A word from the CEO

What a night!

The LGMA awards dinner was held on Friday 15th April, and it was certainly a gala occasion.

The ladies were all resplendent in their finest frocks, and the guys looked great, many decked out in penguin suits, befitting the occasion.

Wendy Campana, CEO of the LGA, said it all when she said the night was like the “Local Government Logies”

We agree - but maybe we should call the awards the LoGovs....

In any case, it was great night at the Hilton, with their main ballroom packed to the hilt with over 380 Local Government luminaries.

Sincere congratulations to all the award nominees and winners.

Read more about the awards night, the winners and links to the photos below.

Also, we have also been busy planning and budgeting for our next financial year - and we would be pleased to take any suggestions for events and programs that you think might be useful and valuable to our members, and to Local Government employees in general.

Please enjoy the newsletter, and I hope to see you in Cairns for the National Congress, May 22-25...




Member Profile - Jessica Sharkie

Each month we will place the spotlight on a LGMA member, and find out what makes them tick.

This month, we are speaking with Jessica Sharkie from Adelaide Hills Council. 

Hi Jessica – thanks for spending a few minutes with us for our LGMA newsletter. 

What's your Current role?
My title is: Community Development Office Coordinator and my role covers the areas of: Management of Community Grant Programs and Council’s Retirement Villages, coordination of a number of elements of the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program including volunteers and overseeing the general administration process’ for the whole department.

How did you get into that role?
The role has grown with me to a certain degree, as the position I moved to Adelaide Hills Council for was purely an administration role in the Home and Community Care Team. However coming from and events, marketing and volunteer management background it didn’t take long for other facets of the Community Services department to become part of my role and I was delighted at the opportunity to expand.




Industry Trends - Constitutional Recognition for Local

Government back on the agenda?

Reform of the Federation debated in Senate Committee hearings

The ALGA will be putting the case for reform of the Constitution to include local government when it appears before the hearings of the Senate Select Committee of the Reform of the Australian Federation in Canberra on 5 May. The Committee, chaired by Senator Russell Trood, is due to report to Parliament by 20 June 2011 and has already held hearings in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. ALGA's submission was one of 45 made to the Committee, with submissions also being made by the Local Government Association of South Australia, the Western Australia Local Government Association and three councils.

The Committee is looking at a range of issues including the distribution of powers and finances between the three levels of government, the role of COAG and regional development issues, as well the possible constitutional recognition of local government. The previous hearings of the Committee have explored many of the options for constitutional change as well as the arguments for and against different regional development approaches and provide a valuable insight into the current debate on reforming the Federation.

The ALGA Board has proposed a narrow and pragmatic change to the Constitution to provide for direct Commonwealth funding of local government and inclusion of local government in a Preamble if one is to be developed.

Further information on the inquiry is available from ALGA website, here..


Country Spotlight

Missed out on the Management Challenge?  LGMA(SA) is now considering a one-day challenge for rural councils

Interested councils should contact Taryn Sexton at the LGMA(SA) to register their interest. This is open to all rural councils in SA and NT. If there is sufficient response, LGMA will consider hosting a challenge in several locations around rural SA and NT.


LGMA(SA) is also considering running our popular ignite program for new managers in a regional centre.  This will reduce travel costs for rural councils while offering a unique training opportunity, building networks with peers from around the state. 

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.

Save the date: R U Ready? Volunteering for a Sustainable Future: Volunteer Management Conference 1 & 2 August 2011. Details here...

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.

Social Event
(details below in upcoming events)

Also, there are still just a couple of places left in the 2011 Emerging Leaders Program!  Hurry! Click here for details.

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.

Annual Women’s Network Dinner, (details below in upcoming events)
Registration now open, limited places available!

Save the Date: Women’s Network Conference : scheduled for 26 October 2011, venue to be announced.

 Working Party - the Women's Network is seeking to put together a working party to review Women's Strategy and make recommendations to the October Conference for futhter consultation.  Please call Mandy at the LGMA to register your interest.         


Tips and Ideas - Don't be lost without your important data!

How often does this happen?  You're away from your office, (or your home office) and need to access something? It may be work files, your tax information, or even just your holiday snaps.

Now, you can access them from anywhere - free - thanks to dropbox

It's so easy - just drop the files you want to save into the "cloud" into the box on your desktop, and your done!

Then, you can access those files form anywhere with your login details, from any computer.

(this is also a great way to back up important files)

click here to go to the dropbox website.


Upcoming Events

LGMA (SA) Emerging Leaders Alumni Network Social Event

26 May 2011 04:00 PM • Norman Waterhouse Lawyers, Level 15, 45 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000


LGMA (SA) 2011 Annual Women's Network Dinner

3 Jun 2011 06:30 AM • Next Generation Memorial Drive, War Memorial Drive North Adelaide SA



Recent Events

2011 LGMA (SA) Leadership Excellence Awards Dinner

"What more can I say?  WE ROCK!

Rachel Patterson exclaimed on accepting the award for advancing the status of women in Local Government.  Rachel, a manager from Playford also thanked her team - and her enthusiasm in accepting the award is clearly an indication of the passion she brings to her role, and one of the reasons for their success.

Other winners were equally excited and well-deserved.  Tea Tree Gully won the award for Excellence in Water Security, for their fantastic work in developing water retention initiatives across their Council area. 

The late Liz Bok was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award, for her lifetime dedication to her work in Community Services.  The award was touchingly accepted by her husband.

Other award winners were as follows:

Leadership & Management Excellence, Rural Councils, SA/NT
Nigel Melzner, City of Port Lincoln

Leadership & Management Excellence, Metropolitan Councils, SA/NT
Steve Harrison, City of Prospect

Emerging Leader of the Year
Adam Mrotek, City of Charles Sturt

Partnerships for Growth Award
Rural City of Murray Bridge Executive Leadership Team

Risk Manager of the Year
Rudi Deco, Adelaide City Council

Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
Ben Moulton, City of Onkaparinga

Excellence in Asset Management
The Barossa Council

Local Hero Award for Leadership in Community Services
Katie Hearn, Darwin City Council (Winner)

Leadership in Financial Management
Peter Fairlie-Jones, City of Salisbury

Click here to see a selection of photos from the event. 

2011 Local Government Management Challenge

Another hard fought, but thoroughly enjoyable challenge was held this year, and the winners were presented at the awards dinner. 

It was a difficult decision for the judges, but the final results were: 

  • Winner:                         City of Charles Sturt
  • Second Place       Salisbury Council
  • Third Place               Burnside Council


Elephants never forget - and neither should you!

So don't forget to budget for a Council Bundle LGMA(SA) Membership!

Council Bundles available  for 2011/2012:

  • Gold

  • Silver

  • Bronze

Each Bundle provides a simple, convenient way for your organisation to manage your LGMA (SA) employees' individual memberships.

In addition, the Bundles provide other great benefits such as:

  • Annual Award Dinner tickets

  • Discounts for non-members

  • Marketing opportunities for your more!


Social Media Workshop 8 July 2011
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:

  • Mr John Fisher, Program Manager Procurement, South Australian Local Government Association
  • Mrs Kelly Harding, City of Holdfast Bay
  • Ms Kate Jessep, Governance Manager, Alexandrina Council
  • Miss Jessica Sharkie, Community Development Office Coordinator, Adelaide Hills Council
  • Mr Michael Livori, Eastern Health Authority

Not yet a member?  Join now! 

Win a scholarship!

Workplace Training Advisory Australia are making a final call for scholarship applications from Local Government sector employees to participate in the South Australia Applied Management Colloquium.

The South Australia Colloquium – commencing on 18th May in Adelaide - is the only opportunity for employees in South Australia to participate in the management program in 2011.

A successful scholarship application will award the recipient with a $6,000 subsidy to reduce the cost of participation in the Applied Management Colloquium.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential organisational scholarship, please contact nick williams on 1300 138 037 or directly by email. (

To apply for Local Government scholarship funding, click here.

To read the Colloquium prospectus, click here.


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