Issue 027
June 2013


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Industry Trends
  • Member profile
  • Sponsor insight
  • News Flash
  • Network News
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • New Members
  • Recent Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • LGMA Promotions
  • About Us

Member profile

  • Kylie Flynn


Upcoming Events:

  • Network events


Corporate Partners





A word from the CEO

As another financial year comes to a close, its a great time to reflect on the achievements of 2012/13 and set some professional and personal goals for 2013/14. 

To help you get in the head space of goal setting try our tips and tricks for "serenity" below. 

In doing so, I also encourage you to start thinking now about nominating for some awards this year.  The process of going through the application is in itself a rewarding one as it forces one to reflect on achievements and learnings in a structured way. 

Through reflection, we are better able to identify opportunities for the future.

I hope you all enjoy this jam packed edition of Leaders Connect.





Member profile - Kylie Flynn

This month we speak with Kylie Flynn, a graduate of the PLP (Professional Leaders Program) and a past participant in the LGMA Emerging Leaders Program.

Kylie talks about her role, and how she thinks Council relationships with their communities will change over the coming years.

Hi Kylie - thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
Customer Team Development Coordinator, Community Relations; ensuring team members are trained in all aspects of their role through performance development strategies and quality assurance.

read more..


Industry Trends:

LGMA National President backs calls for Federal MPs to support referendum legislation.

Newly appointed National President of LGMA National Mark Ferguson has called on Federal MPs to support the local government constitutional recognition legislation introduced into parliament today.

“We cannot achieve our vision whilst we don’t have the resources to do our work.  LGMA supports the Australian Local Government Australia (ALGA) campaign for constitutional recognition,” he says.

Read more..


Sponsor Insight
- Statewide Super

As a result of the Federal Government’s Stronger Super reforms, we’re proposing to make some changes to the Industry Fund on 1 July 2013*.

The changes comply with the Government’s MySuper requirements and are designed to help make super easy for you!

Read more..

*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.

News Flash!

Anyone who has anything more than a passing interest in IT and technology would know about CeBit. The international CeBit Exhibition is the largest technology exhibition in the world, and the recent Australian exhibition is the largest annual business event in Australia.

At this event, a number of technology awards were presented to the leading examples of best practice in LG.

CeBIT Australia (part the world’s leading events in Information and Communications Technology covering all major markets of the world) has a proud history of recognising talented, innovative and successful organisations in the ICT industry and provide a great opportunity for the industry to pay tribute to innovative peers and witness ground-breaking new products and services.

The Awards have been held annually since 2002 and the 2013 edition of the Awards attracted a record number of entries.

The awards were presented by the Hon Senator Kate Lundy during a dinner as part of the CeBIT Conference held at Darling Harbour in Sydney on 30th May.

City of Prospect's IT Team in conjunction with the City of Tea Tree Gully was recently shortlisted as 1 of 3 finalists nationally for the CeBIT Business Award - ‘ICT Manager or Team of the Year’.

Both Councils were nominated for the IT Projects completed last year under Prospect's IT Shared Service agreement with the City of Tea Tree Gully.

Adelaide City Council was shortlisted in the Gov 2.0 Category for its "2012-2016 Connect Adelaide Digital Strategy" and in the Project & Program Management Category for its "Unified Communications Implementation".

Competition is fierce for these coveted awards, so making the shortlist of finalists is a fantastic achievement.

And, Adelaide City Council took out the Project & Program Management Category for its "Unified Communications Implementation" of Microsoft Lync.

Photos of the evening can be found here.



Sorry!  The notification in last month’s edition for the position title for Ginny Moon, City of Prospect, was incorrect.  Ginny has been promoted to Director Corporate Services, not Manager of Corporate Services. Congratulations Ginny!

New LGMA Staff member

Melanie Winter will commence as the Administrative Officer with LGMA (SA) in August.  Mel comes from the Water Industry Alliance where she ran their Awards and networking events.  We can’t wait for her to join our team!

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 in 2013 - 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

CEO Network - A Conversation with the Local Excellence Panel on the Council of the Future

    When: 8 Aug 2013, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide

See "upcoming events" for more information.

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.

LGMA (SA) Leaders Alumni Network - formerly the Emerging Leaders Alumni Network

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

The Emerging Leaders Alumni Network Committee

The Emerging Leaders Alumni Network committee would like to invite the new Professional Leaders graduates to join the ELP Alumni as both groups have very similar goals and objectives. The new Network name is the LGMA (SA) Leaders Alumni and the terms of reference is amended accordingly with the new purpose: “to promote and develop leadership excellence within local government amongst LGMA (SA) leadership program graduates.” 

Committee nominations would be open for all ELAN and PLP graduates to join the Network Committee.

Call for Committee Nominations

As per the Network Terms of Reference, 2 years have passed since the commencement of the Emerging Leaders Alumni Network Committee (now the LGMA (SA) Leaders Alumni) and all positions but one are declared vacant.  Nominations for these positions are called for giving 30 days notice of the nomination deadline (nominations open 26 June 2013 and close 26 July 2013). All nominations are to be emailed to Mandy Oye,

Nominations should be half a page and include your current position, organisation, a summary of your relevant experience and qualifications and your motivation for involvement in the committee.  Don't forget to include your contact details as well. In the event of more nominations than available positions being received voting via secret ballot will be held.

Women’s Network

Aim: The focus of the 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.

The next Women’s Network Forum will be held at the Mid-Murray Council, Mannum on the 11 September 2013.

Registrations will be open online soon.


Tips and Ideas - Serenity Now!

Things getting a little hectic in the office?

Are you juggling a million balls in the air, and don't have time to even breathe?

Well now you can be like Frank Costanza and get some "Serenity Now!" or maybe you'll be soon be heard to remark "how's the serenity" just like Daryl Kerrigan from the Castle.

(and if you don't know either of these references, welcome back from that cave you've been living in for the last 20 years....   :) 


This website (and app) encourages you to take a moment - (starting from just 2 minutes) to relax and unwind.

Try it....It's fantastic, it's like taking a 2 minute vacation in the office!

Click here to access the website.


LGM Latest Edition online

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

Click here to read the April/May edition.  The July edition will be out on July 1.


The PM’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management

The awards are administered by the ACT division of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

They recognise better practice and innovation in all levels of government, including local government and aim to honour the achievements of public sector work groups, rather than individuals.

Further information, including criteria and nominations processes and fees, is available here.

If you have queries about the awards, please contact Tamara Cutcliffe of the Institute of Public Administration Australia on 02  6251 6060.


LGMA Promotions

Membership Renewals 2013/14

This year, membership renewals 2013/14 will be automatically renewed on the 1 July 2013 and notification of the renewal will be emailed to all members. Membership renewals will be due by 31 July 2013.

Benefits to Members

One of the many great benefits our members receive is:


A big saving of $225 for 1yr membership or $305 for 2yr membership.

Want to join our membership? Click here for details.


Recent events

1. National Congress presentations now online

Did you miss the National Congress in Hobart?  Or maybe you were there, but forgot to take a pen?

Don't worry - the presentations are now available online for you to download.

The LGMA National Congress & Business Expo featured some outstanding presenters who shared their experiences and expertise on a range of topics and issues.

The June/July edition of LG Manager will feature an overview of Congress, including the keynote presentations. It is due out on July 1.

Click here to access the presentations.

2. ACELG Local Government Researchers Forum
The recent ACELG Researchers' Forum was a great success, with a raft of engaging speakers playing to a packed house each day.
ACELG has published a wrap-up on the forum which can be viewed here

Keeping in Touch

A number of people on the forum expressed an interest in contacting other forum attendees after the event, and indeed ACELG hopes to encourage this sort of networking and collaboration.

The best resource for doing this is through an account with lgresearch as it enables forum attendees and other researchers in the sector to stay in touch through the lgresearch forum and internal messaging system (available when logged in).

Click here to read how to create an account and join the network.


Upcoming events
and programs

CEO Network - A Conversation with the Local Excellence Panel on the Council of the Future

    When:  8 Aug 2013,  2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:  The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide

A Conversation with the Local Excellence Expert Panel on the Council of the Future.

Join Greg Crafter, Graham Sansom, Christine Trenorden and Tony Lawson to have a chat about the discussion paper and the number of options which they hope will generate significant
debate about where local government will be in 20-25 years time.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to influence the future of your sector. The discussion paper will be issued to all CEOs prior to the event and will also be circulated to all registered attendees once available.

For more information, click here.


New members

Ms Abby Dickson    Manager Libraries & Cultural Development City of Marion
Ms Rebecca Wilson Manager Governance & Risk City of Unley


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