A word from the CEO

Attention rural and regional councils!

We're coming your way!

LGMA (SA) will be running the inaugural regional conference, Leaders Connect and rural management challenge on October 13, in Mt Gambier.

The management challenge is a fantastic way to showcase your council's talent, while building teamwork and providing your staff with opportunities to grow their skills in an intense but fun environment.

Please consider nominating a team - I can assure you your staff , and your council, will benefit. We already have 6 teams nominated so hurry and register your interest!

The Leaders Connect Conference will run alongside the challenge, and will provide a mix of high-quality speakers to engage and inform the conference delegates on a range of topical issues.

And finally, the day will conclude with a spectacular gala dinner, where the winners of the management challenge will be announced.

Corporate Partners still have time to get involved too -  and we would like to thanks our corporate partners LGFA, Maloney's Field Services and Local Super for already getting on board with their support.

To all rural and regional councils, (not just in the South East) make sure you mark out the day in your calendar - more information and registration details will be released shortly.

Please enjoy the newsletter, and I hope to see you at an LGMA (SA) event in the near future.






Member Profile - Bree Hislop, City of West Torrens

Bree Hislop is the Governance Officer for the City of West Torrens.  She is also part of 2011's LGMA (SA) Emerging Leaders Program.

Bree tells us a bit about her role in Local Government in this month's member profile:

Hi Bree - thanks for being part of LGMA's newsletter this month.

What’s your current role?

I'm currently a Governance Officer at the City of West Torrens.

How did you get into that role?

I was able to trial life as a Governance Officer through a secondment position in 2008. I quickly recognised that the principles of accountability, transparency and continuous improvement closely reflected my own philosophies.




Industry Trends - workforce planning - Emerging Leaders presentation

(L-R) Skye Browne, Sarah Poppy

Sarah Poppy, City of Salisbury writes...

One of the key challenges facing Local Government now and in the future is the need to challenge, engage and retain critical staff.

This was the central question of this year’s LGMA Management Challenge Pre-Challenge Task.

The national organisers of the LGMA Challenge chose four teams to present their pre-challenge task at the national LGMA Congress in Cairns in May. Our pre-challenge task was chosen as one of the top four submissions nationally. My colleague Skye Browne and I were the lucky two from our team invited to present our project at this prestigious event to around 400 senior management delegates and participate in a Q&A session with the other three teams.


Industry trends  - Henry Report

The latest in ACELG's working paper series is titled The Henry Review of Australia's Future Tax System: Implications for Local Government.  It was prepared by John Passant and John McLaren of the University of Canberra, and it examines a range of issues canvassed by the review that relate to local government.

These issues include:

  • The need for councils to have sufficient autonomy in setting rates
  • Integration of rates and land tax
  • The distribution of financial assistance grants
  • The potential for expanded road user charges
  • The problem facing Australians in relation to housing affordability
  • The cost of providing aged care in a country with an ageing population
  • The longer term financial capacity of the states
  • The application of economic rent.
You can access the report here..


Country Spotlight

Each month we place the spotlight on a country council or staff member.

This month we speak to Grant Humphries, Director, Corporate and Community Services at Mt Gambier.

Hi Grant - thanks for spending time with us.

What is your professional background?
My entire career has been in local government spanning five different Councils over 36 years, initially in the Finance/Revenue areas.  I was appointed CEO of former Beachport District Council in 1988.


Network News

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.

R U Ready? Volunteering for a Sustainable Future: event - see more details in "upcoming events" below. 

Emerging Leaders Alumni Network

Aim: Bringing together professionals that have completed the Emerging Leaders Program to network, socialize and further develop their skills and contacts.

Emerging Leaders Alumni Network Social Event - see more details in "upcoming events" below.

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.

Women’s Network Conference : scheduled for 26 October 2011, see more details in "upcoming events" below.



Tips and Ideas

Here's an idea - supercharge your career with a 4 week exchange trip to the USA - including attendance at the ICMA conference- with almost all expenses (including flights and accommodation) fully paid!

Are you kidding me?  What's the catch?

Incredibly, there isn't one - it's a real exchange fellowship, where you will be actually working in a US council on climate change issues.  Read more about it here..but hurry - applications close July 1!


Recent Events - Women's network dinner - 3 June

Report by Mary Deakin, Chairperson of the LGMA (SA) Women's Network Committee.

As chair of the Women’s Networking Committee, and on behalf of the dinner committee I would like to thank all the women who attended the 2011 event.

We were very excited to see the attendance of a cross section of local government women enjoying the evening. While the numbers may have been down on last year’s event the exuberance and fun was not. Women from both metropolitan and regional Council’s attended the event with some staying late into the evening to catch up with their colleagues and friends.

The theme was networking and while guest speaker Diarmid Lee spoke on some of the practical hints, even he admitted the women in attendance seemed to have the art of networking mastered. A big thank you to our sponsors Local Super, McArthur and Norman Waterhouse Lawyers and especially LGMA (SA) for making the night a success.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with the women in Local Government to host our conference 26th October and another dinner next year. Anyone wishing to be a part of the Women’s Network is encouraged to contact LGMA (SA).


Upcoming Events

Emerging Leaders Alumni Network Social Event

Where: AME Recruitment, 278 Flinders Street, Adelaide

When : 4 August 2011-06-23

Time: 4-6pm

All past and current Emerging Leaders are invited to attend the 2nd social event supported by LGMA (SA) and Corporate Partner AME Recruitment.

To register click here

LGMA (SA) Women’s Network Conference

Where: Adelaide Convention Centre – Riverbank Rooms

When: 26 October 2011

Time: 9 to 5pm

Costs TBA


R U Ready? Volunteering for a Sustainable Future: Volunteer Management Conference

Where: Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo

: 1 & 2 August 2011

Time: 9am to 5pm

Costs: Various - see details

  (Note!  Last days to  get early bird discount - save $$!) 

Details and registration here..



CEO Sleepout  - Local Government CEO's get involved

Three local government CEOs from South Australia raised more than $5000 for homeless people by making Adelaide Zoo their home for the night on 16 June.L-R CEO's Andrew Johnson (Port Pirie), Peter Smith (Adelaide), Mark Searle (Marion)

The trio swapped their doonas and electric blankets for park benches and cardboard to support St Vinnies’ national CEO Sleepout which raises funds and awareness for the homeless.

Peter Smith (Adelaide City Council), Andrew Johnson (Port Pirie Regional Council), and Mark Searle (Marion Council) joined more than 80 other CEOs from South Australia on a damp cold night among the zoo’s more permanent inhabitants.



Membership Matters

Renew your membership - and relax

Renew promptly and you could win a $300 voucher!

Imagine - relaxing on a golden beach somewhere, Mai Tai in hand, (complete with umbrella, of course) while reading some trashy novel...all for just renewing your LGMA membership and updating your details!

Well you can - all membership renewals paid by July 1 (with membership details updated) and you will go into the draw to win a $300 voucher! 

Council bundles

LGMA is now offering council memberships, with a wide range of benefits to participating councils.  And subscriptions purchased through a council bundle will still be eligible for the voucher, so check it out!

Find more details on council membership bundles here

Qantas club

We are pleased to announce that LGMA (SA) members are now eligible for corporate Qantas club membership rates as a newly arranged member benefit.  This results in a  $255 saving for a 1 year membership and $365 saving for a two year membership.

Social Media Workshop 8 July 2011 - last days to register!

Be billed now or in the next financial year - your choice....)

facebook, twitter, linked in, myspace......?

How can Local Government navigate this minefield to get the best results and avoid the pitfalls?

Do you want to:

  • DISCOVER which tool is best for which job
  • MAXIMISE your communication strategy
  • GENERATE the best conversational outcomes
  • UNCOVER which metrics are relevant for your council
  • ANSWER the CEO’s “What’s the ROI?” question

Then make sure you are at this workshop, to be run by Lee Hopkins. Lee is a nationally recognised GURU on this topic, who normally charges thousands of dollars per day to consult with industry and government leaders.  Here's your chance to get high-value information and advice at a fraction of the normal cost....


New Members

Please welcome our new LGMA (SA) Members this month:

Ingrid Wilkshire Manager Strategic Planning City of Tea Tree Gully
Leonie Boothby Manager Administrative Services The Barossa Council
Tracy Johnstone Manager Customer & Community Services City of Campbelltown

Not yet a member?  Join now! 


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