Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

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 2024.

At the AGM, we were pleased to announce the new LG Professionals SA Board. Congratulations to our new President, Kate O'Neill, City of Mitcham, who was appointed to the role for a two year term.

Congratulations also to our newly elected Board Members Sam Johnson OAM, Melissa Kretschmer and Rudi Deco on their election to the Board, and Stacey Bateson and Kate Grigg on their re-election. Thank you to outgoing Board Member, Dylan Strong, Copper Coast Council for his four years of commitment and service on the Board.

On behalf of the Association, I would like to acknowledge Michael Sedgman, for his considerable service and dedication over his one-year term as President-Elect and three-year term as President. Michael is an advocate for the development of local government people, and passionate about the work and role of LG Professionals SA, the achievement of our members and the local government sector as a whole and it was a pleasure to work closely with him during his time on the Board.

Speaking of the development of local government people, a friendly reminder that registrations for our Strategic Management Program and Executive Leaders Program are due to close this Friday – with limited places remaining. Registrations for the 2024 Ignite Program close next week. I urge you to consider sending yourself or someone from your team, as what better way to start 2024 than investing in professional development?

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 2024.

Best wishes


November 2023
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Friday 22 March 2024

The 2024 conference has been designed to inspire and energise South Australian local government professionals to embrace the changes, opportunities and challenges that the future holds, and use these to support prosperous and thriving communities.

Meeting the complex challenges of the future will require local governments to increase capacity and deliver services in new ways whilst still meeting customer expectations – to do this the workforce will need to evolve to new ways of thinking and working.

This period of rapid change also represents a time of extreme opportunity, and local government is in a unique position to wholeheartedly embrace the future, leading the way for South Australian communities.

Early Bird Incentive
Book your table of 8 for the conference before Wednesday, 20 December and receive your 9th registration free!*

*Limit 1 free registration per organisation.

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The LG Professionals SA Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Program recognises outstanding achievement and innovation in local government. Nominations are now open for the 23rd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards, and member organisations are encouraged to prepare their nominations in the following categories:

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

Nominations close 5.00pm Friday 2 February 2024. 
**Nominations for the 23rd 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**

To request a copy of the recording of the how to nominate information session please contact Megan Down, Manager - Events & Partnerships at megan@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

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Early Bird registrations close Monday 29 January 2024

The Australasian Management Challenge has been at the forefront of professional development in local government in Australia and New Zealand for more than 30 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.

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

Please note: The 2024 Management Challenge date has been scheduled earlier in the year in 2024. We encourage you to start organising your teams and preparation as soon as possible. 

Registrations close Monday 19 February 2024.

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Our range of Leadership Programs and Short Courses provide professional development opportunities, for every stage of your career journey with content contextualised for the local government sector.

Learn more about what LG Professionals SA Membership offers you. 

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Welcome to our 58 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.

Member Profile - 
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Jodi Roberts

This month we spoke with Jodi Roberts, Manager Engineering and Infrastructure commencing as Director Environment and Infrastructure on 14 December 2023 at City of Victor Harbor, about her role, professional development and what's next for her. 

How long have you been in local government and what is your role?

I have worked in local government for twelve years with two different councils, Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor, within varying departments.

Local government is so much more than roads, rates and rubbish. Daily I am reminded that as a public officer I am working within a diverse team of staff and volunteers delivering outcomes by, for and with our community.

With a focus on strategic planning and leadership development, I am currently building a dynamic team to deliver and maintain services and infrastructure that meet the changing needs of the community. Read more...


If you have any questions about our suite of leadership programs, or require an extension to the registration deadline please reach out – we would be pleased to support you to gather the information you need to participate in 2024, or chat through your development goals to see how we might best support you. Please contact
Rhiannon Grebenshikoff, Chief Executive Officer on
rhiannon@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or 0448 490 027.

Program Commences February 2024

The 12-month program, spanning 13 program days plus an orientation session, is designed to enable those who have limited experience in managing and leading people to develop the competencies to set them up for success in their role. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive the nationally recognised qualification Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.

The Ignite Program is special because each cohort regularly reflects and debriefs on the local government challenges and opportunities they face, sharing strategies which have been successful or otherwise - all in the spirit of learning. Case studies, assessments and conversations are all tailored to our unique sector.

If you'd like a copy of the recording of the Ignite Program Information Session held on Wednesday 1 November 2023, please email Eve Jackson, Training Support Officer at eve@lgprofessionalssa.org.au. 

Registrations close Friday 8 December 2023.

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Program Commences February 2024

Developed in partnership with UniSA and local government experts, the Strategic Management Program 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.

This interactive program will be delivered in a hybrid format in 2024, with some modules delivered face to face and some via live virtual classroom.

If you'd like a copy of the recording of the Strategic Management Program Information Session held on Monday 23 October 2023, please email Eve Jackson, Training Support Officer at eve@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

Registrations close Friday 1 December 2023.

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Program Commences February 2024

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 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.

The Executive Leaders Program will expand your thinking about change, navigating the political environment, innovation and yourself.

If you'd like a copy of the recording of the Executive Leaders Program Information Session held on Tuesday 31 October 2023, please email Eve Jackson, Training Support Officer at eve@lgprofessionalssa.org.au. 

Registrations close Friday 1 December 2023.

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We caught up with one of this year's Emerging Leaders Program participants, Paul Minks, Senior Procurement and Fleet Officer, Alexandrina Council to find out how he is enjoying the program so far. 

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?

The Emerging Leaders Program is a well-respected and highly sought after experience. I wanted to sign up to represent Alexandrina Council in this program to connect and collaborate with likeminded from across the sector. 

A recent module focused on 'Media and Engagement’ – what were some of your takeaways from this module?

The key takeaway from this module was understanding the benefit of having a great communications team and governance system that understand social media platforms. Be on the front foot and keep up to date with what is reported, most times the media only republish existing media reports.

What are you most looking forward to as you near the end of the program?

This program was on my bucket list. As the program comes to a close on the 30 November 2023 I’ll be able to tick this off my list of achievements.


Paul Minks
Senior Procurement and Fleet Officer 
Alexandrina Council 

2024 Emerging Leaders Program

If you are interested in this program please register to attend the 2024 Emerging Leaders Program Information Session to be held on Tuesday 12 December 10 AM - 11 AM.

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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.

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 scheduled the next intake of that short course. 

    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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    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.


    The final forum of 2023 for the
    LG Professionals SA Business Performance and Improvement Network (BPIN) witnessed an impressive turnout and a compelling program. A notable highlight was the panel discussion featuring Mark Withers, CEO of City of Port Adelaide Enfield, and Paul Sutton, CEO of City of Charles Sturt, shedding light on their collaborative efforts with City of Marion. Their candid insights emphasised crucial takeaways for councils considering collaboration: leave egos aside, foster openness to learning, communicate transparently about goals and collaboration methods, keep it simple, making sure you bring your people along for the journey, and not letting geography be a constraint to collaboration (i.e. does not need to just be between neighbouring councils).

    We heard from two recent Leadership Excellence Award winners in the category of Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration. Martin Borgas, CEO of District Council of Karoonda East Murray who spoke on the Regional Pest and Weeds Management Program and Judith Lowe, Active Ageing Project Officer at City of Onkaparinga who spoke on The Inner Southern Councils Advanced Care Directive Collaboration. They had some great insights to share from very different perspectives but ultimately with similar themes: emphasising that collaboration unlocks possibilities beyond individual capabilities, bringing significant value to communities and the importance of inclusivity for sustainable organisational and community development.

    Gemma Capoccia, Business Lead Change and Improvement, City of West Torrens, the forum's MC and Vice Chair for the BPIN Committee, did an amazing job facilitating the morning and also shared her own story of collaboration. Her story underscored that collaboration, regardless of scale, can yield substantial benefits for the entire sector.


    Tegan McPherson
    Manager Strategic Projects
    City of Mount Gambier 
    Network Committee


    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 Megan Down for further details on corporate partnership opportunities.


    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.

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