Issue 077
February 2018

  • A word from the CEO
  • Newsflash
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Industry Trends
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  •  Peter Auhl

  • Awards Dinner
  • Emerging Leaders Program
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

And we’re off!

The year has started with a bang; it was a pleasure to welcome 347 of you to our Annual State Conference recently- you can read all about it below. I love the ‘buzz’ at our events – many of you remarked to me that it feels like one big family.

Witnessing the hum of chatter in the breaks and many reunions of former colleagues, seeing familiar faces and catching up on all of your career news is certainly a personal highlight. 

We have lots of network and learning and development events coming up, along with the Management Challenge and Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner, so make sure you get along to something to continue to take that special time out of the office to work on the business, expand your thinking and grow your networks.

See you soon,




17th Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner

The nominations are in, finalists selected, so now it is time to grab your tickets to the 2018 Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner and join us in celebrating the achievements of local government professionals.
Visit the website for more information, including event details nomination guidelines and finalists.


Member profile - Proudly sponsored by

Peter Auhl

This month we speak with Peter Auhl, Associate Director Information Management for the City of Adelaide

Peter talks about the exciting new initiatives being introduced in the City of Adelaide, his career motivation and his interests in Australian history.

Hi Peter - thanks for speaking with us.

What is your work background/career path so far?

I have spent around 12 years in Local Government (City of Tea Tree Gully, City of Charles Sturt and the City of Adelaide), I have also worked in some large Government agencies including The Department of Treasury and Finance, Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology and The Department of Transport Planning and Infrastructure.

I started my career in the Hospitality industry with the Stamford chain – I was there for around 7 years. An interesting part of my background is that I was once an opal miner in Coober Pedy – I was only supposed to be there as a labourer for around 1 month but ended up staying for over a year. It was a very interesting job making bombs every morning and getting to blow stuff up.

What motivates you? What are you most passionate about in local government?

I am a very passionate Australian, it’s in my blood. My grandfather was a historian and wrote many books on Tea Tree Gully, Burra and around the Copper Triangle – he used to pay me pocket money to help him research for his books in the Mortlock Library.

I have always been motivated to help and the beauty of Local Government is you are close enough to the community that you can readily talk to groups, businesses or people on the street and you can quickly see the results of projects make meaningful change to their lives.



Industry Trends - Getting teams to work together

“I’m sick of this! My team won’t collaborate – why can’t they just figure this out?”

Scott was CEO of an engineering firm that produced communications hardware and software for industries around the globe.

He had worked hard with his board and senior leadership team to settle on their strategic plan for the next 18 months.

He held a company meeting where he made the goal painfully clear to everyone in the room. “We need to get this new product to market by this deadline, or we’re out of business in five years.”

Within six weeks he was exasperated. His people were at war with one another.


Sponsor Insight - LGRS

As the principal partner of the South Australian Management Challenge, LGRS would like to wish all 16 teams the very best of luck for Challenge Day.

We hope you take the opportunity to learn, grow, collaborate, negotiate, step out of your comfort zone, and most of all, have fun!

Tony Gray and the LGRS team

Network News

HR Network Forum
21 March 2018
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The ARC, 531 Lower North East Road, Campbelltown

This forum will focus on one of the most challenging components/skill requirements of HR Manager’s roles – the ability to influence buy-in, commitment and ownership of HR across all stakeholders, particularly at the Executive level.
Registrations close 9 March 2018
For full details view the program. 

Events Network Forum – Delivering Safe Events
26 March 2018
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Glenelg Town Hall, 1 Moseley Square, Glenelg

This interactive forum will focus on the role Events Teams have in their council and how they manage risk.
Registrations close 14 March 2018
For full details view the program.

Leaders Alumni Network Forum
28 March 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
City of Adelaide, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide

So often we hear from our Alumni, that they 'feel the call' of leadership, but don't know what path to take. This workshop will involve you, the Alumni, helping each other navigate the way forward.

Join us for an inspiring event and start paving the path towards the next step in your career journey.
Registrations close 16 March 2018
For full details view the program

If you have any questions about upcoming network events, please contact Tahlia Willey, Network and Administration Officer on 8291 7994 or at

Movers and Shakers

Congratulations to the following who have commenced new roles in the past few months.

Mount Barker District Council
  • Kate Jessep- Project Leader for the Regional Sports Hub Delivery, previously Director Corporate and Community Services with City of Victor Harbor.
Campbelltown City Council
  • Alex Cortes- Manager Assets and Engineering Services, previously with City of Prospect.
City of Burnside
  • Alan Harvey- Group Manager Operations and Environment, previously Manager Engineering Services with Alexandrina Council.
City of Victor Harbor
  • Victoria MacKirdy commenced as the Chief Executive Officer on 15 January, previously with Alexandrina Council.
District Council of Karoonda East Murray
  • Matthew Morgan commenced his role as Chief Executive Officer at the beginning of December 2017.
City of Holdfast Bay
  • Annunziata Thompson – Community Recreation & Sport Coordinator
  • Ellen Jezierski – Community Centre Coordinator
  • John Harker – Fieldworker Rapid Response/City Cleansing
  • Kanti Dungey – Fieldworker Open Space
  • Maritta Saris – Business Improvement Partner
  • Richard Jaunay – Project Manager – Infrastructure
City of Unley
  • Angela Morrison-Team Leader Active Ageing, previously Team Leader Community Support and Wellbeing with City of Burnside.
City of Prospect
  • Pam Andritsakis – Manager Infrastructure and Assets, previously City Assets and Services with City of Holdfast Bay
The Flinders Ranges Council
  • Darryl Whicker – Finance and Administration Manager, previously Program Leader Internal Audit and Risk with City of West Torrens
Congratulations to all!

Tips and ideas - the case FOR Micro-Leading...

Leadership theory (and practice) usually illustrates the perils of Micro -Management.

But is there a time when it may be beneficial?

Certainly employees do not wish to have someone looking over their shoulder at every turn, but they do need to have some direction and/or know the overall goals they are working towards.


New Members

  • Ian Hill – City of Adelaide
  • Lyndon Keane – District Council of Kimba


Upcoming Events and Programs

Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program continues to be one of the most sought after programs on our calendar of events, accepting just 28 participants with the drive and will to step out of their comfort zone and take their leadership skills to the next level. Registrations are now open, with spaces filling up quickly, so please don’t hesitate in securing your spot today.

Speaking and Presenting for Leaders - SOLD OUT
With outstanding feedback on facilitator David Griggs and the previous workshop held in 2017, we are pleased to run this workshop again on 7 March. This workshop builds confidence, presentation skills and leadership capabilities at all levels. 

If you missed out on the March session and are interested in attending this workshop in the future, we encourage you to express your interest to Kate Staples on 8291 7961 or via email.

Engaging Citizens Webinar Series
Interactive, short 45 minute webinars - perfect for busy professionals and rural councils.

20 March – 11am
Webinar: Hecklers or Influencers? Identify, manage and leverage community outrage

  • Acknowledge that there will be outrage in community engagement processes.
  • Identify strategies for dealing with such outrage. The outrage may be genuine or created by others for their own purposes.
  • Be better equipped to deal with such matters, providing them with the confidence to soldier-on rather than abandon the engagement.

26 April – 11am
Webinar: Preventing Social Media Train Wrecks - 6 things you need to know

  • Engage hard-to-reach groups and specific demographics with tailored campaigns and communicate with the masses.
  • Reach more people in an hour than a traditional method could achieve in a week, and for a fraction of the cost.
  • Learn how to minimise and mitigate risks, leading to improved uptake and outcomes.

Who should tune in?
Community engagement practitioners, managers and communications professionals.

2018 Community Development Conference - People, Purpose, Passion, Shaping our Future
LG Professionals, WA will host the biennial Community Development Conference in September, showcasing the best practice examples from across the sector and inspire delegates to adopt innovative approaches and engage with their communities in future projects. 

If you are interested in sharing your knowledge at the event and contributing to the Community Development sector, we encourage you to apply today. LG Professionals, WA welcomes all papers and looks forward to seeing what South Australia has to offer. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Michael Lewis at LG Professionals Australia on 02 6169 4194 or via email

Paper submissions close on Friday 6 April 2018.

If you’re looking for the next exciting program or event with LG Professionals, SA, see our full 2018 calendar.


Recent Events

LG Professionals, SA Annual State Conference ‘FAST FORWARD: Navigating the

With a record attendance of 345 people, the LG Professionals, SA Annual State Conference was held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Friday 23 February 2018.

It was a positive and inspiring day of conversation, thinking, bonding and learning.

The conference got off to a great start with the keynote speaker, Holly Ransom exploring the core components of effective change, and equipping attendees with tips on how to do this effectively- considering the why, how and what.

Other high-calibre speakers followed and continued to build on the theme of FAST FORWARD: Navigating the Future.  Their presentations (and many of the discussions afterwards) focused on the importance of effective leadership, how we will work in the future, what skills will be needed and how we will support and develop our communities.

It was a fantastic networking event, with every break filled with inspired conversations, animated discussions and sharing of forward-thinking ideas.

Many thanks to everyone who attended, our guest speakers, corporate partners and event sponsors.

We hope to see you at next year’s event – it promises to be bigger and better than ever!

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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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