Issue 086
November 2018

  • A word from the CEO
  • Sponsor Insight
  • News Flash
  • Member Profile
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Programs and Events
  • New Members
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Save the Date
  • About Us
  • Beth Davidson-Park

  • Short Programs
  • Network Events
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

It’s time to wrap up the year and get keen for 2019! Here at LG Professionals, SA we are tracking to increase our turnover by 50% this year, thanks to you, our members, councils, partners, presenters and suppliers.

Key highlights of 2018 are highlighted in our outgoing President, Beth Davidson-Park’s column. I’d like to thank Beth for her support across her term, and look forward to her continuation on the Board and Executive. I’d also like to thank and acknowledge outgoing Board members Andrew Aitken, Sarah Philpott and Mark Dowd. You have each contributed your unique skills and vision and will be missed.

We welcome new Board members: Pamela Lee, Jacki Done and Peter Bice and look forward to your fresh perspective and passion for our Association. You can see our new-look Board here.

Many of our network committees have open calls for nomination and I encourage you to consider getting involved in this way—it’s a great way to shape the future of the sector, form networks and friendships, learn a lot, and bolster your cv.

All the best for this home stretch to the holidays—a great time to nominate for a Leadership Excellence Award and register for an event or two as you reflect on the year gone and consider your personal goals for 2019!

Happy reading …

Taryn Sexton

Sponsor Insight  – McArthur

News Flash

2019 Annual State Conference – Register now!
It is with great anticipation and excitement that we present our 2019 Annual State Conference ‘Communicate to Captivate: Conversations in Local Government’, specifically designed for local government professionals. This Conference will sharpen the lens on the conversations that we have every day—with ourselves, our teams, the community and the government—with eye-opening and inspirational presentations from a stellar line up of speakers.

Program highlights include:

  • Captivating our Communities – Andy Dexterity, Speaker and Entertainer
  • The Conversation with Government – Senator the Honourable Penny Wong
  • Case Study: Salisbury City Centre Renewal Strategy – John Harry, CEO, City of Salisbury
  • The Power of the Word – Robyn Moore, Educator, Entertainer and Storyteller
View program and register here

18th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards – Nominate today!
The Call for Nominations for the 18th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards is now open! The 2019 awards recognise achievements up until 31 December 2018.

This program recognises outstanding achievement and innovation in Local Government. The association is pleased to present a program that not only recognises excellence, but contributes to the advancement and improvement of Local Government as a sector.

Nominating for an award is an excellent way to recognise staff and Council’s achievements, and provides you with an opportunity to share and celebrate with other Councils.

Categories for the 2019 Awards:
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Sector
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Excellence in People and Culture
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration
  • Innovative Management Initiatives
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development
  • Leadership in Community Services
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
  • Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure and Asset Management

Find out more or nominate today

Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Beth Davidson-Park

This month we hear from Beth Davidson-Park, member and outgoing President of LG Professionals, SA, as she reflects on 2018.

It has been a privilege and a pleasure (as well as a great deal of fun) to be President of this great organisation for the past year. I am delighted to continue to work alongside Nigel and the team as a member of the Board, and am confident that LG Professionals, SA will continue to go from strength to strength as the exciting and innovative program offerings of our upcoming Professional Development Program for January to June 2019 gain momentum alongside the long-term success of programs such as the Emerging Leaders Program, the Strategic Management Program (formerly the Professional Leaders Program) and the Management Challenge ... read more

Network News

Women's Network Conference – 2 November 2018
The Women’s Network held its annual conference at the Stamford Grand Glenelg on Friday 2 November and what an incredible day it was! I think the buzz of local government women networking was heard all over Adelaide that day. There were tears, laughter and so much raw emotion and energy in the room. It was a safe space to share thoughts and reflections amongst peers.

We were blown away by the feedback we received from the day and hope that attendees left feeling inspired, motivated and with some key takeaways to implement in both their personal and professional lives.

A special thank you to the Women’s Network Conference Sub-Committee members;
  • Jo Miller-Robinson, City of Holdfast Bay
  • Di Shaw, City of Charles Sturt
  • Ashlee Chadwick, Yorke Peninsula Council
  • Karen Kelly, City of Unley
Network Committee Nominations
We are currently calling for nominations for the following network committees:
If you are interested in being more involved in one of our networks, view the network pages on our website to find out more or contact me on or phone 8291 7994.

Tahlia Willey
Network and Program Officer

Upcoming Programs and Events

Ignite Program 2019
Commences Tuesday 26 March 2019.
Keep an eye out for this program launching next month.

Emerging Leaders Program
Registrations open Tuesday 29 January 2019.
Commences 23 May 2019.
Keep an eye out for this program launching next week.

18th Leadership Excellence Awards Nominations
Nominations close 1 February 2019.
Nominate now

Strategic Management Program 2019
Commences Wednesday 6 March 2019
Registrations close Friday 1 February 2019, unless sold out prior. 
Register now

2019 Annual State Conference
Friday 22 February 2019
Register now

Executive Leaders Program 2019 – Save the dates
Registrations open in April 2019
Module 1 dates: 26 – 28 August 2019
Module 2 dates: 23 – 25 October 2019
Keep an eye out for this program launching next month.

Keep an eye on your inbox for a special announcement in the coming weeks regarding our Professional Development Program for January to June 2019, which will include Ignite, the Emerging Leaders Program, the Executive Leaders Program, a new suite of Short Programs and more.

New members
  • Jodie Kannane, City of Adelaide
  • Johanna Williams, City of Adelaide
  • Barbara James, City of Charles Sturt
  • Sally Niehuus, City of Mitcham

Movers and Shakers

  • Kellie Jaensch joined Coorong District Council as the Senior Community & Tourism Officer, formerly the Tourism Development Officer at Rural City of Murray Bridge.
  • Ritu Datta joined the City of West Torrens as People and Culture Business Partner. Rita was previously employed at ACH Group.
  • Julie Scoggins joined the District Council of Mount Barker as Finance Manager. She has previously worked in senior finance roles with both City of Adelaide and City of Onkaparinga.
Renmark Paringa Council
  • Ralph Semrau recently joined the Council in the role of Principal Planner after 25 years with Adelaide Plains Council.
  • Lindy Leml commenced in the role of Manager People and Culture in mid-July, bringing over 20 years’ experience in Staff Management.
  • Claire Victor has joined the team as Executive Assistant to the Director of Infrastructure and Environmental Services.
  • Mark Huxtable has commenced in an exciting new role of IT Business Transformation Analyst. For the past four years, Mark was responsible for leading the successful implementation of a number of IT projects at the City of Charles Sturt.
  • Ashleigh Baker has been with the council for almost 5 months now in the position of Executive Assistant to the Director Corporate and Community Services.
The City of Mitcham
  • Rachel Emmott joined the team as the Manager Community Development, previously from City of Playford.
  • Sally Niehuus has been appointed as Manager People and Culture, previously from State Government.
  • Daniel Baker has been appointed as General Manager Engineering and Horticulture, previously holding the position of Group Manager in this department.
  • Abraham MacKay has commenced as Team Leader Environmental Health. Abraham was previously the Safety and Quality Manager at Alice Springs Hospital.

Tips and ideas - Wrap up your work year with purpose

Leave yourself a present to return to in 2019
Here's a few tips for you to wrap up your loose ends at work and enjoy your Christmas break without the worry!
  • Put it in perspective
    As you're wrapping up your work year, keep in mind how long you're actually going to be out of the office for, and what is likely to occur while you're away. This should help you prioritise your workload and keep you focused.
  • Reflect on your accomplishments
    Take a few moments to positively reflect on your achievements in 2018, and acknowledge some things you might like to do differently next year.
  • Plan for 2019
    Set yourself some SMART goals for 2019 so you're heading into the new work year with a plan in place. Maybe you want to learn a new skill, apply for a new role or start planning your winter escape? Whatever it is, write it down and develop a plan of action to make it happen!
  • Sign off
    Make sure you reach out to everyone you need to before you leave, whether its just some well wishes to your colleagues or to start setting some key meetings to help you hit the ground running in 2019.
  • Clean your desk
    This might seem like small fry in the scheme of things, but who wants to come back to a messy, unorganised desk after a relaxing break? Make some time to tidy your desk and organise your important files ready for 2019. You'll be thankful you did!
  • Enjoy yourself!
    You've done all you can to leave 2018 on a positive note and you've got a plan in place for your return in 2019, so leave work at the office and give yourself a proper break—you deserve it!

Save the date

Please mark the following dates in your calendar for 2019. These are events you won’t want to miss!
  • Australasian Management Challenge – Thursday 2 May 2019
  • 18th Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner – Friday 17 May 2019.
    Note: LG Professionals, SA wish to advise that commencing in 2019, we will be shifting the date of our Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner from April to May in order to align with a shift of the Australasian Management Challenge Final.
  • 2019 Economic Development Forum – Friday 14 June


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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