Issue 075
November 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
  • James Mitchell

  • Emerging Leaders Graduation
  • State Conference
  • Professional Leaders Program
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

So the other day I cleaned out my office.

The mood struck, and I thought to myself, I cannot stand it another minute, I have to sort through this office! Five hours later, not only did I have a clearer headspace, but I also had a clearer picture of where we are going and just how far we have come as an Association.

I found some documents from the 1980’s and some ideas I had written down at a conference about seven years ago – most of which have since been executed to great benefit. The time to reflect on the journey to now and the journey from now was worth much more than a clean office.

Reflecting on the past calmed my worries about the goals for the future. It made me both proud for the journey to date, but also inspired me regarding the goals for the future.

How often do you take pause to reflect? And then to celebrate? There is immense value in the pause and the break from routine work and general ‘busy-ness.’ I commend to you our Leadership Excellence Awards as a means to achieve this forced reflection and subsequent celebration of your accomplishments.

I also commend our Annual State Conference to you as a fabulous way to lift your thinking, challenge your perspective and make your own list to find in seven years.



Christmas Closure dates

Our office will be closed from 21 December 2017 to 12 January 2018.
During this time, you ca
n still register for events and programs online.


Sponsor Insight - McArthur


In this video McArthur speaks to Lauren Oakey, CEO LG Professionals Australia, about the growing role of women at an Executive level in Local Government, and the importance of gender equity within the recruitment process.

Welcome new staff

We welcome two new members to the LG Professionals, SA team:

Tahlia Willey is our new Network and Administration Officer. Tahlia comes to us from the Town of Walkerville and is keen to support our various networks with their meetings, events and growth.

Stacey Evreniadis will replace Lauren Moore as our Marketing and Communications Officer while Lauren is on maternity leave. Stacey joins us from the City of Adelaide and brings with her a knowledge of local government and digital marketing skills.

Welcome to both Tahlia and Stacey – we are so excited to have you join our busy team!


News flash

2018 Annual State Conference - register now!

FAST FORWARD: Navigating the Future
Friday 23 February 2018
Adelaide Entertainment Centre

It is with great anticipation and excitement that we present our 2018 Annual State Conference specifically designed for Local Government professionals.

We have an amazing line up of speakers and topics:
  • Change is inevitable but growth is intentional: Harnessing change to drive results – Holly Ransom
  • Leadership Matters – Mark Withers
  • Why the Future is Workless – Tim Dunlop
  • Future Government, a new kind of Government? – Isabella Wallington
  • Not Knowing: The art of turning uncertainty into opportunity – Diana Renner
Don’t miss out on the early bird promotion – register by 5pm on 17 January 2018 and go in the draw to win an additional registration for your Council.


Leadership Excellence Awards 2018

Call for Nominations now open!

Time to start thinking about nominating.

The Call for Nominations for the 17th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards now open! The 2018 awards recognise achievements up until 31 December 2017.

This program recognises outstanding achievement and innovation in Local Government. The association is pleased to present a program that not only recognises excellence but contributes to the advancement and improvement of Local Government as a sector.

If your Council hasn’t nominated for an award before, you are strongly encouraged to do so. Last year we had 108 nominations and 495 attended the Gala Awards Dinner. This year’s goal is to see all Councils represented in the nomination process and celebrating the outcomes – so no matter how small you might think your project is - we still want to hear about it.

We would also like to draw your attention to a new category that we have introduced - Excellence in People and Culture.

Nominating for an award is an excellent way to recognise staff and Council’s achievements and provides you with an opportunity to share and celebrate with other Councils.

Categories for the 2018 Awards:
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Sector
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Leadership in Strategic Financial Management
  • Excellence in People and Culture - new award for 2018
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Excellence in Cross Council 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


We look forward to reading about all of the fantastic achievements of Local Government in South Australia!

2018 Australasian Management Challenge

Put your career on the fast-path  - registrations for the 2018 Australasian Management Challenge are now open!

Teams registered so far are:
  • Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • City of Tea Tree Gully
  • City of Playford
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • City of Holdfast Bay
  • City of Mitcham
  • City of Adelaide
Sometimes Councils feel they are too small to field a competitive team. However sometimes this is an advantage because you may well have a highly functioning, close-knit team already! You could also enter a composite team made up of members of your own Council plus another Council - and/or you can apply for a rural subsidy to help with expenses.

The South Australian Regional Management Challenge will be held on 15 March 2018 at the Morphettville Racecourse - please save the date!

Don’t let the registered teams get a head start!

Register your team today!



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

James Mitchell

This month we speak with James Mitchell, Asset Programming Manager, City of Onkaparinga.

James is a graduate of both the LG Professionals, SA Emerging Leaders Program and Professional Leaders Program, and is a recent recipient of the Paul Fletcher award, presented annually by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The Paul Fletcher Award is awarded to an IET member recognising leadership among young professionals in the field of engineering and technology.

We ask him about his role at Onkaparinga, the challenges facing asset management in local government and also about the Paul Fletcher award - and what it means to him to be the recipient for 2017.

Hi James, thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role and what does it involve?
My current role at the City of Onkaparinga is Asset Programming Planner, responsible for driving a coordinated approach for capital works programming over multiple years that ensures the timely delivery of renewal and new asset projects.

The role involves reporting and coordinating with various project delivery teams to ensure that projects are synchronised and delivered on time and on budget.

read more..



Industry trends

The value of recognising achievement.

There are many reasons that organisations find it beneficial to recognise and reward high achievement.

One reason is that recognising and rewarding achievement is a sign that the organisation cares about its employees – so it’s just one of the programs that need to be in place for the organisation to be seen as an employer of choice.

Also, the simple psychology is that rewarding good performance reinforces the behaviour, so reward and recognition should always lead to sustained higher performance.

Accordingly, many organisations have their own recognition awards, such as employee of the month, salesperson of the month (or year) and so on.

However, in speaking with some in local government organisations we found that there can be concerns with this approach – especially if the rewards and recognition are not seen as equitable or fair.

We’ve probably all heard comments like this: “Why did that person get recognised? I’ve done far more than them! It’s not fair.”

Here are some common pitfalls in recognising and rewarding achievement – and how to avoid them:

read more..

Network News

Our Networks are all planning for 2018 and will come together at our first Network Summit after our AGM on 1 December 2017 to share ideas and identify opportunities to connect and share.

Tips and Ideas

The benefits of recognising your team success and the 3 rules of celebration

The LG Professionals, SA Leadership Excellence Awards,
as well as LG Professionals, SA programs such as the Australasian Management Challenge, help place the spotlight on recognising team performance and achievement.

Nominations/registrations for both of these programs are now open!

Celebrating team success helps to bond the team, encourage future high performance and also strengthens relationships – but the benefits that follow can be even more broadly felt across the organisation.

Celebrating success also requires you to think about what your definition of success or achievement is, so you can recognise it when you see it!

Here are the three rules of celebrating success:

read more..


Vale - Brenton Curtis

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the tragic passing of Brenton Curtis, a much loved and appreciated local government professional at the City of Unley.

“Brenton touched us all in a special, genuine and caring way” said his Manager, John Devine. “He never bragged about his achievements, or sought the limelight. Rather he supported and cared for each of us, while diligently and humbly completing his mountain of work. The wound of his passing has cut deep… but we are all better people for Brenton being part of our lives.“

Our thoughts go out to his family and co-workers.

New Members
  • Simon Bradley - City of Prospect
  • Matthew Buckell - City of Onkaparinga
  • Liam Crook - City of Adelaide
  • Rick Hennig - City of Mitcham
  • Beth Merrigan - City of Adelaide
  • Matthew Morrissey - City of Onkaparinga
  • Nicholas Morrow - City of Adelaide
  • Julia Mumford - City of Adelaide
  • Jennifer Orr - City of Adelaide
  • Julia Overton - City of Mitcham
  • Anthony Spartalis - City of Onkaparinga
  • Jessica Tucker - City of Onkaparinga
  • Darryl Webb - City of Adelaide

Welcome to all!


Movers and Shakers

City of Adelaide

  • Emma Watkins has commenced at the City of Adelaide as Team Leader On Street Parking Management and was previously Senior Community Ranger at the City of Onkaparinga.
Special thanks to Emma for her time seconded to us - we learned a lot from her perspective and appreciated her energy and commitment to the role. Best of luck Emma!

City of Holdfast Bay
  • Ellen Jezierski has commenced as Community Centre Coordinator (covering parental leave period).
  • Alexandra Cole has commenced as Jetty Road Development Coordinator.
  • Richard Jaunay has commenced as Project Manager, Infrastructure.
Congratulations to all!

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


Upcoming Events and Programs

2017 Emerging Leaders Program Presentation and Graduation
Friday 8 December 2017
Rydges South Park Adelaide, Skyline North and West Room, 1 South Terrace, Adelaide

Join us in congratulating the sector’s 2017 Emerging Leaders on their successful year!

Come and hear presentations in response to the question ‘What is the one thing Local Government in South Australia can do to improve?’ by ELP participants:

  • Local Government, An Ageing Workforce. Are We Prepared?
  • Establishing New Partnerships Within South Australian Councils.
  • Making South Australian Local Government a Leader in Digital Connections.
  • Improving Community Engagement in Local Government. Right People, Right Way, Right Time.

The presentations and graduation ceremony will be followed by networking drinks and nibbles in the Deck Bar.

If you are thinking about participating in the 2018 Emerging Leaders Program, or supporting somebody who would benefit from undertaking this program – this is a great chance to come along and hear what it’s all about.
We would love to see you there.

Register here

Professional Leaders Program
Registrations are now open for the 2018 Professional Leaders Program which will once again be co-delivered with the University of Adelaide.

This program is the next step on from the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) or for local government professionals wanting to move forward in their leadership career.

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

  • Strategic Management – presented by Steve Nayda
  • Operational Excellence – presented by Max Zornada
  • Finance Management – presented by David Murphy
  • The Context of Local Government – presented by LG Professionals, SA

"A fantastic program that provides great insight into senior management in Local Government."
"Thought provoking and challenging experience supported positively by facilitators."

Applications close 5pm, 21 December 2017 unless all places sold prior.

Download the prospectus

LG Professionals, SA Annual State Conference
Friday 23 February 2018

After last year’s rave reviews for ‘Outside the Box’, our challenge was to present a program that was equally as good, if not better. Have we achieved that? You decide!

Specially designed for local government we are very proud to present ‘FAST FORWARD: Navigating the Future.’


17th Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner
Friday 6 April 2018 - Save the date!

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

Women’s Conference

On 3 November 2017, 200 female local government professionals came together at Morphettville Racecourse for our Annual Women’s Network Conference.

The theme this year was ‘The Power of You’ with a focus on believing in ourselves, stepping into our ‘courage zone’, supporting and encouraging each other, navigating our careers through the various stages of life, and minding our self-talk.

The event started in 2010 when the federal government declared it the ‘Year of Women in Local Government’ as a collaboration between ALGWA, the Office for Women, the LGA, the then Office for State Local Government Relations and female staff from various Councils, with the City of Playford playing a large role.

At the end of that year, here at LG Professionals, SA we thought - this cannot end now… and here we are eight years later!

That’s something to celebrate!


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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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