Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

I hope this edition of Leaders Connect finds you happy and well.

Welcome to the 201 new members who have joined
LG Professionals SA since our last newsletter - we look forward to supporting you on your career journey. 

One of the many benefits of LG Professionals SA membership is the opportunity to raise your profile. I encourage you to put yourself forward for one (or more) of the many opportunities currently available to Members:

  • Vote for your new LG Professionals SA Board. Ballot information has been emailed to all Members - if you haven’t received please let us know
  • Register to attend our AGM – to be held on Thursday 10 November 2022 - and stay on for a valuable networking opportunity afterwards
  • Register for our Economic Development Conference – to be held on Friday 25 November 2022 – an important event not to be missed
  • Nominate to represent LG Professionals SA on a Network Committee – a call for nominations is currently open for our Women's Network Committee
  • Register for one of our Leadership Programs – Ignite, Strategic Management Program or Executive Leaders Program

We are thrilled to announce that LG Professionals SA, in partnership with UniSA, have been working hard behind the scenes to finalise details for a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, contextualised to the South Australian local government sector. Please keep an eye on your inbox for further information in the coming days.

There are lots of exciting things happening at
LG Professionals SA – I encourage you to get involved. Of course, if you have any questions at all about any of the above please don’t hesitate to reach out.

I look forward to seeing you at an event, course or program soon.

Best wishes

October 2022
Edition 133


Important Reminder: LG Professionals SA Board Election and AGM 

LG Professionals SA Members have been emailed voting information for the 2022 Board Election. Voting closes 5pm Wednesday 2 November 2022. If you have any election questions or would like your ballot information resent, please email Rhiannon Grebenshikoff at executive@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

Members are encouraged to attend the 2022 Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 10 November 2022. Register here.


Friday 24 March 2023 - LG Professionals SA Annual State Conference

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

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).

Keep an eye on your inbox for more information in the coming days. 

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.

Our conferences, programs, forums and events present a wealth of educational offerings from small discussion groups to keynote presentations with programs developed around current sector priorities, needs and issues. LG Professionals SA Members receive discounted rates to attend all of our events and programs.

Find out more

Nominations opening soon!

The LG Professionals SA Leadership Excellence Awards recognise 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 Disaster Recovery / Emergency Response Management 
  • 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 will be opening soon. 


The Local Government Professionals Australia National Federation Awards will be presented on Friday 11 November 2022.

This annual event presents a valuable opportunity to hear about the incredible achievements of councils over the past year and celebrate their contribution to communities around Australia.

Please join the livestreamed event on Friday 11 November 2022 at 2:00PM SA time to celebrate the finalists and winners of the below categories:

  • Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award
  • Innovative Management Initiative Award
  • Community Service Delivery Award
  • Partnerships and Collaboration Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Blanche Perry Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Raymond West Lifetime Achievement Award

Please email admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for Zoom details. 

Best wishes to all finalists. 

Member Profile - 
Proudly sponsored by


Natasha Hunt

This month we caught up with Natasha Hunt, Manager Communications & Engagement at District Council of Yankalilla about her role, the Executive Leaders Program and what she enjoys doing outside of work. 

What is your role and what does it involve?

As of the 1st of November, I'll be heading over to join the Executive Team at Alexandrina Council on a 6-month secondment to the role of Manager Communications & Business Services. I will be responsible for Communications & Marketing, Business Reporting, the A2040 Community Strategic Plan, Elected Member Support, Governance, Risk & Audit. I'm looking forward to joining and working with the talented team over there. Read more...

Women's Network Conference 'Unlock YOU'
Friday 4 November 2022

We really look forward to welcoming 270 of you to our Women's Network Conference 'Unlock YOU' this Friday!

Due to record registration numbers for this event, we are at capacity. However, should you like to be added to the waitlist, please join below. 

Join waitlist

2022 Economic Development Conference
Future Prosperity: Planting the seeds for a new future

Friday 25 November 2022

The LG Professionals SA Economic Development Conference is the only economic development event in SA focussed solely on the needs of the local government sector.
Our Economic Development Conference provides a forum for networking, collaboration and the sharing of ideas, across both rural and metro councils. The program is aimed at equipping delegates with fresh perspectives, insights and tactics relating to current sector trends and issues.

Attending this conference will ensure you are:

  • Ahead of economic trends, and how global economic conditions will affect South Australia in the short to medium term
  • Informed on local, state and federal government economic plans and policy
  • Equipped with the knowledge to understand Net Zero policy, and how it may affect your council

This year's conference will be co-located with the Norman Waterhouse Lawyers Local Government Conference. We look forward to welcoming delegates of both conferences to network and collaborate during the shared catering breaks. Should you wish to attend the program sessions of the Norman Waterhouse Lawyers Local Government Conference, you will need to be registered separately for that event - please see details below. 

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Norman Waterhouse Lawyers Local Government Conference 
Friday 25 November 2022

Take your learning to the next level as our experts delve into the unique challenges facing local government today, with sessions curated with up-to-date and relevant content specific to your area of work.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Conference includes:

  • Commercial & Property stream
  • Employment HR Masterclass stream
  • Planning stream

This year, the Norman Waterhouse Local Government Conference will be co-located with the LG Professionals SA Economic Development Conference. We look forward to welcoming delegates of both conferences to network and collaborate during the shared catering breaks.

Find out more

Annual National Public Sector Governance Forum
Friday 18 November 2022

LG Professionals SA is pleased to support the Governance Institute of Australia 2022 National Public Sector Governance Forum. 

Designed especially for public sector professionals, this event covers the latest trends and issues facing public sector governance and risk management. Hear from the industry's best relating to a variety of relevant and timely topics and network with like-minded peers. 

View the full program here.

For any assistance and group bookings please contact Susan Bradbrook sa@governanceinstitute.com.au 0411 742 378.

Find out more

2023 Strategic Management Program
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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

2023 Ignite Program
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.

Find out more

We recently caught up with Kathryn Lessue, Acting Librarian - Programs at City of Mitcham to find out how she's enjoying the Emerging Leaders Program.

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

I had initially been investigating courses in management/leadership, to develop my career. The ELP was advertised through our council People and Culture team and after talking to ELP Alumni, I found the program ticked all of the boxes and provided exposure in a wide range of areas relating to local government.

The most recent module focused on Local Government: Media and Engagement – what were some of your takeaways from this module?

Changing the narrative! Increasing trust with being honest and transparent, owning mistakes but continuing to focus on the positives.

Better ways of engagement and consultation processes with the community, how to target and develop a better understanding of the range of opinions and using this feedback to deliver projects that have been modelled with community consideration.

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

My Module team is next to host our local government module day, with a focus on sustainability. It is an area that I am incredibly passionate about and I'm excited to hear our guest speakers share on greening infrastructures and how we, as leaders, can model best practice in leading our council and community into a sustainable future.

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

The Emerging Leaders Program is worth stepping out of your comfort zone for. It has exposed me to a greater understanding of my leadership style and provided me the opportunity to reflect on past experiences and build better techniques for improving my leadership skills. The modules have broadened my knowledge of local government and past my daily scope, with inspiring speakers, all of whom have a wealth of knowledge. The ELP has built my confidence, problem-solving skills and supported networking with a diverse range of individuals from other councils. It has been worth taking up the challenge.


If you're interested in learning more about the Emerging Leaders Program please register to attend our information session, to be held on Tuesday 9 February 2023.

New Members

Welcome to our 201 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

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. 

Find out more

Managing Your Time, Energy & Priorities
Wednesday 9 November - delivered in person at LG House

Limited places available - register today to avoid missing out.

This short course ‘Managing your Time, Energy & Priorities’ will have an immediate impact on your wellbeing at work. It’s all about addressing the core issues that are preventing you from reaching optimum effectiveness and implementing simple strategies to get you back on track - and keep you there.

It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to improve your time management approach to your daily and weekly workload - work smarter, not harder! 

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

Community Managers Network
Committee Meeting
Friday 25 November 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

General Managers and Directors Network - Asset Management  Collaborative Discussion 
Friday 11 November 2022

9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Mitchell Park Sports and Community Centre   

This workshop will provide an opportunity for the sector’s General Managers and Directors, and other nominated representatives, to come together to discuss, share and collaborate on issues relevant to Asset Management.

RSVP essential.   

Contact networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au 
for more details

General Managers and Directors Network Working Group Meeting
Friday 18 November 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Via Zoom

For Working Group Members only.

Contact networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.au 
for more details

CEO Network Forum - Leading through times of change
Thursday 10 November 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Gallery, 30 Waymouth Street -
In person only

Register now

Women's Network Committee Meeting 
Thursday 24 November 2022
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
148 Frome Street, Adelaide and via Zoom

For Network Committee Members only - contact 
for more details

Women's Network Committee - Call for Nominations 
Nominations are currently open for the Women's Network Committee. 

For further information on what's involved in being a Women's Network Committee Member, please click here

Nominations can be made by completing this nomination form and emailing Amy Davis at networks@lgprofessionalssa.org.auby 5pm Friday 11 November 2022.

People and Culture Network 'People Lifecycle' - Show and Share Series
Session 5: Shift

Thursday 22 November 2022
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Virtually via Zoom

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

People and Culture Network
Committee Meeting
Tuesday 6 December 2022
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
148 Frome Street, Adelaide and via Zoom

For Network Committee Members only - contact 
for more details

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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