Issue 008
September 2011


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Industry Trends - Emotionally intelligent signage
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Why I love my LG job
  • Upcoming Events
  • Membership Matters
  • New Members
  • About Us


  • Leaders Connect rural challenge
  • Women's Network Conference
  • XLP Program


Member Profile

  • Peter Bice

Upcoming Events:

  Leaders Connect rural challenge
Women's Network Conference
XLP Program


Corporate Partners






A word from the CEO

Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter!

I would like to extend a huge thank you to Paul Deb and the City of Burnside for allowing the wonderful Julie Bussenschutt to help us with our OH&S policies. This in kind support of LGMA (SA) is hugely valuable and has freed up our small team to focus on event and program planning and delivery.

This month I have been busy catching up with our Corporate Partners chatting about their ideas and thanking them for their ongoing generous support. Not only do the funds they give us make all we do possible, but also they are very engaged with what we do and truly partner with us in terms of providing ideas and in kind support. Thank you to all of our partners.

Our Rural event in Mt Gambier on 13 October has changed a bit in that we will no longer be offering the conference part of the event. However the Challenge and Dinner are shaping up to be fabulous and I look forward to meeting lots of you there.

Also, congratulations to our very own Mandy Curyer who is now Mrs Mandy Oye! Mandy and Peter celebrated their wedding in Bali on 26 August in the company of close friends and family. We wish them all the best for a wonderful future together filled with health and happiness...

Finally, I encourage you to consider nominating for the LGMA (SA) Divisional Board. Nominations are due by 5 pm on 5 October and details can be found on our website.

If you have any questions about what being on our Board entails please drop me a line.

I can be reached at or 8100-9970.

Wishing everyone a happy month and to those of you taking leave over the school holidays enjoy your break!



Member Profile - Peter Bice, City of Marion

Peter is the Business Excellence Partner at the City of Marion.

This month, Peter tells us how he approaches the role, and what advice he would have for other managers and professionals...


Industry Trends

"emotionally intelligent" Signage

Shared use zones for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are becoming a significant factor in current day planning.  But how do you communicate key messages to get a harmonious use of the shared zones?

The Village of Bayside, Wisconsin, USA are doing just that - by using innovative signs, and getting the community involved in a competition to come up with "emotional content" slogans, such as

"You will stop for a duck, but you won’t stop for a child"


Executive Leaders Program (XLP) 2011

For New and Aspiring CEO's in Local Government in South Australia.

Leading in Local Government - are you heading in the right direction?

2011 Series: 15th, 16th and 17th November 2011

Mantra Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide

8:45 to 5pm each day, with dinner on the 16th.


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.

Next Committee meeting October 14 2011 at the Local Super Board Room. All Network members are invited to attend.


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.

Next Committee meeting October 6 2011 at the Local Super Board Room, 9.15 to 11am.

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.

Next Committee meeting November 22 2011 (Christmas lunch), 11 to 1pm. Venue TBA.

Women’s Network Conference : Unwrap Your Super Powers on 26 October 2011, see more details in "upcoming events" below.

(Hurry - last days for the "early bird" discount - closes 30 September)


Tips and Ideas

i-tunes is not just for listening to your favorite albums!

There is a huge range of Local Government resources on i-tunes and other podcast sites - so make use of your commute to work to brush up on your management skills, or the latest trends in Council budgeting.

You will find hundreds of titles when you search, but the list from the coaching program from CAL-ICMA (California's branch of the ICMA organisation) will get you started.

They have a fantastic array of excellent video and audio podcasts available for free download.

Check them out here...


Share your experience with your fellow members

(and become famous at the same time)

Ok - maybe you won't become Hollywood famous, but  - you can help promote your own profile and share your experience with your colleagues by submitting a profile for publication in this newsletter!

LGMA (SA) invites all Metro and Country members to submit their profiles to be published in future e-newsletters. Any member that would like to participate would simply answer the appropriate questions below, provide a low-res jpg photo and email to Mandy .

One Metro and one Country member profile will be randomly selected to be published in future e-newsletters.

You don't have to follow the following format exactly - but it will get you started:

 Metro Member Spotlight:

  •          What’s your current role?
  •          How did you get into that role?
  •          What do you like best about the current job?
  •          What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar role?
  •          What’s next for you?
  •          Why did you become a member of LGMA (SA)?
  •          Please describe a typical day for us…


County Member Spotlight:

  •          What is your professional background?
  •        What Council are you currently working at, and how long have you been there?
  •          Why did you decide to work for a country council?
  •          What are the key differences between a country council and metro?
  •          What do you like most about your role?
  •          How would you describe working for a country council as a career development step?
  •          What other involvement do you have in Local Government (e.g. networks, affiliations)
  •          What is next for you?
  •          Why are you a member of LGMA SA?


Why I love my job in Local Government

Thanks for all the responses we received to this last month!

Here is the winning entry:

from Michelle Hodshon – City of Salisbury


  • I enjoyed my couple of years as a Physio but then the strain got too much….
  • So I took a job as a panel beater til they gave me the boot….
  • My family asked me to lend a hand on banana farm, I stayed for a while but then split….
  • I wanted to try something different so decided on a job in a glue factory, I thought I’d really stick at it, til times got hard…
  • I then tried concreting, and laying a few pavers for a few extra bucks, but left before I got set in my ways…
  • So now I’m in quality control – testing elastic bands but I’m starting to feel really stretched……


Congratulations Michelle - we will be in touch to deliver your fantastic prize!  (a bottle of wine or bubbly....)



Upcoming Events

LGMA (SA) Rural Management Challenge

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

When: 13 October 2011 – 8.30am


LGMA (SA) Rural Management Challenge Dinner

Where: Mt Gambier, The Barn, Punt Road
When: 13 October 2011, 7:30pm


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

Hurry! - Early bird discount booking closes 30th September!


LGMA (SA) 2011 Annual General Meeting

LGMA (SA) AGM breakfast
Guest Speaker from USA – Jim Poss from BigBelly Solar
Where:  Crystal Room, Stamford Plaza
When: 7 am, 28 October (prior to LGA General Meeting across road)



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. 

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

LGMA (SA) members are 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



New Members

Annette Martin Manager Financial Services City of Charles Sturt
Anthony Irvine CEO District Council of Tumby Bay
Cherie Gill Senior Planner City of Tea Tree Gully
Donna Dunbar Manager Public Health & Safety City of Charles Sturt
Jan Cornish General Manager Asset Management Services City of Charles Sturt
Jodie Rugless Manager Information Services  
Joe Hill Manager HR & Risk Alexandrina Council
Kerrie Jackson Manager Governance & Operational Support City of Charles Sturt
Paul Sutton General Manager Corporate Services City of Charles Sturt
Paul Trumble Manager Organisational Development City of Charles Sturt

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

Not yet a member?  Join now! 


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About LGMA

Founded in 1936, Local Government Managers Australia is the leading Professional Association representing Managers and Aspiring Managers in Australia and Asia/Pacific.

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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