A word from the CEO

Another bumper edition!

This month we profile Mark Goldstone, CEO of the City of Prospect, we take a look at how to measure your Council Brand, review some recent events (with some free links to some fantastic sites), and much more.

Each month, we try to provide a good mix of up to the minute information and latest news, useful and quirky ideas, industry trends, local LGMA (SA) member profiles and of course LGMA (SA) and its networks upcoming events.

But if you have any ideas or comments to help improve this newsletter, we'd love to hear from you - please drop us a line.

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





Member Profile - Mark Goldstone, City of Prospect

Mark Goldstone is the CEO of the City of Prospect.

This month, we sit down with Mark to find out how his Local Government career has led him to Prospect, and what his goals are for the future:  





Country Member Profile - Ryan England, Barossa Council

Ryan England is the Manager Information Communication Technology








Industry Trends - what's your Council Brand?

All organisations have a brand that they need to manage.

A brand is closely associated with the reputation of the organisation and its products and services.

Here’s an example:

The Apple Brand Personality

Apple has a branding strategy that focuses on the emotions. The Apple brand personality is about lifestyle; imagination; liberty regained; innovation; passion; hopes, dreams and aspirations; and power-to-the-people through technology. The Apple brand personality is also about simplicity and the removal of complexity from people's lives; people-driven product design; and about being a really humanistic company with a heartfelt connection with its customers.

Councils have brands too.

Some brand attributes are intentional, some are probably not.  But they are there.  For example, some councils would be regarded by their community as innovative, cost effective, flexible, contemporary and customer-focused. Others may be seen as stodgy, slow moving, bureaucratic. Or any points in between.

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.




Recent Events - Social Media Workshop - Brilliant!

25 council officers from councils across the State attended the Lee Hopkins Social Media Workshop on the 8th July.

It was a spectacular day, full of valuable direction, information and encouragement. 

Here are just a couple of the comments:

I reall     "I really enjoyed hearing Lee speak and finding out where other Councils are at in their journeys into the realm of Social Media". Lauren Christensen, Campbelltown City Council



Verng   "An engaging presentation and multi media element. Very efficiently & effectively communicated messag  messages". Anne Liddell, Alexandrina Council

As a result many of the attending councils are already developing their social media strategies and are preparing to get under way!

You can get started too.  Lee Hopkins has suggested some sites to check out:

Lee Hopkins' website here

Other useful sites:


Social Media Counts



Upcoming Events 

*Leaders Connect Conference, Dinner and Rural management Challenge

Where: Mt Gambier

When:13 October 2011

register on line

*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 -

Guest Speaker Jennifer Jefferies

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

Details and registration here..



Congratulations to our SA scholarship winners!
(L-R) Deputy Lord Mayor David Plumridge, Jane Trotter, Professor Mark Evans, Christine Umpathysivam

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) has announced scholarship recipients for the inaugural Excellence in Local Government Leadership program, being held in Canberra this month. The program is a joint venture between ACELG and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

Three senior employees from South Australian Councils were selected to receive scholarships. They are: Jane Trotter, Director Corporate Development, Salisbury Council; Christine Umapathysivam, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, City of Unley; and Paul Di Iulio, Chief Executive Officer, Campbelltown City Council.

These prestigious scholarships were awarded as part of competitive selection process. Jane and Christine received special Commonwealth scholarships funded as part of the 2010 Year of Women in Local Government.



Tips and ideas -

Participedia is a WIKI, much like Wikipedia, but solely for community engagement information.

It's a treasure trove of experiences - a complete worldwide resource of cases studies, methods, ideas, successes and  failures. 

You can read, learn, contribute and engage with others.

Check it out!  click here


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 31 (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
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.
**Phone Mandy our Manager Membership and Communications today for further details 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.



Make your planning day more interesting...
Where was your last planning day?  In the council office, or locked in a bleak room at some business premises with no view, with only water and rock-hard minties to get you through?

Well how about this - the tiny historic Port Elliot Council Chamber is not only a unique piece of history - established in 1879 - it's available for hire, through the Alexandrina Council. 

A fun location, steeped in history - surely that would get the creative juices flowing!


New Members

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


Geoff Dodd Chief Executive Officer City of Port Lincoln
Geoff Parsons Manager - Development Services Mid Murray Council
Julie Janssan Team Leader Customer Service City of Onkaparinga
Leonie Boothby Manager Administrative Services The Barossa Council
Manule Harpas Manager Community Services City of Mitcham
Matthew Pears CEO City of Mitcham
Milo Rubbo Finance manager City of Mitcham
Sarah Gilmour Director Libraries and Community Development City of Mitcham
Stephen Saffin Acting Director Libraries and Community Development City of Mitcham
Terry Bruun Principal Consultant Sustainable Outcomes

Not yet a member?  Join now! 


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