Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Happy end of April!

This month we have been thinking about comfort zones. Our own, and those of others. How uncomfortable it often is to step out of them, but how wonderful the rewards can be.

On Friday 6 May we look forward to seeing over 250 of you at our Annual State Conference, kicking off the huge events month of May for LG Professionals SA.

We will welcome 11 teams to Morphettville Racecourse for this year’s Management Challenge – I’m sure most participants will be feeling nervous, excited and wondering what the day has in store. We here at LG Professionals SA know what the day has in store, and comfort zones will be stepped out of, but all in the spirit of fun, learning and growth. Best of luck to all teams, I know you will have a fantastic day.

This will be our last newsletter before the winners of our 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards are announced. I have loved celebrating the finalists of each category as they are announced – if you have missed these please head over to our LinkedIn to view category finalists released so far. Finalists for all remaining categories will be released in the lead-up to the dinner.  I encourage you to reach out to those shortlisted, as a sector local government deliver so much for communities and these achievements should be celebrated amongst peers.

We are so looking forward to celebrating the amazing achievements of local government professionals on Friday 27 May.

I look forward to seeing you soon and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone this month – I will be.

Keep safe and well.

Best wishes

April 2022
Edition 127


A Message from our Emerald Partner

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the sector

Did you miss out on registering for the 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner? If you'd still like to attend please contact Megan Down on 08 8224 2088 or email megan@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

Date: Friday 27 May 2022

Time: 6.45pm - late

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre (fully vaccinated venue)

2022 Emerging Leaders Program - ONE PLACE REMAINING!

The Emerging Leaders Program is a highly interactive program that will take participants on a 7-month experiential learning journey to develop their leadership skills. The program combines leadership techniques taught by UniSA lecturers and the opportunity to apply these techniques in participant led local government modules to further develop leadership capability.

Register Now

An information session was held on 10 February 2022. If you are interested in viewing the recording please contact admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

2022 Annual State Conference - 'Leading the Future: An Adaptable Sector' 
Friday 6 May 2022

It's not too late to register to join us at the 2022 Annual State Conference. Register today to secure your place to hear from our great line up of speakers. 

Download the program here

Contact Megan Down on 08 8224 2088 or email megan@lgprofessionalssa.org.au to register.  

Member Profile - 
Proudly sponsored by


Sheree Schenk 

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.  Read more...

We are your association, and we are here to support you on your career journey.

Not a member? Check here to see if your council or subsidiary is a member - if so, you can activate your membership for free!

We've put together a list of 10 great reasons to join as a member of LG Professionals SA - see the full list here.

1. CONNECT TO THE BEST Our Member community is comprised of the leaders of today and tomorrow. You will make crucial connections to people and ideas which take your career to the next level. 

Find out more

New Members 

Welcome to our 90 new members! Click here to see the list.

We look forward to providing support and professional development opportunities through every stage of your local government career.

Industry Trends

Eight Ways Leaders Can Step Out Of Their Comfort Zone
As a business leader, you may already possess ideal traits, such as assertiveness, adaptability and conscientiousness. But perhaps you've noticed that you're lacking in other areas in which you could become a better leader. The first step is to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Read more...

Kickstart your professional development journey in 2022

We offer a range of short courses that have been curated to equip the sector’s staff with the skills essential to deliver on efficiency, performance and continuous improvement.

Our short courses are scheduled based on expressions of interest. If you are interested in attending any of the following short courses please complete an EOI through the link below and we will be in touch once we have adequate numbers to deliver that short course. 

  • Negotiation Skills
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Advanced Project Management
  • Powerful Business Writing
  • Performance Coaching
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Customer Service in a Compliance Environment
  • Managing your Time, Energy and Priorities

All of our short courses can also be run in house at your council please contact Gretel Mead, Training and Administration Support Officer at gretel@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information. 

Find out more

Learn how to improve your writing skills to communicate clearly, efficiently and with impact using plain English principles

Held across two virtual sessions - Thursday 12 May and Thursday 19 May 2022

Even if your role doesn’t require a lot of writing, how you come across is crucial to your credibility. The ability to write clearly, precisely, powerfully and persuasively is a key skill that enables you to summarise and present ideas, build relationships and gain commitment to action. It can also demonstrate your knowledge, confidence and professionalism.

This course uses your own writing examples to demonstrate the use of Plain English principles and persuasive writing techniques.

Find out more

Learn the basic principles required for managing successful projects that drive real results

Held across two virtual sessions - Wednesday 1 June and Wednesday 8 June 2022

Project management is a fundamental skill in our modern workforce, as it ensures that what is being delivered is not only right, but that it also delivers against the business opportunity.

This short course is designed to cover the basic principles of managing projects to help you plan, control and organise activities to ensure that you are delivering successful projects every time. It is best suited for staff who may be new to managing projects or have not previously undertaken any formal project management training before.

Participants are encouraged to bring along current or future projects to start applying your new knowledge and skills immediately to boost your confidence and drive great results.

Find out more

Network News

LG Professionals SA Members are invited to join one of our many Networks.

Networks are groups of professionals who share a common interest or experience. We run a comprehensive range of Network meetings and forums throughout the year, offering staff the opportunity to learn and develop whilst sharing and networking with peers from their own and other councils and subsidiaries, across the state.

Our Networks include:

  • Women's Network
  • People and Culture Network
  • Community Managers Network
  • Business Performance and Improvement Network (previously Continuous Improvement Network)
  • General Managers Network 
  • CEO Network
Join a Network today

If you would like to know more about our Network offerings, or have a suggestion for a new Network please contact us by email at networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 08 8224 2080.

Community Managers Network
Committee Meeting
Friday 13 May 2022
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
148 Frome Street, Adelaide and via Zoom

For Network Committee Members only - contact networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more details

Women's Network Forum
2022: Renew YOU

Wednesday 25 May 2022
10:00AM  - 12:30PM
Strathalbyn Community Centre, 2 Coleman Terrace Strathalbyn and via Zoom

Registrations opening soon

Women's Network Committee Meeting
Tuesday 31 May 2022
9:30AM - 11:00AM
148 Frome Street, Adelaide and via Zoom

For Network Committee Members only - contact networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more details

People and Culture Network
Committee Meeting
Tuesday 7 June 2022
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
148 Frome Street, Adelaide and via Zoom

For Network Committee Members only - contact networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more details

People and Culture Network 'People Lifecycle' - Show and Share Series
Session 2: Onboarding

Thursday 9 June 2022
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Virtually via Zoom

For Network Members only - contact networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more details

Local Government Professionals Australia - Women in Local Government
Future Leaders Webinar Series

If you’re looking to boost your professional skills, get noticed or support the advancement of women in your workplace, invest 50 minutes on the first Tuesday of every month in the Women in Local Government Future Leaders Webinar Series.

Presented by Local Government Professionals Australia with the support of the Commonwealth Government’s Office for Women, this series will provide practical professional skills tailored especially for women in local government and will showcase success stories from across the country.

The next Women in Local Government Future Leaders Webinar will address “Meaningful mentoring.” The discussion will address how both mentors and mentees can maximise the learning opportunities well-supported and well-structured mentoring programs provide.

Webinar: Meaningful Mentoring
Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 10.30 AM (SA time) 

Find out more

View previous Webinars

  • Difficult Conversations - the art and science of tough discussions - click here.
  • Communicating with Credibility, Confidence and Integrity - click here.

LG Professionals SA Sponsorship and Corporate Partnership

Do you work for or know an organisation who would be interested in gaining exposure to local government professionals through sponsorship with LG Professionals SA? 

As a not-for-profit association, LG Professionals SA rely on the support of sponsors to be able to continue to deliver the range of high quality events and professional development programs that we are known for.

Partnering with sponsors also creates opportunities for our members to learn, build relationships and receive best value.

Please contact Rhiannon for further details on corporate partnership opportunities.

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.

LG Professionals SA  I 148 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000  I  Phone: 08 8224 2080

Connect with us on: