Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO 

Welcome to the August edition of Leaders Connect.

August has been a busy one for LG Professionals SA – we’ve held several Network Meetings, supported the delivery of important sector events and been planning and preparing for our upcoming events and launch of all leadership programs for the coming year – keep an eye on your inbox as all our leadership programs will be launching soon.

To those of you interested in broadening your leadership skillset through any of these programs, make sure you register for the Virtual Information Sessions – details will be released in the coming weeks. Often the fear of the unknown may hold us back from pursuing opportunities - join us in these informal sessions and ask any questions you may have.

Speaking of leadership, if you are interested in sharing your passion for the sector and supporting the development of local government people, I encourage you to consider submitting a nomination for the Board –information will be sent to all Members in September. However, if you’d like to discuss what’s involved in being a Board Member in the meantime please don’t hesitate to reach out.

As always, please feel free to reach out if you would like to discuss your professional development needs – we are here to support you to be the best version of you.

Stay safe, stay well, and happy reading!


August 2022
Edition 131


National Management Challenge Final wrap up

The LG Professionals SA team were thrilled to support the delivery of the 2022 Australasian Management Challenge Final, which was held in Adelaide from 28-30 August. SA was well-represented in the Final by SA Management Challenge Winners The Notorious C.O.B from the City of Burnside. The competition was fierce, and all 8 teams did an amazing job representing their home state. We were elated to see the City of Burnside take out third place overall! In a competition made up of the best of the best across Australia and New Zealand this is a fantastic accomplishment.

The final placegetters were:

  • First place - Wanneroo Koorliny Koora Yeyi Mila from the City of Wannerroo (Western Australia)
  • Second place - The Paranaple Pioneers from Devonport City Council (Tasmania)
  • Third place - The Notorious C.O.B from the City of Burnside (South Australia)

Gary Okley, Head of Public Sector from JLT with City of Burnside team members, Andrew Gurr, Stephen Smith, Philip Roetman, Darren Baynes, Matt Deckert and Jaclyn Caskey


Wednesday 28 September 2022 - Prospective Board Member Information Session

Thursday 10 November 2022 - LG Professionals SA Annual General Meeting

Friday 25 November 2022 - LG Professionals SA Economic Development Conference

Friday 24 March 2023 - LG Professionals SA Annual State Conference

Friday 19 May 2023 - 22nd Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner

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.

Our member community is comprised of the leaders of today and tomorrow. You will make crucial connections to people and ideas which can take your career to the next level.

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Member Profile - 
Proudly sponsored by

Erin Findlay 

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 two-to-three-year window in terms of strategic service delivery. It’s a fantastic, fast paced and rewarding role. Read more...

LG Professionals SA is pleased to present a one-day “Foundations” program with guest international facilitator Dr Barry Bales. The program will introduce and build on systems thinking skills obtained during the Executive Leaders Program that will enable you to effectively define and address organisational challenges. To make this program as practical as possible, participants will practise using their new systems thinking concepts in addressing a real organisational challenge they currently face.

If you are interested in learning more about the Executive Leaders Program this is a great introduction to one of the concepts explored.

Monday, 26 September, Level 3, LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide, 9:30AM - 4:30PM.

Members: $590.91+ GST = $650.00
 $681.82+ GST = $750.00

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Women's Network Conference: Unlock You

The LG Professionals SA Women's Network is pleased to announce this year's conference theme 'Unlock You'The insights provided by a range of engaging speakers will support you to understand and reflect on the year that has been and encourage you to unlock your potential. Our program is designed to help you look to the future, and what you can unlock within yourself to help you identify and reach your goals.

Keep an eye on your email - registrations open this Friday!

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Maxima’s Flexible School-Based Apprenticeship Program gets a green thumbs up from Elise

In collaboration with The Department for Education and Local Government, Maxima’s Flexible School-Based Traineeship Program offers high school students the opportunity to follow their apprenticeship goals with paid council placements, while still earning their high school certificate. One of Maxima’s many success stories is former Horticulture Apprentice with the City of Tea Tree Gully, Elise. Employed full-time on the City’s Horticulture crew, Elise could not imagine life behind a desk. “How can you be upset working outside? It releases so much serotonin.”

Maxima Apprenticeship & Traineeship Consultant and Team Leader for Trades Sarah Tinkham said the program is an incredible opportunity to set participants apart from their peers in a paid role. “Students who know what they want to do are able to get a head start on their career and are still eligible to graduate with their classmates.”

Read more about Elise and the program

New Members

Welcome to our 52 new members! Click here to see the list.

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

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. 

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. 

Is there a short course that would support you in your role that's not in the above list? Please contact Gretel on the details above to discuss.

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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/Directors 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 Amy Davis, Executive Officer - Networks and Programs at networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 08 8224 2080.

People and Culture Network
Committee Meeting
Tuesday 13 September 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 4: Thrive

Thursday 20 October 2022
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Virtually via Zoom

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

Community Managers Network
Committee Meeting
Friday 30 September 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 Committee Meeting 
Thursday 6 October 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

Women's Network Forum: 
2022 - Empower U
Wednesday 21 September 2022
9:30AM - 12:00PM 
The Brocas Warehouse, 111 Woodville Road, St Clair and virtually via Zoom

Register now

Women's Network Conference
Friday 4 November 2022
SkyCity Adelaide

The Local Government Emergency Management Seminar is an annual event that aims to explore emerging concepts, consider new technologies, and deepen understanding about the roles of local government in emergency management.

This year’s seminar will be held at the Adelaide Pavilion on Friday 30 September and is themed ‘Breaking Barriers’, representing how local government aims to work collaboratively with community, agencies, and state government during and after emergencies. This year’s program will include dynamic and engaging speakers from both within and outside the Local Government sector, empowering delegates to break down barriers faced in their day-to-day roles and collaborate to improve outcomes in emergency management.

All local government professionals with an interest in or responsibility for emergency management are encouraged to attend.

Download the full program here.

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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

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