Issue 012
March 2012


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Industry Trends - the role of rural councils
  • 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) Awards dinner


Member Profile

  • Diane Adamo
  • Give it a go!

Upcoming Events:

  • LGMA (SA) Awards Dinner


Corporate Partners






A word from the CEO

March is nearly over and with it another Management Challenge!

Congratulations to all who competed and a special thank you to all the CEO’s and Managers who took time out of their busy schedules to come and support their teams!

Your support means a lot to our next generation of leaders. 

A special thank you also to Terry Bruun and his co-facilitator, Tony Lawson and their team of observers together with Lance our videographer and the LGMA Staff – it takes a team of 15 to run the day! 

Winners will be announced at our Gala Awards Dinner on April 20th  - if you haven’t already secured your ticket, there are still a few days left to do so.

Back in October, we held a successful Rural Management Challenge and Dinner in Mount Gambier and we would like to make a Rural Challenge an annual event as well.  If you would like us to bring the Challenge to your region, please let me know.

After the Awards, the next big thing on the LGMA (SA) Calendar is the commencement of our Emerging Leaders Program.  This year the program will be run jointly with the Executive Education Unit at the University of Adelaide and we are on track to have it accredited before the  end of the year.

Registrations for this program close on 13 April and all participants will be invited to a Civic Reception at the Adelaide Town Hall together with participants in other South Australian and International Leadership Programs.

We wish you a relaxing and safe Easter break, and look forward to seeing over 300 of you at our Awards Dinner – it’s shaping up to be a fabulous night!


  Member profile - Diane Adamo, Adelaide City Council

This month we chat to Diane Adamo, Senior Consultant - Culture and Leadership at Adelaide City Council.

Hi Diane - What do you enjoy most about working for Adelaide City Council?

I enjoy working with staff from all levels across the organisation to determine, build and deliver initiatives and strategies that build Organisational transformation programmes, identifying opportunities for cultural change and alignment, employee engagement, performance/leadership Development and implementation of key OD initiatives that support and reinforce the culture that both meet the needs of the business and objectives set.



Member profile - it's not about blowing your own trumpet!

Sometimes we find it hard to get people who want to participate in the "member profile" section.

Often, successful managers and professionals don't want to be included because they think they don't want to show off or put themselves in the limelight.

But that's the wrong way to think about it.  

Member profiles are not about raising the profile of the member (but, ok, it can do that too) but it's really about sharing experiences.

Our members want to read about what others are doing, what they have achieved, and how they have achieved it, so they can learn.

Think of it as a mini-mentor article, sharing some of what you have picked up from your time in local government - or outside of local government.

Give it a go!  We would really like to hear from people willing to share - just contact Mandy at with your story....


The role of rural-remote and Indigenous local governments

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government has published new research that examines the role and expectations of rural-remote and Indigenous local governments.

The report includes a profile of rural-remote councils, outlines current federal, state and community expectations on the theme, and identifies areas for further research.

Entitled Role and Expectations of Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government, the report is part of ACELG’s broader strategy to build the capacity of small rural-remote and Indigenous councils across Australia through its Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government Program.

Read more here..


Around the councils:

Philomena Taylor - City of Onkaparinga- Director Community Relations

McArthur appointments:

Mark McShane – City of Mount Gambier - CEO

Russell Peate – Mid Murray Council – CEO

Mal Hemmerling – Playford Council- GM

Sam Green – Playford Council

Effrim Volkoff – Playford Council- GM

Maggie Dowling – Mitcham Council

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


Are you a young manager?  Do you want to attend the 2012 LGMA National Congress in Perth?

The 2012 Raymond West Scholarship provides an opportunity for a young manager to attend the LGMA National Congress in Perth 20
-23 May 2012.

For more information click here.


Applications close 13 April.

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.

The Network has just agreed on its next two year plan and a fairly rigorous one at that!
It looks at its 5 key themes as drivers for all of its actions:
They are:
•    Promotion of networking and the sector
•    Professional development
•    Policy and strategic development
•    Partnerships
•    Political advocacy

And specifically amongst its priority areas it has selected champions to look after its primary policy areas.

After a successful two day conference in August last year in volunteer management the Network continues to make volunteering one of those primary policy areas:

During 2012 it will:

1.  Work with the LG Volunteer Manager’s Network and the LGA to develop a performance agreement to ensure the effective delivery of the Volunteer Management Strategic Plan which is premised on the following five directions:

•    Community Connections

•    Resource Management
•    Economic and Strategic Imperatives
•    Professional Development
•    Research

2.  Embed local government into the research project auspiced by Office for Volunteers, “Workforce Participation and Skill Development in Australia, the Role of Volunteering “

The LGCM Network has made a $5,000 per year commitment to this research for the next 2 years.

3.  Actively participate in the joint ASU and VSA&NT project on developing a toolkit for volunteer engagement in LG.

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.

LGMA (SA) Emerging Leaders Alumni Network Social Event

: 31 May 2012, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
: The Historian Hotel, 18 Coromandel Place, Adelaide

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.

This year the Women's Network will be holding three forums each focussing on issues that are relevant to women as identified by participants at the LGMA Women's Conference last year.  Guest speakers will also attend the forums to talk about their career journeys and future aspirations.  The forums provide women with a rare opportunity to network with other women who work in Local Government.

The first forum took place yesterday and was attended by 60 women.  Hosted by the City of Onkaparinga with the theme "Work + Life Wellbeing,"   guest speakers included, Katrine Hildyard - Branch Secretary of the ASU, Alison Hancock - Manager Commercial, Property and Open Space at the City of Onkaparinga and Vashti Wallace - Director Work + Life Wellbeing.

The next two forums will be held on 27 June 2012, hosted by the City of Charles Sturt, and on 19 September 2012, hosted by the Barossa Council.  We hope to see you all there!!

We will cap the year off with our annual conference, further details to be announced!!


Tips and Ideas - improve your documents.....

We often see photos in documents and publications that have obviously just been resized to suit the page and available space, without regard to the correct aspect ratio - like this, for example:

This looks strange (and kind of unprofessional) and can be easily avoided, by cropping the image to exactly the right size for the space you have in the document.

While you can use photo editing software for this, you don't need to, as there are many free online photo editors to use. 

These online photo editors are also very useful for cropping and resizing photos for uploading to social media sites and websites.

One the of the most popular and easiest to use, is

Check it out here, and improve the quality of the images in your documents!

By the way - the above image, when cropped and sized correctly, looks like this:


Recent Events

LGMA SA Management Challenge - March 22, 2012

On Thursday, 22 March, AAMI Stadium was invaded by local government professionals ready to compete!

The introductions were friendly enough, the Adelaide Hills “Hillbillies” even left their rocking chair and shot gun at home while the Playford Team Punch punched out their enthusiasm and the Burnside team brought along their very own theme song! 

The theme for the day was “The temperature is rising” and while this referred to climate change and its impact on local government it could be equally applied to the level of competitive spirit on the day!

Prior the competing on the day, all teams were required to submit a Pre- Challenge Task and the top tasks from across the country will be invited to the National Congress to present- all expenses paid by LGMA National. 

Good luck to all SA teams, we hope you are represented at the National Congress in this way. 

Throughout the day, teams were required to deliver a variety of tasks including a written report, participation in facilitated discussions and role plays, joint reports with other teams, and a presentation. 

At the end of the day, teams enjoyed a well earned networking session over drinks and nibbles. 

The Challenge Champions will be announced at the Gala Awards Dinner on 20 April at the Adelaide Convention Centre.




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 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)
(13 November 2012, venue 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

Are you a real Crows fan? 

Or do you find you mood is determined by whether Port Power win or not each weekend? 

Or are you fanatical about another AFL team - maybe even GWS?

Well, put your commitment where your mouth is - and register NOW for the LGMA footy tipping comp!

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:

Caitlin Rilstone P & C Business Partner Adelaide City Council
Christinia Lorenzini City precinct Officer Adelaide City Council
Dianne Adamo Senior Consultant Culture & Leadership Adelaide City Council
Gavin Webster Manager Strategic Procurement & Contract Management Adelaide City Council
George Ferteklis Senior Engineer (Civil) Adelaide City Council
Jessica Pulvirenti Project Management Consultant Adelaide City Council
Kiki Magro CEO Town of Walkerville
Rachelle Quattrocchi Project Manager Adelaide City Council
Tim Pride Planner Development Assessment Adelaide City Council

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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