Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Welcome to this month’s edition of Leaders Connect.

July brings with it the start of a new financial year and, for many of us, new plans and goals. LG Professionals SA are here to support your progress towards these goals and have been working hard to coordinate a range of professional development opportunities – watch this space.

We have welcomed many new team members over the past few months, and I look forward to introducing the team to you in future editions of Leaders Connect. Please make sure you come and say hello when you see us out and about as we would love to chat.

The theme of this newsletter is networking. Whilst for some networking comes easily, for others it can be nerve wracking - thrusting you out of comfort zones and avoided at all costs. Recognising this, my team volunteers to be a safe to fail networking point for you – so please feel free to practice on them to support you in building your confidence. We are so lucky to have such a vast range of expertise in South Australian local government, and connections and sharing are so important. We are here to support you in fostering long standing relationships with your peers in the sector.

Hopefully see you soon!

Keep warm and well!


July 2022
Edition 130



Friday 4 November 2022 - LG Professionals SA Women's Network Conference

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 range of Networks provide you with an opportunity to create lasting connections with peers who share a common idea or experience. You can share information, support one another and raise awareness of your profession through the sector.

Find out more

Member Profile - 
Proudly sponsored by

Matthew Sexton 

This month we caught up with Matthew Sexton, Workgroup Leader, Cityscapes Horticulture at City of Adelaide about his role and being named Emerging Leader of the Year. 

What is your role and what does it entail?

I have the best role in local government! My day-to-day tasks vary significantly, I work with the Greenwaste & Nursery, Squares, Streetscapes and Biodiversity teams to manage our horticultural spaces in and around the city. Read more...

Do you work for a regional council and are a member of
LG Professionals SA?

The Local Government Professionals Australia Women’s Mentoring Program spans six months and commences in late August 2022 and you are invited to apply as a mentor or participant.

The program is targeted at women who are in the stage of their career in local government where they are contemplating a career as an executive. It connects female accomplished personnel with senior local government professionals who are currently or recently working in local government, to offer their targeted advice and support. The Program aims to develop positive Mentoring partnerships, and support career progression.

The program aims to inspire women to continually strive for higher levels of performance and provide guidance on career pathways to enable them to achieve their career goals and aspirations. There is no cost to participate. Applications close midnight, Monday 8 August 2022.

Find out more

New Members

Welcome to our 96 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. 

  • 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
  • Navigating your life journey and the road to retirement

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. 

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Project management is a fundamental skill in our modern workforce, as it ensures that what is being delivered is not only right, but that it also delivers against the business opportunity.

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.

Participants are encouraged to bring along current or future projects to start applying your new knowledge and skills immediately to boost your confidence and drive great results.

Suitable for:

  • Officers, Coordinators and Team Leaders

The next course is scheduled to be delivered in person on Wednesday 31 August 2022, 9:00AM - 4:00PM at LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide.

Find out more


Learn to Love Networking

In today’s world, networking is a necessity. A mountain of research shows that professional networks lead to more job and business opportunities, broader and deeper knowledge, improved capacity to innovate, faster advancement, and greater status and authority. Building and nurturing professional relationships also improves the quality of work and increases job satisfaction. Read more...

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 2 August 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 3: Lead & Learn

Tuesday 9 August 2022
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Virtually via Zoom

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

Community Managers Network
Committee Meeting
Friday 12 August 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 25 August 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 
In person and virtually via Zoom

More details coming soon. 

RelianSys® is Australia’s leading provider of governance solutions for Local Government and other highly regulated industries.

Delivering best-in-class, cloud-based software, RelianSys® governance suite enables Councils of any size to establish control, improve visibility and boost productivity.

RelianSys® Compliance combines intuitive workflows with online legislative content to reduce the complexity and risk associated with meeting compliance obligations with:

  • Responsibility deployment automation – saves time, frees resources from arduous manual deployment, and reduces potential for errors
  • Real-time obligation and regulation reporting - provides Management and Audit Committees an instant compliance status
  • Instant legislative updates and change notifications - enables immediate action and reporting

For more information or to arrange a demo contact Febin Philip, Business Development Manager on 1300 793 905 or fphilip@reliansys.com.au

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Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 August 2022

The 2022 LGA Roads and Works Conference, hosted by the Rural City of Murray Bridge, will be held on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 August 2022 at the Bridges Event Centre. 

The premier 'all things roads' conference in local government in South Australia is back! Registrations are open and encourage you to register today. 

Ample networking opportunities, combined with a carefully curated conference program make this an event not to be missed.

For further information and to register now please visit: https://www.lga.sa.gov.au/news-and-events/events/roadsandworks

Download Program


The Local Government Information Technology South Australia (LGITSA) Awards have been developed to promote and reward excellence in Information Technology (IT) and Information Management (IM) across the Local Government sector in South Australia.

Award Categories:

  • Excellence in Community Experience
  • Excellence in Employee Experience
  • Excellence in Information Management 
  • High Achiever of the Year
  • Team of the Year (IT/IM) in Digital Transformation

Nominate by Friday 19 August 2022

For further information and a copy of the nominations booklet, please visit: https://www.lgitsa.com.au/news-events/awards/

Local Government Professionals Australia - Women in Local Government
Future Leaders Webinar Series

Presented by Local Government Professionals Australia with the support of the Commonwealth Government’s Office for Women, this series provides practical professional skills tailored especially for women in local government. If you missed any of the webinars you can catch up on them below: 

  • Managing workplace stress, priorities and expectations - click here
  • Local Government Leadership Journeys - click here
  • Meaningful Mentoring - click here
  • Difficult Conversations - the art and science of tough discussions - click here.
  • Communicating with Credibility, Confidence and Integrity - click here.

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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