Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO 

Welcome back everyone! I hope this newsletter finds you refreshed after a well-deserved break and ready to take on whatever the year has in store.

We have hit the ground running at LG Professionals SA – busily planning, pivoting and executing, while navigating this complex environment that we currently find ourselves in.

Our Ignite Program, Strategic Management Program and Executive Leaders Program will commence shortly, and registrations are selling fast for the 17th year of our Emerging Leaders Program. 

If you have been thinking about nominating for a Leadership Excellence Award but haven’t yet found the time – a friendly reminder that nominations close this Friday 4 February 2022. I encourage you to take the time to reflect on your achievements and submit your nomination. We look forward to reading about and celebrating all of the fantastic achievements of the sector over the last year. Of course, if you have any questions about the process or online nomination form please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Wishing you all the very best as you settle back in for the year and I look forward to seeing you at an event or program soon!

Keep safe and well.

Best wishes,

January 2022
Edition 124

21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards - Call for Nominations
Nominations close this Friday 4 February 2022

Time is running out to nominate!

Help us recognise outstanding achievement and innovation within local government.

We would love to see all Councils represented in the nomination process and celebrating the outcomes. Nominations are called for in the categories listed below:

  • Excellence in Customer Service or Experience
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
  • Leadership in Community Services and Development
  • Excellence in Disaster Recovery / Emergency Response Management
  • Excellence in Infrastructure Delivery
  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Excellence in People and Culture

Please remember, there is no project too small! 

Find out more and nominate

2022 Emerging Leaders Program - registrations are now open!

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

If you are interested in learning more about our Emerging Leaders Program please register to attend our Program Information Session to be held on 10 February 2022.

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

In a world of increasing speed and complexity, organisations are struggling to stay relevant. We need new ways to present local government. The conference program will touch on 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. It will touch on the important questions of:

  • How can we stay the course and effectively and quickly adapt and embrace change?
  • How do community expectations impact customer service and what we do?
  • How can we adapt, find new capacity and confidence in the recruitment of new talent?
  • What are the opportunities for local government?
  • What role do we all play in the promotion and attraction of talent to the sector?

Register to attend the LG Professionals SA 2022 Annual State Conference - 'Leading the Future: An Adaptable Sector'.

The full program will be released soon and has been carefully curated to be relevant to local government professionals of all levels.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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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.

Support others from within your organisation on their leadership journey through mentoring and peer support. Be a mentor to a Management Challenge team or support a Leadership Program participant.

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New Members 

Welcome to our 18 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.

Are you or a colleague an Emerging Leader?

The 2022 Emerging Leader of the Year Award recognises the outstanding leadership qualities and future potential of the nominee. Nominees should have commenced their leadership role no more than 24 months ago and demonstrated a capacity to grow into a senior leadership role.

We caught up with some of our previous Emerging Leader of the Year winners, to ask how winning the award has impacted them and what advice they would give to others considering nominating.

Ella, you won the Emerging Leader of the Year award in 2016. How has this impacted you?

Being recognised as the Emerging Leader of the Year provided unexpected opportunities for me, and is still a highlight of my career in local government. It also strengthened my networks across the state which have been invaluable since.

What advice would you give to someone starting their leadership journey?

Take (calculated) risks – the decisions that have made the biggest difference to my community and my career have been the ones in which I’ve had the most to lose.

Find good mentors – ones who support you as well as ones who challenge you when you are making those difficult decisions.

Keep learning – in traditional ways but also through taking on things outside your comfort zone.

What advice would you give to someone considering nominating this year?

Do it!

Ella Winnall
Economic Development Advisor at District Council of Loxton Waikerie

Kristie, you won the Emerging Leader of the Year award in 2018. How has this impacted you?

Being named Emerging Leader in 2018 gave me renewed confidence that I could contribute positively to the sector, and gave me some more guts and passion to advocate for what I believed in.

What advice would you give to someone starting their leadership journey?

If you feel like you don’t fit in, that’s ok. Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, and we need to embrace difference, diversity and challenge our thinking.

What advice would you give to someone considering nominating this year?

Think about which leaders were special to you, and the way you are trying to positively impact others. Take a risk and put yourself out there so others can recognise and learn from you and your experiences.

Kristie Johnson
Manager Media, Marketing & Communications at City of Charles Sturt

Paul, you won the Emerging Leader of the Year award in 2019. How has this impacted you?

I felt very privileged to be nominated by City of Onkaparinga in 2019. Winning the award was just incredible and impacted me in so many ways. 

I was recognised and celebrated across the organisation which provided stronger connections across the organisation and with the Senior Leadership Team. This provided the springboard to other opportunities across Onkaparinga as well as new roles as Team Leader Community Development and more recently as Manager Community Capacity.

The award also provided greater connections across the sector which further developed my understanding of the LG Sector, but more importantly allowed me to learn from other great leaders.

Winning the national award a few months later for South Australia was just a wonderful added bonus.

What advice would you give to someone starting their leadership journey?

Two pieces of advice provided to me as I started my leadership journey which I have considered throughout are:

1. Don’t just go to your leader with a problem, go with the proposed solution.

2. Never make big critical decisions in the first six weeks of a new role. Take the time to get to know the team, the work and future opportunities.

I am also a firm believer that people should grasp every opportunity. Richard Branson says it best “if somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes, then learn how to do it later”.

What advice would you give to someone considering nominating this year?

Seize the opportunity and be confident in what you have achieved; being nominated by the organisation is great testament to the fantastic work and outcomes you have achieved. The doors that a nomination can open are just amazing, winning is just an added bonus! In addition, give yourself time to complete a quality application form which captures all the great work that you have done.

Paul Wright
Manager Community Capacity at City of Onkaparinga

Bec, you won the Emerging Leader of the Year award in 2021. How has this impacted you?

As someone who prefers to keep out of the spotlight, being recognised through the Leadership Excellence Awards was incredibly humbling. Being nominated forced me to get comfortable with having my strengths as a leader recognised within the organisation and across the sector. It has also motivated me to continue to challenge myself and my abilities.

What advice would you give to someone starting their leadership journey?

My advice to anyone starting their leadership journey is to just put yourself out there! Get out of your comfort zone, get involved and seek out opportunities to collaborate, grow as a leader and support the leadership journey of those around you. You will gain respect by being authentic and admitting what you don’t know and then making it your mission to find out.  

What advice would you give to someone considering nominating this year?

Believe in yourself! To say I was humbled by the experience is an understatement. Being recognised through the Leadership Excellence Awards gave me a huge boost of confidence and the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate my leadership journey.

Bec Lyons
Acting Manager - Community Connections at City of Charles Sturt

Feeling inspired? Nominations are currently open for the 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards. To find out more information on the Emerging Leader of the Year Award and all categories please click on the find out more button below. Nominations close 5:00PM Friday 4 February 2022.

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2022 Australasian Management Challenge - early bird registration extended

Register your team before COB today, 31 January 2022, to take advantage of Early Bird pricing, saving $400 off the regular team registration price.

The Management Challenge is a simulation-based team building, learning and networking program using real local government themes – the types of issues that a senior management team in a council would most likely face.

The teams are challenged to respond to a series of tasks in a unique, fast paced, "pressure cooker" environment. Some tasks will require written responses (such as a council report or recommendation document), some will take the form of role plays or presentations and the teams are also scored on observations of how well they display energy, synergy, effectiveness and creative thinking.

Get your team together and join the challenge today!

The SA Regional Management Challenge will be held on Wednesday 4 May 2022.

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Valuing Social Outcomes Project 

Late last year the Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Community Managers Network launched the Valuing Social Outcomes (VSO) project, for use by the South Australian Local Government sector. The comprehensive 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 Community Managers Network encourage the use of VSO Tool and accompanying documents as part of understanding and expressing the impact of programs delivered by community development / community services practitioners in South Australian councils.

To learn more about this project and outputs please click on the find out more button below.

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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@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 08 8224 2087.


Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner

Friday 27 May 2022

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   148 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000   Phone: 08 8291 7990

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