The LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network is open to those leading in the field of community development or community services. The network aims to lead local government in responding to the changing nature of communities, community services and community development.

The Network hold a conference bi-annually, and this year’s carefully curated theme is ‘Community Development: Getting it Right'. Join us as we explore whether we as a community, and a local government sector, are getting it right with the people we serve and collaborate with. Speakers from both within and outside the sector will inspire us with fantastic case studies of their work, examples of successful collaborations with and for the community, and best practice frameworks, but we will also ask some provocative questions to encourage outside the box thinking by local government community professionals about how best to innovate and collaborate to achieve ongoing positive community outcomes.

All local government professionals with an interest in, or responsibility for, community development or community services are encouraged to attend.

Benefits of attending this conference

  • Expand your local government networks
  • Keep your professional development current
  • Get out of the office and make time to think, reflect, plan and be inspired
  • Take away tools and tips to inspire you and inform future initiatives

    Previous attendees have said:

    • "A very valuable day. Often it can be difficult to justify the day away from 'normal business' but today has been extremely beneficial."
    • "The best community development conference I have been to. The speakers were outstanding."
    • "The content was incredibly useful for smaller councils like ours which don't have access to social planners."

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    Key Dates

    The 2023 Community Managers Network Conference was held on Friday 25 August 2023 at U City Function Centre.



      Megan Down
      Manager - Events & Partnerships
      e: megan@lgprofessionalssa.org.au
      p: 08 8224 2088 

      Megan Hay
      Events Coordinator
      e: mhay@lgprofessionalssa.org.au
      p: 08 8224 2087


    2021 - Community Managers Network Conference 'Made to Measure'

    The 2021 Community Managers Network Conference ‘Made to Measure’ was held on Friday 20 August. Over 115 attendees from a range of levels of local government shared in the critical topic of measurement in our communities. As we strive to deliver value for our communities, being able to collect the right data in the right way is critical to informing decisions about performance and direct scarce resources towards areas of improving customer satisfaction.

    The program included a fantastic line up of speakers including Stephen Yarwood who gave us a snapshot to challenge our outlook of what the future will hold for our communities, Darren Button from Health Q Consulting broke down the essentials of output and outcome measures and how to develop them in a meaningful way, Barbara Binns presented a touching case study on the Weavers Program that demonstrated the need to develop a meaningful evaluation framework to capture the effectiveness of your program/initiative, our panel of Simon Faivel, Katherine Russell, Ross Womersley and myself provided different perspectives around measurement.


    Simon Faivel then joined us again to present a workshop on how to develop a measurement plan while avoiding the 7 pitfalls in outcomes measurement, Shona Reid, CEO of Reconciliation SA who presented on closing the gap and the need to amplify First Nation voices, and Sarah Zanker who used real data from local Executive level leaders and Elected Members to showcase how to present data into stories for your audience to relate to.

    The day would not have been possible without the team at LG Professionals SA who work so tirelessly to create such amazing development opportunities for our network.

    Carla Leversedge, Chair, Community Managers Network

    Download the 2021 Conference Program

    Mailing Address: 148 Frome Street ADELAIDE SA 5000   Phone: 08 8224 2080   Email: admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

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