's Leadership Lab provides an exciting new way for professionals to engage in ongoing leadership learning and development.

Located in the heart of Adelaide's CBD, the Lab provides a unique space for inspiring, connecting and developing the leaders of the future. It offers the amenities of a stimulating library, meeting room, hotel lobby and flight lounge, and it pairs this with unique activities and experiences informed by the latest leadership research.

The Leadership Lab inspires bigger thinking through an interactive learning environment. Members of the Lab are able to develop at their own pace through immersion in the latest resources and activities, and through engagement with one another.

By immersing themselves in the Leadership Lab, leaders will find opportunities to explore learning and development in a new way - with immediate impact on them as individuals and in their organisations.

Remember - access to the Lab is included in your membership, so USE IT - you won't regret it!

What can I do there?
  • Take time out to think- develop new ideas, work on your own personal development
  • A space to get away from your daily work environment to work on new plans and strategies
  • Hold small team building/development sessions (not for everyday meetings – but leadership/strategic planning meetings such as brainstorming and visioning.
  • Study time – the range of resources is staggering and just a few hours there will have you energised and motivated
  • Engage with others – inside and outside the sector.  Widen your interactions with other thinkers/leaders and engage, learn from them and share your own knowledge and experience with others
  • Attend sessions on key topics, get involved, discuss.
The Leadership Lab is designed to facilitate interaction and discussion – it’s a less formal space than a normal meeting room.

If you don’t want to come in on your own – that’s fine, you are allowed to bring a guest.

How come we get to use this for free?

LG Professionals SA is a sponsor of the lab – so as part of our sponsorship, our members have access to it and all its facilities..

Sounds great!  How do I do this?

Once you are a member of the Leadership Lab, just come in anytime to use the Lab and resources - or if you are holding a meeting, get in touch with the Lab Manager to let them know when to make sure there’s not a conflict.

Just register as a member of the space and you are underway.  To register, just contact Mel at and ask to join. It costs nothing (if you are a member) so get clicking!

Appsolutely great Apps for you to try - Duolingo

Got a holiday coming up overseas?  Learn the basics of the language before you go!

Don't just use your phone apps to scroll through Facebook and Instagram to see what other people are up to.

As the saying says - stop scrolling and start doing!

One of the great ways of using your idle time with your phone (on the bus, waiting for an appointment etc) is to learn a language!

It's easy with Duolingo!

An easy to use, fun learning tool that will have you mastering the basics in no time - and you'll enjoy that vacation so much more!

Available for Android, iPhone and Windows, you can find DuoLingo here.


  Tips and Ideas

The importance of breaking free of yourself
Did you enter university thinking, “I’m going to figure out who I am and then make my life plan and hopefully have an impact on the world”?

After all, it’s how you were raised and it’s the message you heard — from your parents, from school counselors, from the culture at large — about how to have a good and flourishing life.

But now that you’re working, you might be wondering if you did all you were supposed to have done. You haven’t figured out your calling. You haven’t found your passions. You haven’t found yourself.

The recommendation of a popular Harvard Professor, Michael Puett - read Confucius, Mencius, Zhuangzi and other great Chinese thinkers who lived thousands of years ago, because they have the real liberation you are looking for.

For instance, instead of embracing your self, Confucius urged, overcome your self. Break free from who you think you are, because that is how you will change and grow.

read more..


LG Professionals SA Promotions

Public Service Medal

The Public Service Medal recognises outstanding service by employees of the Australian, state, territory and local governments.

Nominations are now open for this year’s Public Service Medal.  Did you know that local government employees are eligible for nomination for this award?   This award is designed to recognise 'outstanding public service' - whether through leadership, service excellence, improved productivity and efficiency, or innovation in program, project or policy development.

Nominations are encouraged for any local government employee who has made an outstanding contribution, regardless of their age, length of service, or classification level.

What a great way to honour someone in the sector who has made an outstanding contribution. 

Guidelines and nomination forms are available here.  

For more information or to submit nominations in confidence, contact Matt Miles of the Australian Day Council of South Australia via email: or phone (08) 8463 5437.

The closing date for nominations for the Australia Day Honours List is 1 August 2016.




  • Hannah Zacker has commenced in the role of WHS Officer at the City of Holdfast Bay.
  • Sid Jain has commenced as Manager Financial Services at Yorke Peninsula Council.  Sid was previously at Port Hedland Council after a period of working as the Director C&CS. 
  • Suzanne McKell has commenced as the Manager Strategy and Outcomes at Port Augusta Council.
  • Alan Hollway has commenced as Human Resources Manager at City of Mount Gambier.

    Congratulations to all!



 Upcoming Events and Programs

1. General Managers/Director Network Forum - June
Innovation and Creativity Series- A workshop looking at 'Define, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver'
Wednesday 8 June 2016
Leadership Lab, Executive Education Unit, Pulteney Street, Adelaide
Please click here to register

Don’t worry if you missed the first workshop this year, each session is created separately, within the theme of innovation and creativity!

Other Events

Want to know what exciting events are coming up with LG Professionals SA?  Please click here for a copy of our full 2016/17 Events and Program Calendar.



Recent Events

1. HR Network Meeting
The HR Network met on Wednesday 18 May to hear from the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters. The Council presented on their experience in two key areas;

•    maintaining the implementation of ABEF over the past decade; and
•    how to make mandatory training fun to increase retention rates of learning, based on the adult learning principles adopted by the Australia Defence Force. Participants were led through a game show style WHS program and provided with data sticks containing the tools to deliver the training sessions in their own workplaces. 

The session was closed with Yoga Indra presenting a short yoga session adapted for the office environment, using chairs, to help participants combat daily work stress.

Thank you to the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters for hosting the session and creating an interesting program for the day. Participant feedback indicated they valued the presenters personal reflections and business insights on the topics and thoroughly enjoyed the style of presentations.

2. Women’s Network Forum
On Friday 20 May a group of forty women in local government attended a half day session hosted by the City of Tea Tree Gully on the topic of Confidence and Assertiveness- platforms for effective negotiation, presented by Marie Modra.

The session was opened by Carla Leversedge from the council who presented on her career story. Thank you to City of Tea Tree Gully for hosting the session and to those who attended.

Feedback from the attendees included:
“Fantastic topic, great information, and time to practise”
“I negotiate as part of my job and it’s always good to learn new skills”
“I liked meeting and sharing stories with people from other councils. The presenters were down to earth”.

The Women’s Network will consider running another session in the future. Please email Mel at to express interest.


  LG Professional Magazine

LG Professional digital magazine.

Click here to view the latest edition.



Australasian Management Challenge

It’s almost time for the National Management Challenge which is coming up on the 24 June in Melbourne. 

We would like to wish the team from City of Salisbury ‘Just COS’ all the best and look forward to seeing them bring the trophy home.

It’s also time for rural councils to start thinking about and preparing to put a team in for this year’s Rural Management Challenge which will be held on 13 October in the lovely Clare Valley.

To get you all motivated and thinking about the Management Challenge not only the rural one, but next year’s state challenge we have uploaded videos of this year’s Management Challenge Team’s opening presentations to our YouTube Channel. 

Happy viewing.  (click on the 'videos' tab to see all the videos)


National News

A new president for LG Professionals Australia

LG Professionals Australia is very pleased to announce Andrew Wardlaw as their new president. Andrew is the general manager at Burnie City Council.

 Andrew takes on this additional role as president for the next 12 months, after having served on the LG Professionals Australia board since 2011.

Click here to read the rest of the Media Release.


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About Local Government 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 organisations, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the National Local Government sector.


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