Issue 072
August 2017

  • A word from the CEO
  • News Flash
  • Sponsor and member thank you
  • Membership Renewals
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • About Us
  • Trevor Smith

  • Rural Management Challenge
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

In this edition of Leaders Connect, we look at the value of ‘taking time out’.

This can mean different things to different people, but in this busy digital age it is harder and harder to make time to think about the business instead of drowning in it. We need to be deliberate about it. Taking just 15 minutes a day of ‘think time’ can provide us with a clearer understanding of challenges we face and fill us with energy to get the work done.

President Bill Clinton said, on working under pressure: “Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it's the time when they most need to think.”

Getting involved with LG Professionals, SA activities and networks can provide you with time out, new skills and networks at the same time.

A special thanks to all council bundle holders for renewing or signing up and also to all renewing and new members. We hope you look to us to help you with your challenges over the coming year.

I also encourage all members to consider nominating for a position on our Board. Nominations will be called soon. If you would like to discuss what’s involved, please drop me a line.

Finally, I am thrilled to announce that we have seconded Chris Watson from the City of Onkaparinga to our team until 5 October, after which time Emma Watkins, also from Onkaparinga will join us for an interim period.

By bringing in fresh eyes, we are benefitting from new perspectives and observations of what can be improved and what is working well. Thank you City of Onkaparinga for seconding us your great staff – we hope they learn more about the sector in their time here.



Membership Renewals for 2017-2018

Membership Prize Winner!
Congratulations to Rebecca Tappert from The Barossa Council who won a free registration to our Annual Conference valued at $420 for renewing her membership before 1 August 2017!

Have you renewed your membership? For any queries please contact Chris on 8291 7994 or

Thank you to the following listed bundle holders who have confirmed their commitment for the 2017-18 year:

•    Adelaide City Council
•    Adelaide Hills Council
•    Alexandrina Council
•    Campbelltown City Council
•    City of Charles Sturt
•    City of Holdfast Bay
•    City of Marion
•    City of Mitcham
•    City of Onkaparinga
•    City of Playford
•    City of Port Adelaide Enfield
•    City of Prospect
•    City of Salisbury
•    City of Tea Tree Gully
•    City of Unley
•    City of Victor Harbor
•    City of West Torrens
•    Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council
•    Coorong District Council
•    District Council of Yankalilla
•    Local Government Association (LGA)
•    Renmark Paringa Council
•    The Rural City of Murray Bridge
•    Wakefield Regional Council
•    Yorke Peninsula Council

Sponsor and Member Thank You

Thank you to all our sponsors and members for your support.

Please click here to view a short video "Celebrating the year that was!"


LG Professionals, SA Sponsorship and Corporate Partnership

It is sponsorship renewal time. If your company partnered with us/or sponsored us in 2016/17 and haven’t heard from us, we will be in touch shortly.

Do you know a company who would be interested in sponsoring LG Professionals, SA?
If so, please contact Rhiannon at to pass on their details.

News flash

10 TEAMS REGISTERED for the Rural Management Challenge!

Due to popular demand we now have 2 extra places available - HURRY these will fill quickly!

Don’t miss out - register a team from your council today!

Teams currently registered are:
  • Kangaroo Island Council
  • Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • District Council of Grant (2 teams)
  • City of Mount Gambier (2 teams)
  • Coorong District Council
  • Wattle Range Council
  • Mid Murray Council
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie


Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by


Trevor Smith

This month we speak with Trevor Smith, CEO of the District Council of Tumby Bay.

Trevor talks about the importance of taking time out to focus on planning for the future, he explains why ongoing professional development is essential and also highlights the exciting projects in the pipeline for Tumby Bay.

Hi Trevor, thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role?
I am currently the Chief Executive Officer at the District Council of Tumby Bay and have been in this role since 2013.

Where were you before? What is your work background/career path so far?
I have been employed as a CEO and in corporate/governance roles in seven local governments across South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria. I have also worked in the Victorian Department of Local Government, mainly on policy development, grants and legislation.

In the local governments that I have worked for there has been a range in population from 700 (Mukinbudin, WA) to 40,000 (Wellington, Vic) and a range in area from 1,500 sq km (Mount Alexander, Vic) to 121,000 sq km (Wyndham East Kimberley, WA).

Working in local government over the past thirty years; and especially in Victoria before, during and after the Jeff Kennett inspired amalgamations; I have concluded that the expression "may you live in interesting times" (an English expression purported to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse) was probably the working title of the first Local Government Act.

read more..



Industry trends

I haven't got time for professional development or networking!

"Take a day out of the office? Me? You've got to be kidding - I'm so flat out that I don't have time to focus on my own development. In fact the last three things my HR manager has booked me on, I've ended up cancelling."

If this is you - or even sounds a bit like you - and be honest - you need help!

Turning your back on your own professional development restricts your ability to plan and think - and importantly, to keep up to date with new approaches or ideas.

People who are too focused on the tasks at hand can be a bit like this:
So how can you keep up to date with the latest trends and innovations - and work on your own development?

The top 6 tips for taking time to focus on your own development in local government.

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Sponsor Insight - LGRS

Local Government Risk Services (LGRS) was established to manage and service the insurance and risk management needs of Local Government in South Australia.

We chat with Robyn Daly, Scheme Manager, Local Government Association Mutual Liability Scheme.

Hi Robyn - thanks for taking the time to speak with LG Professionals, SA.

Tell us about LGRS - where does it operate? What's its ‘reason for being’?
The LGRS brand represents Local Government Risk Services. LGRS is the South Australian public sector division of JLT (Jardine Lloyd Thompson). Nationally JLT‘s core public sector business is focussed on partnering with local government – providing membership, risk based services and ‘insurance’ options to over 95% of all councils in Australia.

How does it benefit SA councils?

read more..


Network News

Exciting news for our networks and rural members!

LG Professionals, SA is pleased to announce that our conference room is now fully equipped for video conferencing allowing our rural members to join network meetings.

If you haven’t been able to participate before and are interested in finding out more about our network committees which include - CEO Network, GM Network, Community Managers Network, HR Network, Women’s Network, Events Network, please contact us on 8291 7990 or by email


CEO Network

On 27 July, 24 CEOs enjoyed lunch with Yasser Shahin of Peregrine Corporation.

Yasser shared the story of his company and the On The Run (OTR) approach to customer service. We thank Yasser for his free and frank conversation and willingness to engage with the sector.


Leaders Alumni Network

An engaged group of the Leaders Alumni Network met at the Robin Hood Hotel on Thursday 17 August where we were joined by guest speaker Belinda Shadiac (Talent Acquisition Consultant, City of Adelaide) who gave insight into maximising networking opportunities, maintaining transferrable skills, building your brand and how to be the best candidate though the recruitment process. 

The intimate networking event was a great example of local government professionals of all areas coming together to openly share their thoughts, concerns and knowledge to enhance their careers and development. 

Thank you to the Robin Hood Hotel for their hospitality and to Belinda for her time and for sharing her invaluable knowledge and understanding of the sector. 


HR Network

HR Network Forum

Our HR Network came together for a forum themed around Positive Culture Change and Employee Engagement on 2 August at the City of Charles Sturt.

We heard inspiring stories of culture journeys from the City of Holdfast Bay, the City of Tea Tree Gully and the City of Charles Sturt before the group broke into an interactive session to look at what culture we are aspiring to across the sector. Some of the common culture aspirations included:

  • Being solutions-focussed and kicking goals
  • Simplifying the way we do things
  • Leading and embracing transformational change
  • Having passion for what you do and working hard
  • Having integrity
  • Creating and seizing opportunities
  • Being curious and innovative
  • Sharing and connecting
  • Having fun

Professional Leaders Program Graduation and Congratulations

Congratulations to all of the graduates of our 2017 Professional Leaders Program! We wish you all the best in the next steps of your leadership journey:
  • Ashleigh Atze, Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Hannah Bateman, City of West Torrens
  • Damian Brennan, City of Adelaide
  • Kathrin Davidson, City of Onkaparinga
  • Cherry Getsom, Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Natalie David, Mid Murray Council
  • Daniel Griffin, Yorke Peninsula Council
  • Aaron Hillier, Tatiara District Council
  • Jamie Hosking, City of Charles Sturt
  • Andy Humphries, Mount Barker District Council
  • Kristie Johnson, City of Charles Sturt
  • Mark Kwiatkowski, Town of Walkerville
  • Christy Martin, City of Salisbury
  • Michelle Mayger, Port Pirie Regional Council
  • Chris McDermott, City of Salisbury
  • Scott McLusky, City of Prospect
  • James Mitchell, City of Onkaparinga
  • Tim Pride, City of Mitcham
  • Jamie Quilliam, City of Onkaparinga
  • Heather Schinckel, Kingston District Council
  • Justin Sexton, City of Mitcham
  • Georgina Shirley, District Council of Kimba
  • Simon Trill, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Emma Watkins, City of Onkaparinga
Keep an eye out for 2018 Professional Leaders Program dates which will be announced soon.

Movers and Shakers

  • Kate Jessep has moved from the City of Victor Harbor and commenced as Project Leader Regional Sports Hub at Mount Barker District Council.
  • Simon Keith has moved from Light Regional Council and commenced as the Manager - Assets and Projects at City of Playford.
Congratulations to all!

Tips and Ideas

Taking time out to reflect and review - it's good practice and actually, it's nothing new

Advocates of the ‘Agile’ approach to software development highly value the ‘review’ stage of the process - where the previous period's development is discussed, reviewed and analysed to see if there were any issues that could have been overcome, or could have been any improvements to the methodology.

This approach has made software (and other) development faster and more effective and can also apply to any task or role.

Similarly, we should all take time to reflect on what we have achieved over a set time period - and gauge whether we achieved what we wanted to achieve, and if we met or exceeded our goals and objectives.

But, despite all the excitement about Agile, essentially this approach is not totally new.

In fact, way back in 1950, just after the second World War, William Edwards Deming, an American engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and management consultant, was sent to Japan to oversee their rebuilding of their economy following the devastation of their major industrial zones.

He brought with him a special approach - one of constant improvement (which the Japanese adopted and gave the Japanese name Kaizen) which includes goal setting, reflection and review to ensure continuous improvement can take place.

Deming taught the PDSA cycle - Plan-Do-Study-Act so that regular review takes place and enables the project to gain from small incremental improvements.

This concept applies as much to local government, and indeed individual roles, as it does to large scale manufacturing.

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City Meeting Room - Contact LGFA for bookings..



Upcoming Events and Programs

1. Community Managers Network – Working with communities
Tuesday 19 September 2017 at the Parks Recreation & Sports Centre

This workshop is for anyone new to community services and development in local government, or those from local government seeking growth in this area either for personal or professional development.

The workshop builds upon the community services introduction kit e-resource published by LG Professionals, SA Community Managers Network. Click here to access the e-resource.
Download the event flyer for more information.

2. Webinar: 7 Things Local Government Needs to Know About the 2017 Sensis Social Media Report
22 September 2017 - 11:00am to 11.45am

We are excited to announce our very first webinar offering. Join Matt Gordon from OurSay for this 45 minute webinar to hear 7 key takeaways about how Australians use social media and how local government can be turning the social media space from something to fear into a great opportunity to embed a positive reputation in the eyes of the community.

Click here to register 

3. HR Network Forum - What is our role?
27 September 2017, 9:00am to 1:00pm
City of Adelaide

This forum will focus on the role of HR in a continuously improving sector. 
How can we be seen as strategic partners by Executive? Are we fulfilling our potential as strategic partners in the business? Can we do more?

Click here to register.

4. Rural Management Challenge – 2 extra places now available.
Thursday 12 October 2017 - Commodore on the Park, Mount Gambier
Visit our Rural Management Challenge page to:  
  • find out all about the Rural Management Challenge
  • download the brochure and team recruitment poster
  • register your team today as the last two places will fill quickly

Project Management Program – 23 & 24 October 2017
Due to popular demand, LG Professionals, SA will again be partnering with the University of Adelaide to deliver a 2 day Project Management module on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October 2017. Save the date in your diary and keep an eye out as registrations will open soon.


Women’s Conference
Join us on Friday 3 November 2017 at the Morphettville Racecourse for our Annual Women’s Conference. This year’s event is titled ‘The Power of You’ and once again we have some great speakers lined-up. Full program will be available soon.

Effective Change Management Program – 7 & 8 November 2017
Also back by popular demand, LG Professionals, SA will again be partnering with the University of Adelaide to deliver a 2 day Change Management module on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 November 2017. Save the date in your diary and keep an eye out as registrations will open soon.

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.


2017 LGIT SA AWARDS call for nominations open - nominate now!

LG Professionals, SA encourage councils to consider nominating for LGIT SA’s 2017 Awards program.

The Local Government Information Technology (LGIT) SA Awards have been introduced in an effort to promote and reward excellence in Information Technology (IT) and Information Management (IM) across the Local Government sector in South Australia.

Through this recognition it is envisaged that the overall perceived professionalism of the sector will improve, resulting in increased pride by all Local Government participants whose valuable contribution to IT and IM often goes unnoticed. The awards, and the associated stories underpinning them, will also be used as a promotional opportunity to the wider South Australian, and potentially Australian, technology, government and corporate sectors.

The unique categories in themselves foster team work and innovation with an aspirational goal to elevate the standards and quality of IT and IM services. The categories include:
  • Infrastructure and Operational Excellence
  • Information Management Excellence
  • Digital Transformation Initiative
  • David and Goliath Initiative (achieving great things with limited resources)
  • Edison Initiative (learning from mistakes, being unafraid to fail)
  • IT/IM Team of the Year
Please click here for more information, to download a copy of the Awards Booklet and to nominate your Council for an award!

New Members
  • Lino Di Lernia - City of Adelaide
  • Anita Futterer - City of Playford
  • Rob Gregory - East Waste
  • Simon Keith - City of Playford
  • Scott Rodda - City of Playford
  • Christie Russell - City of Playford
  • Anthony Spartalis - City of Playford
  • David Stevenson - Regional Council of Goyder

Welcome to all!


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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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