Issue 090
March 2019

  • A word from the CEO
  • Sponsor Insights
  • News Flash
  • A word from Marketing
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • New Members
  • Save the Date
  • About Us

  • Design Thinking
  • Ignite
  • High Performing Teams



A word from the CEO

Welcome to this month's edition of Leaders Connect, our monthly newsletter.

We have been listening and are making a concerted effort to reduce the number of communications we send to you, but to ensure you don't miss out on anything important, this may take a bit more time as we update our database and systems. You can read more about how we are changing in Tim's column below. Tim is our Digital Marketing and Communications Manager and joined our team in September. It has been great having a fresh set of eyes to question the way we do things and help us continue our growth journey.

I hope you enjoy reading about all the things we have been up to in March below.

Happy reading!

Taryn Sexton

Sponsor Insight: LGRS

Did someone say 'Ice Cream?'

Yes, according to Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS) community insurance is just like ice cream, and here’s the scoop… When it comes to deciding which flavour LCIS recommends to get at least three varieties and you can't go past a Neapolitan combo, right?

Their new short but sweet video explains why. Watch it and share this link with your local community (

News Flash

Register for our 18th Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner

Only 2 weeks left to register - don't miss out on the opportunity to celebrate with us!

Join us in celebrating the achievements of local government professionals. Registrations must close Friday 12 April 2019 unless sold out prior.

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

Register here

A word from Marketing

Having only started in the LG Professionals, SA team in September last year, its been a bit of a whirlwind getting my head around the sheer volume of programs and events we offer—especially considering what a small outfit we are (there's just 8 of us)!

Being a not-for-profit organisation, we are incredibly proud to have grown as much as we have in recent years. We are now offering you more programs and events than ever before, which are just getting bigger and better every year. This means we have a lot to talk about, and so you may feel like you're hearing from us a little too often.

Our rapid growth means that we are beginning to outgrow some of our systems and this directly impacts on how we communicate with you, but don’t worry—we are taking steps to rectify this!

We are in the process of investigating new systems that will allow us to deliver communications that are relevant to your interests and career goals. We're also looking at updating and restructuring our website so that our information is easier to access.

As with anything, this will take some time to get up and running, but in the meantime we are taking steps to reduce the number of communications you receive from us.

If you have any feedback regarding our communications, feel free to contact me directly by emailing


Tim Goodfellow
Digital Marketing and Communications Manager

Network News

March was a busy month of Network Forums! Thank you to all of those who were able to attend.

HR Network Forum – Supporting Change in the Workplace
Held on 7 March
This forum focused on the supporting role that HR professionals play in change management programs.

We heard from Karin Mahoney, Manager of Information Services and Franca Zganec, Technical Engineer from the City of Charles Sturt on their Digital Workplace Program. This program delivered role based devices which provided their IT staff with new opportunities and empowered their staff with the right tools suit their roles and working style. What a fantastic program - I encourage you to get in contact with Karin or Franca if you would like to know more.

Gail Page, Manager of People and Culture from the City of Salisbury shared their major change program, in readiness for the move to their new multi-purpose Community Hub facility later this year. Gail shared with us some great resources for those who may be undertaking a similar project.

Thank you to Victor Dellavia and the HR team at the City of Port Adelaide Enfield for hosting this forum at their beautiful new Parks Library!

Australasian LG Performance Excellence Program User Group Forum
Held on 14 March
The City of Adelaide recently hosted a PEP User Group forum, with guest speaker Sarah Gibson, Director Data Assurance from PwC, Sydney. Sarah gave an overview of the FY18 results and demonstrated strategies to best share data to inform decision making.

Matthew Hulmes, Manager Business Improvement from the City of Adelaide and Chair of the PEP User Group, along with Sue Reynolds, Business Analyst from the Rural City of Murray Bridge shared the processes that their Councils undertake when interpreting their results and how they share the data with their leadership teams.

Thank you to Matthew and the team at the City of Adelaide for hosting this forum.

General Managers Network Forum – The Rural City of Murray Bridge, A Transforming Region: The General Manager’s Journey
Held on 15 March
We recently took a short trip up the freeway to the beautiful Rural City of Murray Bridge to experience their transforming region.

Thank you to Michael Sedgman, Andrew Meddle, Anthony Brown and Heather Barclay for sharing the incredible work you are doing as an executive team, not only out in your city, but internally as an organisation. There was a great sense of pride on the day. A fantastic day out for our GM's to connect and share with each other.

Upcoming Network events and save the dates

Women's Network Forum
Date: Wednesday 10 April 2019
Location: City of Tea Tree Gully
You can download the My Story: Women in Local Government flyer or visit the event page for more details and to register.

Community Managers Network Committee Meeting
Date: Friday 3 May 2019
Time: 9.30 - 11.30AM
Location: LG Professionals, SA Offices, 5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood
All network members welcome!

Continuous Improvement Network Forum
Date: Thursday 9 May
Location: City of Onkaparinga

HR Network Forum
Date: Thursday 29 May 2019
Location: City of West Torrens

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



Tips and ideas

How to build your influence at work

Influence in the workplace is a powerful thing. With it you can get more done and advance the projects you care about. You’re more likely to get noticed, get promoted and even receive raises. It can help motivate your colleagues to support your initiatives and adopt your ideas, and to position yourself as an information leader or a go-to person that people seek out for guidance and advice.

But how can you build your influence at work? ... read more

New Members

  • Mel Brandon, City of Charles Sturt
  • Jessica Bridgman, City of Onkaparinga
  • Warwick Deller-Coombs, City of Holdfast Bay
  • Amber Dinevski, City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Skana Gallery, Wakefield Regional Council
  • Pam Hamdorf, City of Onkaparinga
  • Jordan Littlefair, City of Onkaparinga
  • Grant Melzer, Mid Murray Council
  • Rebecca Rutschack, City of Adelaide
  • Belinda Van Drine, City of Adelaide
  • Sam Fitzpatrick, City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Luisa Visentin, City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Nikki Page, Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Sue Reynolds, Rural City of Murray Bridge

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


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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