Issue 011
February 2012


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Industry Trends - Better Financial Management!
  • Country Spotlight
  • Member Profile
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Recent Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Training
  • Membership Matters - Footy tipping!
  • LGMA Promotions
  • New Members
  • About Us


  • LGMA (SA) State Conference
  • LGMA (SA) Awards dinner


Member Profile

  • Helen Christie
  • Rob Gagetti

Upcoming Events:

  • LGMA (SA) Awards Dinner


Corporate Partners






A word from the CEO

2012 has been a busy year for LGMA (SA) already!

We held our thoroughly successful Talkin’ About Your Generation State Conference on Friday at the National Wine Centre.  If you missed out, be sure to attend next year. 

Congratulations to our 2011 Emerging Leaders who graduated on Friday and who produced an excellent report and delivered a very entertaining presentation. To view their magazine 'The Emerger' that they produced for their project please click here.

If you can’t wait for the Management Challenge to get into the competitive spirit, be sure to sign up for our brand new LGMA (SA) Footy Tipping competition.  See below for details.

There are great prizes to be won, not to mention the bragging rights.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Challenge on 22 March or at our Awards on 20 April. 

All the best for a fabulous year!



Country Spotlight - Helen Christie, Town of Gawler

Hard to believe, but Gawler is still defined as a country council! 

This month, we talk to Helen Christie who highlights the  benefits of working for a metropolitan-fringe council.

Hi Helen - What is your professional background?

 I have over sixteen years of experience working in the Community Care sector.  I worked for two not-for-profit organisations, then eight years ago moved into local government.  

Community Care targets older residents, the younger disabled and their carers, with the majority of funding from the State and Commonwealth government.  Most councils have a Home Assist program and many have social support programs and centres. 

My roles at council have allowed me both the satisfaction of making a difference in people’s lives at a face to face level, and more holistically, coordinating programs, events and funding submissions, using my administrative background.

What Council are you currently working at, and how long have you been there?

I have been working at the Town of Gawler for just over eighteen months.

Why did you decide to work for a country council?



Industry Trends -
Support for Better Financial Management in Local Government

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) today released a new Practice Note on Long Term Financial Planning.

The Practice Note was prepared by the Institute for Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA), with funding from the Commonwealth Government's Local Government Reform Fund. It is designed to improve the financial performance of local government by assisting local councils to prepare better long‐term plans.

IPWEA President Paul Di Iulio explains: “Most infrastructure assets are long lived. They require increasing maintenance as they age and eventually need renewal. It is essential that we plan for this investment with effective long‐term financial planning.”

Local Government Minister Simon Crean welcomed the release of the Practice Note.

The Practice Note has been compiled with the input of local government practitioners, local government associations and representatives of state and federal government.

It is freely available to all councils across Australia, and can be downloaded from ACELG’s website at
or at


Member Profile - Rob Gagetti, City of Tea Tree Gully

Hi Rob - thanks for being the subject of our member profile this month.

What role do you hold currently?
Manager, Development Assessment

How did you get into that role?
I secured my position following an organisational restructure.  Prior to my appointment, there was one manager covering 4 different teams.  The organisation identified a need for one manager for the development assessment section (building, planning and development compliance).  The position was advertised internally and my application was successful.

What do you like best about the current position?
I enjoy working with less experienced staff members and watching them develop and grow into their positions.  I also enjoy implementing system improvements designed to make the department operate in a more efficient manner.



Around the councils:

Christine Umapathysivam
was appointed Director of Excellence and Reform at the LGA, formerly at City of Unley

Mary Deakin was appointed CEO of Elliston, formerly at District Council of Copper Coast 

New appointments at City of Burnside:

Samantha Stute was appointed Manager Procurement & Contracts, formerly at Charles Sturt 

Magnus Heinrich was appointed Manager Development Services, formerly at Mitcham

Louise Miller-Frost was appointed General Manager Community and Development Services, formerly at Port Adelaide Enfield

Maggie Wood was appointed Manager Community Engagement, formerly at Holdfast Bay

If you have recently been appointed to a new position, or know someone who has, please let us know and we will publish that information in this new column.  Simply send the details in an email to


Network News

All the Network committees would like to wish their members a happy new year, and best wishes for the challenges ahead in 2012....

If you would like to become a member of any of our networks for the New Year - just jump online and register here..

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.

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.

The Emerging Leaders Alumni Network would like to congratulate the 2011 Emerging Leaders on completing the program and welcome them to the Alumni.

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.

We are pleased to announce the first Women’s Network Forum, a half day session on Work and Life Wellbeing. Guest speakers include Katrine Hildyard, Alison Hancock and Vashti Wallace.  Tickets are only $11 and a light lunch will be provided.  Come and be inspired.  For details click here...


Tips and Ideas

Are you on Linked in?  
You should be!

Linked in is a place to make connections, list your achievements and discuss important issues.

And despite what you may have heard, it's not just about finding your next job (although it's pretty good at that too)

There are tonnes of Local Government network and discussion groups to join, where your opinions will be heard, and where you can source and develop ideas. 

Examples are the Local Government ICT group, the Australian Community Managers group and the Community Engagement group.  There are literally thousands of groups.  For example, a search for community engagement groups yielded 271 matches worldwide. 

And it doesn't stop there - you can even create your own group if you like.

Check it out - Linked in is the place to be in 2012.


Recent Events

LGMA SA State Conference - "Talkin' about your generation" February 24, 2012

The theme for this conference was certainly found to be highly relevant for the 170+ attendees on Friday, February 24.

The Event was held in a superb venue, the National Wine Centre.

A wide variety of speakers uncorked a range of new ideas and insights and poured light on the challenges facing local government brought about by our changing population profile.

The conference provided great value and the delegates all went away with their minds full of new tools and approaches.

The networking opportunities were also very valuable and most people stayed for the final drinks session to compare notes about what they had learned on the day.

Heard on the grapevine during the drinks session  -
“I don’t know if this is a rosé coloured view, but I think everyone in Local Government should attend the LGMA conference, even if they have to put themselves in hock to do it.”





Upcoming Events

Leadership Excellence Awards Dinner

Adelaide Convention Centre,  20 April 2012

Local Government's night of nights!  Don't miss out on the fun!

Dress to impress - it's a black tie affair

Registrations are still open for tables of 10 or individual tickets.

Register here..


Upcoming training

2012 Management Challenge
22 March 2012
AAMI Stadium

2012 Emerging Leaders Program
Registrations close at 5 pm 13 April 2012.
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Executive Education Unit at the University of Adelaide for the delivery of the 2012 Emerging Leaders Program. 

click here for more details...

Register your Expression of Interest for one (or both) of these outstanding development programs:

1. 2012 Impact Leadership/Diploma of Management for leaders in Local Government

LGMA (SA) is collaborating with Proteus Leadership Centres to bring you this interactive program.  The program uses a practical approach to personal and professional development, combining theory and work related experiences and is designed to have an immediate impact on an individual and organisational level.

Participants will explore ways to reach solutions to the real issues faced in the workplace, whilst learning about their own leadership style and behaviours.

Aug 9th and 10th
Sept 6th and 7th
Oct 11th and 12th

9am to 4pm daily
$2,500 per person ( an additional $1,450 is required to upgrade to the Diploma of Management)

Click here to register your interest to participate in this program/diploma 2012

2. 2012 Executive Leaders Program (XLP)
(dates TBA)

A Sector Relevant Approach

Designed exclusively to equip and support senior executives in local government in South Australia, including new Chief Executive Officers, Directors, Senior Managers and aspiring CEOs’. 

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.

3 day program, 9 to 4pm daily with Dinner on day 2

Click here to register your interest to participate in the 2012 XLP


Membership Matters

LGMA's footy tipping competition - don't be left holding the ball!

Finally - a tipping competition with intrigue, excitement, entertainment - and most importantly, your chance to show up your colleagues in other councils for their lack of footy tipping skills!

We reckon it will be the most competitive LGMA event next to the Management Challenge!!!

Keep that competitive Challenge spirit alive all year and network with other local government professionals through the message boards!


1st prize: A ticket to the 2013 Annual Conference and Awards Dinner and $200 (Total value: over $700)

2nd Prize: A ticket to the 2013 Annual Conference and $100 (Total value: over $450)

3rd Prize: A ticket to the 2013 Awards Dinner and $50 (Total value: over $180)

register here..



LGMA Promotions - Thank you for your support!

We would like to acknowledge and thank our valued Corporate Partners for their ongoing support and enthusiasm as well as a big welcome to our new Corporate Partners for 2011/12. Please click on the link to see their logos, and while you are there, click on their logos to open their websites and learn more about them.



New Members

Please welcome our new LGMA (SA) Members this month:
  • Mrs Colleen Atkinson, Manager Strategic Marketing and Communications, City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Mrs Maz McGann, Manager Community and Culture, Barossa Council
  • Dr Leonie Scriven
  • Ms Julie Campbell, Manager, Corporate and Community Services.    District Council of Murray Bridge

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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