Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Happy last day of February!

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 final speakers for our Annual State Conference – with the program 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.

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the local government sector in South Australia? Please find details below on the call for nominations for the Outstanding Contribution to the Sector award and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions around nominating a peer. 

Best wishes to the 17 registered teams who will take part in this year’s Management Challenge – I’m sure you will find it to be a rewarding and fun experience.

Finally, thank you to those of you who have taken the time to complete our Annual Survey – we so appreciate your feedback. If you haven’t yet had a chance there is still time – the survey will close at 5pm tomorrow.

Keep happy and well, and I look forward to seeing you at an event or program soon!

Best wishes

February 2023
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Please save the date for the following LG Professionals SA events for 2023. If you are planning a local government event, we invite you to contact us to avoid date clashes. 

Friday 28 July 2023 - LG Professionals SA People and Culture Network Conference 

Friday 25 August 2023 - LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network Conference

Friday 3 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Women's Network Conference

Thursday 9 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Annual General Meeting 

Friday 17 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Economic Development Conference


Recently, you would have received an email from Survey Monkey asking you to complete the LG Professionals SA Annual Survey – we would be so appreciative of you taking the time to provide your feedback which will be used to inform future LG Professionals SA activity and offerings.

The survey will close on Wednesday 1 March 2023. If you require assistance, please don't hesitate to call 08 8224 2080.

Thank you so much in advance. We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback on your association.

Nominations close Friday 31 March 2023

The Call for Nominations is now open for the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sector.

This prestigious award recognises and acknowledges a local government professional who, over a minimum of ten years, has made an outstanding contribution to the local government sector in South Australia. The recipient is nominated by their peers and determined by a subcommittee of the Board of LG Professionals SA.  

For more information and nomination criteria please download the Call for Nominations form.

Nominations must be received by 5pm, Friday 31 March 2023 and be submitted to Rhiannon Grebenshikoff, Chief Executive Officer at executive@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

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WOMEN'S NETWORK FORUM - Positioning Yourself for You
Forum to be held Thursday 16 March 2023

Join us for the first Women's Network Forum of 2023, Positioning Yourself for You. With a wonderful line up of speakers including Nicole Marshall (Perks People Solutions), Whendee Young (Town of Gawler), Paula Paterson (City of Playford), Lauren Marshall (The Barossa Council) and Teressa Nilsson (City of Unley) it is going to be a great session. Register to attend in person or via Zoom.

Hurry - places are filling fast!

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Friday 19 May 2023

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 celebrate 22 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 19 May 2023

Time: 6.45pm - late

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre

Registrations for our 22nd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner must close Friday 14 April 2023. Don't miss out!

Please coordinate registrations through your CEO office. 

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Friday 24 March 2023

Full program released!

The LG Professionals SA 2023 Annual State Conference: Reaching New Heights program draws on the knowledge and experience of multiple expert speakers outside our sector, as well as key insights from those within it to deliver a day of inspiring, relevant and educational content to invigorate you for the challenges and opportunities that working in local government brings. With a carefully curated program designed to provide insights into current local government challenges, this is an event not to miss.

All local government professionals are encouraged to attend.

Download the full program here.

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    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 conferences, programs, forums and events present a wealth of educational offerings from small discussion groups to keynote presentations, with programs developed around current sector priorities, needs and issues. LG Professionals SA Members receive discounted rates to attend all of our events and programs. 

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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:

    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 Haylie Maynard, Membership and Networks Officer at haylie@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

    Network Offerings

    Women's Network Forum

    Wednesday 31 May 2023

    Further information will be released soon.

    Women's Network Forum

    Wednesday 20 September 2023

    Further information will be released soon.

    General Managers and Directors Network Forum
    Thursday 23 March 2023
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide and via Zoom

    Further information will be released soon.

    General Managers and Directors Network Forum
    Thursday 6 July 2023

    Further information will be released soon.

    General Managers and Directors Network Forum
    Thursday 26 October 2023

    Further information will be released soon.

    Community Managers Network
    Open Network Meetings

    • Friday 10 March 2023
    • Thursday 6 April 2023
    • Thursday 4 May 2023
    • Friday 30 June 2023
    • Friday 1 September 2023
    • Wednesday 25 October 2023
    • Friday 15 December 2023

    These meetings are held at
    LG House and via Zoom from 9:30 AM -11:30 AM and are open to all Network members. These meetings provide the opportunity for all Network Members to come together to discuss topical issues and are separate to Network Committee Meetings.  

    People and Culture Network Forum

    Thursday 13 April 2023
    1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    City of Adelaide and via Zoom

    Further information will be released soon.

    People and Culture Network Forum

    Wednesday 6 September 2023

    Further information will be released soon.

    People and Culture Network Forum

    Wednesday 16 November 2023

    Further information will be released soon.

    Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum
    Wednesday 5 April 2023

    Further information will be released soon.

    Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum
    Thursday 10 August 2023

    Further information will be released soon.

    Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum
    Thursday 23 November 2023

    Further information will be released soon.

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    Meet the LG Professionals SA Team

    Meet Haylie

    Eager and excited to step into working with the local government sector, Haylie joined the LG Professionals SA team as Membership and Networks Officer in January 2023. With a Bachelor of Marketing and Communications and Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management) she brings with her professional association and membership experience. Passionate about continual learning and development, she looks forward to absorbing every piece of knowledge possible from the team and Networks - and assisting members. Read more...

    Meet the Team

    New Members

    Welcome to our 116 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 2023

    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 pd@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information. 

    Find out more

    Wednesday 22 March 2023

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

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

    Please note: This course will be held in person at LG House.

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    Wednesday 29 March 2023

    Learn the strategies and behaviours of effective negotiations with constructive outcomes.

    This course is designed to help professionals gain an insight into their current negotiation behaviours and preferences, to understand the fundamental framework for all negotiations and to develop the skills and micro-skills that are necessary to navigate through the range of negotiations they face in the workplace.

    Please note: This course will be held in person at LG House.

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    Monday 8 May 2023

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

    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.

    Please note: This course will be held in person at LG House.

    Find out more

    Monday 26 June 2023

    Develop skills in informal performance conversations and increase leadership effectiveness through performance coaching skills.

    This course enables participants to develop skills and confidence in holding these conversations in an easy and comfortable environment.  Participants are provided opportunities to engage with a new and contemporary approach and will prepare for effective performance conversations in their workplace.

    Please note: This course will be held in person at LG House.

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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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