Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Happy end of March!

I hope this update finds you happy and well.

We are full steam ahead here at LG Professionals SA, coordinating the delivery of our suite of Leadership Programs, also busily preparing for a huge May of flagship events – our Annual State Conference, Management Challenge and Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner. If you haven’t already, I urge you to register – further details below.

Soon, we will start to announce the finalists of the 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards – keep an eye on your inbox and LinkedIn for updates. Congratulations again to all finalists and thank you to all who nominated – we are so proud to support the local government professionals behind so many amazing projects.

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the local government sector in South Australia? Please find details below on the call for nominations for the Outstanding Contribution to the Sector award and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions around nominating a peer. 

Please enjoy this month's edition of Leader's Connect and I look forward to seeing you at an event or program soon.

Keep safe and well.

Best wishes,

March 2022
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Recently, you would have received an email from Survey Monkey asking you to complete the LG Professionals SA Annual Survey – we would be so appreciative of you taking the time to provide your feedback which will be used to inform future LG Professionals SA activity and offerings.

The survey will close on Wednesday 6 April 2022. If you require assistance, please don't hesitate to call 08 8224 2080.

Thank you so much in advance. We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback on your association.

You are invited to represent the People and Culture Network

Are you a LG Professionals SA member who works in the field of People and Culture / Organisational Development?  Would you like to be part of a Network Committee that aims to create opportunities for local government people and culture professionals to connect, collaborate, influence and grow?

The People and Culture Network Committee wish to invite nominations for the following, to fill casual vacancies:

 - Two positions to fill the remainder of a one-year term concluding 31 October 2022
 - One position to fill the remainder of a two-year term concluding 31 October 2023

Meet your current People and Culture Network Committee Members

Nominations can be made by completing this nomination form and emailing Gretel Mead at networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au by COB Friday 8 April 2022.

For further information about what’s involved, please don’t hesitate to contact Rhiannon Grebenshikoff, Chief Executive Officer on 0448 490 027. 

Time is running out to nominate a peer for their outstanding contribution to the sector

Nominations for the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sector close 
Friday 1 April 2022. 

This award recognises and acknowledges a local government professional who, over a minimum of ten years, has made an outstanding contribution to the local government sector in South Australia. The recipient is nominated by their peers and determined by a subcommittee of the Board of LG Professionals SA.  

For more information and nomination criteria please download the Call for Nominations form.

Nominations must be received by 5pm, Friday 1 April 2022 and be submitted to Rhiannon Grebenshikoff at executive@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the sector

It's that time of year again, where we come together to recognise, support and celebrate the fantastic work being done by our colleagues across the sector. We're so excited to be able to hold this event face-to-face to celebrate 21 years of the LG Professionals SA Leadership Excellence Awards!

Our Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner is a great way to celebrate our sector's achievements, be inspired and network with peers! 

Date: Friday 27 May 2022

Time: 6.45pm - late

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre (fully vaccinated venue)

Registrations must close Friday 22 April 2022. Don't miss out!

Click below to register. 
Please coordinate registrations through your CEO office.

Register today!

2022 Emerging Leaders Program - JOIN THE WAITLIST

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.

If you are interested in participating in the 2022 Emerging Leaders Program please join the waitlist to be notified if a place becomes available.

Join waitlist

An information session was held on 10 February 2022. If you are interested in viewing the recording please contact admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

2022 Annual State Conference - 'Leading the Future: An Adaptable Sector' 
Friday 6 May 2022

There are just over 5 weeks until our 2022 Annual State Conference 'Leading the Future: An Adaptable Sector'.

Our carefully curated line up of speakers will provide insights based on research and experience into 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. 

The Conference program will explore the following important questions:

  • How can we stay the course and effectively and quickly adapt to 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?

The aim for the day is to be uplifting, educational, positive and inspiring. All local government professionals are encouraged to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Download the program here

Find out more

2022 Council Best Practice Showcase and LGA OGM

The LGA Council Best Practice Showcase is an annual event that enables council staff to share projects and services that demonstrate best practice and innovation within the local government sector.

This year's Showcase and OGM will be held on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Port Road, Hindmarsh.

Register yourself and your teams to share and collaborate best practice as a sector. The event presents a great opportunity to learn from peers and how local government is innovatively delivering value to South Australian communities.

Presentation topics include youth led grants, strategic management, cyber security, inclusivity, greening spaces, community wellbeing, climate change and circular economy, to name a few. You'll also hear from keynote speaker CSC Retired Naval Officer, Captain Mona Shindy.

Find out more about these sessions and Captain Mona Shindy in the draft program here.

We look forward to celebrating and recognising the achievements of our sector with you on 7 and 8 April.

*Please note that the Adelaide Entertainment Centre is a fully vaccinated venue.

Register today!

Member Profile - 
Proudly sponsored by


Domenic Perre 

This month we caught up with Domenic Perre, Road Construction and Capital Projects Coordinator at District Council of Loxton Waikerie about his career, leadership journey and the Rural Management Challenge.

What is your role and what does it entail?

My role encompasses a mix of coordination of two road construction crews and four maintenance patrol graders, over a network of 10 towns and 3,000km of roads, as well as assisting the Director of Infrastructure with grants, council reports and dealing with public requests. Read more...

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.

10. BE PART OF THE ACTION Our Members' only scholarships provide Members with the opportunity to participate in events and programs both here in South Australia and nationally. 

Find out more

New Members 

Welcome to our 36 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.

Movers and Shakers 

Leta Northcott previously at City of Mitcham has commenced as Revenue Coordinator at City of West Torrens.

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 Gretel Mead, Training and Administration Support Officer at gretel@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information. 

Find out more

Manage your time and energy better at work, target your time wasters and prioritise what's important

Held across two virtual sessions - Tuesday 5 April and Tuesday 12 April 2022 - Registrations closing soon!

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to improve your time management approach to your daily and weekly workload—work smarter, not harder! You’ll dive into issues that are preventing you from reaching optimum effectiveness and develop a range of techniques and strategies to better manage your time and get more out of your day.

Find out more

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

Held across two virtual sessions - Thursday 12 May and Thursday 19 May 2022

Even if your role doesn’t require a lot of writing, how you come across is crucial to your credibility. The ability to write clearly, precisely, powerfully and persuasively is a key skill that enables you to summarise and present ideas, build relationships and gain commitment to action. It can also demonstrate your knowledge, confidence and professionalism.

This course uses your own writing examples to demonstrate the use of Plain English principles and persuasive writing techniques.

Find out 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 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 admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 08 8224 2080.

Community Managers Network
Committee Meeting
Friday 1 April 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 12 April 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

People and Culture Network 'People Lifecycle' - Lunch N Learn Series
Session 2: Onboard

Wednesday 20 April 2022
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Virtually via Zoom

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

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

If you’re looking to boost your professional skills, get noticed or support the advancement of women in your workplace, invest 50 minutes on the first Tuesday of every month in the 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 will provide practical professional skills tailored especially for women in local government and will showcase success stories from across the country.

Webinar: Difficult Conversations - the art and science of tough discussions
Tuesday, 5 April 2022, 10.30 AM (SA time) 
Guest speaker: Anneli Blundell

Find out more

To view the previous Webinar - Communicating with Credibility, Confidence and Integrity please 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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