A word from the CEO

Welcome to another huge edition of our newsletter!

We are excited to promote the XLP – our Executive Leadership Program.  The program, aimed at Senior Managers, aspiring CEO’s and new CEO’s will be held over three days in November and includes over a dozen high profile guest speakers sharing their leadership journeys.  Participants are also provided with a resource manual written by subject matter experts including retired CEO’s and current practitioners.  I am told by several past participants that they refer to this manual often and call upon their fellow participants well beyond the program.

We are busy planning for next year’s conference to be held at the National Wine Centre on 24 February.  The conference will be called:  Local Government: Talkin’ About Your Generation.  If you have any ideas for speakers, topics, themes or anything at all you would like to see included please let me know.

I will be ringing round to many Rural CEO’s over the coming weeks to encourage you to send staff to the upcoming Leaders Connect Conference in Mt Gambier and enter a team in the Rural Management Challenge.  There are several small councils which are unable to put together a whole team for the Challenge and if this sounds like you why not consider putting in a composite team?  Please drop me a line so I can put you in touch with another council in the same situation.

Finally, a huge congratulations to the City of Charles Sturt for winning the Australasian Management Challenge Finals for the second year in a row - an unprecendented achievement! 

I can be reached at or 8100-9970.

Happy reading!



Member Profile - Tracey Johnstone,  City of Campbelltown

Tracey is the Manager, Customer and Community Services at the City of Campbelltown.

This month, Tracey tells us a little about her background, her current role, and where to from here...


Executive Leader's Program (XLP) - invest in your career!

One of the most challenging career transitions in local government is moving from an operational focus to one requiring a strategic whole-of-council approach to leading and managing the full obligations of Council.

While the role of the Chief Executive Officer in South Australian local government is challenging, it is also highly rewarding for those who have the right mix of skills, experience, training and preparedness to lead in this uniquely diverse and dynamic environment. However, this can sometimes be a difficult and daunting pursuit especially for those recently appointed or new to the sector.

The Executive Leaders Program delivers the essential tools to help new or aspiring CEO's, as well as providing an excellent networking opportunity.  


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.

Community Managers on the run...

Murray Bridge was the setting for our “rural and regional focus” 19 August meeting of the CMN Committee.

Our Network aims to provide a supportive network for community managers and leaders and aspiring and emerging leaders in local government in community development and services.

We build partnerships to address policy and strategy in local government, and to provide professional development for our members and for the community sector.

Highlights of the visit included Imagine your Rural City – a community engagement driven exciting futures plan for Murray Bridge and surrounds, underpinned by a “100 small wins”  resident directed program to enable direct visible action while the bigger plans evolve.

And Adelaide Hills was an example used to highlight changing relationship between rural and suburban needs and demands as the “boundary” rapidly changes and “suburban refugees” interact with rural values.

A presentation on the Murray Bridge Regional Year of Culture and tour of the upgraded Town Hall, Theatre and Regional Art Gallery Complex had the creative juices flowing. And Mid Murray Council’s “Wheelie Entertainment Machine” a magnificently presented van and trailer for recreation, arts and sport for isolated young people could be applied across many communities.

Angela Hazebroek led us in the afternoon on a time travellers journey to look through a community development prism at local government from the 70’s til now and beyond to see how we can best meet the needs of both rural and city community managers and aspiring leaders in local government in these challenging and exciting times.

To find out more visit the LGMA Community Network Web Page, here... or contact Mandy Curyer…..or Cam Opie…..

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.

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 : Unwrap Your Super Powers on 26 October 2011, see more details in "upcoming events" below.



Tips and Ideas

It seems just about everyone is getting sick these days - is it stress, the air conditioning, or just the pace of life?

Get on the front foot and implement a workplace health program.  The Heart Foundation provide a comprehensive 10 - step guide to workplace health.

Check it out here...


Recent Events

Volunteer Management Conference RU Ready? Volunteering for a Sustainable Future

No….sorry you can’t go to this one. Its been done on already on 1 and 2 August 2011 at the Adelaide Zoo.

But for those who were lucky enough to attend this event (around 200 attendees) the outcome was a rich tapestry of speakers and workshops delivering resources and information to meet the challenges and opportunities of demographic and environmental change over the coming 20 years. The quality of speakers, (including Bernard Salt, pictured) workshops, information, organization  and venue were almost universally acclaimed.

The Conference was driven and coordinated by the LGMA’s Community Manager’s Network with support from many sponsors and partners, but in particular with the non government volunteer sector through Volunteering SA. There were many bonds and ideas shared between local government, unions and the non government sector.

Speakers’ notes are available on the LGMA  Community Managers Webpage for all those wishing to follow up on the presentations. A team will meet in the next few weeks to glean the priority opportunities and areas for further action coming from the Conference.  

Amongst these, please look out for and respond to a survey from the ASU SA&NT Branch and Local Government Volunteers Management Forum which aims to  help us in our thinking about how best to nurture a constructive and mutually supportive relationship between paid staff and volunteers.

Congratulations to all involved. And watch the CMN Webpage for further information.

2. Corporate Partners Cocktail party

On 11 August a cocktail party was held at Chesser Cellars to recognize the significant contribution our corporate partners make to our Association.  Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to provide the several events attended by some 860 local government professionals across the year.  The event was held at Chesser Cellars and corporate partners  were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by our
President, Cate At

Cate also took the opportunity to present Mark Withers with an International City / County Management Association Award recognising his 25 years of service to local government.  A heartfelt thank you to our Corporate Partners and Congratulations Mark!


Why I love my job in Local Government

1.My first job was working in an Orange Juice
factory,  but I got canned. It turned out I couldn't concentrate. But I reckon they just wanted to squeeze me out.

2. Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack, but just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the axe.

3. After that, I tried being a Tailor, but wasn't suited for it – I reckon mainly because it was just a sew-sew job.

4. Next, I tried working in a Muffler Factory, but I found that too exhausting.

5. Then, tried being a Chef - I figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn't have the thyme.

6. Next, I attempted working in a Sandwich Shop, but any way I sliced it... I couldn't cut the mustard.

7. My next job was as a Musician, but I eventually found

I wasn't noteworthy.

8. I studied a long time to become a Doctor, but I just didn't have any patience.

9. Next, was a job in a Shoe Factory. I tried hard but just didn't fit in.

10. Then I became a Professional Fisherman, but discovered I couldn't live on my net income.

11. I managed to get a good job working for a Pool Maintenance Company, but the work was just too draining.

12. Then I got a job as a Historian - until I realised there was no future in it.

13. Then I went to work at a Company that made blankets, but it folded.

14. My next job was working in a Coffee Shop, but I had to quit because I found that it was the same old grind.

15. So, now I work in the Finance department of a Local Council, and I have finally found my balance.     


A Competition...
Ok....these are terrible - but please send us your own!  The best (or is that worst?) will be published next edition - and the winner will get a suitable prize!



Upcoming Events

LGMA (SA) Leaders Connect Conference, Dinner & Rural Management Challenge

Mt Gambier, The Barn, Punt Road (also called Nelson Road or Glenelg River Road)  

When: 13 Oct 2011 – 8.30am

register online

LGMA (SA) Women’s Network Conference - unwrap your super powers!

Guest Speaker Jennifer Jefferies

Where: Adelaide Convention Centre – Riverbank Rooms

When: 26 October 2011

Time: 9 to 5:30pm



Save the date - LGMA (SA) AGM breakfast

Where:  Crystal Room, Stamford Plaza

When: 7 am, 28 October (prior to LGA General Meeting across road)


Ever wanted an exchange trip to JAPAN??

The Japan Local Government Centre (CLAIR, Sydney) is offering an opportunity to visit Japan to promote better understanding about Japanese local governments and culture.

The Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar Programme aims to bring together people from both Japan and abroad who are working at local governments and related organisations by exchanging information regarding the current condition and issues of local governments.

In addition, the programme provides the participants the opportunity to learn more about Japanese culture by visiting several facilities and staying with Japanese families. Since it started in 1997, about 150 executives from Australia and New Zealand have participated.

More information and application forms


Membership Matters

LGMA (SA) Membership for 2011/2012

LGMA (SA) thanks those who have renewed their membership for 2011/12. LGMA (SA) values the support we receive from our members which allows us to develop and deliver high quality professional development activities and programs for people working in Local Government in South Australia. If you are not a member of LGMA (SA) and would like to join, or want further information on the types of memberships available and the benefits please click

Proposed changes to the constitution

Proposed changes to the LGMA (SA) constitution along have been sent to members for consultation.  Read more.

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!

10 Councils have already registered for a Council Bundle for 2011/12 to receive the many rewards and benefits that come with a LGMA (SA) Council Bundle.

Find more details on council membership bundles here

or phone Mandy, our Manager Membership and Communications, for further details on 8100 9975.

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

Please phone Mandy on 8100 9975 for details.



Sponsorship opportunities for LGMA (SA) programs, events and activities

Corporate sponsorship opportunities for all LGMA (SA) programs, events and activities during 2011/2012 are now available! To learn all about these opportunities please call Taryn Sexton, CEO of LGMA (SA) on 8100 9970


Congratulations to CHARLES STURT for winning the Australasian Management Challenge Final for the second year in a row!

Read more.


New Members

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

First name Last name Job Title Organization
Clarry Fisher
Rural City of Murray Bridge
Dave Allen   Rural City of Murray Bridge
David Wade   Rural City of Murray Bridge
Geoff Parsons Manager - Development Services Mid Murray Council
Greg Nankervis Manager, Organisational Development & Governance City of Burnside
Malcolm Downie   Rural City of Murray Bridge
Mark Gillespie   Rural City of Murray Bridge
Matthew Pears CEO City of Mitcham
Mildy Raveane   Rural City of Murray Bridge
Milo Rubbo Finance manager City of Mitcham
Robert Shipp   Rural City of Murray Bridge
Ros Kruger Executive Officer Rural City of Murray Bridge
Scott Reid Manager Strategic Projects Rural City of Murray Bridge
Stephen Saffin Acting Director Libraries and Community Development City of Mitcham
Wayne Wright Executive Manager Rural City of Murray Bridge

Not yet a member?  Join now! 


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