Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Welcome to this month’s edition of Leaders Connect.

July has been a big one already, and I have valued the many opportunities to connect with our members, at our General Managers and Directors Network Forum, Emerging Leaders Program modules, Network Committee meetings, and more.

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 – several aren’t too far away so don’t miss out on registering!

Registrations close this week for the 2023 Rural Management Challenge – a highlight of the events calendar for me, I look forward to supporting teams as they step out of their comfort zones and experience the incredible learning that comes from participation.

The first intake of the LG Professionals SA Women’s Career Navigator Program is nearly at capacity, and registrations must close soon for the upcoming Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum – I’m excited to hear from Katrina and Damian as they explore the theme of ‘Thinking Differently’ and hope to see you there.

We are excited to have secured Dr Barry Bales, Director of Uncharted Leadership in the USA to facilitate two in-person masterclasses in August – Emotional Intelligence and Systems Thinking. Numbers are strictly limited so I encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Wishing you all the best - I look forward to seeing you soon.


July 2023
Edition 142



Our members are the leaders of today and tomorrow. You will make crucial connections to people and ideas to take your career to the next level.

Learn more about what LG Professionals SA Membership offers you. 

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Please save the date for the following LG Professionals SA events for 2023/24. If you are planning a local government event, we invite you to contact us to avoid date clashes. 

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

Thursday 9 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Annual General Meeting 

**NEW DATE** Friday 10 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Economic Development Conference 

Friday 22 March 2024 - LG Professionals SA Annual State Conference

**NEW DATE** Wednesday 10 April 2024 - LG Professionals SA Management Challenge

Friday 10 May 2024 - LG Professionals SA 23rd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner


Last chance to register your team for the 2023 Rural Management Challenge!

Registrations close Friday 28 July 2023.

Need to register a team but have questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re here to help.

Key Dates
Thursday 19 October 2023 at The Terrace Hotel, South Terrace, Adelaide.

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Program commences Wednesday 2 August 2023

Only 3 spaces remaining! Program starts next week!

The LG Professionals SA Career Navigator Program supports women to develop a strong, authentic professional identity and approach their career and work with positivity and proactivity.

The Program equips participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to:

  • build their professional presence and profile
  • maintain their cool in stressful and challenging situations
  • understand and navigate organisational politics and team dynamics with integrity
  • apply a Growth Mindset to personal and professional challenges to build resilience and wellbeing
  • set and pursue personal and professional goals.

Limited places remaining - register today!

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Time is running out to register! Join us as we welcome Katrina Lazaroff and Damian Carter as guest speakers for the LG Professionals SA Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum: Thinking Differently. 

This Forum will be held in person at Unley Oval Community Hub and via Zoom on Thursday 10 August 2023 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. 

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Wednesday 9 August 2023

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

Suitable for Officers, Coordinators, Team Leaders, Senior Managers.

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Thursday 24 August 2023

This course enables you to identify the dynamics at play where there is tension between needing to meet compliance requirements, meeting strategic objectives and maintaining strong customer relations within the community. You’ll learn the approaches, skills and behaviours that you can use on a daily basis to navigate this situation and be known for providing excellent customer service and improved performance, while meeting required levels of regulation.

Suitable for:
Any staff providing internal or external customer service within a compliance/regulatory framework - eg. Customer Service Officers, General Inspectors, Regulatory Officers, Planning and Development Officers, Records Officers, IT Officers, HR Officer, Procurement Officers.

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Wednesday 30 August 2023

Exclusive Masterclass with International facilitator – Dr Barry Bales

This interactive Masterclass will help you to understand what emotional intelligence really is, learn specific strategies for enhancing and managing your EQ, and practice applications for leveraging EQ in a leadership role.

This Masterclass will be held in person on Wednesday 30 August 2023 from
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM at LG House.

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Thursday 31 August 2023

Exclusive Masterclass with International facilitator – Dr Barry Bales

Thinking of undertaking the Executive Leaders Program in 2024? Or have taken part and would like to further build on your Systems Thinking knowledge? Make the most of this rare opportunity to join Dr Barry Bales, in person!

This masterclass will introduce systems thinking skills 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.

This Masterclass will be held in person on Thursday 31 August 2023 from
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM at LG House.

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Friday 25 August 2023

Program launched - register today!

The LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network is open to those leading in the field of community development or community services in local government. The network aims to lead local government in responding to the changing nature of communities, community services and community development.

The Network hold a conference bi-annually, and this year’s carefully curated theme is ‘Community Development: Getting it Right’. Join us as we explore whether we as a community, and a local government sector, are getting it right with the people we serve and collaborate with. Speakers from both within and outside the sector will inspire us with fantastic case studies of their work, examples of successful collaborations with and for the community, and best practice frameworks. We will also ask some provocative questions to encourage outside the box thinking by local government community professionals about how best to innovate and collaborate to achieve ongoing positive community outcomes. 

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Meet the LG Professionals SA Team

Meet Megan Down

An accomplished events professional, Megan has more than 10 years’ experience managing a wide range of events – from 20-person professional development seminars to charity mud runs with over 3,000 participants and everything in between.  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:

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

Business Performance and Improvement Network - Join the Network

If you have an interest in or role to play in planning for delivery, reporting on outcomes achieved or improving the way council services are delivered we encourage you to join the Business Performance and Improvement Network.

The Network recently launched a Yammer group, an initiative driven by the committee in which they will monitor and encourage you to share as much as you would like to. This Yammer is a friendly and engaging site where everyone is welcome to share and collaborate. Please share this with your peers if you believe they would be interested in BPIN. To join the group please follow this link.

Join today

Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum
Thursday 23 November 2023

Further information will be released soon.

Women's Network Forum

Friday 22 September 2023

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

Thursday 16 November 2023

Further information will be released soon.

General Managers and Directors Network Forum
Date TBC - November 2023

Further information will be released soon.

Community Managers Network
Open Network Meetings

The Community Managers Network are pleased to offer bimonthly ‘Open Network Meetings’ in 2023, providing the opportunity for local government professionals of all levels working in the community services or community development space in council to come together to hear from topical speakers, and provide the opportunity for community managers and practitioners to connect, gain insights, share ideas and discuss common areas of interest. 

Should you work in the community space and would like to attend, or have a colleague who would benefit from taking part, please email Haylie Maynard, Membership and Networks Officer at 
haylie@lgprofessionalssa.org.au to be added to future calendar notes.

Meetings will be held in a hybrid format, from 9:30AM – 11:30AM, with in person attendance at LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide, or via Zoom.

Future dates are:

  • Friday 1 September 2023 - Volunteering

Volunteering Open Meeting - Further information

Join us as we welcome Hamilton Calder, CEO, Volunteering SA to speak at our next Open Network Meeting.

Hamilton’s insightful presentation will help us explore the work Volunteering SA undertake relevant to local government including the opportunities and challenges that come with engaging and working with a volunteer workforce.

We encourage you to attend to form strong new connections with your peers and participate in discussions that you are passionate about. The Open Network Meeting will be held in person and via zoom Friday 1 September from 9:30AM - 11:30AM at LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Corporate Partner, LGRS, invite local government employees to their upcoming LGRS Risk Conference

The domino effect: Navigating interconnected risks in Local Government

The LGRS Risk Conference is dedicated to risk management for Local Government employees in South Australia, bringing together experts and thought leaders to explore the pressing risks facing the sector.

At the heart of this year’s conference is the concept of risk interconnectivity and how certain risks need to be considered more broadly and from multiple angles.

Attendance is free for Local Government employees.

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Welcome to our 172 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.

Member Profile - 
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Tracey Alexander

This month we spoke with Tracey Alexander, Manager Environment and Regulatory Services at Berri Barmera Council, about her role, the Executive Leaders Program and the General Managers and Directors Network Forum.

What is your role and what does it involve?

I am the Manager Environment and Regulatory Services, my role incorporates a variety of services including planning, building, property and building management, cemeteries, CWMS network, animal and parking management, fire prevention, camping regulating and limited project management. Read more...

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  • The dashboard: a powerful quick visual status of delivery performance
  • Software ease of use:  to set-up and navigate plans, and track action
  • Key features: workflow automation, flexible reporting and customisation

If you’re spending countless hours trying to manage plans via spreadsheets and are ready to revolutionise your plan delivery, contact us on 1300 793 905 or contact@reliansys.com.au or book an online demo here.

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We caught up with one of this year's Emerging Leaders Program participants, Simon Bartosak, Team Leader Civil Maintenance at City of Salisbury to find out how he is enjoying the program so far. 

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?

I have been working at City of Salisbury for the last 5 years as Team Leader Civil Maintenance and I have been looking to broaden my local government networks, undertake further professional development in leadership and work towards obtaining formal Business qualifications. After reviewing the content delivered in the Emerging Leaders Program, delivered in partnership by
LG Professionals SA and The University of South Australia this seemed like a good fit for me and great way to commence the journey towards becoming a more effective leader. 

The most recent UniSA module focused on Culture - what was your biggest take away from this session?

In the module on Culture and Team Dynamics I developed a greater awareness of organisational culture and how I can better influence team culture and team dynamics. I’m looking forward to taking this knowledge back to City of Salisbury and trialling some of these new concepts within the team I currently lead.

What are you most looking forward to as the program progresses?

I'm looking forward to continuing to build relationships with the ELP cohort, expand local government networks and continue to grow and develop my leadership brand.


Simon Bartosak
Team Leader Civil Maintenance
City of Salisbury

The Norman Waterhouse Lawyers Local Government Conference has been South Australia's leading law conference for local government since 1989.

Take your learning to the next level as our experts delve into the unique challenges facing local government today with sessions curated with up-to-date and relevant content specific to your area of work, including:

  • Planning, Development & Environment
  • Construction, Contracts & Property
  • Employment, Governance & Regulatory Services

We look forward to welcoming you to what will be an invaluable day for local government.

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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.

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 scheduled the next intake of that short course. 

All of our short courses can also be run in house at your council.
Please contact Eve Jackson, Training Support Officer at eve@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information. 

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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 Megan Down 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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