• 19 Dec 2022 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month we caught up with Daniel Jellings Manager Performance and Strategy at City of Mitcham about his role, the Leadership Excellence Awards and what enjoys most about working in local government. 

    What is your role and what does it involve? 

    I’m privileged to manage our Performance and Strategy team, which exists to help Council set a clear purpose, maintain its integrity, listen to the community, make strong decisions and monitor its progress. This means my role stretches across governance, risk, marketing & engagement, strategy and corporate reporting.

    Earlier this year City of Mitcham won the Excellence in Emergency Management / Disaster Recovery Award at the 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards for Mitcham Prepared - Integrated Emergency Management Program, can you share an overview of the project?  

    The City of Mitcham has a proud history of resilience, with a community passionate about its heritage and natural environment. It is critical that we plan and prepare for natural disasters.

    Mitcham Prepared is the culmination of three years concerted cross-organisational effort to put in place plans, policies, systems and practices to ensure we can manage worst-case scenarios. It is a truly integrated program supported by governance structures, training, communication technology and field deployment (in partnership with LGFSG).

    What does this award mean to the Council, staff, and the community?  

    It is humbling to be recognised for planning and not just how well we have responded to an emergency. Good planning is difficult to judge and even more difficult to prioritise. You only reap the rewards during an event, and you’ll never truly know what the outcome would have been had you not invested the effort in preparation.

    Thankfully, we have since proven the model effective. In November a storm event tore through Blackwood, Craigburn Farm and Hawthordene causing significant damage to our tree canopy and requiring a massive clean-up effort (still ongoing).

    It has been gratifying to see the orgnaisation deliver as planned and efficiently return our suburbs to safety, with help warmly received from other Councils and agencies. This is the ultimate reward for our organisation and the community we serve.

    What is the most satisfying thing about working in Local Government?    

    The diversity and breadth of services is one of my favourite things about local government. It creates its own unique challenges and complexity unapparelled by business or other tiers of government.

    I also take great satisfaction in being able to see the practical results of our efforts within the communities we serve. For example, during our storm clean up, we provided opportunities for office staff to help tend to light debris in reserves outside of the worst affected areas. What other sector would provide a ‘white collar’ like me the opportunity to put on my boots and pitch in, shoulder-to-shoulder, with our customers?

    Finally – what do you enjoy outside of work? How do you spend your leisure time?  

    As a father of four active kids, my leisure time is spent coaching soccer, helping with homework, exploring nature, watching movies and doing my best to model a balanced life, doing good and spending time with those most important to me.

  • 28 Nov 2022 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month we caught up with Morgan Potter, Manager Corporate Services at Port Pirie Regional Council about her role, being elected to the LG Professionals SA Board and what she enjoys doing outside of work. 

    What is your role and what does it entail?

    I ask myself this question often! In principle, I’m the Manager Corporate Services at Port Pirie Regional Council. This incorporates Finance, Rates, Customer Service, People & Culture, Governance and most recently Records Management. However, it’s forever evolving, and many new things continuously pop up so I’m yet to determine what a ‘business as usual’ workday entails.

    What is your career background?

    Customer service at Bakers Delight, pouring Pimms at Adelaide Oval, three-handed croupier at Adelaide Casino then study took over and I got into Accounting. Renewable Energy (solar), Big 4, Not For Profit (training and job services), Intermodal Logistics, and Renewable Energy again but this time wind and hydro. I only commenced in local government in March 2022.

    What attracted you to local government?

    When I moved to the region, I was working remotely. I was transparent enough to my employer that I was keeping my eye on the local job market and if the right opportunity presented itself, then I would apply. Naturally, like most, I self-doubted putting in my application but after a 1.5hr interview you’d like to think you’ve got the job!

    Congratulations on being elected to the LG Professionals SA Board – what are you most looking forward to?

    Thank you. I’ve been very humbled by the welcoming from members, so I’m hopeful of only good things to come! The Strategic Plan for 2022-2024 is established on great pillars. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Board, committees, network groups, current and future members work together to achieve the targets.

    What do you like to do in your leisure time?

    I love planting seeds and watching them grow – be that veggies and flowers but now I’m focused on natives. My property has an old cottage garden full of roses, conifers and yucky suffocating trees that drop a lot of gunk! I’m slowly trying to transition to a native garden to ensure our current resident bearded and sleepy lizards will stay for a long time.

  • 31 Oct 2022 1:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month we caught up with Natasha Hunt, Manager Communications & Engagement at District Council of Yankalilla about her role, the Executive Leaders Program and what she enjoys doing outside of work. 

    What is your role and what does it entail?
    As of the 1st of November, I'll be heading over to join the Executive Team at Alexandrina Council on a 6-month secondment to the role of Manager Communications & Business Services. I will be responsible for Communications & Marketing, Business Reporting, the A2040 Community Strategic Plan, Elected Member Support, Governance, Risk & Audit. I'm looking forward to joining and working with the talented team over there.

    What do you most enjoy about working in local government?
    I love getting to know and understand diverse communities and being able to assist them to articulate their vision for their town and then delivering on it. I may also like the sneaky brag to my kids that mum helped get that project going. (i.e a new playground).

    You recently participated in the Executive Leaders Program – how did you find the program? Any highlights like to share?
    The program was fantastic and I highly recommend it. I learned that growth takes challenge and support and this program provides that. It has given me a deeper awareness of myself, what makes me tick, my values and what I bring to the table. It's given me the tools to understand complex problems and the ability to sit back 'on the balcony' to see what is going on, understand why, and plan how I can successfully affect change.

    I believe it has made me a better leader. We were given numerous tools to test and trial on our teams and let me tell you, I tested them all! The tools are not only valuable in the workplace but I've also used them in my home life and in the community where I found them to be extremely effective within sporting teams that I am involved in.
    The buddy system within the program was fantastic and allowed you to seek an outside view on the workplace challenge you were facing. The bonus of the program was the connections and networks I developed with my peers.

    What advice would you give to someone considering if the Executive Leaders Program is the right program for them?
    Say yes, ask questions later, and just do it! You don't have to be an executive right now to do the program. You can make time to do the program, the workload is also really manageable. If you go into the program with an open mind and are ready to challenge yourself, you will get so much out of it.

    What do you like to do in your leisure time?
    Try to keep up my mediocre netball and football career and I enjoy taking trips away with our kids and friends in our unofficial caravan club.

  • 26 Sep 2022 3:09 PM | Deleted user

    This month we caught up with Andrew Gurr, Digital Marketing Officer at City of Burnside about his role, the management challenge and what he enjoys doing outside of work. 

    What is your role and what does it involve?

    My role as Digital Marketing Officer offers a range of diverse and exciting opportunities. My primary responsibilities include maintaining the City of Burnside’s social media pages, filming and photographing Council services, operations and events, and much more. Each day looks so different for me – one day I can be out filming interviews with community grants recipients and photographing our parks team at work, and the next I can be developing content for our social media channels and editing videos. I love the creative freedom within my role and having the opportunity to promote the City of Burnside’s work in unique ways.

    What do you enjoy the most about working in local government?

    I love the satisfaction that comes with providing engaging communications to the City of Burnside community.  My role is important in raising awareness around the great work that Council does, and there are times when people get really excited about programs they may not have known about before. An example is our annual Native Tree Giveaway, which Burnside residents absolutely love to get involved with. I also really enjoy promoting our environmental initiatives and helping to share that we are so much more than the stereotypical “roads, rates and rubbish”! Having not worked in local government previously, working at the City of Burnside has given me a great appreciation for just how much councils do.

    You were part of the winning 2022 Management Challenge team from City of Burnside ‘The Notorious COB’ and represented SA at the Australasian final last month. How do you think participating in the Management Challenge has assisted your professional development?

    The 2022 Management Challenge has been an amazing experience. To win at the state level and then take out the bronze medal at the Australasian final against some really strong competition was truly special. From a professional development perspective, the Management Challenge has given me a lot of confidence to push my boundaries, try new things and continue to collaborate to create great results. I have improved my presentation skills, developed debating skills, learned how to brainstorm efficiently and effectively, opened up new pathways of thinking and so much more. It’s really strengthened my enthusiasm for working in local government.

    What advice would you give to a colleague interested in participating in the Management Challenge in the future?

    Do it! The Management Challenge is an incredible professional development opportunity and will boost your confidence, develop your skills and help you establish new networks within your Council. You and your five teammates become a closeknit unit over the months of training and this is a bond that remains after the challenge. It’s important to keep in mind that the challenge isn’t easy (nor is it meant to be), but by taking it on you will gain so much that you can utilise within your daily role at council in the future. It’s a unique experience that I recommend to anyone passionate about working in local government.

    Can you share with us any exciting projects you’re currently working on?

    I’m always looking for exciting opportunities to improve our digital content and communications. Currently my team and I are investigating the purchase of a drone so that we can begin to capture stunning aerial footage of Burnside’s beautiful open spaces. We are also investigating alternative social media channels and considering the possibilities of expanding to new platforms.

    Finally, what do you like to do in your leisure time?

    Outside of work I love to spend time with friends and family. I also like to read, garden, exercise and spend time outdoors!

  • 31 Aug 2022 9:50 AM | Deleted user

    This month we caught up with Erin Findlay, Senior Manager - Community Services at City of Playford about her role, the 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards and what she enjoys doing outside of work. 

    What is your role and what does it involve?  

    My role is interesting and diverse. I oversee all Community Services at the City of Playford - so that’s everything from Home Assist and disability services to community development to creative cultural development. My role is really to focus on that next 2 to 3 year window in terms of strategic service delivery. It’s a fantastic, fast paced and rewarding role.

    Earlier this year City of Playford won the Community Partnerships and Collaboration Award at the 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards for the Playford Wellbeing Hub – can you share an overview of the project?  

    In late 2020, the City of Playford collaborated with Wellbeing SA as the lead agency of the South Australian Government’s Statewide Wellbeing Strategy on a project to support physical, social, mental and community wellbeing in response to COVID-19.

    The Playford Wellbeing Hub launched in December 2020 and within 12 months saw 3168 attendances at 46 different initiatives designed to create opportunities to be active, support wellbeing through food, strengthen social connections and encourage community capacity building and connection to the Hub.

    The project’s success has been founded on strong partnerships with 56 organsiations, including State Government agencies, local community groups, sporting clubs, schools, businesses and volunteers.

    The goals of the hub are to:

    • Creating opportunities to be active
    • Supporting wellbeing through food
    • Strengthening social connectedness to foster wellbeing
    • Encouraging community capacity building and connection to the Hub.

    What does this award mean to the Council, staff, and the community?  

    Its an important award as it recognises the value of partnerships. It acknowledges that when different levels of government truly work together in partnership there are so many benefits and better outcomes to be had.

    For the dedicated staff who have worked hard on the project, it’s a great recognition of their effort and commitment.

    For our community, this award is quite special. Our community have been closely involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of the project. This has been really successful and has meant that the community have taken real ownership in the project. It shows that when we involve the community as a partner, the sky is the limit!

    What is the most satisfying thing about working in Local Government?   

    For me, it’s the ability to impact people’s lives in a positive way. Working so close to the community allows us interact on a meaningful basis and make a real difference.

    Finally – what do you enjoy outside of work? How do you spend your leisure time?   

    Outside of work I enjoy time with my family friends. I’m a big sports fan and I love to watch a range of sports. I also enjoy hiking and I can’t wait to take my new puppy out on the trails. Finally I’m working towards one of my lifetime goals, competing in a half ironman. It’s a slow process but I’m just aiming to finish!

  • 22 Jul 2022 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month we caught up with Matthew Sexton, Workgroup Leader, Cityscapes Horticulture at City of Adelaide about his role and being named emerging leader of the year. 

    What is your role and what does it entail? 

    I have the best role in local government! My day-to-day tasks vary significantly, I work with the Greenwaste & Nursery, Squares, Streetscapes and Biodiversity teams to manage our horticultural spaces in and around the city.

    Some tasks include scheduling works, allocating resources, monitoring, planning and prioritising our staff’s health, safety and wellbeing. I strive to develop staff through training and development opportunities, closely working with the city operations leadership team.

    We love to promote our horticulture work and engage with residents and visitors to the city. The Community Gardening Program has given our teams a chance to share their knowledge and experiences in sessions at our libraries and community centres.

    We also have lots of fun working with the marketing team in showcasing city operations teams efforts and achievements on social media!

    What is your career background? 

    After finishing up at Adelaide High School (the best school around) I continued my study at the University of Adelaide completing a Bachelor of Economics. After many exams and late night shifts working in the Advertiser’s printing department, I was keen to pursue a new opportunity working outdoors!

    I started my Horticulture apprenticeship through Maxima and spent time at City of Salisbury and City of Burnside learning about reserve maintenance, irrigation, parks and gardens and arboriculture before finding my way to the City of Adelaide to finish my third year at the Nursery.

    In 2018 I became a Horticultural Tradesperson with the City of Adelaide and in 2021 I was given the chance to act in the Workgroup Leader role for 6 months. I was successful in applying for my current position last June - how time flies!

    Nothing beats working in the CBD and North Adelaide, there's always a great feeling in the city and we are surrounded by the magnificent parklands!

    You were awarded Emerging Leader of the Year at the 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards earlier this year – what advice would you give to someone thinking of nominating for a leadership excellence award? 

    Recognise and celebrate success! Local Government is full of people who display so much pride and passion delivering day in and day out, driving improvement with innovations and providing a great customer experience! Nominating for a Leadership Excellence Award is about sharing your work with colleagues to continue inspiring fellow LG Professionals.

    LG Professionals SA sure know how to put on a great night out.. the leg muscles were sore from the dance floor for many days after.. so stay well hydrated!  

    Can you share with us any exciting projects you’re currently working on? 

    We are currently renewing streetscapes in partnership with our asset management and design teams. When driving around the city streets you will notice garden beds in our median strips and verges being replenished.

    This year we worked with our regulatory services team to increase and support outdoor dining areas for businesses in the city as part of the City of Adelaide’s Reignite Program. We provided planter boxes to enhance the dining experience, with our team seeing the spaces they created enjoyed by all and the positive feedback received showed the impact it had.

    You’ve previously participated in the Management Challenge and more recently our Ignite Leadership Program – why do you think it is important to expand your networks and invest in professional development?

    I expressed my interest to do the challenge after a colleague mentioned the fun he had trying something completely different to the norm and embracing being uncomfortable. 

    The Management Challenge helped me understand the big picture of local government. I learnt about our critical functions within the City of Adelaide in a great team environment, establishing connections that I now get to collaborate with and learn from every day in the workplace.

    Ignite is a stern test of what I have learnt so far and how I can continue developing my leadership style, amongst a diverse group of talented local government professionals all willing to share their knowledge. We love to support each other so we can help our colleagues at work and those in the community enjoy everything local government has to offer!

    Choosing to utilise these fantastic programs on offer from LG Professionals SA is something every person who is motivated by achieving great outcomes within the community should take up and you will see your network expand.

    Finally, what do you like to do in your leisure time? 

    Lawn Bowls! I started playing 5 years ago at the marvellous Adelaide Bowling Club, located at Rymill Park. Such a great sport where you meet people from all walks of life and build great friendships whilst having the competitive outlet... and the odd beer.

    There is an underdog lawn bowls story I have from last year, we put a team together involving a few friends I had made through bowls for a tournament including; a division 7 bowler, a 13 year old and a retiree. We ended up winning the South Australian State 4’s title - it was quite surreal and still hard to believe - it was almost bradbury-esque!

    And yes, I watch Crackerjack often!

  • 24 Jun 2022 1:10 PM | Deleted user

    This month we caught up with Jason Norman, Operations Manager - Infrastructure & Environment at Light Regional Council about his role, and what he enjoys most about working in local government. 

    What is your role and what does it involve? 

    Operations Manager - Infrastructure & Environment, Light Regional Council

    I’m fortunate to be part of a 30-person team that delivers both civil and horticulture programs within Council, ranging from large capital projects to maintenance tasks including mowing of lawns, maintenance of garden beds and open space areas.

    Light Regional Council were finalists in the Excellence in Infrastructure Delivery Award category in this year’s Leadership Excellence Awards for the Gerald Roberts Road Culvert Project – can you share an overview of the project? 

    Gerald Roberts Road runs through the western ridge of the Barossa and provides a strategic transport link from the Adelaide Hills through to the heart of the Barossa and the iconic Seppeltsfield Road. When Council was faced with the renewal of a floodway through the Greenock Creek, it was clear that much more than a floodway was needed to cope with the increasing traffic being drawn to this area.  A cost effective solution that provided year-round access was needed.

    In December 2020, Light Regional Council was successful in receiving a $250,000 grant from the Australian Government through the Bridge Renewal Program to assist constructing the bridge.

    Design works and community consultation commenced immediately after the announcement and a plan was developed to construct a large opening box culvert that improved safety for the road user whilst limiting the impact on the surrounding viticulture and tourism industries that had been heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The culvert construction methodology minimised the road closure to total of 8 Weeks and the project team delivered a 3.8m high bridge spanning 17m within the $500,000 budget.

    Why did you enter the Leadership Excellence Awards? 

    It’s important to continually recognise high performing teams and the LG Professionals SA Awards are a great way to acknowledge new initiatives that can be shared with other Councils. The Roads and Construction Team that constructed the bridge are a small team of six and the outcome that they achieved was worthy of recognition external to our Council. They demonstrated that complex projects can be delivered by staff within the Local Government sector.

    What would be your advice for others thinking of nominating for a Leadership Excellence Award in the future? 

    I would highly recommend others to nominate their Council for a Leadership Excellence Award. You might be surprised by the positive impact it will have on the culture of your wider team.

    What is the most satisfying thing about working in Local Government?  

    After working in the private sector for 15 years before moving to local government, I find that the variety in the daily tasks that I perform is quite satisfying. I can be involved in the laying of 800t of asphalt one day and planting 100 trees the next.  

    I’m also fortunate to work with an amazing team at Light that empower its staff to make real changes for the community.

    Finally – what do you enjoy outside of work? How do you spend your leisure time?  

    Give me a day up the river with my family and friends, glassy water, good food, a fire at night and a couple of sneaky beers and I’ll be a happy man.

  • 30 May 2022 3:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month we caught up with Shani Wood, Environmental Officer at City of Holdfast Bay about her role, the Leadership Excellence Awards and what she enjoys most about working in local government. 

    What is your role and what does it involve? 

    Environmental Officer within the City Assets and Services Department for the City of Holdfast Bay.

    My role has a strong focus on waste education and projects. In my 10 years as Environmental Officer I’ve been fortunate enough to lead the development and implementation of a number of innovative community waste projects including:  all stream kerbside bin inspections and tagging, a compostable bags in supermarkets trail and most recently our weekly green FOGO bin trial.  Another fun and less stressful part of my role is community and school waste talks where I often dress up as Shani Banani (me in a cheap banana costume) in order to encourage residents to place food scraps in their FOGO bin. My role also involves the facilitation of other environmental themed community engagement programs including our Green Living and Resilient South workshops and Green Living subsidies. 

    City of Holdfast Bay are a finalist in the Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award category in this year’s Leadership Excellence Awards for the Driving Landfill Reduction Through Weekly FOGO Collection Trial – can you provide an overview of the project? 

    Over 1,000 households within the City of Holdfast Bay have been piloting weekly kerbside green FOGO bin collections and fortnightly landfill collections since September 2020. Switching landfill and FOGO bin collections frequencies makes it easier for householders to place food scraps in the FOGO bin. The associated increased landfill diversion reduces landfill greenhouse gas emissions, assists in job growth within the circular economy and assists both council and the State Government in reaching carbon neutral, circular economy and landfill diversion targets.

    Households participating in the default weekly FOGO service have achieved a landfill diversion rate of 76%, this being 6% higher than the 70% municipal landfill diversion target set by the state government and 26% higher than the average South Australian council’s landfill diversion rate.

    Utilising “FOGO champions” to create a social norm around the pilot is seen as one of the key drivers in the success of the pilot along with a strong working relationship between all parties involved (Elected members, waste contractor, focus groups and key State Government departments).

    Now that all has been revealed and City of Holdfast Bay were announced as the winner of the Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award last Friday, what does this award mean to the Council, staff and the community? 

    The weekly FOGO pilot has been a long 3-and-a-half-year journey and means a lot to all who are involved.

    The Holdfast Bay community have been leaders in sustainable waste management since the introduction of kitchen caddies in 2013. It is hoped that the weekly FOGO/fortnightly landfill model raises the bar for South Australia councils to increase landfill diversion, reduce greenhouse gases and create more jobs within the circular economy.

    Why did you enter the Leadership Excellence Awards? 

    I see the Leadership Excellence Awards as not only an opportunity to acknowledge innovative projects across Local Government but a good opportunity to share knowledge and ideas for adoption across the sector.

    What would be your advice for others thinking of nominating for a Leadership Excellence Award in the future? 

    Go for it!

    Run your application past project team members for ideas and feedback (or in my case a spelling check!).

    What is the most satisfying thing about working in Local Government?  

    Working with and for the community. Helping residents and businesses make small behaviour changes for the benefit of both the environment and society.

    Working with likeminded and passionate colleagues also makes the job even more enjoyable.

    Finally – what do you enjoy outside of work? How do you spend your leisure time?  

    My partner Ben and I have four girls under 11 between us - that keeps us busy!

    I love playing mixed netball, walking our three dogs, watching Port Adelaide play and obsessing over my many pot plants.

  • 28 Apr 2022 3:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month we caught up with Sheree Schenk, General Manager Governance and Executive (CEO) Office at Adelaide Plains Council about her role, her recent experience with the Executive Leaders Program and what she enjoys most about working in local government. 

    What is your role and what does it entail? 

    General Manager of Governance and the Executive (CEO) Office. I am responsible for Governance and Legislative Compliance, Work, Health and Safety, Risk Management, Human Resources, Records Management, Property, Marketing and Communications, Media/PR, Customer Service and Administration. My role is quite broad and entails managing Council’s corporate services, ensuring legislative compliance and best practice across the organisation.

    What do you enjoy most about working in Local Government? 

    I love the diversity of Local Government, particularly being at a ‘smaller’ Council. In my 6.5 years at APC, I have been exposed to every aspect of our organisation. I have been fortunate enough to have had several opportunities and experiences and this has allowed me to grow and develop in a relatively short period of time. I also really enjoy the teamwork and networking opportunities that come with working in LG.

    You participated in the 2022 Executive Leaders Program. How did you find the program? Any highlights you’d like to share? 

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Executive Leaders Program. It was a unique learning experience that I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of. Having the cohort travel intrastate and stay together for a couple of days created a solid and safe foundation for the group to flourish. I enjoyed how challenging the course was and how much it has made me re-think my approach to leadership. Getting to meet and build relationships with like-minded people was definitely a highlight for me!

    Why do you think it is important to step outside your comfort zone and take on new challenges?

    It is very easy to become complacent, in both your professional and personal life. This is why it is important to regularly step outside of your comfort zone and take on new challenges. Being out of your comfort zone allows you to mature and grow from new experiences. For me, taking on new and regular challenges contributes to my overall happiness and allows me to live life to the fullest.

    Finally, what do you like to do in your leisure time? 

    I enjoy sport, fitness and the outdoors. I have a partner and young daughter and we are an adventurous family who love the beach and going camping most weekends!

  • 28 Mar 2022 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month we caught up with Domenic Perre, Road Construction and Capital Projects Coordinator at District Council of Loxton Waikerie about his career, leadership journey and the Rural Management Challenge.

    What is your role and what does it entail?

    My role encompasses a mix of coordination of two road construction crews and four maintenance patrol graders, over a network of 10 towns and 3,000km of roads, as well as assisting the Director of Infrastructure with grants, council reports and dealing with public requests.

    What do you enjoy most about working in Local Government?

    I enjoy being part of a team that focusses on making our area a great place to live and having pride in our accomplishments. I also enjoy the networking with other similar rural councils to find solutions to issues that are too challenging to fix on your own, and the friends I have met along the way.

    You are currently participating in the 2022 Ignite Program. How are you finding the program so far? Any highlights you’d like to share?

    The Ignite program is aptly named as I find this program to be a spark to make me think about how effectively I can do my work. I have done leadership programs in the past, but it is great to have new ideas and practices that cater for today’s environment. There are a lot of people that can benefit from the Ignite Program, and I can only hope to spread the message it sends, which is to be a better leader.

    You were Mentor of the 2021 winning Rural Management Challenge team from District Council of Loxton Waikerie - congratulations!  What advice would you give to others thinking of taking part in the future?

    The honour of being part of this amazing Challenge was one to be remembered for decades. The main advice I would give is for the team to put everything about themselves on the table early in the training time, whether it is good or bad. That way the team can sort through, select their strengths and weaknesses, and get on with producing quality work, in quality time.

    Finally, what do you like to do in your leisure time?

    I have a family with two kids which take up most of my leisure time! I do lots of gardening and like to help my family with cooking and catering for events. I am also a 2nd Dan Black Belt and like to help teach Chidokan Karate at my local Dojo. I read a lot, watch lots of movies, and tinker with computers.

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