Issue 073
September 2017

  • A word from the CEO
  • News Flash
  • Leadership Excellence Awards
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • About Us
  • Clint Watchman

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



A word from the CEO

This year, our team has been through big changes - all exciting, positive and growth-oriented, but change nonetheless.

Isn’t it amazing how different a team feels with the loss or addition of a team member? We each contribute unique perspectives, ideas, personalities, humour and energy to our teams.

A few times, I have overheard or said myself: “It feels so different here since so and so joined us.” I’m so proud of my team for embracing all the changes and celebrating the differences. Diversity in a team only adds strength and imagination – all great for moving forward. 

How many teams are you part of? There is your obvious work team, but also you may be part of many committees, a sports team, a volunteer association, even your family is a team. Do you play different roles in different teams? If so, have you ever considered why? Challenging your assumptions about your role in a team may lead you to a new way of working, listening and understanding.

This edition of Leaders Connect is all about teams, so read on to reflect some more.

But before you do, please save the date for the 2018 State Conference on Friday 23 February – the theme is Fast Forward: Navigating the Future. We have some great speakers locked in and announcements will be made soon!



Annual General Meeting
Save the Date!

Friday 1 December 2017
9.45am at the Hackney Hotel.

Leadership Excellence Awards 2018

Time to start thinking about nominating!

The Call for Nominations for the 17th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards will open soon - it is time to start thinking about nominating!

The 2018 awards recognise achievements up until 31 December 2017.

Categories for the 2018 Awards will be:
•    Emerging Leader of the Year
•    Outstanding Contribution to the Sector
•    Community Partnerships and Collaboration
•    Innovative Management Initiatives
•    Excellence in Local Economic Development
•    Leadership in Community Services
•    Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
•    Excellence in Risk Management
•    Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure and Asset Management
•    Excellence in Strategic Financial Decision Making
•    Excellence in Cross Council Efficiency


News flash

Rural Management Challenge - Good luck to all teams!

Best of luck to the 10 teams who will be participating in the Rural Management Challenge on Thursday 12 October 2017, we are sure you will find it to be a beneficial experience.

We look forward to seeing you all in Mount Gambier!

Thank you to Chris and Welcome Emma

A huge thank you to Chris Watson who has been part of our team for the last 10 weeks. Chris brought wonderful energy, a customer service focus and a keen eye for process improvements. We will miss you Chris!

Welcome Emma Watkins who will take over the role of Network Support until December.


Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

 Clint Watchman

This month we speak with Clint Watchman, Coordinator of Urban Policy at the City of Salisbury.

Clint talks about his new team leader role and shares some of his insights into what makes a good team and team member.

Hi Clint, thanks for speaking with us.

What is your current role, and what does it involve?
I am currently the Coordinator of Urban Policy at the City of Salisbury. It’s a team leader role and there are three other staff in the team all with a range of urban planning, policy, project management and development backgrounds.

The role sees me working across council collaborating on a variety of Strategic Urban Planning and Design projects while also leading a team of very experienced planners and project managers.

read more..



Industry trends

Teamwork - according to Google

While local government faces some unique challenges, there’s still much we can learn from the private sector, especially those companies on the cutting edge.

Today, I’d like to talk about one of Google’s latest research projects – not on technology, but rather on what makes some teams more than the sum of the individuals’ capacities within them.

What does this mean for your council? As local government changes and we move to more collaborative methods of working with partners and the community, councils that can build and facilitate effective teams will be more successful.

read more..

Sponsor Insight - Norman Waterhouse

2017 Norman Waterhouse Human Resources Masterclass  - 24 November 2017

Following last year’s sold-out event, Norman Waterhouse’s practical and challenging Human Resources Masterclass returns for a third year!

This year’s Masterclass will feature two of the most current and important topics affecting workplaces in 2017: Before and After: Surveillance Devices Act 2016 (SA) and Balancing workload, productivity, and mental health in an era of 24/7 Connectivity. 

Please click here to view the program and register.


Network News


Events Network

Do you work in events in local government? We invite you to join our Events Network! 

Our Events Network is comprised of a wide range of local government professionals across the sector that plan, manage, facilitate and conduct local government events. Why not join to share knowledge, ideas and common issues.

Our last forum included presentations from SAPOL, SafeWork SA and Bamboozled Productions and planning is underway for the next forum to be held in mid to late November.

If you would like to be added to our Events Network mailing list, please send your details to Emma at


Leaders Alumni Network

Save the date! Planning is underway for the next Leaders Alumni Networking Event to be held on 9 November 2017. Be sure to come along and catch-up with your peers overs some networking drinks and nibbles.


HR Network

Congratulations to Anne Pett who was voted in as the new HR Network chair. 

A call for expressions of interest for four new committee members was also announced to the network, new members will be confirmed by the existing committee at their next committee meeting on 27 September 2017 (following the HR Network Forum) with 2 year terms commencing in October.


LG Professionals Australia to host local government practitioners from Nepal for Australia Awards Fellowship

LG Professionals Australia is pleased to announce its role as a host organisation for municipal professionals from Nepal as part of the Australian Awards Fellowship.

The Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government. LG Professional's project, Strengthening municipalities in Nepal for facilitating de-centralisation and ensuring better service delivery, aims to help build the capacity of local government professionals and elected representatives in Nepal,

The project will build capacity and strengthen the partnership between the local government sectors of Australia and Nepal.

According to LG Professionals Australia President, Ricki Bruhn, ‘This is an excellent opportunity for Australian practitioners to support the introduction of effective and transparent governance processes that further Nepal’s decentralising democracy. Through this program, our members can contribute directly by equipping visiting fellows with the knowledge, skills and networks they need to be effective local government managers.'

read more..


Movers and Shakers

  • After 40 years with the District Council of Karoonda East Murray Peter Smithson has resigned as CEO and will finish up on 6 October 2017.
  • Caroline Thomas has commenced as Environmental Health Officer at Coorong District Council. Caroline was previously at Mid Murray Council. 
  • Karin Mahoney has commenced as Manager of Information Services at City of Charles Sturt. Karin was previously at City of Tea Tree Gully.
Congratulations to all!

Have you recently changed roles within local government? Please email Lauren at to be included in our next newsletter.

Tips and Ideas

Characteristics of a Champion Team

It’s often been said that a champion team will usually beat a team of champions.

Why? Because champion teams work effectively towards a common goal, they know and use each other’s strengths and share responsibilities. Whereas a team of champions could be made up of individuals with high levels of personal skills but not necessarily an ability to work together.

As a result leaders of high-performing teams – in sport or business – look to build teamwork as an essential ingredient in achieving the best outcomes and results.

What do they focus on? They concentrate on developing these characteristics:

The 10 characteristics of high-performing teams

read more..



Upcoming Events and Programs

Rural Management Challenge
Thursday 12 October 2017
7.00am to 5.00pm
Commodore on the Park, Mount Gambier

Rural Management Challenge Dinner
Thursday 12 October 2017
6.00pm to 10.00pm
Commodore on the Park, Mount Gambier
Register here

Project Management
Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 October 2017
Executive Education, University of Adelaide, 7/10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide
Back by popular demand, this two day program is structured to offer a careful balance of strategic and operational considerations to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required for effective project management.
Register here

Speaking and Presenting for Leaders
Tuesday 31 October 2017
The Hackney Hotel, 95 Hackney Road, Hackney
This interactive workshop is designed to dispel the myths of public speaking, give you the tools you need to improve and then turn the learning into practice. It is a safe to fail learning space consisting of a small group, allowing you the opportunity to experiment with what you have learned and transform your speaking skills.
Register here

Women’s Network Conference 2017: ‘The Power of You’

Be quick and don’t miss the early bird rate
which closes this Friday 29 September!
Join us on Friday 3 November 2017 at the Morphettville Racecourse for ou
r Annual Women’s Conference. This year’s event is titled ‘The Power of You’ and once again, the program has something for everyone from all levels of local government, with an inspiring range of speakers and topics including:

  • What makes for a resilient and rewarding life and career for women?
    Professor Petrina Coventry, Industry Professor and Director of Development, Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide
  • Changing the way we think about the way we think
    Dr Fiona Kerr, Systems & Neural Complexity Specialist, University of Adelaide
  • Taking time out for a digital detox
    Jodie Nevid, The 7 Effect
  • And more…

Register & download the full program

Effective Change Management
Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 November 2017
Executive Education, University of Adelaide, 7/10 Pulteney Street, Adela
Back by popular demand. The focus of this program will ensure that you better understand why change is resisted and acquire confidence in your ability to manage chance constructively. This program will support you to take steps in becoming a more highly skilled and resourceful change agent.
Register here

Emotional Intelligence – SAVE THE DATE
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 November 2017
Executive Education, University of Adelaide, 7/10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide
While IQ is basically fixed at birth, a high EQ can be actively developed. This interactive module is your first step in that direction. Registrations opening 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.


Recent Events

Events Network
We had a great turn out for the Events Network Forum on Friday 25 August at the Norwood Town Hall which included some great presentations from SAPOL, SafeWork SA and Bamboozled Productions. A big thank you to our presenters and also to hosts Claire Pemble and Amelia Kettle from the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters.

We had a fantastic response to our first webinar on the 22nd September. Close to 50 people engaged in the interactive webinar, with 50% of those participants being from rural councils.

Webinar - Sensis Social Media Report
Matthew Gordon (OurSay) highlighted key insights from the 2017 Sensis Social Media Report relevant to local government and how we can effectively engage with our communities on social media platforms.

We asked participants what they liked most about the webinar:
  • Matthew’s way of explaining the data and relating them directly to local government. Also the fact that I didn’t have to leave the office!City of Victor Harbor
  • To the point and relevantCity of Unley
  • Our social media strategy can get a lot of stuff from thisCity of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Factual and good length of timeDistrict Council of Streaky Bay
We are currently planning future webinars to increase accessible development opportunities for our members across the state – so watch this space!

Ultimate Life Planning Men & Women
On Thursday 24 August, in conjunction with facilitator Jodie Nevid from The 7 Effect, we held the Ultimate Life Planning Workshop for Men & Women where participants took part in a life audit, set out a 12 month plan and learnt strategies to train their brain and achieve their goals.

Feedback from this workshop is always positive so be sure to keep your eye out for future opportunities to attend!


New Members
  • Andrew Christiansen – Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council
  • Chris Hannaford – City of Prospect
  • Klinton Devenish – City of Adelaide

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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