Issue 039
June 2014


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Industry Trends
  • Member profile
  • Network News
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Recent Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • About Us

Member profile

  • Sarah Cleggett


Upcoming Events:

  • GM Network launch
  • PLP Intake 2
  • Network events


Corporate Partners




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A word from the CEO

As the financial year comes to  a close, it is so rewarding to reflect on the achievements of the past year as they manifest themselves in year-end figures and statistics.

Here at LGMA (SA), we have grown membership by 9% and expect to comfortably achieve a small profit which we can then plough back into further opportunities for our members. 

While facts and figures are certainly validating and provide a similar “buzz” to receiving an “A” in school, what really fills my cup is the interaction I am so fortunate to have with our program and event participants.  An LGMA (SA) event is never quiet, as participants are always chatting with old and new colleagues, sharing experiences and building relationships.  What’s more, I am in the privileged position of being able to witness an enormous amount or personal and professional growth as I share in the journey of our program participants and follow their careers.

It is these somewhat unquantifiable experiences which define the success of our Association.

One person who truly understood that and whom I had the blessing of knowing was the recently deceased Allen Bolaffi, a true friend to local government and local government professionals.  Through UHY Haines Norton, Allen has supported LGMA (SA) programs and members through sponsorships and scholarships for rural members.  It is a great loss to us all to never be able to hear him share his wisdom and knowledge with us again and we wish his family and colleagues strength and peace during this difficult time. Vale Allen.

Once again this is a jam packed edition of Leaders Connect.  I wish to highlight the upcoming launch of our GM Network on 14 August. We will be conducting a survey of all councils to ensure we have the details of all GMs so we can provide you with information on forward events. I also encourage all CEO’s to register for the 2014/15 CEO Network Series and to save the dates in your diary.

Read on for more details on both of these initiatives.

Wishing you all a happy July! Keep warm!




News Flash!

1. Name Change!
LGMA (SA) members resolved at a Special General Meeting on 27 June to change our name to Local Government Professionals!

We are very excited as we feel the change better describes our work with local government staff at all levels regardless of whether you have the word “manager” in your title.

The new brand will be officially launched soon.

General Manager Network Launch event!
The GM Network will be launched on Thursday 14 August at Ayers House with special guest Speaker Denise Picton, Managing Director of Oz> Train presenting a workshop which will explore two key areas for leadership development – thinking strategically and delivering with gravitas.

For more information and to register visit our website


Sponsor Insight
- Connor Holmes

Elections bring change and opportunity (as well as a lot of hard work!) - briefings, training, relationship building – all the things that are essential to a well-functioning local government authority.

The induction of a new Council can be a trigger for taking on new ideas and innovative policy solutions, particularly as regards traditionally “tough” issues like urban renewal, placemaking, property projects and infrastructure funding.
With the imminent gazettal of regulations under the Urban Renewal Act and the emerging use of separate rates to fund growth area infrastructure, Councils have real opportunities to marry planning, governance and funding mechanisms to deliver better results for current and future communities.

With our combination of planning, property, financial and governance skills, the Fyfe team is ideally placed to partner with Councils to implement practical solutions to complex urban policy problems.

At any stage during the election cycle feel free to phone us and discuss the issues and opportunities in your Council.

*Sponsor insight is a monthly column to provide an opportunity for LGMA SA's sponsors to share their experience and advice on local government issues.



LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

June 2014 - Sarah Cleggett

This month we speak with Sarah Cleggett, Social Planner at Adelaide City Council. 

Sarah speaks about the challenges for Adelaide, the impact of Climate Change and the Vibrant City agenda.

Hi Sarah, thanks for speaking with us. 

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?

I am Social Planner at Adelaide City Council. Social Planning is about promoting social development in communities and responding to social issues and needs.

At ACC, I coordinate activities related to pursuing the outcomes of Council’s Access and Inclusion Strategy which includes facilitating the Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel and working with key projects across Council to reduce barriers to participation for people with disability.

I also undertake research and community and stakeholder engagement to ensure Council is aware of trends and State and Federal policy directions related to vulnerable groups such as homelessness and ageing.

I provide advice related to large development applications and development policy for the city.

Currently, I am supporting the development of a new Council run community space within Council’s new mixed use development the Ergo Apartments.

read more..


Jodie Rugless - CeBit Australian Government ICT Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Jodie Rugless, Manager Information Services at the City of Charles Sturt, who was recognised at the recent CeBit conference as the Australian Government ICT Professional of the year.

Jodie was featured as a our member profile in our April 2014 newsletter, soon after she had also won the LGMA SA Leadership and Management Excellence Metro award at the LGMA Awards on the 11th of April 2014.

It's fantastic to see this level of talent working in our SA councils, and it's also great to see deserving people being recognised for the leadership and skills they bring to our sector.


Industry Trends

Helping rural communties adapt to a changing world.

Professor Anthony Hogan, with Professor Robert Tanton, David Donnelly, Dr Kim Houghton, Dr Paula Jones and Dr Jen Cleary (all University of Canberra) and Professor Dean Carson (Flinders University) have produced the Community Adaptability Tool.

Significant environmental and economic changes are impacting on the viability of communities in rural and regional Australia. Drought, drying, floods and fires persistently impact on peoples’ livelihoods and wellbeing as does the constantly changing global economic environment. In the face of such demands, rural communities are looking for ways to adapt particularly as large scale national policy had very specific impacts in their local community.

We hope that rural communities across Australia will be able to use the tool to develop realistic scenarios for infra-structure development, economic investment and community planning. We believe that the development of this kind of information is central to ensuring that all regional communities are able to make the best use of the $1 billion the Australian Government has put on the table for its National Stronger Regions Fund.

(from the University of Canberra Media Release, June 12, 2014)

read more..



  • John Banks has been appointed as the new City Manager of Port Augusta, to begin on 1st August. He has spent the past 13 years working in the Northern Territory, including Darwin City Council.
  • Debbie Richardson, Director Engineering and Assets, Adelaide Hills Council, formerly of City of Prospect
  • Andrew MacDonald has been appointed as the new CEO for Kingston Council, he has previously had roles at the City of Onkaparinga, Adelaide City Council and in the private sector in QLD
  • Sally Klose – Manager Governance & Community Development at Naracoorte Lucindale Council (previously Governance & Communications Officer at the council)
  • Paul McRostie – Manager Planning & Compliance at Naracoorte Lucindale Council (previously Building Officer at the council)
  • Steve Bourne – Director Operations & Technical at Naracoorte Lucindale Council (previously Director Planning, Environment & Community Development at the council)

 Congratulations to all!

If you have recently been appointed to a new position, or know someone who has, please let us know and we will publish that information in this new column.  Simply send the details in an email to


Network News

If you would like to become a member of any of our networks - just jump online and register here..

CEO Network

The CEO Network is open to local government CEO’s in South Australia who are LGMA (SA) members and has a main focus of sharing knowledge, offering peer support and teasing out opportunities.

LGMA (SA) is pleased to present the 2014/15 CEO Network Series facilitated by the Executive Education Unit at the University of Adelaide. Mark your diaries and register now so you don’t miss out!

25 July Session - Local Excellence Panel Report: Reform is inevitable
What is the best way for us to engage, provide leadership and prepare ourselves and our councils?

Topics for other session dates will be announced soon.

Click here for details.

Community Managers Network

Aim: To provide leadership and support for people working in the Community Development and Community Services Sector within Local Government and related organisations.

I am pleased to announce that the Community Managers Network committee has four new members who were appointed at the recent meeting. We welcome Matthew Rose, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Joanne Menadue, City of Salisbury, Ros Edwards, City of West Torrens and Nick Day, District Council of Mount Barker to the coordinating committee.

I’d also like to share my appreciation toward the members retiring from the committee – Philomena Taylor, Theresa Brown and Bernie McSwain. Thank you for all your time, commitment, energy and sharing of knowledge over the years.

I’m also delighted to announce that the Annual Community Managers Network Conference will be held on Friday 12th September at the Adelaide Festival Centre on the topic of 'Active Citizenship - the Future of Local Government?’. This conference will feature presentations, panel discussions and workshops to explore the current face and future opportunities of active citizenship, with high level speakers including:

  • Stephen Yarwood, Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide
  • Felicity-ann Lewis, Mayor of City of Marion
  • Mark Searle, CEO City of Marion
  • Dr Annie Bolitho, author of ACELG’s report on the Future of Citizen Committees in Australian Local Government
  • Sharon Zivkovic, Principal Facilitator at Community Capacity Builders

More details on the program and registrations will be available soon. To register your interest please email

Bronwyn Webster

Leaders Alumni Network

Aim: to promote and develop leadership excellence within local government amongst LGMA (SA) leadership program graduates.

On 29 May, four members of the ELP Alumni participated in a panel session at the 2014 Emerging Leaders Opening Retreat this session provided an opportunity to share stories and experiences from the panel as well bringing back a number of fond memories it was also a great opportunity for the participants for the of the 2014 program to be able to ask a number of questions before really commencing the program. Whilst there was some nerves and uncertainty in the room there was a great deal of excitement.

Recently the Leaders Alumni Committee met to determine a calendar of events for 2014/15 and this will be available soon.  It will include networking drinks sessions and Workshop Wednesdays.  These workshops have been hugely popular and all have sold out.  We will be scheduling many more for the rest of the year and into 2015 – to be hosted at various councils in order to be accessible to all areas.  Topics and dates will be announced soon so don’t miss out!

If anyone has any questions regarding any of these events or the Leader Alumni Network, please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn or myself. Look forward to catch up with you all at the various upcoming events.

Ryan England

Women's Network

Aim: The purpose of the LGMA SA) Women's Network is to maintain and improve the role of women employed in Local Government and identify and provide opportunities to network and /or gain development and training.

In June 100 women participated in 'Making Time for Mindfulness' Women’s Network Forums at Tea Tree Gully and Alexandrina. 

The Forum commenced with guest speakers from the host councils sharing their stories and was followed by a workshop facilitated by Georgie Davidson, musculoskeletal physiotherapist, yoga and mindfulness teacher. 

The workshop explored how mindfulness techniques and practices can create positive physical and psychological change and attendees came away with some tangible tips as to how they could implement these techniques in their lives.  It allowed everyone to reflect on the importance of ‘stopping and smelling the roses’ and being more aware of what’s going on both around us and within us. 

Feedback was positive and everyone seemed to take away something different and personal from the experience.  Thank you to everyone for their attendance and participation and for the City of Tea Tree Gully and Alexandrina Council for hosting us.

The Women’s Network is currently exploring next year’s program of events, if you’re interested in being kept up to date on this, please email us via

General Managers Network

Launch of General Managers Network

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our newest network.  The GM Network will be launched on Thursday 14 August at Ayers House with special guest Speaker Denise Picton, Managing Director of Oz> Train presenting a workshop which will explore two key areas for leadership development – thinking strategically and delivering with gravitas.

For more information and to register visit our website

Also - to make sure you don’t miss out on future GM network announcements please fill in this survey so we have the details of all GMs and Directors. Please click here to access the survey.

2014 LGMA Australasian Management Challenge Finals

Warrnambool City Council has won the 2014 LGMA Australasian Management Challenge Finals. In second place was New Zealand’s' Whakatane District Council and third place, Tasmania's Burnie Council.  The Management Challenge attracted fierce competition from Australia and New Zealand’s brightest local government practitioners, who shared their ideas to tackle some of local government’s key challenges.

Picture - the team accepts the award from LGMA President Mark Withers – far left, and Civica's Sales Manager, Tony Simmons, far right.

Warrnambool City Council Communications Manager and winning team member Nick Higgins, said participating in the Challenge had been a great professional development opportunity “It’s been of enormous value to see other teams in action and learn from them as well. We were very impressed with our counterparts from across Australia.”

The annual event attracts teams of local government professionals who have signed up to the yearly professional development program and have been shortlisted after completing range of projects and activities throughout the year in their State and New Zealand. The annual event enables collaboration with local government colleagues and allows participants to hone their presentation skills by pitching their ideas to a panel of judges from the sector.

“As Australia’s baby boomers move towards retirement, we need to cultivate and support our local government professionals and ensure we are attracting and retaining skilled individuals to take charge of local government in the future”, LGMA National Acting CEO Lauren Oakey said.

“Continuing professional development is vital to nurturing aspiring local government leaders. The Program’s emphasis is on equipping our practitioners with leadership, analytic, communication and problem solving skills, and applying these skills in a practical setting,” she added.

LGMA is proud to partner with Civica as the principal sponsor of the Management Challenge. Civica  is the leading supplier of software, consulting and managed services to Local Government with more than 300 Councils throughout Australia and New Zealand using Civica software and services. For more information, visit 

About the Australasian Management Challenge

The Challenge has been running for more than 20 years. Teams of five or six from every level of local government are invited to participate in the regional events, held every year in each capital city in Australia and New Zealand, and in some regional centres. Tasks are delivered online, as team exercises and through face to face presentations. It is a sophisticated development program designed to deliver personal, team and organisational professional development.

View the rest of the photos at the Photo Gallery - please click here...


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LGM Latest Edition online

LGMA's national publication, Local Government Manager, is now available online.

Click here to read the Autumn 2014 edition.



LGMA Promotions

1. Membership Renewals 2014/15

This year, memberships will be automatically renewed on the 1 July 2014 with a renewal notification emailed to all members.  Payment is due by 31 July 2014 and anyone who pays by this date will automatically go in the draw for a $300 Myers Voucher.

We have increased our fees this year to ensure we can continue to deliver the best possible programs and benefits for our members.  Membership is still one of the cheapest in Australia, offering real value for dollars invested.

2. Announcing the 2014 Rural Challenge will be held in Mount Gambier on 16 October.

More details coming soon.

E-mail to register your interest as a team, sponsors or volunteer observer


New Members

Welcome to this year’s ELP Participants:

  • Dani Scuteri, City of Charles Sturt
  • Damien Cross, City of Unley
  • Sarah Cleggett, Adelaide City Council
  • Cheryle Pedler, Berri Barmera Council
  • Steve Woolley, Wudinna District Council
  • Cherie Gerlach, Port Augusta City Council
  • Alex Oulianoff, District Council of Mount Barker
  • Andy Humphries, District Council of Mount Barker
  • Linda Jones, District Council of Mount Barker
  • Craig Silcock, City of West Torrens
  • Darryl Whicker, City of West Torrens
  • Susan Bourne, City of West Torrens
  • Chris McDermott, City of Salisbury
  • Alan Harvey, Alexandrina Council
  • Cassie Tuck, Alexandrina Council
  • Megan Chapman, City of Onkaparinga
  • Cathy O’Loughlin, City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Matthew Lawrence, City of Onkaparinga
  • Kate Mitchell, City of Onkaparinga
  • Aaron Price, City of Port Lincoln
  • Brad Wenske, Campbelltown City Council
  • Leah Pippos, City of Victor Harbor
  • Alexander Poulton, Whyalla City Council
  • Manna Montu Abraham, Town of Walkerville

And other new members:

  • Matthew Rose, City of Port Adelaide Enfield

A warm welcome to all!


National News - President Update

2014 Federal Budget response Mark Withers, National President.

The freezing of the Financial Assistance Grants is of great concern to local government. It will shrink the size of the funds available to build and replace vital infrastructure in many communities across Australia.

Supplementary roads funding has also been discontinued, which appears to contradict the message that the Federal Government wishes to invest in roads.

read more..

 Upcoming Events and Programs
1. CEO Network Forum Series
Commencing 25th July 2014,  a four session
series on hot topics at Executive Education Unit– click here for details and to register.

2. Professional Leaders Program intake 2
The Professional Leaders Program (PLP) has been designed to both complement and build on the skills developed through the LGMA (SA) Emerging Leaders Program. Registrations Close 25th July.

The Emerging Leaders Program primarily focuses on building the interpersonal and people skills required by Managers whilst the purpose of the PLP is to develop analytical capabilities.

read more..

3. GM Network Launch event
The GM Network will be launched on Thursday 14 August at Ayers House with special guest Speaker Denise Picton, Managing Director of Oz> Train presenting a workshop which will explore two key areas for leadership development – thinking strategically and delivering with gravitas.

For more information and to register visit our website

Save the Date for:

Community Managers Network Conference ‘Active Citizenship – The Future of Local Government?’, Friday 12th September, Adelaide Festival Centre.

Rural Management Challenge, 16 October, Mount Gambier.

Women’s Network Conference, Friday 7th November, National Wine Centre __________________________________________________________________________________________ 

Recent Events

We’ve had a very busy and exciting month with several events and workshops being held!

1. Women's network forum
The Women’s Network recently held the’ Making Time for Mindfulness’ workshop at City of Tea Tree Gully – details above in the Women’s Networks section.

2. Workshop Wednesdays
The Leaders Alumni also presented three sell-out Workshop Wednesdays– on the topics of Leadership and Supervisory Styles, and Motivating and Managing Performance led by facilitator Marie Modra.
Thank you to Adelaide City Council for being wonderful hosts of these workshops.

3. Emerging Leaders 2014
It was great to welcome the 2014 ELP participants on Thursday 29th June at the ELP opening retreat -  an enjoyable and valuable event held at the Monastery that included two days of modules and a great dinner with participants, mentors, corporate partners and the LMGA (SA) President.


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Founded in 1936, Local Government Managers Australia is the leading Professional Association representing Managers and Aspiring Managers in Australia and Asia/Pacific.

LGMA is committed to the development and improvement of local government management. It is committed to maintaining high professional and ethical standards throughout the profession and to ensure that its members are at the forefront of change and innovation.




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