Issue 084
September 2018

  • A word from the CEO
  • Sponsor Insight
  • News Flash
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Programs and Events
  • New Members
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Save the Date
  • AGM and board nominations
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Deb Richardson

  • Short Programs
  • Network Events
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

The theme of this month’s newsletter is to ‘Get involved.’ 

There are so many opportunities to be an active member of your Association, from our unique professional development programs and member networks, to being a Management Challenge mentor or nominating for a Board position. 

LG Professionals, SA truly belongs to you—the people who work in the sector.  We are not a subsidiary of local government, nor are we a branch of the LGA.  We are a not-for-profit member Association and you as individuals are our members. 

We strive to offer you support across your entire career in local government, and to that end we have just grown your team.

We are:

  • Kate Staples – Manager Professional Development and Networks
  • Tahlia Willey – Network and Program Officer
  • Rhiannon Grebenshikoff – Manager Operations, Events and Partnerships
  • Taylor Kruger – Events and Administration Officer
  • Tim Goodfellow – Digital Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Leah Dare – Graphic Officer (while Lauren Moore is on maternity leave)
  • Sandra Denholm – Finance Officer
  • And me!

Happy reading …

Taryn Sexton


Sponsor Insight

Norman Waterhouse Local Government Conference Series
Secure your spot at South Australia’s pre-eminent local government law conference series by registering for one of our Master Classes today. Join our experts as they break down the challenges and opportunities facing the sector and give you practical skills and tips to ensure you leave feeling inspired, informed and empowered.
All Master Class attendees will also receive a complementary ticket to the final State of the Sector plenary session, where we bring together the key findings and lessons of the Master Class series and discuss the issues that will shape the local government sector in 2019. This afternoon event will be held on Friday November 30 at the Adelaide Oval.

Numbers are strictly limited, so use the below links to see a full program and register today.
Planning, Development & Environment
Friday October 12 at the Adelaide Oval
Click here to register
Human Resources
Friday October 19 at the Mayfair Hotel
Click here to register
Governance & Regulatory
Wednesday October 24 at the Mayfair Hotel
Click here to register
Property, Procurement & Projects
November 16 at the Mayfair Hotel
Click here to register


News Flash

Short Programs
Our range of Short Programs are an effective, efficient and affordable way to develop new skills to enhance your local government career. Take a moment to review our Professional Development Program to learn more about how we can support your career growth.

Our next Short Program, ‘Leading More Effective Stakeholder Engagement, will be held on Thursday 18 October. Using relevant case studies and scenarios, we’ll delve into the principles, strategies and behaviours needed to identify, manage, meet and exceed stakeholder expectations in a way that is beneficial for your organisation—vital skills for officers and leaders at all levels at any stage of their career. Registrations for this full-day program will close on 4 October, so act quick! Download the program flyer and register here.

Strategic Management Program
We’ve made some exciting changes to our Professional Leaders Program, which will now be known as the Strategic Management Program. More than just a name change, we’ve made this program more accessible by reducing the span from five months to three months, requiring just three trips to Adelaide which will be aligned with weekends to make travel easier.

Developed in partnership with UniSA and with the sector in mind, the Strategic Management Program has been designed to build upon the skills and capabilities developed in the Emerging Leaders Program. You’ll build high-level leadership and management skills within a local government context, learning technical skills to manage business functions and enhance innovation, strategic thinking, business acumen and operational excellence.

Topics covered as part of this program:

  • Risk management
  • Thinking strategically
  • Financial management
  • Operational excellence (Lean Six Sigma)

Further, completion of the Strategic Management Program can be used as credit towards an MBA at UniSA, which has been ranked in the top 10 MBA programs nationally for ten years.

We’ll be releasing more information in the coming weeks. If you would like to discuss this or any of our other Professional Development programs, get in touch with Kate Staples Manager Professional Development and Networks by email or phone 08 8291 7996.


Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Deb Richardson

This month we speak with Deb Richardson, Director, Community Development at the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

Deb speaks to us about her role, her advice for aspiring leaders, what motivates her - and why she values "getting involved".

What's your current role - and what does it involve?

I’m the Director Community Development at City of Port Adelaide Enfield.  I get to lead a great group of people to work with our community so PAE can be a place people can experience high wellbeing, have opportunity and generally be somewhere they love to be.

It’s easy (and at times relevant) to describe our work as functions such as Libraries, Development Services, etc and it’s also important to not lose sight of what they all add up to, the things we’re all really here for.

Where were you before? (what‘s your career background to date?)

Where haven't I been?  I've been doing a career tour of Local Government.  Prior to PAE I was at Adelaide Hills Council as Director Assets and Engineering, which was a step out of community development and recreation where I have spent most of my working life.

read more..


Industry Trends - Staff Retention through Professional Development

An employer who doesn’t focus on learning is going to lose out — in performance, engagement and retention.

According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report, a whopping 93% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their careers.

Development is no longer an optional perk or reserved for only certain positions. It’s expected by today’s talent.

It signals that the employer values their people and are actively interested in their success — not just on the job, but over the long haul.

read more..

Network News

HR Network reflection
Anne Pett, Chair of the HR Network

The SA Local Government HR Network, in partnership with LG Professionals, SA, hosted its first ever HR Conference on Wednesday 19 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The conference (Workforce 4.0: Are you future ready?) was well attended with a stellar line up of speakers who engaged participants to discuss a range of workforce planning challenges and strategies to meet our ever changing workforce landscape.
Key topics included technology and how workforces need to adapt quickly to emerging technology and capitalise how this technology can be applied in the workplace such as virtual reality; workplace accommodation – activity based work; paperless environments; organisation structures – agile instead of hierarchical.

The day finished with a wonderful presentation that focused on our own wellbeing with some great strategies to make sure we look after ourselves so that we can continue to help others.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Leading More Effective Stakeholder Engagement
Thursday 18 October
Registrations closing Thursday 4 October. Register now

Enhanced Speaking and Presenting for Leaders
Tuesday 23 October
Registrations closing Tuesday 9 October. Register now

Building an Innovation Culture
Tuesday 30 October
Registrations closing Tuesday 16 October. Register now

Women’s Conference: Reaching your Full Potential
Friday 2 November
Early bird registrations closing 28 September. Register now and save

Future Readiness: Fit for the Future Framework
Wednesday 7 November
Registrations closing Wednesday 24 October. Register now

Conversations that Matter
Monday 19 November
Registrations closing 5 November. Register now

Failing by Design
28 November
Registrations closing 14 November. Register now


New members
  • Simon Ford, City of Charles Sturt
  • Triana Hill, Mid Murray Council
  • Melissa Jensen, City of Mitcham
  • Alicia Steward, LGA SA
Welcome to all!

Movers and Shakers

  • Erica Vidinis, previously employed at Campbelltown City Council, is now Project Leader City Operations at the City of Onkaparinga.
  • Janelle Arbon has moved from the City of Adelaide to work as the Urban Landscape Design Leader at the City of Marion.

Tips and ideas - Getting the most from your membership

Don’t stand on the sidelines!  Get involved!

There are only three types of people – those that hope things will happen, those that makes things happen, and those that wonder what happened!

So, in life – family, career, hobbies, sport – you can either hang back and watch what’s going on, or get involved and be a part of the action. 

Studies show that much greater satisfaction is gained by getting involved.  Parents are advised to get involved with their children’s development and activities.  Community members are encouraged to get involved with community issues and have a say in making decisions that will affect them.

And of course, workers are advised to get involved with activities that can increase job satisfaction and help to further their career.

LG Professionals, SA offers a range of opportunities to get involved and get the best value from your membership  - from our professional development programs to a wide range of focused networks that meet regularly to learn and engage, and also mentoring and coaching.

There are 7 main benefits of “getting involved”:

read more..

Save the date

Please mark the following dates in your calendar for 2018 and 2019. These are events you won’t want to miss!
  • Annual General Meeting, Thursday 29 November 2018
  • Annual State Conference, Friday 22 February 2019
  • 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.

AGM and Board Nominations

Members are asked to save the 29 November 2018 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am for our AGM.  Details to follow.

Also, please consider getting more involved by nominating for our Board. It’s a great way to give back to such a great sector and help support your peers on their career journey.

To discuss what’s involved, ring Taryn on 0400 429 003.


Recent Events

Leading with Emotional Intelligence masterclass
We recently facilitated an emotional intelligence masterclass with Barry Bales, an internationally-renowned leadership expert, exclusively for our members and Leaders Alumni. Participants left having learned how to use emotions intelligently to help guide behaviour and thinking in ways that enhance results.

Here’s some of the feedback we received:
  • 'This was the best workshop I’ve been to in Adelaide. An excellent day!’ – Lyn, Campbelltown City Council
  • ‘I can apply what I learned practically and day-to-day to improve my performance and wellbeing at work.’ Casey, Adelaide Hills Council

Influencing for Positive Outcomes
The first of our Short Programs from our recently released Professional Development Program July to December 2018 was held on 7 September. This one-day program helped participants learn about how others make decisions and process information, and how they can use their own influencing style to influence outcomes—a great, practical program to kick off our Professional Development Program.

Here’s what some of you had to say:
  • ‘What I learned in this workshop will help me to take a problem-solving approach to interactions and better understand others’ points of view.’ Sarah, City of Unley
  • ‘This workshop provides skills that can be used in a number of situations with community and internally in the organisation to enable constructive, positive outcomes.’ Jane, City of Adelaide


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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