Issue 014
May 2012


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Industry Trends - work/life balance
  • Winner Spotlight
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Terrible jokes
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Training
  • Membership Matters - Council Bundles
  • LGMA Promotions
  • New Members
  • About Us

Recent Events



Winner Spotlight

  • LGMA Emerging Leader Winner, Kim Ritter


Upcoming Events:

  • Network events


Corporate Partners




A word from the CEO

On 8/9 May, we welcomed 20 local government professionals on their Emerging Leaders journey which commenced with a two day workshop at the Executive Education Unit at the University of Adelaide. 

When asked in the last minutes of the 2 day work shop how they felt, responses ranged from exhausted to excited to curious – just what we hope for! All the best to this new cohort for a fantastic year.

Speaking of local government talent, I’d like to acknowledge the  2012 South Australian Raymond West Scholarship recipient,  Joe Hill from Alexandrina. 

Joe receives a full National Congress registration valued at over $1500. Congratulations Joe! You can read about Joe’s experience at the National Congress on the LGMA Congress blog site.
Congratulations also go to Mark Withers who has been appointed to the LGMA National Executive.  Mark already contributes an enormous amount of his time and expertise to the development of future local government leaders and is to be commended for taking on even more responsibility in this area.  Thank you Mark.

I hope you all enjoy this edition of Leaders Connect.




Reminder - we've moved!

We are now located at:

3-5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood SA  5063. 

Our Post Office box remains the same: P.O. Box 754, Kent Town SA 5071

Our new contact numbers are:

General: 08 8291 7990     Accounts: 08 8291 7992     Fax: 8451 1568

Here's a map of our new location:



Spotlight on the winners - Kim Ritter, City of Salisbury

Kim Ritter from the City of Salisbury recently won the 2012 Emerging Leader of the Y

ear award. 

We chat with her about her role at Salisbury, and the award...

Firstly, some background…

What’s your current role, how long have you been doing it?

My current role is Manager Salisbury Recreation Precinct, I’ve been in this role for just over 1 year now.

Prior to this I was the Manager of the Gardens and St Jays Recreation Centres and have been with the City of Salisbury for 5 years now.

Currently I’ve got approximately 40 staff members.

How did the award nomination come about?



Industry Trends: Stop the world - I want to get off!

How are you going? 

No, really, how are YOU going?

Not how are your work KPI's, or your council reports, or your relationship with your manager, or your staff, or your recent LSI results....

How are YOU going?

It's so important to take time out to look at your own motivation, health, and how you deal with stress.

In doing so, maintaining a good work/life balance is essential.

Here are 7 ways to achieve it, from our friends at ICMA:

Read more here..


Whyalla City Council:

CEO - Peter Peppin formerly Adelaide Hills Council

District Council of Cooper Pedy:

CEO - Phil Cameron formerly District Council of Cleve

District Council of Robe

CEO - Roger Sweetman formerly District Council of Yankallila

City of Unley:

General Manager People and Governance - Mr Stephen Faulkner 

Stephen comes to us from the Cancer Council of SA where he is the General Manager Corporate Services and prior to this he was at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, employed in a variety of roles.

Stephen has extensive experience in HR, IT, Strategic Planning, Contract Management, Finance and Customer Service.

Stephen will commence with the City of Unley on 18 June.

General Manager Economic Development and Planning - Mr David Litchfield 

David was the Director of Strategic Projects at the Department of Planning and Local Government, and prior to this he worked in the Department of trade and Economic Development and the Land Management Corporation.David's background is in economic development and planning.

David will commence with the City of Unley on 21 May.

City of Prospect:

Manager Community & Planning - Deb Richardson

Deb, formerly the Acting General Manager City Development at the City of Unley commences her new role with the City of Prospect on the 28th May.

Port Pirie Regional Council:

Manager Financial Services - Warren Reimann

Warren was formerly from City of Victor Harbor

Congratulations to all!

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



Local Government Manager Magazine - what do you think?

The LGM magazine has been operating in various forms since 1947, and is an important bi-monthly resource for members and subscribers.

LGMA National want to ensure LGM is providing you with the right type of analysis and information, and that you are getting it in the most effective format.

In order to do this, they need your feedback.

Please take five minutes to complete this survey, and let them know what you like, what you don't like, and how you think LGM can be improved.

Click here for the survey page


Network News

If you would like to become a member of any of our networks in 2012 - 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.

LGMA (SA) Emerging Leaders Alumni Network Social Event
31 May 2012 4:00 PM • The Historian Hotel, 18 Coromandel Place, Adelaide
Proudly sponsored by BRS

For more details, click here...

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.

ALGWA (SA) invites you to...Join Us in June!
Please join us at Wallmans Lawyers, Level 5, 400 King William Street at 5.30pm on Thursday 7 June for our annual networking event, where you can join ALGWA SA or renew your existing membership for the new
financial year over some drinks and nibbles.

For more details, click here...

To become a member of ALGWA (SA) , click here...

LGMA (SA) Women's Network Forum
27 Jun 2012 9:15 AM • City of Charles Sturt, Civic Centre, 72 Woodville Rd, Woodville

For more details, click here...

50:50 Vision: Councils for Gender Equity Program
For more details, click here...

Tips and Tricks - a list of to-do lists

To do lists are great to manage task priorities and importantly, to make sure nothing important is forgotten.  There are so many "to-do" list tools available on the web, here's a list! 

Remember the Milk

I like this one - very intuitive


Very rich in function - an excellent tool


Integrates with email, available from anywhere


Simply get things done.

Do. Stay Useful

Focus on today.  Snooze the rest.

Upcoming events

LGMA (SA) Emerging Leaders Alumni Network Social Event
31 May 2012 4:00 PM • Registrations close Friday 25th May
The Historian Hotel, 18 Coromandel Place, Adelaide
Proudly sponsored by BRS

Click here for more details.

ALGWA (SA) invites you to...Join Us in June!
Please join us at Wallmans Lawyers, Level 5, 400 King William Street at 5.30pm on Thursday 7 June for our annual networking event, where you can join ALGWA SA or renew your existing membership for the new
financial year over some drinks and nibbles.

For more details, click here...

LGMA (SA) Women's Network Forum

27 Jun 2012 9:15 AM • City of Charles Sturt, Civic Centre, 72 Woodville Rd, Woodville

Click here for more details.



Appalling jokes and puns

It's time for more fun and frivolity. 
Have a laugh or a cry at these.

  • I don't enjoy computer jokes. Not one bit.
  • I changed my iPod's name to Titanic.  It's syncing now.
  • When chemists die, they barium.
  • Jokes about German sausages are the wurst.
  • I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
  • How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.
  • This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.
  • I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.
  • They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Type-O.
  • England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
  • A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy..
Can you do better (or worse?) - Send them through to us at LGMA (SA) and we'll print a selection of the best, and award a prize for the winner!


Upcoming training

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)
(13 November 2012, venue TBA)

A Sector Relevant Approach

Designed exclusively to equip and support senior executives in local government in South Australia, including Directors, Senior Managers and Managers and anyone who works closely with their CEO's. 

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

New 2012/13 Council Bundles

In recognising the importance of Local Government employee membership to LGMA (SA) and to make your organisation’s commitment to employee professional development a whole lot easier, LGMA (SA) has created five Council Bundles.

These Bundles provide a simple, convenient way for your organisation to manage your employee’s LGMA (SA) individual memberships by enabling a single annual budget allocation and rewarding staff by nominating them for membership and providing them all the professional development opportunities the LGMA (SA) has to offer.




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:

Mark Dowd, CEO, City of Onkaparinga

John Harry, CEO,City of Salisbury

Di Rogowski, CEO, City of Tea Tree Gully

Peter Tsokas, CEO, City of Unley

Karin Mahoney, Manager, Knowledge and Informatin Services, City of Tea Tree Gully

Anthony Renshaw, Senior Advisor, City of Charles Sturt

Kim Ritter, Manager, Salisbury Recreation Precinct, City of Salisbury

Steve Coleman, Management Advisor, City of West Torrens

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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