A word from the CEO

We are delighted to welcome you to our new, electronic newsletter, "Leaders Connect".  This monthly publication will focus on you, your professional development and the Local Government landscape.

It will be a platform for networking, information, ideas, conversations and opportunities.

We will be providing information about your industry, upcoming events, case studies, member profiles and much more.

We want to hear from you - let us know what you think of this newsletter - and what suggestions you have.  We're listening!

Please feel free to pass this on to your colleagues and encourage them to join the mailing list too.

Enjoy the newsletter, and I hope to see you at a LGMA (SA) event or function in the near future.





Industry Trends

Is amalgamation a dirty word?

The topic of amalgamation is certainly controversial. But are amalgamations beneficial?

What do the stakeholders think?

A recent report from the Emerging Leaders group discusses this argument. 

To inform the report, a survey was completed by 446 stakeholders to local government including staff across all levels of responsibility, elected members, state government employees and a range of community and private industry representatives.

Most respondents had strong opinions as to whether previous amalgamations had been beneficial to local government and whether the long term successes that were achieved outweighed the short term turmoil that the process creates (or which future amalgamations could create).

Just over 50% of all respondents believed that amalgamations resulted in an improvement in local government operations and there was 54% support for further metropolitan council amalgamations.



Country Spotlight

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

This month, we are speaking with Mary Deakin, General Manager, Corporate and Community Services, District Council of the Copper Coast.

Hi Mary – thanks for spending a few minutes with us for our LGMA newsletter.  Can you start by telling us a bit about your professional background?

My professional background is in business. I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Management through external studies in 2009. I undertook a Bachelor of Commerce with University of Southern Queensland majoring in accounting. My previous field was in visual arts and I am still able to be involved in this area through community art galleries, art prizes and Council’s community function.

What council are you currently with, and when did you start working there?


LGMA (NT) News

Here's the latest newsletter from our colleagues in Darwin.

Click here...


Network News

The LGMA (SA) currently hosts 4 significant networks:

  • Community Managers Network
  • Women's Network
  • Emerging Leaders Alumni
  • Business Excellence Framework
Key announcements and comments from these networks will feature in this section in upcoming newsletters, so please take another look next month!


Tips and Ideas

Local Government professionals juggle a multitude of tasks every day,  and keeping track of priorities and making sure all those critical tasks are completed is a constant battle.  Time management theory suggests making lists, and prioritising the tasks from the most important (or the most time critical) downwards.  But who wants to deal with scraps of paper?

Try toodledoo - we know of many senior managers already using it - it's free, links to your outlook, and also, (for the very tech-savvy) to your iPhone and iPad.

click here to go to the toodledo website.


Upcoming Events

Annual SA Conference

Registrations close this Friday!  Book now!


Sign up now for the 2011 Emerging Leaders Program

The LGMA (SA) Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) 2011 provides an outstanding professional development opportunity for local government professionals. The program is unique to the sector and very different from generic leadership development programs as it focuses specifically on leadership in a local government context.

This will be the sixth time the program has been offered here in South Australia, with a strong track record of success. The program is based on a combination of thought leadership and an experiential learning model providing extensive interaction amongst program participants.

Key elements of the Program include:

• Exposure to a broad range of best practice in a local government context
• Unique insight into both metropolitan and regional issues
• Exposure to outstanding thought leaders in a small group setting
• Access to a high quality dynamic mentor
• Experiential learning model; a “learning by doing” approach
• The opportunity to develop strong relationships with peers in other councils
• Eligibility upon completion to join the Emerging Leaders Alumni Network
of LGMA (SA)
• An active role for participants in the management and implementation of the Program


Save this date  - Volunteering for a sustainable future

Volunteer Management Conference

1 & 2 August, 2011, Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo

Are You Ready to meet the challenges and opportunities that the next 10 years will bring to the volunteer landscape?

Who should attend?

• Decision makers in local government, government and not for profit sectors.
• Managers, project officers and coordinators of programs and services that are supported by volunteers.
• Community Development and Social Planning Officers.

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer.


New Members

Please welcome our new LGMA (SA) Members:

  • Stuart Boyd, Manager Community Services    Adelaide Hills Council
  • Fiona Boyle, Team Leader Community Development, City of Onkaparinga
  • Trudy Braun, HR Manager, Victoria Daly Shire Council
  • Desma Fraser, Human Services Co-ordinator, The Coorong District Council
  • Rikki Lee Goldfinch, Acting Manager Finance and Asset Strategy, Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Richard James, Director Community and community services, Barkly Shire Council
  • Nick Leaver, Manager G6 Procurement, Cities of Adelaide, Charles Sturt, Marion, Onkaparinga, Salisbury, Tea Tree Gully
  • Desire'e Morgan, Community Facilities Co-ordinator, City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Martin Oldfield, Maloney Field Services
  • Lee Prestwood, Team Leader Community Development, City of West Torrens
  • Alan Rickard, Housing Manager, Tiwi Island Shire Council
  • Simone Roberts, Advisor People and Organisational Development, City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Graham Taylor, CEO, Macdonnell Shire NT
  • Richard John Watson, Night Patrol Regional Manager, Victoria Daly Shire Council

Not yet a member?  Join now! 

Member Profile

This month we profile Nick Leaver, Procurement Manager for the G6 group of councils.  Nick shares his experience and background, and lets us in on a typical day:



About LGMA

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LGMA is committed to the development and improvement of local government management. It is committed to maintaining high professional and ethical standards throughout the profession and to ensure that its members are at the forefront of change and innovation.



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