Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Happy end of June!

Over the past year we are thrilled to have supported local government professionals from 71 South Australian Councils and Subsidiaries who signed up for Organisation memberships with LG Professionals SA – thank you to each and every one of you for your commitment to developing your staff and providing them with a fundamental partner in their whole of career journey. Our new membership model, introduced in 2020 has seen our membership base grow by more than 348%, with this number increasing every day.

As your association we are here to support you – please take the time to ensure your Member details are up to date so that we can keep you informed of relevant opportunities.

As a new financial year fast approaches we are busy planning and programming for a huge year – please let us know if you have any ideas for events, themes, topics – anything at all. We are your association, and we value your input.

Wishing you all time to reset, rest and reflect as we rush into July.

Keep warm and well!


June 2022
Edition 129



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 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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Member Profile - 
Proudly sponsored by

Jason Norman 

This month we caught up with Jason Norman, Operations Manager - Infrastructure & Environment at Light Regional Council about his role, and what he enjoys most about working in local government. 

What is your role and what does it entail?

I’m fortunate to be part of a 30-person team that delivers both civil and horticulture programs within Council, ranging from large capital projects to maintenance tasks including mowing of lawns, maintenance of garden beds and open space areas. Read more...

New Members

Welcome to our 21 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.

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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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 us by email 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 1 July 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 
Tuesday 5 July 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

Thursday 22 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® Delegations+ streamlines the delegation process making Register creation and maintenance easy:

  • Delegation Register automation: eliminates spreadsheets saving time and effort
  • Online delegation library access: tailor to needs, with clear visibility of updates
  • Powerful reporting & updates: by Position, compare changes, quickly update titles

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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Friday 5 August 2022 - LGA EA/PA Circle Network Forum

Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 August 2022 - LGA Roads and Works Conference

Friday 30 September 2022 - LGA Emergency Management Seminar


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. 

The next Women in Local Government Future Leaders Webinar will address “Managing workplace stress, priorities and expectations” with guest speaker Fiona Cullen. 

Neuroscience, mindsets, and belief systems. Meet Fiona Cullen, an elite athlete who is using the skills learnt in sport to train local government leaders.

This webinar will provide you with an understanding of the neuroscience behind limiting beliefs that Fiona believes are the primary cause of stress and conflict within teams and provide guidance on how to set and access priorities to effectively manage expectations.

Webinar: Managing workplace stress, priorities and expectations - Tuesday, 5 July 2022, 10:30AM (SA time) 

Find out more

View previous Webinars

  • 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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