Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Happy 30 November!

November has been a huge month for the team as we delivered our Women’s Network Conference, Annual General Meeting and Economic Development Conference, whilst also busily planning for an excitingly huge 2023.

A friendly reminder that registrations for our Strategic Management Program and Ignite Program close this Friday – with very limited places remaining. I urge you to consider sending yourself or someone from your team, as what better way to start 2023 than investing in professional development? Watch your inbox for the impending announcement of our Annual State Conference theme for 2023 and make sure you save the date – Friday 24 March 2023. Registrations for the Australasian Management Challenge will also open very soon.

We were thrilled to recently launch a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, contextualised to the South Australian local government sector. Should you be looking to pursue further study in the form of a postgraduate degree, I urge you to reach out for further information.

Wishing you all the best for this home stretch to the holidays - a great time to nominate for a Leadership Excellence Award or register for an event or two as you reflect on the year gone and consider your personal goals for 2023.

On behalf of the team, I send our very best wishes to many of our Members who are currently impacted by rising water levels. You’re in our thoughts.

Keep safe, well and happy.

Best wishes

November 2022
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Friday 24 March 2023 - LG Professionals SA Annual State Conference

Thursday 4 May 2023 – Australasian Management Challenge

Friday 19 May 2023 - 22nd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner


The LG Professionals SA Annual Leadership Excellence Awards program recognises outstanding achievements and innovation in local government. Consider encouraging your colleagues to nominate, or submit your own nomination, for one of the 11 categories listed below:

  • Excellence in Customer Service or Experience
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
  • Excellence in Emergency Management / Disaster Recovery 
  • Leadership in Community Services and Development
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development
  • Excellence in Infrastructure Delivery
  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Excellence in People and Culture

Nominations close 5.00pm Friday 3 February 2023. 

**Nominations for the 22nd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards are open to Council or Subsidiary Organisation Members only. Should you be unsure if you are eligible, please visit www.lgprofessionalssa.org.au/Membership**

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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.

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 exclusive opportunity, available to Members only. 

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The Australasian Management Challenge has been at the forefront of professional development in local government in Australia and New Zealand for more than 25 years. The Management Challenge is a simulation-based team building, learning and networking program using real local government themes - the types of issues that a senior management team in a council would most likely face.

Teams are challenged to respond to a series of tasks in a unique, fast paced, "pressure cooker" environment. Some tasks will require written responses (such as a council report or recommendation document), some will take the form of role plays or presentations and the teams are also scored on observations of how well they display energy, synergy, effectiveness and creative thinking.

The Management Challenge provides an excellent professional development opportunity to become more effective in leading, thinking, communicating, negotiating, decision-making, analysing and engaging.

Registrations opening soon.

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On Friday 25 November 2022 we hosted 60 local government professionals, representing 20 regional and 8 metro councils, at our 2022 Economic Development Conference ‘Future Prosperity: Planting the Seeds for a New Future’.

Our line-up of speakers, including Con Michalakis from Hostplus, Ryan James from .id, and Jacqueline Brinkman from Economic Development Australia, presented on the current economic context and the significant challenges ahead as we enter the post-covid economic situation, make plans to reach net-zero in our state and lead the way in pursuing greater economic prosperity through connections with local business and communities.

The day rounded out with a networking hour held in conjunction with the Norman Waterhouse Lawyers Local Government Conference, which saw connections established and deepened within the sector.

Thank you to our Principal Event Partner Norman Waterhouse Lawyers and our Event Supporter Economic Development Australia (SA) for their support of this important event, and contributions to the topical and thought-provoking program.

We look forward to seeing all local government professionals with an interest in, or responsibility for, economic development at this conference again next year.

Member Profile - 
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Morgan Potter

This month we caught up with Morgan Potter, Manager Corporate Services at Port Pirie Regional Council about her role, being elected to the
LG Professionals SA Board and what she enjoys doing outside of work. 

What is your role and what does it involve?

I ask myself this question often! In principle, I’m the Manager Corporate Services at Port Pirie Regional Council. This incorporates Finance, Rates, Customer Service, People & Culture, Governance and most recently Records Management. However, it’s forever evolving, and many new things continuously pop up so I’m yet to determine what a ‘business as usual’ workday entails. Read more...

We caught up with some of our Women's Network Committee Members who shared their reflections on the recent Women's Network Conference 'Unlock YOU' held on Friday 4 November at SkyCity Adelaide. Read what they had to say below:


“What an amazing conference we had this year. Great team effort by the Women’s Network Committee. Each year the bar goes up, which is fantastic!

For me the conference Unlock YOU was about focussing on self and reflection. What I loved about the day was being able to connect with other passionate and amazing women from varying backgrounds and roles from metro and regional councils across SA.

The theme resonated with me personally and I loved all speakers during the day. The panel discussion was very insightful and inspirational. A special shout out to Dr Hannah Brown who outdid herself.

I’m looking forward to supporting the preparation and planning of the 2023 Women’s Network forums and conference. I find my involvement with the Women’s Network Committee very rewarding and am privileged to be working alongside some amazing women.”

Ritu Datta
Manager Organisational Development
City of Mount Gambier


“It was great to see so many women come together, representing Council’s from all over the state at the conference. I loved hearing from the panel members with their open and honest reflections and conversation. I was also able to have the majority of the women from my workplace attend with me and we are all looking forward to next year’s conference.”

Katrina Fromm

Deputy CEO
District Council of Karoonda East Murray


“The Women’s Network Conference Unlock YOU was a chance to step out of the day to day and focus on yourself. I really enjoyed Felicity Furey providing inspiration to back yourself, the Local Government Leaders Panel providing their career stories and the pathways they took to get where they are today and Dr Hannah Brown, a funny and engaging presentation to finish off the day. The opportunities to network throughout the day allowed me to connect with women that I had not seen for some time and meet some new faces within the network.”

Danni Biar
Senior Development Officer - Planning
City of Playford


"Unlock YOU was a fantastic day with over 260 participants. It's so heart-warming to see so many women in local government enjoying these events put on by the awesome team at
LG Professionals SA. Having been on the committee as the only outdoor worker for 3 years I was particularly happy to see a whole table of outdoor women from City of Port Adelaide Enfield. Dr Hannah Brown was the absolute highlight of the day with her entertaining approach to science. It was a great day all round."

Kate Grigg
Team Member Open Space
City of Unley

Business Performance and Improvement Network Committee - Call for Nominations

We recently launched the LG Professionals SA Business Performance and Improvement Network (previously known as the Continuous Improvement Network), and launched a Committee Call for Nominations.

Recognising the importance of continuous improvement, and in conjunction with our dedicated Network Committee, we have undertaken a comprehensive review of the Network, taking on board your feedback, to ensure it best meets the needs of the sector.

The refined purpose of the Network is bringing councils together to improve service planning, delivery and focus on improvement and performance outcomes’.

If you have an interest or work across any of the following areas, then this is the Network for you:

  • Customer Experience
  • Data Analytics
  • Strategic Planning and Performance
  • Process Redesign
  • Organisation led Change Projects
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Systems
  • Strategy and Performance

To express interest in joining the Network please click here. 

Play a key role in the re-launch of the Network

If this Network sounds like something you would like to be a part of, drive and lead, then we would love to see you nominate! We seek representatives who are willing to bring diverse views and opinions, are inclusive and passionate about driving business performance and improvement.

For further information on what's involved in being a Business Performance and Improvement Network Committee Member, please click here

Nominations can be made by completing this nomination form and emailing Amy Davis at networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au by 5pm Friday 16 December 2022.

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Graduate Certificate in Business Administration - NEW PROGRAM

LG Professionals SA, in partnership with UniSA, is pleased to offer a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, contextualised to the South Australian local government sector.

This postgraduate degree is offered as part of a nested suite in Business Administration where each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to the next level qualification. If you finish this graduate certificate and want to continue your studies, you can use this degree as a pathway and gain credit for successfully completed courses into the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration or Master of Business Administration (MBA).

To request a copy of the recording of the recent virtual information session, please contact Amy Davis at networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

Registrations of Interest close Friday 9 December 2022. 

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2023 Executive Leaders Program
Program commences Tuesday 7 February 2023

Leadership in the local government sector comes with its own unique set of evolving challenges for executives. The COVID ‘reset’ combined with new services, skills and technologies have fundamentally changed expectations of the delivery of public services. With the ever-growing question of ‘what role will local government continue to play both now and into the future?’, there has never been a more important time to explore a new paradigm of leadership and inspire your thinking about the future.

To request a copy of the recording of the recent virtual information session, please contact Amy Davis at networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

Registrations have now closed, however, if you would like to register for this program please contact Rhiannon Grebenshikoff, Chief Executive Officer at rhiannon@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

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2023 Strategic Management Program - last chance to register
Program commences Monday 6 February 2023

Developed in partnership with UniSA and local government experts, the Strategic Management Program (SMP) has been designed to build high-level leadership and management skills within a local government context. Participants will develop technical skills to manage business functions, enhancing innovation, strategic thinking, business acumen and operational excellence.

To request a copy of the recording of the recent virtual information session, please contact Amy Davis at networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

Registrations close Friday 2 December 2022.

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2023 Ignite Program - last chance to register
Program commences Thursday 9 February 2023

The Ignite Program spans 12 program days, plus an orientation session, and is delivered over 11 months. This interactive program will be delivered in a mixed delivery format, both face to face and virtually - making it accessible for both regional and metro participants. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive the nationally recognised qualification BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.

To request a copy of the recording of the recent virtual information session, please contact Amy Davis at networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

Registrations close Friday 2 December 2022.

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We recently caught up with Jess Davis, Community and Economic Development Officer at District Council of Streaky Bay to find out how she's enjoying the Emerging Leaders Program.

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)?

I first heard about the Emerging Leaders Program through my Manager (Penny Williams – General Manager Prosperity) at Council, Penny had recently participated in the LG Professionals SA, Strategic Management Program and Executive Leaders Program and had not stopped raving about them. We discussed the Emerging Leaders Program and believed it would be a good fit for moving forward in developing my leadership and management skills and career progression at District Council of Streaky Bay. Recently Council has undertaken a re-structure in which my current position becomes one of supervision and leadership, and to gain confidence in my ability to be a positive and knowledgeable leader and decision maker I believed this program would be a great experience. I was excited to participate in a program that would take me out of my comfort zone and provide me with an opportunity to build on my confidence and further develop my leadership skills, which this program has certainly done.

The most recent module focused on sustainability – what were some of your takeaways from this module?

The Module 7 Group did a great job, and I found the module very interesting, the CAWRA Materials Recovery Facility project was very impressive. Currently our Council is very focused on tree revegetation so hearing Tim from Tree Net speak was very insightful.

What are you most looking forward to as the program progresses?

Not waiting for as many delayed flights!

Only one more session together to go, at this point I am eager to finalise the group project and get together to see what the other groups present. I am looking forward to celebrating the hard work that every participant has contributed and hope to further develop the connections that we have made over the last few months. The networking opportunities within this program have been fantastic.

What advice would you give to someone considering undertaking the Emerging Leaders Program?

DO IT. It has been challenging and takes you out of your comfort zone, but it provides valuable insights into leadership styles and some surprising information about yourself as an individual and team member. I encourage anyone thinking about it to take the leap and register, the leadership skills and relationships you build with others on the journey with you are fantastic.


The 2023 Emerging Leaders Program will be launching this week. Keep an eye on your inbox as registrations will fill fast.

New Members

Welcome to our 105 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.

Kickstart 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.

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. 

All of our short courses can also be run in house at your council. Please contact Elyse Hearne at admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information. 

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Wednesday 8 February 2023

Deliver a great customer service experience while balancing compliance and regulatory requirements.

This course enables you to identify the dynamics at play where there is tension between needing to meet compliance requirements, meeting strategic objectives and maintaining strong customer relations within the community. You’ll learn the approaches, skills and behaviours that you can use on a daily basis to navigate this situation and be known for providing excellent customer service and improved performance, while meeting required levels of regulation.

Please note: This course will be held in person at LG House.

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Wednesday 22 March 2023

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

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.

Please note: This course will be held in person at LG House.

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Wednesday 29 March 2023

Learn the strategies and behaviours of effective negotiations with constructive outcomes.

This course is designed to help professionals gain an insight into their current negotiation behaviours and preferences, to understand the fundamental framework for all negotiations and to develop the skills and micro-skills that are necessary to navigate through the range of negotiations they face in the workplace.

Please note: This course will be held in person at LG House.

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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:

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 Amy Davis, Executive Officer - Networks and Programs at networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 08 8224 2087.

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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