Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO 

What an honour and privilege it is to be able to support professionals on their leadership journeys. There is so much to celebrate in local government and I was thrilled to be able to recognise hard work, collaboration and innovation with almost 500 of you on Friday at our 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner.  

Congratulations to all winners and finalists, including the 2022 winning Challenge Team – Notorious C.O.B from City of Burnside, and thank you to our sponsors for your recognition and support. Read on for the full list of winners. 

This week, we look forward to the Emerging Leaders Program commencing with the Opening Retreat on Thursday where we welcome the 17th cohort of Emerging Leaders. Should you be interested in participating, we have one place remaining – please reach out to me if you are interested in taking part. This program represents a fantastic opportunity to not only increase understanding of leadership concepts and practices but also increase confidence and self awareness whilst challenging assumptions, and I would be pleased to answer any questions or provide further information. 

Finally, I'd like to thank the 900 of you who recently completed our Annual Survey - we are so appreciative of you taking the time to provide your feedback and insights - these will be used to inform the future of our offerings to you. Whilst the survey is now closed, please feel encouraged to reach out to me at any time. I am always available to discuss how your Association can support you, no matter what stage of your professional development journey.

Keep safe, well and warm!

Best wishes

May 2022
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We were absolutely thrilled to celebrate our 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards with almost 500 of you at our Gala Awards event on Friday! It was great to be able to celebrate and recognise all of the fantastic projects nominated.

Congratulations to all of the 2022 Leadership Excellence Awards winners!

  • Emerging Leader of the Year - Matthew Sexton, City of Adelaide
  • Excellence in People and Culture - City of Charles Sturt Communications Team - Our People Mean the World Project
  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion - City of Salisbury Community Health and Wellbeing Team - Cohesive Salisbury Projects
  • Excellence in Customer Service or Experience - City of Adelaide Business Centre Team - Permits Transformation Project
  • Leadership in Community Services and Development - City of Marion Sport and Recreation Team - Move It Marion Program
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development - Alexandrina Council Growth Team - Tourism Development Program  
  • Excellence in Infrastructure Delivery - Light Regional Council Roads and Construction Team - Gerald Roberts Road Culvert Project
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability - City of Holdfast Bay Waste Management Team - Driving Landfill Reduction Through Weekly FOGO Collection Trial
  • Excellence in Disaster Recovery / Emergency Response Management - City of Mitcham Emergency Management Group - Mitcham Prepared: Integrated Emergency Management Program
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration - City of Playford Community Development Team - Playford Wellbeing Hub
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration - District Council of Karoonda East Murray and Southern Mallee District Council Pest and Weeds Team - Regional Pest and Weeds Management Program
  • Rural Management Challenge 2021 - District Council of Loxton Waikerie - Rivers Edge Council
  • Management Challenge 2022 - City of Burnside - The Notorious C.O.B.

Congratulations also to the 2022 Leadership Excellence Awards commendations!

  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion - City of Burnside Community Connections Team - Kensington Gardens Reserve Redevelopment Indigenous Workforce Participation Project 
  • Excellence in Infrastructure Delivery - Renmark Paringa Council Re-imagine Renmark Team - Taylor Riverfront Precinct Project
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration - City of Holdfast Bay HoldUp Youth Committee and City of Marion Youth Collective Committee - Rocket League Tournament and The Local Battle of the Bands Youth Led Events

You can find information on all finalists and winners here.

Thank you to our Award Partners for their ongoing support and Jess Adamson for a fantastic job hosting the event.

A message from our Corporate Partners

As long-time supporters of LG Professionals SA and the Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Program, LGFA would like to congratulate all award finalists and winners. On behalf of the team at LGFA, we would like to thank the LG Professionals SA team for all they do to support the sector and for once again putting on such a great event.

As long-time supporters of LG Professionals SA and the Annual Leadership Excellence Awards, the team at LGRS extend our congratulations to all award finalists and winners. The Excellence Awards are a great way to recognise new emerging leaders coming into the local government sector. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Norman Waterhouse is proud to be a partner of LG Professionals SA and we always enjoy attending the Annual Leadership Excellence Awards (or as we affectionately refer to them in the office, the “LG Logies”!). Congratulations to this year’s award winners and all who took the time to nominate their projects or colleagues, shining a light on diverse achievements within local government. We look forward to the 22nd Awards next year.

SA Management Challenge wrap up

The LG Professionals SA Management Challenge was held on Wednesday 11 May, and what a day it was! The sun was shining on teams at Morphettville Racecourse, but none were to be distracted by the stunning views – they were all 100% focused on the tasks at hand!

The range of tasks certainly put our 11 Challenge teams to the test, as they were forced to respond to a variety of scenarios throughout the day. To their credit, all Challenge teams demonstrated great spirit, camaraderie and innovative thinking at every turn.

We were pleased to join teams, mentors and supporters as they came together in the afternoon for well-earned celebratory drinks, and to reflect on their experience over the course of the day. 

Following the announcement of the Challenge winner at last week’s LG Professionals SA Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, we look forward to the National Challenge Final in Adelaide in August where SA will be represented by state winners ‘The Notorious C.O.B’ from the City of Burnside. Congratulations to all involved!


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

Friday 24 March 2023 - 2023 LG Professionals SA Annual State Conference

2022 Annual State Conference wrap up

On Friday 6 May 2022, over 300 LG Professionals SA members joined us for the 2022 Annual State Conference at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. After a challenging couple of years for the sector, the conference theme ‘Leading the Future: An Adaptable Sector’ enabled delegates to reflect on where the local government sector is heading, and how we can work together to shape the future of our communities.

A combination of uplifting, inspiring, thought-provoking and educational speakers provided delegates with several key takeaways and left everyone feeling positive about the future. Rhiannon Tracey kicked off the day with her inspirational story, which highlighted the need for access and inclusion in our communities, and was followed by Alex Hagan, Futurist, who made three predictions in his presentation which turned out to be spot on! Gary Edwards and Matthew Hobby delivered insightful presentations on the customer experience and recruitment landscape respectively, and Dayle Arblaster and Isabella Stocco Bradley spoke candidly and enthusiastically about their experience as part of the City of Mitcham Graduate Program, delivered in partnership with Flinders University. 

We heard from third-generation family business member Zoe Detmold on the adaption and evolution of the Detmold brand as the pandemic hit, and were inspired by the South Australian success story that helped millions of people access valuable PPE when it was needed. Finally, the day was wrapped up with high energy speaker Kate Burr – has anyone else used ‘Flipping!’ since they’ve been back in the office!?

The Conference was also a great chance to reconnect face to face with our corporate partners and event sponsors, and we thank them for their continued support of
LG Professionals SA and the sector.

We thank delegates for their feedback on the conference and look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre for our 2023 Annual State Conference on Friday 24 March.

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This month we caught up with Shani Wood, Environmental Officer at City of Holdfast Bay about her role, the Leadership Excellence Awards and what she enjoys most about working in local government. 

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Environmental Officer within the City Assets and Services Department for the City of Holdfast Bay.

My role has a strong focus on waste education and projects. Read more...

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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.

Since 2001 our Leadership Excellence Awards Program has recognised outstanding achievements and innovation in local government, creating public awareness of the level of expertise and excellence in the sector. Nominating for a Leadership Excellence Award is an opportunity exclusive to Members only.

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We look forward to providing support and professional development opportunities through every stage of your local government career.

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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. 

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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 7 June 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 2: Onboarding

Thursday 9 June 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. 

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.

The next Women in Local Government Future Leaders Webinar will address “Local Government Leadership Journeys.” Stephanie Addison-Brown will share her journey to becoming the CEO of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, WA.

Webinar: Local Government Leadership Journeys - Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 10:30AM (SA time) 

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View previous Webinars

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  • 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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