Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Happy last day of February – it feels like we are flying through 2022!

It’s been another busy month here at LG Professionals SA – our Ignite, Strategic Management and Executive Leaders Programs have all commenced, and we have launched the program for our Annual State Conference – carefully curated for professionals of all levels. Please see full details below.

We have commenced the shortlisting process for our Leadership Excellence Awards and wow, it warms my heart to read about the amazing achievements of our sector. Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to nominate and showcase the innovation and excellence demonstrated within your organisations. Taking the time to recognise our achievements is so important, as not only does it offer an important opportunity for reflection, but also assists other councils and subsidiaries through the sharing of learnings. I encourage you to take every opportunity to showcase these achievements - please see below for another opportunity coming up in April.

Please enjoy this month's edition of Leader's Connect and consider registering for an event or program – in these busy and uncertain times it is important to still make time for you.

Keep safe and well.

Best wishes,

February 2022
Edition 125

LG Professionals SA - Expand your influence

It’s been a year since we launched our brand campaign film, designed to position
LG Professionals SA as a fundamental partner in your whole of career journey. We are thrilled to have showcased this at many of our key events last year – we are proud to offer a range of opportunities to support all local government professionals to expand their influence.

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the sector

It's that time of year again, where we come together to recognise, support and celebrate the fantastic work being done by our colleagues across the sector. We're so excited to be able to hold this event face-to-face to celebrate 21 years of the LG Professionals SA Leadership Excellence Awards!

Our Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner is a great way to celebrate our sector's achievements, be inspired and network with peers! 

Date: Friday 27 May 2022

Time: 6.45pm - late

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre (fully vaccinated venue)

Registrations must close Friday 15 April 2022. Don't miss out!

Click below to register. 
Please coordinate registrations through your CEO office.

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2022 Emerging Leaders Program - only 5 places 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 Samantha, Network and Program Officer at samantha@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

Women's Network Forum: 2022 - Your Year
Thursday 17 March 2022
Fullarton Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton and via Zoom

You're invited to attend the first Women's Network Forum of the year: 2022 - Your Year.

We'll be joined by Amy Slattery, Kate Grigg and Renee Pitcher. To find out more about their sessions please click on the find out more button below.

This Network Forum will be held in person at the Fullarton Community Centre and virtually via Zoom. 

We look forward to seeing you there. 

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Valuing Social Outcomes Tool Workshop
Friday 25 March 2022 
LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide

In November 2021, the LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network launched the Valuing Social Outcomes (VSO) project. The project involved the development of a tool to assist local government community development / community services practitioners in assessing the impact of the programs they deliver via social value measurement and the expression of this impact in dollar terms. 

The LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network are pleased to invite you to a complimentary interactive workshop, designed to support local government community development and community services practitioners to become confident with use of the Tool. 

In this session Mike Brown, VSO Project Leader, and Carla Leversedge, Community Managers Network Chair, will explore the important questions of: 

  • What is the VSO Tool and what can it help me do? 
  • How can I decide if the Tool is right for my program? 
  • What do I need to consider before using the Tool? 
  • How do I use the Tool? 

Attendees will take part in a live demonstration of the Tool via use of your own laptop at the session. Please access the VSO Tool and download to your laptop prior to the session.

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

It's here! We're pleased to have recently released the program for our 2022 Annual State Conference - Leading the Future: An Adaptable Sector. 

Our carefully curated line up of speakers will provide insights based on research and experience into how with increasing pressure and community expectations we can create, lead and manage teams in highly adverse and uncertain environments, future proofing our workforce to remain nimble, responsive and in touch, as we have demonstrated in the last 18 months. 

The aim for the day is to be uplifting, educational, positive and inspiring. All local government professionals are encouraged to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Download the program here

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2022 Council Best Practice Showcase and LGA OGM

Is your Council leading the way? Share with your sector colleagues!

The LGA seek expressions of interest from councils who are leading the way whether through innovative projects or demonstrating excellence in a given field, to showcase these initiatives at the first major LGA event for 2022, the Council Best Practice Showcase.

Councils are encouraged to inspire and challenge their local government colleagues by either submitting their interest to display an exhibit as part of the showcase and/or presenting to the event delegates as part of the program.

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Member Profile - 
Proudly sponsored by


Katrina Fromm 

This month we caught up with Katrina Fromm, Deputy CEO at District Council of Karoonda East Murray about her career, leadership journey and what she enjoys most about working in local government.

What is your role? Describe a typical day.

I have been employed with the District Council of Karoonda East Murray for just over six years, I currently hold the position of Deputy CEO.

I work closely with our executive leadership team to help achieve the Council’s goals and objectives. I have a diverse portfolio covering Finance, IT, Customer Service, Child Care Centre, Community Services, WHS and Risk. Each day is different and there is always something that will challenge you. 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.

9. NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Share the South Australian perspective on national issues facing the sector through national working committees. 

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New Members

Welcome to our 24 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.

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 us at admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information. 

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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
  • 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 Samantha Freeman, Network and Program Officer at samantha@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 08 8224 2087.

People and Culture Network Committee Meeting
Tuesday 8 March 2022
9:30AM - 11:30AM
148 Frome Street, Adelaide and via Zoom

For Network Committee Members only - contact Samantha for more details

Women's Network Committee Meeting
Thursday 10 March 2022
3:00PM - 5:00PM
148 Frome Street, Adelaide and via Zoom

For Network Committee Members only - contact Samantha for more details

Women's Network Forum:
2022 - Your Year

Thursday 17 March 2022
9:30AM - 12:30PM 
Fullarton Community Centre,
411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton and via Zoom

Register here

Community Managers Network
Committee Meeting
Friday 1 April 2022
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
148 Frome Street, Adelaide and via Zoom

For Network Members only - contact Samantha for more details

Valuing Social Outcomes Tool Workshop
Friday 25 March 2022
10:00AM - 12:00PM
148 Frome Street, Adelaide

Register here

Local Government Professionals Australia National Leadership Summit
Tuesday 22 March - Thursday 24 March 2022 

The Local Government Professionals Australia National Leadership Summit (formerly Canberra Behind the Scenes) provides an exclusive opportunity for council CEOs, general managers and senior executives to meet with federal political leaders, senior departmental officials and industry experts to discuss issues that matter to you.

Ahead of the upcoming Federal election, the next Leadership Summit will be held in Canberra from 22-24 March 2022. This is a rare opportunity to engage directly with the officials and decision makers behind the funding decisions, programs and policies that will directly impact your council and your community.

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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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