Issue 089
February 2019

  • A word from the CEO
  • Sponsor Insights
  • News Flash
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • New Members
  • Save the Date
  • Recent Events
  • About Us

  • Design Thinking
  • Ignite
  • High Performing Teams



A word from the CEO

February! Where did it go? It seems like every year this hectic month full of activity just flies by. To me, it never really feels like the new year until February, when everyone is back from their holidays and the pace of life has picked up again.

It’s now that all the goal setting, visioning and planning I did over the break is being put to the test. When the ‘busy’ hits, am I still on track with those commitments I made to myself by the pool? It’s never too late to create a plan to achieve your goals for 2019, whether they be personal or career based. If career based, have a look at our comprehensive professional development program – from short programs to coaching to full leadership programs, invest in you this year because you deserve it.

Happy reading!

Taryn Sexton

Sponsor Insight: LGFA

A Guide to the Responsible Use of Debt

The South Australian Local Government sector as a whole has very low levels of debt relative to their income and assets they are responsible for. Councils are infrastructure intensive organisations. For some councils the issues are largely the renewal of existing infrastructure; for some councils the issues are largely the provision of infrastructure to meet the demands of a growing population and for other councils the issues are largely the need to improve and upgrade infrastructure that does not meet the needs of a modern community.

Debt can be used responsibly to bring forward asset renewal, help build community facilities and help support intergenerational equitable rating within your community … read more

Sponsor Insight: Statewide Super

Regardless of your financial circumstances, life stage or goals for the future, just a few small changes to your finances today can dramatically change what your retirement may look like in the years ahead. We asked Statewide Super Financial Planner Kate Dundon, to share her top three tips that you can implement today, to prepare for a better future.

  1. Review your spending
    It’s amazing how the smallest of changes to your spending, can result in big savings over the long term. By regularly diverting the cost of just a coffee a week or a meal out to your superannuation, you can add literally thousands to your retirement savings. See just how great the impact can be for you with our small change, big savings calculator.

  2. Simplify your super
    According to the ATO there is currently $17.5 billion in lost and unclaimed super waiting for Australians to claim it ... read more

Sponsor Insight: LGRS

2019 LGRS Risk Management Conference, 22 March - Registrations now open!

The 2019 LGRS Risk Management Conference will be centred on the findings from a National Survey completed by Council CEO’s which identified and ranked the key risks for Local Government.

The findings from the CEO Top Risk Survey will be presented along with a series of interactive workshops addressing these risks giving a unique opportunity to hear from prominent industry voices and industry and risk specialists relative to the Local Government sector.

Targeting CEO’s, Directors/Managers, Risk and WHS staff responsible for WHS and Risk, the conference aims to provide a clear understanding of the state’s top and emerging risks within the Local Government sector. The findings will also highlight how the risk profile of each SA region can be varied and unique.

Please help us make this year's conference the biggest and best yet!


News Flash

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Registrations are now open for our 18th Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner

The nominations are in and finalists selected, so now it’s time to grab your tickets to the 2019 Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner and join us in celebrating the achievements of local government professionals.

We recommend coordinating your attendance through your CEO's office.

Visit the website for more information here

Member Profile - Naomi Molloy

This month we spoke to Naomi Molloy, Improvement Specialist at the City of Playford to learn more about her, what she does and what she has planned for 2019.

What is your current role at the City of Playford and what does it involve?
I’m currently on secondment as Improvement Specialist. My role involves working with different stakeholders across the business to review, design and improve systems and processes in consideration of expectations, desired outcomes and the customer experience. The role has allowed me to expand my knowledge of the intricacies of Council business and has given me valuable insight into how other departments and teams operate. It’s also allowed me to work with people in a variety of fields and has given me a greater appreciation for the value of our LG staff.

How long have you worked in local government and what is your career background to date?
I’ve been in local government for 5 years now, all at City of Playford. Prior to that I worked for a state government not for profit organisation and have worked for family businesses within the building industry as well. My background is in payroll, finance and human resources which are surprisingly complementary!

What do you enjoy most about working in local government?
Local government is an incredibly meaningful industry to be working in. We’re very fortunate to be able to deliver such great services to our communities and to see the benefit these services provide ... read more

Industry Trends

Manage your energy, not your time

'To effectively reenergize their workforces, organizations need to shift their emphasis from getting more out of people to investing more in them, so they are motivated—and able—to bring more of themselves to work every day. To recharge themselves, individuals need to recognize the costs of energy-depleting behaviors and then take responsibility for changing them, regardless of the circumstances they’re facing' ... read more

Network News

Our network committees have been busy in the month of February finalising details for 2019 forums. See below details for our upcoming forums!

HR Network Forum – Supporting Change in the Workplace
Date: Thursday 7 March 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: The Parks Library, 46 Cowan Street, Angle Park
Hear from the City of Charles Sturt and the City of Salisbury on their change management projects. In this session, we’ll understand what role HR plays in supporting an organisation through change and look at new and innovate ways to approach this
. Register here

Australasian LG Performance Excellence Program User Group Forum
Date: Thursday 14 March 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: City of Adelaide, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide
This session is operationally focused for those responsible for the project management or data collection of the performance excellence tool. The forum will include presentations from Sarah Gibson, Director Data Assurance, PwC and Matthew Hulmes, Manager Business Improvement – City of Adelaide
Register here

General Managers Network Forum – The Rural City of Murray Bridge, a Transforming Region: The General Manager’s Journey
Date: Friday 15 March 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Murray Bridge Town Hall, 13-17 Bridge Street, Murray Bridge
This event is only open to Local Government professionals reporting directly to the CEO and holding General Manager or Director (or equivalent) roles
Register here

Community Managers Network Committee Meeting
Date: Friday 22 March 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

All network members welcome!

If you are interested in knowing more about the Community Managers Network or joining the mailing list please email

CEO Network Forum – In Conversation with the ICAC Commissioner and Ombudsman
Date: Friday 29 March 2019
Time: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: The Parks Library, 46 Cowan Street, Angle Park
This event is only open to South Australian Local Government CEO’s
Register here

If you are interested in being more involved in one of our networks, contact me on or phone 8291 7994.



Tips and ideas

Have you got a career plan?

‘A goal without a plan is just a wish.’ - Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry

These days you can expect to change careers five to seven times in your life, so having a career plan is a vital ingredient for your career success. While engaging in a professional coaching or mentoring relationship will help you to flesh out a more detailed plan, there are some simple steps you can take right now to catapult you to success!

  1. Self-reflection
    We are all guilty of being too busy to spend time thinking about our current situations and the paths that we actually want to be on. Make sure you take some time to reflect not only on your career path, but also yourself and your values, skill and passions. Understanding yourself and what you want will make it easier to create a plan that suits your goals and lifestyle.

  2. Goal setting
    It’s said that a goal without a plan is just a wish, so now that you’ve identified the career you want, you need to figure out how to get there. This is where setting goals comes in ... read more

New Members

  • Janet Alexander, Alexandrina Council
  • Nadia Conci, Eastern Health Authority
  • Jessica Curtis, City of Adelaide
  • Kate Francis, District Council of Kimba
  • Belinda Hill, City of Adelaide
  • Leith McEvoy, District Council of Grant
  • Dael Redmond, Town of Gawler
  • Keely Westhoff, District Council of Kimba

Save the date

Please mark the following dates in your calendar for 2019. These are events you won’t want to miss!
  • Economic Development Forum
    Friday 14 June 2019 – Adelaide Convention Centre
  • HR Network Conference
    Friday 13 September 2019 – Adelaide Convention Centre
  • 10th Annual Women’s Network Conference
    Friday 15 November 2019 – Adelaide Town Hall

Recent Events

2019 Annual State Conference

Last Friday 22 February we welcomed over 300 delegates to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre for our 2019 Annual State Conference ‘Communicate to Captivate: Conversations in Local Government’. The conference really had a bit of everything and there was some great energy in the room.

We started the day with Andy Dexterity lifting the room with his infectious energy as he taught us some basic sign language constructs, with an overarching message about the importance of incorporating empathy and inclusivity in how we communicate.

Amos Washington provided some fascinating insights into the youth of Australia based on conversations from his Listening Tour, which he conducted his time as Australia’s Youth Ambassador to the UN, including the issues of most concern to them.

Gary Edwards used the art of magic and humour to help increase awareness of how we communicate with ourselves, and how to do so more positively.

We heard from David McKay of Thomas Foods International who was engaging and inspiring, providing a great example of how important communication and messaging was as he discussed navigating a crisis.

Senator the Hon Penny Wong talked to the power of constructive and open communication within Government, and what can happen when that falls apart.

John Harry from the City of Salisbury provided a great practical example of how communication has such an impact on project delivery as he discussed the Salisbury City Renewal Strategy.

And finally, Robyn Moore proved to us all the Power of the Word and had us all in stitches with her stories and anecdotes.

Thank you to all who attended – we had a fantastic time and learned a lot, and we hope you did, too!


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.


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