Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO 

Congratulations to all of our Leadership Excellence Award Winners and Finalists on your outstanding contributions to the sector. Over 500 people were cheering you on during our first ever Virtual Awards Presentation. A special thanks to our Corporate Partners and Awards Sponsors for maintaining their support of the program because they believe in honouring the great work you do for our communities, no matter the circumstances.

And a very special mention to our Management Challenge Winner, the City of Mitcham 'My Mitcham Rules' team and all the Challenge teams who competed in the first ever virtual Challenge - you all demonstrated flexibility, adaptability and team spirit, ingredients which will be needed for the future.

June also saw the commencement of the 15th year of our Emerging Leaders Program which has been adapted to the environment we are in. Thanks to UniSA for your assistance and enthusiasm to creatively deliver the first few modules and well done to the participants for investing their time and energy to strengthen their leadership skills for the future.

We are also pleased to have launched a new membership model for 20/21 which has so far seen great take up. The new model will make membership more accessible to all council staff, regardless of their job level or location.

As a new financial year commences, I wish you all a reset and some rest and reflection time to process what has occurred in the last few months, and I am hopeful we will all see each other soon in person as the size of our gatherings increase and the need for connection and authenticate supportive relationships is even greater than ever.


June 2020
Edition 105

News Flash

We were absolutely thrilled to celebrate our 19th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards with over 500 of you at our first ever Virtual Awards event on Friday!

Though we couldn’t be together in person, it was so fantastic to see pictures of so many of your watch parties and messages of support to celebrate your hard work, collaboration and innovation.

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Leadership Excellence Awards winners!

  • Emerging Leader of the Year - Jamie Dunnicliff, Cities of Charles Sturt and Marion

  • Excellence in People and Culture - City of Adelaide – MySafety System Team

  • Leadership in Community Services - City of Port Adelaide Enfield Community and Cultural Development Team – Nunga Week

  • Excellence in Local Economic Development - Kingston District Council – “Accommodation Starts Here”

  • Excellence in Sustainable and Environmentally Responsible Infrastructure Management - City of Mitcham Engineering and Natural Environments Team – St Mary’s Permeable Asphalt Carpark

  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability - City of Adelaide Sustainability Team - Renewable Electricity Power Purchase Agreement

  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration - City of Holdfast Bay – The Kaurna Nation Partnership Team

  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration - Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority – Fortnightly Kerbside Collection Team(s)

  • Innovative Management Initiatives - City of West Torrens ‘Industry 5.0’ Team - City Operations Mobility Project

  • Excellence in Infrastructure Delivery - City of Mitcham – Mitcham Memorial Library and Brownhill Creek Redevelopment team
    District Council of Karoonda East Murray Drought Projects Team – Karoonda Early Childhood Centre and Community Hub (KECCCH) (Highly Commended)

  • Rural Management Challenge 2019 – Renmark Paringa Council – Renmarkable Islanders

  • Management Challenge 2020 – City of Mitcham – My Mitcham Rules

You can find information on all finalists and winners here.

Thank you to our Award Partners for their ongoing support and Lisa McAskill for a fantastic job of hosting the event. We'd also like to say a huge thank you to Adam and the team at AVL Hire and Scott and Paul at Live Streaming Australia for their passion and expertise - helping us to bring our vision to life for our first ever Virtual Awards.

We commend all teams for their enthusiasm and willingness to dive headfirst into the virtually delivered Challenge experience in 2020. Though different, the virtual format certainly didn’t stop the energy, buzz, fun, learning or banter! We were thrilled to see participants push themselves out of their comfort zones, seize the opportunity to learn and challenge themselves to try something new!

Congratulations to all 15 teams, including this year’s place-getters:

  • Winner: City of Mitcham – My Mitcham Rules
  • 2nd place: City of Playford – Play it ForWARd
  • 3rd place: City of Darwin – Saltwater Squad
  • 4th place: Campbelltown City Council – C4Q

Membership renewals
Our new membership model launched earlier in June with the aim to be more accessible to all local government professionals - read more about membership offerings here.

Please note that on 1 July 2020, if you are already a member you will automatically be invoiced for renewal.

Anyone who updates their details by COB on Friday 31 July 2020 will automatically go in the draw to win a free registration to our 2021 Annual State Conference, valued at $400 + GST.

We look forward to continuing to support you on your professional journey.

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If you work for a local government entity or subsidiary you are eligible for membership so join your colleagues from across the sector for immediate benefits now ... Join here

Please contact Tahlia Willey with any membership queries on 8291 7994 or connect@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

Member Profile -
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Nat Traeger

This month we chatted with Nat Traeger, Chief Executive Officer, Kingston District Council about her career, being a long time supporter of LG Professionals SA and working at a rural council.

We’ve been following your career journey for many years now – can you tell us where you started in local government and where you are today?

Well it’s been a lengthy journey that has taken me to places and given me experiences I never would have imagined when growing up in the small rural community of Coonalpyn. When I started (way back in 1987, quite obviously when I was 10 years old!) my late grandfather was an elected member and my late father was a community facilities team member of the then Coonalpyn Downs Council.  Read more...

Upcoming Programs & Events

Women's Network Virtual Forum - Financial Fitness for Women.

Registrations are now open. We'll be joined by Financial Planner and Team Leader at Statewide Super, Shellie McPhee, who will share her expertise on how to be financially fit, and the secrets to building a bright financial future.

Forum held on Thursday 27 August 2020

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A three-day residential program for women in local government who have limited or no experience in managing and leading people and want to develop confidence and enhance their impact.

Program Commences
Monday 2 November 2020

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Sponsor Insights

Be a Part of the 2020 LGA Scheme Awards – Nominations Now Open!

Recognising Outstanding Contributions to Risk & Best Practice in WHS & Return to Work.

For over two decades the LGA Scheme Awards have been continuing to recognise excellence among SA's local government sector. The awards acknowledge innovative risk, WHS and RTW management programs, processes, systems or advancements developed by South Australian councils and local government authorities.

There are a lot of talented people across the sector, making a difference in improving risk to its community so be sure to encourage your organisation to put their minds together as it could be a successful entry!

> Download flyer here 

We caught up with one of this year’s Emerging Leaders Program cohort, Michelle Gibbs, Senior Records Officer at The Rural City of Murray Bridge to find out what drew her to the program and how she’s finding it so far.

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?
I have wanted to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program for some years now, particularly more so since I have been in the position of Senior Records Officer, but timing just hasn’t been right. Then last year I partook in the Rural Management Challenge, which was something else that I wanted to do for a long time. So, after doing the challenge, I was even more keen to follow this experience with the ELP. I feel I know and do my job as a Records Officer extremely well, however, there have been times where I have struggled with the leadership requirement of being a Senior, therefore this has led me to the Emerging Leaders Program.

What was your biggest take away from the first 2 days?
I loved meeting the other Emerging Leaders and facilitators, and listening to their introduction at the beginning, for me this was extremely important as it gave me an insight to who I will be working with over the next 6 months. I enjoyed listening to both Ruchi and Lindsay, both provided clear information, but I did relate to Dr Ruchi’s Second Session around language and storytelling, “Leaders need to be good storytellers” and “adapting your communication to your target audience” for me this was a lightbulb moment.

What are you most looking forward to as the program progresses?
Although scary, I am keen to push myself out of my comfort zone to improve my leadership skills by networking with my fellow emerging leaders and drawing from my individual assignment in particular as my TMP (Team Management Profile) has provided me insight to my existing strengths but also to areas that I need to improve to become an effective leader.

Michelle participating in module 1 of the ELP via Zoom.

Messages from our Corporate Partners

‘Congratulations to all the winners on their outstanding achievements!
We’re looking forward to being able to catch up with all the councils in person soon.’

We share your commitment to excellence.

McArthur is proud to be associated with such high achievers, and we congratulate the Winner and Finalists of the 2020 Excellence in People and Culture Award.

With your talent and dedication, the future of Local Government is definitely in safe hands.

“On behalf of Statewide Super, I congratulate everyone for their work and commitment and the passion that has been shown in these community projects. Congratulations to you all.”

Sam Abishara, Head of Business Development

As long-time supporters of LG Professionals SA and the Annual Leadership Excellence Awards, LGRS would like to congratulate all awards finalists and winners.

The excellence awards are a great way to recognise the new and innovative leaders coming into the sector and interacting with one another.

"Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the LG Professionals SA 19th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards.

As always, we are proud to sponsor such an important event for the sector and help celebrate everyone’s achievements – particularly the LG Professionals SA team who have adapted during this time and put together a wonderful virtual event. Well done!"

Sean Keenihan, Chairman Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 

Movers and Shakers

Penny Worland, has recently moved to Alexandrina Council as Social and Infrastructure Planning Coordinator.

Anthony Zollo, has moved to The Barossa Council as Assessment Officer - Planning.

Craig Mudge, has been appointed as Manager Economic Development & Financial Services at the District Council of Mount Remarkable.

Ebony Rodda, has been appointed as Manager Tourism & Economic Development at the District Council of Mount Remarkable.

Network News

Whilst our networks may not currently be able to meet in person, that certainly hasn't stopped the information sharing, support and connections being made.

We are pleased to share that our Network Forums have gone virtual!

These virtual forums are intended to be informal and a place for you to ask questions of your peers and stay connected.

See below to find out more:

Community Managers Network
Virtual forums are being held fortnightly on a Friday morning at 9:30 AM. The next virtual forum will be held this Friday 3 July.

The Community Managers Network Committee welcomes Farlie Taylor, Group Manager Community Connections, City of Burnside to the role of Vice Chair.

People and Culture Network
Virtual forums being held fortnightly on a Tuesday or Thursday alternating between morning and afternoon. The next virtual forum will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday 16 July.

The network's most recent forum on 18 June included an update from Statewide Super. Thanks to Darren and Sam for sharing with the network to help communicate any changes back to staff around their super and insurances.

The People and Culture Network welcomes Theressa Hines, Manager People and Strategy, Port Augusta City Council and Deirdre Albrighton, Manager People and Culture, City of Whyalla as new members of the committee.

Women's Network
The Women's Network held their first virtual network forum 'Stepping Up In Adversity' on Thursday 25 June (via Zoom). A special thanks to our presenter, Kathryn McEwan and the Women's Network Committee for leading the group discussions.

The next virtual forum will be with Statewide Super on 'Financial Fitness for Women' on 27 August. Further details can be found here:

We are busy working on rolling out virtual offerings for our other networks - watch this space!

If you would like to know more about our network offerings you can reach me at connect@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 8291 7994.

Tahlia Willey
Network and Program Officer

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   5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood SA 5063   Phone: 08 8291 7990

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