Issue 070
June 2017

  • A word from the CEO
  • News Flash
  • Membership Renewals
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • About Us
  • Emma Watkins

  • Rural Management Challenge
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

Welcome to this month’s edition of Leaders Connect.

What a busy month it has been here at LG Professionals, SA!

We have hosted the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program Retreat, the Local Government Module of the Professional Leaders Program, a Digital Strategies Workshop, Women’s Network Forum on Resilience, Engaging Citizen’s Master Class, Project Management Program, Change Management Program and Economic Development Forum.

We have also launched the Performance Excellence Program which you can read more about below. This is in addition to our numerous member network meetings!

We now approach membership renewal time and look forward to welcoming returning members to another eventful year and introducing new members to all that we do. We finish the year with a record number of members – 445! This represents over 30% growth on last year.

I hope all of your budget processes have gone well and that you take some time to reflect on your achievements in the financial year just ending.

Happy reading!



Membership Renewals for 2017-2018

As reported in the last newsletter, membership of LG Professionals, SA falls due on 1 July 2017 on which date you will be automatically invoiced. Anyone who updates their details and pays their membership by COB on the 1 August 2017 will automatically go in the draw to win a free registration to our Annual Conference valued at $420.

We’ve had lots of positive feedback about our programs and events and the challenge now is to make them even bigger and better in the coming year. Everything that we provide for our members is developed to teach new skills, inspire bigger thinking, grow personal networks and form supportive relationships.

We will be introducing some exciting new benefits and programs in the coming year, so now more than ever is the time to be a member. Our networks continue to grow with the latest edition of the Events Network and some more in the pipeline.

The cost of individual membership has risen slightly this year to $285, but we’re sure you will agree it is still value for money. It is also worth noting that your membership is tax deductible. If your council hasn’t taken out a bundle membership before you might like to think about it.

For more information download the flyer here.

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


News flash

Launch of Australasian LG Performance Excellence Program

“The Australasian LG Performance Excellence Program provides Councils with the opportunity to truly understand their performance and to make informed decisions about where they direct their resources to get the best possible outcomes for their community.

The PEP is a robust tool for collaboration, and provides the community and our partners with confidence about our focus on improvement and our readiness to embrace innovation and change. Our communities demand that we are as efficient as possible, that we tailor services to meet their needs and that we are transparent and accountable for use of rate payer funds.

The comparative data presented through this comprehensive tool, which is supported by LG Professionals, SA in partnership with LG Professionals, NSW and PWC, provides us with vital information that helps us to be responsive today, and ready for tomorrow.”

Mark Withers, Chief Executive Officer, The City of Port Adelaide Enfield

This program very much compliments the work the LGA is doing in this space.

The deadline to sign up is 15 July 2017 and you can opt to receive an invoice in this financial year or the next if you sign up prior to 30 June.

Learn more about the program here.

These councils have already signed up for the Performance Excellence Program, so get on board!
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • City of Prospect
  • Port Pirie Regional Council
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
  • Alexandrina Council
  • District Council of Mount Barker
  • Flinders Ranges Council
  • Yorke Peninsula Council


Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by


Emma Watkins

This month we speak with Emma Watkins, Senior Community Ranger - Community Safety, City of Onkaparinga.  

Emma speaks about what motivates her to achieve in local government, her recent experience in the emerging Leaders Program and her thoughts on the recent national Congress.

Hi Emma, thanks for speaking with us. 

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

My current role is Senior Community Ranger - Community Safety at the City of Onkaparinga. I’m based at the Noarlunga office and am responsible for managing any escalated issues, creating and managing strategies, projects and procedures and ensuring our team can effectively meet the needs and expectations of our community. 

Our team consists of 11 Community Rangers, two Seniors, a TL and Manager. Our Community Rangers number can increase to 17 throughout summer which is our peak season. 

We’re responsible for the effective administration of approximately 13 Acts with around 70 per cent of our work focused on dog management. 

Day-to-day my troops are out on the road investigating reports, proactively attending to identified breaches and engaging with the community. 

Our team handles approximately 2500 reports each year, spends 1000 hours proactively patrolling our foreshore throughout summer and manages 35,000 registered and 10,000 unregistered dogs, just to name a few! 

read more..


Industry Trends - Adelaide City Council lobbies for electric car support in federal stimulus

Adelaide City Council has harnessed the support of local governments to push for a national approach to electric car rules and regulations.

Of 18.4 million registered cars in Australia at the start of 2016, the council said only about 3,500 of these were electric.

Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese said he successfully passed a motion at the Australian Local Government Association (LGA) Assembly in Canberra on Monday for a national approach to stimulate the market.

read more..

Sponsor Insight


Network News

What's coming up for Networks?


Leaders Alumni

Relaunch of Leaders Alumni

We are very excited about reigniting this network and hope to see more graduates of the ELP and PLP engaged in the network. It’s a great opportunity for you to reconnect with your peers and develop broader networks and relationships.

Our first forum to get the momentum going and to explore ideas for future events was recently held at the University of Adelaide. We look forward to presenting those ideas to you over the coming months.


CEO Network

In Conversation with Yasser Shahin and Lunch
Thursday 27 July 11.00am to 2.00pm
Robin Hood Hotel, 315 Portrush Rd, Norwood SA

Download the Program and Register here..

Note: You must be a local government CEO and a member of LG Professionals, SA to attend these events.


GM Network

New forums coming soon!


Community Managers Network

The next network meeting will be held on Friday 14 July 9.30am to 11.30am in LG Professionals, SA’s boardroom. If you are not a committee member but would like to attend please register your interest first with Francess

The network will be running another ‘Working with Communities Workshop’ in mid-November.
Chair: Terra Lea Ranson, Manager Community and Capacity, City of Onkaparinga
Vice Chair: Bronwyn Webster

HR Network

Next forum will be held on Wednesday 2 August at the City of Charles Sturt on the topic ‘Positive Cultural Change and Employee Engagement.

Register here..

Women's Network

Planning for the November Women’s Conference is well underway and a program will be released soon. In the meantime Save the Date – Friday 3 November 2017.

The network will also be holding a refresher for past participants of the Ultimate Life Planning Workshops with a new workshop planned for both women and men also coming up – for more details refer to up and coming events and programs below.

Chair: Bobbi Pertini, Manager People & Culture, Yorke Peninsula Council
Vice Chair: Michelle Bell, Building & Recreational Manager, District Council of Mt Barker.


Events Network

Next series of the Events Network meetings are still in the planning stage with one proposed for mid-August and a second for the end of September. Full details to be released soon!

If you would like to know more about any of our networks please contact Francess on 8291 7994 or by email

Launch of 2017 Rural Management Challenge

Date: 12 October 2017
Venue: Commodore on the Park, Mt Gambier

Is your Council up for the Challenge?

If so, it’s time to register and start selecting your team!

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s Rural Management Challenge will be held in Mount Gambier. This is a fantastic opportunity for rural councils to participate in a ‘Management Challenge’ that has been specifically tailored for their needs. It’s a unique opportunity for staff development and for rural councils to showcase their skills.

It’s also a great team building exercise and you only need four staff members from any level of council to participate. If you don’t have enough staff in your council, you also have the option of forming a composite team with neighbouring councils.

The Rural Management Challenge is designed to stretch team members’ comfort zones and expand their skill sets. Teams that perform well, come to the day ready to let go of their fears and embrace the unexpected.

“From stepping outside of my comfort zone, I have more confidence in what I can achieve and perform under pressure. I have gained knowledge, through other team members, of how Council approaches challenges.” Past participant

For further details download the brochure from our website. There’s also a poster to help you start recruiting your team. Register early and get a head start on the other teams!

For any enquiries please contact Rhiannon on 8291 7990 or by email


Welcome 2017 Emerging Leaders

Welcome to this year’s cohort of Emerging Leaders:

  • Janelle Arbon, Consultant, Design Projects - City of Adelaide
  • Jenna Barry, Works Admin Officer - District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • Brittany Forshaw, Customer Service Officer - City of West Torrens
  • Alisha Gangell, Corporate Communications Officer - City of Onkaparinga
  • Michelle Goss, Fleet Business Analyst - City of Onkaparinga
  • Nicholas Goss, Team Leader Town Services - Town of Gawler
  • Matt Graham, Team Leader Engineering - Mount Barker District Council
  • Rick Hutchins, Team Leader Spatial Planning and Heritage - City of Adelaide
  • James Kelly, Engineer (Assets, Water Resources) - City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Rickie Kelly, Senior WHS Advisor - City Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Tim Law, Team Leader Library - Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Jessica Lintvelt, Youth Development Officer - Campbelltown City Council
  • Catherine Loder, Governance Officer - Wattle Range Council
  • Jan McIntyre, Grants and Sponsorship Officer - City of Onkaparinga
  • Henry Mitchell, Development Compliance Officer - City of Mitcham
  • Renee Pitcher, Landscape & Open Space Planner - City of Marion
  • Kelly Robinson, Communications Adviser - Alexandrina Council
  • Glenn Searle, Planning Officer - Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Jonathon     Smyth, Supervisor Strathalbyn Depot - Alexandrina Council
  • Tim Starr, Coordinator Property, City Infrastructure - City of Salisbury
  • Joanne Styles, Human Resources Business Partner - City of Onkaparinga
  • Alyssa Todd, Asset Information Officer - GIS and Analysis - City of Charles Sturt
  • Richard Toomer, Leading Hand Cleansing - City of Adelaide
  • Erica Vidinis, Landscape Architect - City of Campbelltown
  • Tracey Ware, Senior Safety Business Partner - City of Charles Sturt
  • Clint Watchman, Strategic Development Project & Design Coordinator - City of Salisbury
  • Danniele Worden, Senior Governance Advisor - City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Amee Yardley, Development and Heritage Support Officer - City of Mitcham

What do we look for in our managers?

This year’s Emerging Leaders Cohort was asked this question as part of their Residential Retreat and here are their answers…

  • Consistency
  • Provision of regular feedback
  • Integrity
  • Walk the talk
  • Not afraid to disappoint you
  • Clarity
  • Approachability
  • Share skills, knowledge and info
  • Respect different opinions and diversity
  • Coaching skills
  • Remove roadblocks for people
  • Trust your skills and decision making ability
  • Genuine
  • Enjoy their jobs
  • Challenge me and get me out of my comfort zone
  • Flexibility
  • Willing to show you who they are and what they believe in
  • Challenge norms
  • Good communicator about what they need and the vision
  • Help me to succeed

Movers and Shakers

City of Holdfast Bay

  • Roberto Bria – General Manager Business Services
    Roberto has previous local government experience at City of Burnside and City of Adelaide, but most recently has been working in the not for profit, Commonwealth Government and private sector.
  • Ryan Allford – Electrician
    Ryan is coming to us from the private sector.

City of Salisbury

  • Teresa Nilsson has joined the City of Salisbury as Team Leader Human Resources, she was formally the Manager, People and Culture at City of Campbelltown.

Alexandrina Council

  • Glenn Rappensberg has commenced as the Chief Executive Officer. Glenn brings a wealth of experience from CEO roles in the not for profit sector.
Congratulations to all!

Tips and Ideas

How to take extra care with written documents

In today’s fast paced world, so often we don’t take time to read carefully. For example – when was the last time you thoroughly read the manual for your new computer, TV or phone?

At home, maybe that’s ok – we can call for support or head to Google if we run into an issue.

But at work – this approach can be dangerous. Here’s something that happens every day in local government. You are sent a document to read – or even just a long email. So you skim it – or worse, skip it, with sometimes disastrous results.

So how do you make sure you find important content? Here are some handy tips to find the important messages and remember what you read.



Upcoming Events and Programs

The Ultimate Life Planning Workshop – refresher for past participants
Wednesday 26 July 2017 - 9am to 1pm - at The Highway, 290 Anzac Hwy, Plympton

Register here..

The Ultimate Life Planning Workshop – for both men & women
Thursday 24 August 2017 - 9am to 5pm - at The Highway, 290 Anzac Hwy, Plympton

Register here..

If you would like to know more about any of our events please contact Rhiannon on 8291 7990 or by email

If you would like to know more about any of our programs please contact Kate on 8291 7996 or by email

Want to know what exciting events are coming up with LG Professionals, SA? 

See our full 2017 Events and Program Calendar.



New Member
  • Rachel McCaskill – City of Marion

    Welcome Rachel!

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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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