Issue 091
April 2019

  • A word from the CEO
  • News Flash
  • Sponsor Insights
  • Network News
  • Industry Trends
  • New Members
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Save the Date
  • About Us

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Advanced Project Management



A word from the CEO

I recently read a quote about parenting, which said the way we were parented will not work for our children, as we are preparing them for a world that is very different for the world we were prepared for. While we could debate that this has always been the case, the point that struck me is that we are preparing the next generation for the world they will inherit, not the world that is now.

So in our own leadership and management journeys, are we preparing the workforce for the future or are we stuck in the past? Are we consciously considering whether our people management skills are still relevant? Are we using past knowledge and experience in a considered and adaptive way? Are we engaging with the next generation in a way that is uncovering their best thinking and leveraging their best talent for our communities? Are we mobilising fast enough to take advantage of their digital literacy, creativity, imagination and vision?

Here at LG Professionals, SA May is all about the next generation and celebrating vision and success. We kick the month off with the Management Challenge, then celebrate all of our Leadership Excellence Awards Winners, including the Emerging Leader of the Year and the Challenge Winner. Finally, the 2019 Emerging Leaders Program commences with the opening retreat.

Congratulations to all 18 Challenge teams, all Awards Finalists and this year's Emerging Leaders Cohort—I so look forward to watching all your future successes.

Happy reading!

Taryn Sexton

News Flash

18th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Winners to be announced on Friday 17 May!


We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the following two categories!

Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
City of Onkaparinga- Climate Ready Schools Team
City of Holdfast Bay Environment Team- Compostable Bags in Supermarket pilot
City of Salisbury- Bridgestone Reserve Upgrade Team

Innovative Management Initiatives
City of Marion 'CoM Project' Implementation Team
City of Playford Rates Team - Hardship Policy and Respectful Collections Model
City of Holdfast Bay People and Culture Team - Safety "Every Time"

Congratulations to all finalists—we look forward to celebrating with you on the night!

International Professional Exchange Program

LG Professionals Australia is offering a two-week exchange with local council peers in the USA and attendance at the ICMA conference.

In collaboration with International City/County Management Association (ICMA), LG Professionals Australia is offering members a unique opportunity to participate in the International Professional Exchange Program (IPEP).

This two-way exchange between Australia and our US counterpart sees members of the LG Professionals network or National Council Package holders networking with local government practitioners overseas and learning about best practices that they can apply in their own councils and communities.

Please visit the website for further information, including how to apply.

Sponsor Insight: McArthur

Network News

The Women's Network held their first forum of 2019 on 10 April 2019, hosted by the City of Tea Tree Gully. It was a wonderful morning of sharing stories, career journeys and lessons learnt. Our speakers and panel members were vulnerable and courageous - a big thank you to Simone Hage, Carol Neil, Carly Didcote and Chloe Oborn for sharing with us all.

Some of the key takeaways from the forum were:

  • Say yes to and embrace opportunities
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help
  • Remember you don't need to have all of the answers
  • Be genuine and stay true to yourself (and your beliefs and values)
  • Seek mentoring in different environments
Thank you to all of those who were able to make it on the day. It was a fantastic way to start the year for this network and we look forward to holding similar sessions in the year.

The committee are very passionate about providing opportunities for women in the regions, especially those who can't access the metro forums. We are looking to hold a regional forum on 21 June 2019, and would love to hear from you if you would like us to host one at your Council!

Upcoming Network events and save the dates

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

Continuous Improvement Network Forum
Date: Thursday 9 May
Time: 10.00AM - 12.00PM
Location: City of Onkaparinga
Register here

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

General Managers Network Forum
Date: Thursday 13 June 2019
Location: TBC

Continuous Improvement Network Forum
Date: Monday 17 June 2019
Location: City of Marion

Women's Network Forum
Date: Friday 21 June 2019
Location: TBC (regional)

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


Tahlia Willey
Network and Program Officer

Industry Trends

Uniting to create technology partnerships

There is no doubt councils are masters at partnering with communities and a huge amount of effort goes into harnessing community voices. Councils should utilise this innate ‘partnering’ capability to deliver better operational outcomes for themselves.

Turning this collaborative power around to focus on improving council services and related supplier relationships means more can be achieved for the whole industry ... read more

New Members

  • Sam Fitzpatrick, City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Patrick Jones, Regional Council of Goyder
  • Nikki Page, Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Sue Reynolds, Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Luisa Visentin, City of Tea Tree Gully

Movers and Shakers

  • Andrew MacDonald, previously CEO of Kingston District Council has been appointed as the new CEO of Wakefield Regional Council and will commence in this role at the end of May.
  • Andrew Meddle, previously General Manager Sustainable Communities at the Rural City of Murray Bridge has been appointed as the new CEO at the City of Mount Gambier. Andrew will commence in the role at the end of May.

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
    Registrations opening soon! Please keep an eye on your inbox for further information in the coming days.
  • 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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