Issue 042
September 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

  • Kate Jessep


Upcoming Events:

  • LGMA  (SA) AGM
  • Women's Network Forum
  • CEO Network Forums
  • Rural Challenge and Dinner
  • Workshop Wednesdays


Corporate Partners





A word from the CEO

We are excited to announce a new benefit for our members – access to the Leadership Lab at the Executive Education Unit at the University of Adelaide. 

Members will receive further information in the post. 

Our AGM will be held at the Lab on 30 October so be sure to register to attend.

Finally, we have received eleven nominations for 5 positions on the Board and information will be circulated to members on the election process shortly. 

To those of you taking some leave over the school holidays, I hope that you come back refreshed and recharged for the lead up to Christmas




 T News Flash!

Let the games begin!

We are pleased to announce that we have 8 teams from all around the state competing in this year’s Rural Challenge in Mount Gambier.

They are:
  • City of Mount Gambier
  • The Barossa Council
  • Yorke Peninsula Council
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • District Council of Grant
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
  • Regional Council of Port Pirie
  • Wattle Range Council

We also have two volunteers from the winning team of this year’s State Challenge, Adelaide City Council.  It is wonderful to see this sharing across councils – the Team Adelaide members are volunteering with a view to learning more about the challenges their regional counterparts face.


Upcoming Events
and Programs

LGMA (SA) Annual General Meeting
Thursday 30th October at the Leadership Lab, 3.30pm for 4pm start
Information and Registrations 

Workshop Wednesday – First Day Manual for New Managers
5, 12, 19 November at various locations
Information and Registrations

Women’s Network Conference
7 November - save the date!
Information and Registrations available soon.

General Managers Network Forum
27th November at The Zoo - save the date!
Information and Registrations available soon.

Professional Leaders Program
Starting February 2015 – Registrations close in December
Information and Registrations

Workshop Wednesdays

First day manual for new managers
November 2014
Information and registrations

The Art of Effective Communciation
February 2015
Information and registrations

Taking the torture out of performance reviews
May 2015

Information and Registrations


LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

September 2014 - Kate Jessep

This month we speak with Kate Jessep, Director Corporate and Community Services at the City of Victor Harbor.

Kate explains her diverse career background and how it shapes her approach to Local Government.  Kate also discusses the interesting challenges and opportunities for Community Services that arise from servicing an ageing population.

Hi Kate, thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
I am currently employed as the Director Corporate and Community Services at the City of Victor Harbor. My responsibilities include: Finance, Rates, Human Resources, Risk and Work Health Safety, Customer Service, Property, Records, Information Communication Technology, Community Services, Library and deputising for the City Manager.

Where were you before? What is your work background/career path so far?
My previous position was General Manager Organisation Development at Alexandrina Council.  I have more than five year’s experience in Local Government which includes time working in Victoria as a Strategic Planner at the City of Hobsons Bay. Prior to my career in local government I spent more than fifteen years in the Australian Regular Army as a logistics officer.

read more..


Industry Trends

Unlimited vacation days - is this a good thing?

Richard Branson announced last week that the head office of the Virgin Group would now be offering "unlimited vacation days" to employees, citing that it would be up to the employee to determine when and how they needed a break.

On the surface, this sounds attractive and is almost certainly being used as a attraction/retention strategy by Virgin and some other major companies.

But in reality, would it lead to people taking more leave, or less?  Branson bases his announcement on the policy developed by Netflix which, in part says:

"It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours, a day, a week or a month off, the assumption being that they are only going to do it when they feel a hundred per cent comfortable that they and their team are up to date on every project and that their absence will not in any way damage the business – or, for that matter, their careers!"

Really? How often could you really go away on vacation without your absence "in any way damaging the business?"  Surely every time has some impact, even if it's just the need for your work colleagues and/or direct reports to work harder while you are away to cover your does this mean you'd actually take less leave under this program?

Read more about Virgin's unlimited vacation announcement here...

Also read a discussion of the pros and cons of such an approach.


  • Sherie Walczak is now the Unit Manager Risk at City of Marion
  • Fiona Deckert is now the Manager Community Services at Town of Walkerville
  • Kate Mitchell is now Digital Literacy Coordinator at City of Marion, formerly of City of Onkaparinga
  • Craig Doyle is now General Manager, Strategy & Development at Light Regional Council, previously Manager Strategy

Fiona is an alumni of the Emerging Leaders and Professional Leaders Program  and Kate is a current Emerging Leaders Program participant.

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.

Thank you to those who attended and presented their experiences at the recent CEO Network Forum about Organisational Culture on Friday 5th September at the Leaders Lab. Those who attended said:

“Gained some really useful points to take away and apply to our organisation”
“Very rewarding – thank you.”
“Excellent sharing experience – honesty and openness”

Also on 24 September a dozen CEOs gathered to discuss the Award Coverage of CEOs discussion paper and form a collective view on the best way forward.  Thanks to Brian Carr, Sathish Dasan, Geoff Hill and Wendy Campana for participating.


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.

On Friday 12 September the Local Government Community Managers network held its annual conference on the topic “Active Citizenship: the Future for Local Government?” with some 90 people attending from metropolitan and regional councils.

The Lord Mayor Adelaide, Stephen Yarwood, inspired us with his passion for Active Citizenship – Warts and All!  Stephen took us on a journey through the city and the changes that have taken place over time.  He challenged us to think creatively and described a range of tools that Adelaide City has used to bring life and vibrancy to the city.

Dr Annie Bolitho considered the issue of citizen committees and their role in supporting and fostering active citizenship and genuine public engagement.  Annie explored with us the roles that citizen committees can play and highlighted to obligations we have to provide adequate training and leadership for these groups.

Dr Sharon Zivkovic discussed the role of community leaders in active citizenship and the need to educate citizens about the role of local government in order to achieve meaningful participation and decision making.

Mayor Felicity-Ann Lewis and CEO Mark Searle from City of Marion shared insights about the evolution of active citizenship and community participation in a changing world and challenged us all to dream.

The final session of the day was a ‘World Café’ which gave attendees an opportunity to engage in vigorous discussion about a series of questions focussed on active citizenship and community participation.

Presentations and outcomes can be accessed here


Leaders Alumni Network

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

Workshop Wednesday 2014-2015 Series   

The LGMA (SA) Leaders Alumni Member Network is pleased to offer the Workshop Wednesdays Series for 2014/15 - an exciting array of practical workshops for local government professionals. The workshops will be facilitated by Di Rogowski, who has held highly successful roles in the public and private sector.

Each session runs for three hours and will be held at a choice of three different locations.


First Day Manual for New Managers
November 2014 - Click Here for Flyer and Registrations

The Art of Effective Communication
February 2015 - Click Here for Flyer and Registrations

Taking the Torture out of Performance Reviews
May 2015 - Click Here for Flyer and Registrations

For any queries or assistance with registrations please contact LGMA (SA) on 8291 7990


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.

R & D Funding
The Network has supported a successful R & D application which will help us inform future programming. While there are many views about why women are underrepresented in senior management ranks in SA LG there is no research on current intentions to apply for promotion.

This research will identify the belief structure of women who have and have not applied for promotion to executive positions in SA local government. Knowing the basis of their respective decisions will inform strategies to encourage more women to apply for promotion.

Annual conference - save the date
"It’s About Time” – is the theme of this year’s Women’s Network Conference which will be held on Friday 7 November and will once again feature a great line up of inspirational speakers and include some interactive sessions including:

Erma Ranieri - Putting in the time: the road to leadership equality
Jodie Nevid – Time to get a life!
Rebecca Mezzino – Time to Focus: Dealing with interruptions and distractions

Pencil the Date into your diary now so you don’t miss out - registrations will open soon.


General Managers Network

Save the date

Save the Date for the next General Managers Network Event – 27th November at The Adelaide Zoo.

Have you registered your interest in the General Managers Network? Please email for more information.


Tips and Ideas

Long Term Goals? Be careful not to miss the other opportunities you may find along the way.

Tim Minchin speech's speech on receipt of his honorary Doctorate at the University of WA has received a good deal of media attention, and for good reason.

His entertaining speech, containing such gems as "focus on micro-goals, not long term goals" seems much more relevant to today's work culture and pursuit of opportunities, and is therefore much more relevant to our younger workers and graduates than many other "goal-setting" speeches.

Take a look - it's around 18 minutes long, and may just be the inspiration you need.

Click here to view the address or if you are short on time, you can just read the transcript available on the same page - it's compelling stuff either way.


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

Leadership Lab - now included in your membership!

The University of Adelaide's Leadership Lab provides an exciting new way for professionals to engage in ongoing leadership learning and development.

Located in the heart of Adelaide's CBD, the Lab provides a unique space for inspiring, connecting and developing the leaders of the future. It offers the amenities of a stimulating library, meeting room, hotel lobby and flight lounge, and it pairs this with unique activities and experiences informed by the latest leadership research.
LGMA (SA) Members will now receive a unique new benefit - access to the Leadership Lab at the Executive Education Unit.  All members will receive a letter in the post advising them how to take up this unique benefit.

Please click here to view a short video of the Leadership Lab and your LGMA access.


New Members

A warm welcome to our new members
  • Rob Donaldson, City of Port Lincoln
  • Adam Broadbent, Light Regional Council
  • Kieren Chappell, Light Regional Council
  • Richard Dodson, Light Regional Council
  • Craig Doyle, Light Regional Council
  • Pepper Mickan, Light Regional Council
  • James Miller, Light Regional Council
  • Megan Renzella, Light Regional Council
  • Lisa Sapio, Light Regional Council
  • Brooke Waters, Light Regional Council
  • John Moyle, City of Tea Tree Gully


National News

National President, Mark Withers was recently presented with a 30 year service award at the ICMA Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Congratulations Mark!


Recent Events

Workshop Wednesday – Mental Toughness

On the 17th September the first of the Workshop Wednesday series was held, on the topic of Mental Toughness with facilitator Di Rogowski.

Attendees learnt about what makes a mentally tough person and some of the key traits were explored, and attendees worked on ways forward to improve mental toughness.

Great feedback was received from attendees including ‘good to take time to reflect and re-frame’ and ‘motivating, helpful’.

The second workshop on this topic will be held tomorrow with a group of 24 attendees, kindly hosted by the City of Onkaparinga.

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