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 dedication, hard work, collaboration and innovation with almost 500 of you on Friday 19 May at our 22nd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner. This event is one of the highlights of my year – where we take the time to celebrate the amazing professionals that make up the South Australian local government sector and the incredible impact that they have on communities across the state.  

Congratulations to all winners and finalists, including the 2023 winning Challenge Team – Marion at First Sight from City of Marion, and thank you to our sponsors for your recognition and support. Read on for the full list of winners. 

Today, we celebrate the commencement of the 2023 Emerging Leaders Program and welcome the 18th cohort of Emerging Leaders. The program sold out in record time - with 28 registered from a mix of regional and metro councils and subsidiaries from across the state. Thank you so much to the sector for your support of this program, and your investment in our future leaders.

Expressions of Interest for the 2023 Rural Management Challenge are now open! Held every second year, this event, specifically tailored to the regional council context, represents an excellent professional development opportunity. Should you wish to discuss in more detail please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time – I would love to explore how we can support your council to take part.

Happy reading, and best wishes in the rush to the end of the financial year.

Best wishes

May 2023
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LG Professionals SA was thrilled to welcome almost 500 local government professionals to the 22nd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 19 May, to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the sector over the past 12 months.

On the night, the camaraderie and celebration of the 34 finalists was fantastic to see, and we congratulate all finalists and winners who demonstrated excellence in each of the categories awarded. We also thank and recognise all councils and teams who took time to recognise their achievements and nominate their projects and programs for these awards. 

View full list of finalists and winners


The LG Professionals SA Management Challenge was held on Thursday 4 May at Morphettville Racecourse. 17 teams from councils across SA arrived bright and early, throwing themselves into the day and everything it had to offer. The range of tasks certainly put our Challenge teams to the test, as they were forced to respond to a variety of scenarios throughout the day. To their credit, all 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 Challenge journey. This was also a valuable networking opportunity for the teams as they shared their experiences and bonded over what they had just been through!

Following the announcement of the Challenge winner at the 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 ‘Marion at First Sight’ from the City of Marion. We know they will vow to do SA proud!

Thank you to the volunteers who helped make the Challenge a fantastic day for all involved.

Congratulations to all teams, we look forward to seeing your Council at next year’s Challenge!


Join us on Thursday 11 April 2024 for the SA Management Challenge – start getting your team together, it’s going to be a great day! Registrations will open in November.


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 28 July 2023 - LG Professionals SA People and Culture Network Conference 

Friday 25 August 2023 - LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network Conference

Wednesday 30 August 2023 - Leading with Emotional Intelligence (International Speaker)

Thursday 31 August 2023 - Foundations in Systems Thinking  (International Speaker)

Thursday 19 October 2023 - LG Professionals SA Rural Management Challenge

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

Thursday 9 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Annual General Meeting 

Friday 24 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Economic Development Conference

Thursday 11 April 2024 - LG Professionals SA Management Challenge


It's nearly membership renewal time! We look forward to continuing to support all staff in local government on their leadership journey in 2023-24 and will be in touch soon to provide information to those due for renewal on the process. If you are the contact person for your organisation please keep an eye on your emails for more information – coming soon.  


We are seeking commitment from regional councils interested in entering a team, prior to confirming the event for this year. If we receive commitment from eight or more councils, the Challenge is on! Please find further details here.

The Rural Management Challenge presents a great opportunity for regional councils to develop their staff through an accessible and cost-effective developmental program. The Challenge is designed to stretch comfort zones and expand skill sets, delivering many benefits to team members. As some tasks or issues may be outside the team members' usual role, it provides the perfect opportunity to broaden their understanding of different areas of the organisation. 

Key Dates

EOI close Friday 30 June 2023
Challenge Day - Thursday 19 October 2023 at a central Adelaide location


LG Professionals SA Member Team Fee: $2,750.00 + GST = $3,025.00
Non-Member Team Fee: $3,250.00 + GST = $3,575.00

To express your interest or discuss this event in more detail, please contact Megan Hay, Events Coordinator, on 08 8224 2080 or email mhay@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

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Join us as we welcome Greg Kavanagh and Kristie Johnson as guest speakers for the LG Professionals SA General Managers and Directors Network Forum: Your Brand, Your Culture. 

This Forum will be held in person and via Zoom on Thursday 6 July 2023 from
1:15 PM - 4:00 PM at LG House.

Find out more


The masses congregated in the City of Churches on Thursday 13 April, with the AFL’s highly successful Adelaide-based ‘Gather Round’ coinciding with the first LG Professionals SA People and Culture Network Forum for the year: Emerging Trends and Innovation. With Network members attending both in person and online, the forum was hosted by City of Adelaide.

Jordon Tomopoulos, Economic Research and Data Analyst from Adelaide Economic Development Agency, delivered an incredibly informative account on Adelaide’s macro-economic conditions, particularly around job-applicant behaviour and how this has been influenced in a post-COVID job market. Of relevance was how we as a sector need to be both responsive, and adaptive to our prospective employees to compete with the private sector.

Sally Niehuus, Manager People and Culture from City of Mitcham, discussed the success of their Graduate Program, undertaken in collaboration with Flinders University. The program clearly reflected that the realisation of a program such as this can only succeed if it’s fully embraced across all levels of the organisation.

Simone Lavelle, Community Engagement Coordinator with the City of Adelaide, shared her experience in moving into Local Government, having previously held careers in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Simone was able to clearly articulate why many of us work in local government, and the intrinsic rewards that can be achieved through community-based endeavours.

Amy Pearce, Manager People and Culture City of Charles Sturt, provided a window into their recent work in the re-shaping of their Organisational Values, with a core focus on shared accountability and behaviours that predict culture. Following their recent work, an OCI Survey to assess ongoing engagement returned an impressive 86% response rate out of 500 employees.

Clear take-ways from the day were that as an industry sector, through greater collaboration and leveraging our economies of scale more effectively, we can improve stakeholder outcomes and truly position LG as an employer of choice.


Gus Rankine
LG Professionals SA
People and Culture
Network Committee

Meet the LG Professionals SA Team

Meet Lauren Moore

Lauren has been with LG Professionals SA for more than 6 years, with her industry experience extending far beyond that. Prior to joining the team, she managed a design studio in the Philippines, worked for not-for-profit organisations and in sports clothing design and production. 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

Women's Network Forum

Friday 22 September 2023

Further information will be released soon.

General Managers and Directors Network Forum
Thursday 26 October 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

Wednesday 16 November 2023

Further information will be released soon.

Business Performance and
Improvement Network Forum

Thursday 10 August 2023

Further information will be released soon.

Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum
Thursday 23 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 30 June 2023 - Youth
  • Friday 1 September 2023 - Volunteering

Member Profile - 
Proudly sponsored by

Steph Paprzycki-Baker

This month we spoke with Steph Paprzycki-Baker, Team Leader, Community Safety at City of Adelaide, about her role and being awarded Emerging Leader of the Year at the 22nd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards.

What is your role and what does it involve?

My role at the City of Adelaide is Team Leader Community Safety. My main gig? Creating a vibrant and secure city environment! As part of the Regulatory Services Program, my awesome team and I make sure Council's rules are followed in public spaces. We're all about maintaining a safe and accessible city for everyone, while also being there to support and mentor our talented crew. Read more...

New Members

Welcome to our 72 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.

Level up your professional development journey in 2023

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.

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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Monday 26 June 2023

Develop skills in informal performance conversations and increase leadership effectiveness through performance coaching skills.

Please join the waitlist if you are interested in attending a future session. 

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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 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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