Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO 

Welcome to the August edition of Leaders Connect, with a special welcome to our 53 new members!

This month we have been consulting with members on changes to our constitution aimed at supporting a more diverse Board by limiting terms and also shifting from a one year to two year presidential term. Thanks to those who have provided feedback, a final version will be circulated to members with a notice of Special General Meeting to change the constitution.

We have also been consulting on our Draft Advocacy Plan prior to Board endorsement next month.

Launching soon is our Reform Ready Series of courses to drive efficiency and performance. Stay tuned for further information.

And finally, our Executive Leaders Program launched yesterday - more exciting details on this below.

Stay safe and I hope to see you all soon!

August 2020
Edition 107

New Members

Welcome to all of our 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.

News Flash


Special General Meeting
A Special General Meeting will be called for the purpose of changing the constitution.
Date: Monday 19 October 2020
Time: 10:00 AM (via Zoom)
Followed by Prospective Board Member Information Session

Annual General Meeting
Date: Thursday 19 November 2020
Time: 4:00 PM* (in person or via Zoom, depending on restrictions*) 
*time and location are subject to change and final details will be included in the Official Notice of AGM

Please keep an eye on your emails for more information.

Executive Leaders Program - Registrations now open

With a complex and continuously evolving sector, it is now more essential than ever that local government is prepared for the future. New services, new skills, local and global impacts and the ever-changing digital landscape have fundamentally changed expectations of both the nature and delivery of services.

On completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Make progress on complex problems in an agile way
  • Navigate rapidly changing and evolving environments
  • Collaborate and work more effectively with different stakeholder groups
  • Make better decisions in uncertain, complex and ambiguous situations
  • Manage their energy to best serve their communities
  • See and consider multiple perspectives
  • Be more conscious of what is personally holding them back from delivering to their full potential

This program is for accomplished Executives (Chief Executive Officers, Directors and General Managers and other Senior Leaders) in regional and metropolitan councils and subsidiaries who are seeking to expand their thinking and leadership impact.

Program Commences
Tuesday 2 February 2021

Find out more


The Rural Challenge presents a great opportunity for regional councils to develop their staff through an accessible and cost effective developmental program. The Challenge is designed to stretch your comfort zone and expand your skill set delivering many benefits to team members. 

This year we are also pleased to be offering the following additional benefits as part of the registration fee:

  • Pre-event Orientation Webinar - An opportunity to network, receive advice and ask questions on how to make the most of the Challenge
  • Sample tasks to assist with preparation - Receive a sample task pack to assist you with preparing your team for the day - you might like to use these to run a mock challenge to simulate what the team will experience on the day
  • Virtual post event debrief with the Challenge facilitators - Receive detailed feedback on your submissions from our professional facilitators - providing the basis for application of learning outcomes in the workplace

The 2020 event has been tentatively scheduled for Friday 30 October 2020.

We are seeking commitment from councils interested in entering a team, prior to confirming the event for this year. If we receive commitment from eight councils the event will be viable.

Please email Rhiannon at rhiannnon@lgprofessionalssa.org.au to express your interest. Expressions of Interest close on Wednesday 26 August 2020.

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LG Professionals SA Sponsorship and Corporate Partnership

Do you work for or know an organisation who would be interested in sponsoring LG Professionals SA? If so, please contact Rhiannon at rhiannon@lgprofessionalssa.org.au to pass on their details.

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.

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Member Profile -
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This month we chatted with Jamie Dunnicliff, Strategic Procurement Lead, Cities of Charles Sturt and Marion about being recognised as the Emerging Leader of the Year at the recent Leadership Excellence Awards, and his career thus far.

What is your role and what does it involve?

My role oversees the Strategic Procurement function at City of Charles Sturt and City of Marion. Both teams operate as one larger team across the two councils to support and facilitate procurement activities. I split my time across the two councils to oversee the teams and support the business functions. Read more...

Upcoming Programs & Events


Many leaders find conversations about performance to be difficult and too often avoid them altogether.  Providing feedback, particularly when a team member’s performance falls short of expectations is one of the most critical functions a leader performs. Yet for many this is one of the most dreaded and avoided.

This short program has been adapted to a virtual classroom format and aims to develop skills and confidence in holding these conversations in an easy and comfortable environment.

Program runs on Wednesday 23 September via Zoom.

Find out more

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Movers and Shakers

Brenton Daw, previously from Port Augusta City Council is now the Manager Infrastructure & Regulatory Services at District Council of Mount Remarkable.

Jacqui Kelleher, previously from the LGA and City of Unley is now the Manager Administrative Services at District Council of Mount Remarkable.

Joshua Bowen, previously Group Manager Assets & Infrastructure at Town of Walkerville has moved to Alexandrina Council as Manager Assets.

We caught up with one of this year’s Emerging Leaders Program cohort, Amanda Holden, Senior Systems Accountant at City of Mitcham to find out how she's finding the program so far.

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?

I am always interested in self-improvement, I have social anxiety, so I wanted to join this program to help push myself into situations that push me out of my comfort zone. This helps me develop more confidence in myself. I also wanted to build my network in local government, I have only been in local government for around 4.5 years and have only worked for one council. I thought this would be a great opportunity to meet others from different councils. Also, I wanted to learn more about leadership skills to help with career progression.

The most recent module focused on Culture – what was your biggest take away from this session?

I really enjoyed the speakers from the modules, in particular it was great hearing from Tony Piccolo who gave insight into local governments interaction with state government and his experiences in local government. It made me think about how council can use local MPs to help bridge the gap between local and state government on important issues. 

I really enjoyed hearing from Paul Di Iulio the CEO of Campbelltown, in particular the focus on innovation and how the ARC came to fruition. It was great to see big picture thinking happening in council and how innovation can have a positive impact. It was great having a tour of the ARC to see what facilities they offered.

What are you most looking forward to as the program progresses?

Learning more about leadership skills and putting them into practice. I am looking forward to the module on Leading Change as this subject is very valid in the ever-changing world and in my short time in council I have been a part of some really big changes so far. I have found the modules delivered by UniSA very interesting and have allowed for a lot of self-reflection. In particular looking at the way I interact with people around me and how I my perceptions of interactions, could be perceived differently from those around me. I am excited about the group project, I think that my team have picked a really interesting and relevant subject and look forward to December to see all the group projects.

Network News

Whilst our networks may not currently be able to meet in person, that certainly hasn't stopped the information sharing, support and connections being made.

Below you will find all of the upcoming Network Forums and Meetings.

If you would like to know more about our network offerings you can reach me at tahlia@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 8291 7994.

Tahlia Willey
Network and Program Officer

People and Culture Network
Informal virtual forums are being held monthly on a Thursday, alternating between morning and afternoon, with the next session being held:

Thursday 10 September
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Via Zoom
All network members welcome!

The next People and Culture Network Forum (formal) will be held:

Thursday 15 October
9:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Further details to be announced soon.

General Managers / Directors Network: Innovating the Future
Wednesday 16 September
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual (via Zoom)


Women's Network
The next virtual network forum will be delivered in partnership with Statewide Super on 'Financial Fitness for Women' on:

Thursday 27 August
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual (via Zoom)
This event is now at capacity. 

Join Waitlist

Community Managers Network
Committee Meeting
Friday 11 September
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Virtual (via Zoom)
All network members welcome!

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   5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood SA 5063   Phone: 08 8291 7990

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