Issue 017
August 2012


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Industry Trends
  • Member profile
  • Sponsor insight
  • Movers and Shakers
  • News Flash
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Recent Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Training
  • LGMA Promotions
  • About Us

Member profile

  • Reece Harrison


Upcoming Events:

  • PLP Program
  • Network events
  • Rural Challenge


Corporate Partners




A word from the CEO

At our recent CEO Network Forum, I had the chance to catch up with many of our country CEOs, in particular, Frank Brennan who is about to retire after 34 years in local government.  Stories were shared and Frank’s career was celebrated. 

At the same event, Andrew Aitken was welcomed as the newest local Government CEO, having recently been announced as the CEO, Adelaide Hills Council.  It was super to see the torch being passed as longstanding and new CEO’s alike shared and celebrated these career milestones.

Speaking of career progression, I am excited to announce the launch of a new program: the Professional Leaders Program.  This program will be co-delivered by the University of Adelaide’s Executive Education Unit and is the next step from the Emerging Leaders Program. 

On completion of both programs, two credits of the 12 needed to earn an MBA will be granted.  To earn a Graduate Certificate, only two more credits are required and to earn a Graduate Diploma, 6 more are required. 

Full details can be found in this edition of Leaders Connect.

Happy Footy Finals All!





Member profile - Reece Harrison

his month we speak with Reece Harrison, one of this year's Emerging Leaders, who currently works for the City of Charles Sturt as an Asset Management Co-ordinator.

Hi Reece - What’s your current role, and how long have you been doing it?

I’m currently working as the “Coordinator Asset Management” at the City of Charles Sturt (CCS) and have been in the role since January this year.  I believe the technical term is a “n00b”.

When did you decide to get involved with Local Government?  What attracted you to the sector?

read more..

Industry Trends: Local Government and the Carbon Tax

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has recently made available a series of webinars for landfill operators who are dealing with the impact of the carbon tax.

Topics include an overview of where councils are liable, how to determine the costs of waste charges, opportunities under the Carbon Farming Initiative and an introduction to the Clean Energy Future plan.

read more..


Around Australia...

LGMA NSW is holding its annual State Conference and AGM 26th -28th August 2012 at the Sydney Convention Centre with among 200 members and industry professionals. All aspects of NSW local government will be explored as we head into local government reform in a significant way in NSW under the NSW government’s Destination 2036 Plan of Action. LGMA NSW is pleased to be consulting widely with its members on how best the sector should reform and commends the NSW local government Minister Hon. Don Page on an inclusive and innovative approach to review. Over 80 submissions were received by members and industry professionals wanting to get involved in the activities being co-ordinated by LGMA NSW under the Destination 2036 Action Plan, and all the associated working groups will kick off at the State Conference.

(GSA) Conference - Melbourne

Change is the only constant: connect, collaborate and celebrate
The 2012 Government Skills Australia (GSA) National Conference is being held on the 19th and 20th of November at The Novotel on Collins, Melbourne.
Bringing together the government and community safety sectors to connect, collaborate and celebrate the future of skills and workforce development. The 2012 conference will be delivered over two days through interactive discussion, workshops and plenary sessions.

For more information and to register please visit our conference website here.


Sponsor Insight* - Defensible Decision Making

The ICAC –  The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption – 5 words that would lead the average Local Government Manager to wonder what this is going to mean for them.

Guaranteed, the only thing it won’t mean is less work.

So what does it mean?

First of all – there aren’t any more things you can do wrong in Local Government than there were before.  You couldn’t commit fraud or undertake your duties in a corrupt, incompetent manner before.  Well – you could, but you would’ve got into trouble and you still will.

But now?  It’s just easier for people to complain. 

So how are you, your staff and your elected members going to cope with possibly more complaints from the community about activities and decisions of Council?

read more..

*Sponsor insight is a monthly column to provide an opportunity for LGMA SA's sponsors to share their experience and advice on local government issues.

Recent appointments:

Deborah Horton, Unit Manager Executive Support, City of Marion (formerly of City of Unley)

Kate Jessep, Director of Corporate and Community, City of Victor Harbor   (Formerly of Alexandrina Council)

Andrew Aitken, CEO, Adelaide Hills Council (formerly of City of Tea Tree Gully)

Monique Warren, Events Coordinator, City of Norwood Payneham St Peters (formerly of City of Salisbury)

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



News Flash!

The Professional Leaders Program (PLP) has been announced!

The PLP has been designed to both complement and build on the skills developed through the LGMA (SA) Emerging Leaders Program.

The Emerging Leaders Program primarily focuses on building the interpersonal and people skills required by Managers whilst the purpose of the PLP is to develop analytical capabilities.

Capabilities in areas such as: legislative context, finance, operations and strategy.

read more..


Network News

If you would like to become a member of any of our networks in 2012 - just jump online and register here..

CEO Network
The first CEO Forum was held on the 22 August. See the "recent events" section below for more details.

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.

Our annual visit to regional councils brought members and friends of our Network to the Barossa Council at Nuriootpa on Friday 24 August. Following a Youth Theme at Alexandrina (2010) and a Community Cultural Planning Theme at Murray Bridge (2011) we explored the highs and lows of planning and providing for social infrastructure and services in urban and rural/regional growth areas.

Examples were presented and debated from Light Regional Council, Onkaparinga, Mt Barker and Barossa Councils

We also were treated to a tour of the Rex Recreation Centre and Tanunda Library.
The afternoon saw the Launch by Mayor James Maitland, (Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council) of one of the newest research reports commissioned by the CMN with LGA Research and Development funds.and support from four large metro councils, hosted by City of Charles Sturt  and conducted by Elton Consulting.

The report “Planning Social Infrastructure and Community Services for Urban Growth Areas” has wide applicability for rural as well as urban growth areas and resulted in lively discussion in the afternoon workshop. See the LGMA website for copies.

The LGA supported by members of the CMN, and the Office for the Ageing will  present a Dinner with Dr Alexandre Kalache on Thursday 4 October and a series of presentations and workshops on Friday 5 October 2012. This exciting event will include:
•    Launch of the Age Friendly Communities and Environment Guidelines and Toolkit and discussion on their  effectiveness and use by 5 SA pilot councils and regions.
•    Outline of hot of the press research by SA Universities commissioned by the LGA about the current and preferred future lifestyle choices of Baby Boomers
•    Examples of excellence in Planning for Active Ageing in SA councils and regions, and some great program and service examples in the afternoon workshop sessions.
•    The full Program is currently being finalised and circulated and is relevant across council administrations including infrastructure, parks, health, planning and community services. Watch the LGA Circulars  and LGMA  website.

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.

A Message from the ELP Alumni Committee Chair Clive Harrington
Well, another year of Emerging Leaders is past the half way point in their course and from what I have heard they are eagerly working on their project. “Does the Squeaky Wheel Always Get the Grease?”  I know we all have some thoughts on answering this within the politics of Local Government. Anyhow, let’s look forward to the report and the fabulous presentation that , I’m sure, they are planning for us.

This has been a milestone year for The Emerging Leaders Program. The hard work that  LGMA (SA) has put into organising the University of Adelaide as facilitators is showing rewards for the current participants and the EL Program itself.  The exciting news is that we are currently negotiating a follow on program to replace the XLP that will also be facilitated by the University of Adelaide. This new program will allow participants to gain more credits towards certificates in Management and there is a pathway towards an MBA offered by the University. Check out the LGMA website for more news on this new program as the details become available.

Our next networking opportunity is coming up on the 20th September with McArthur’s Matthew Hobby presenting  'Connecting what you learned in the Emerging Leaders Program to the next OPPORTUNITY' This sounds like a great topic that, I’m sure, will be very interesting. I hope to see you there and if you haven’t been to one of our network sessions before, try to get to this one as it’s always good to meet new people and catch up with old friends.

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.

It has been an exciting time for the Women’s Network Committee, organising our next Forum to be at the Rex Centre in Tanunda on the 26 September, and also the State Women’s Conference on 2nd November at the National Wine Centre. We have developed two great programs that are tailored to provide the opportunity to benefit from networking and ensure participants learn or reinforce skills in a supportive environment, so please come and join your local government colleagues for these days.

The Network Committee has also been reviewing ideas on how best to support women in local government.  We are committed to continuing with our Council based network meetings throughout the coming year and invite you to nominate your Council to host one of these meetings in 2013.  It is a great way to stay in touch with up to date leadership and development training and to work with the Committee to support your work colleagues and the sector.

Please remember that if you are interested in joining the Committee, this is a good form of networking in itself and you get to work with other women with a broad skill set.  We meet at the LGMA offices in Eastwood every 2 months or as needed.  Please feel free to contact me for more information if you are interested.

Expressions of interest can be lodged with Mandy Oye at LGMA (SA) through forwarding an email to:

So...stay in touch with the latest news and skills through the network and I look forward to welcoming you in the Barossa.

Cate Atkinson

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Tips and Tricks - do the opposite!

(a guest post by Jodie of BRS)

Many years ago I was at a conference and Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad Poor Dad) was speaking, he said that the key to being a successful investor is to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. “If everyone is selling you buy and if the herd is buying you sell” – sounds easy doesn’t it!

But it’s not easy…. The temptation to get caught up in what everyone else is doing is enormous and we do it on auto pilot. Going against the grain and doing things differently takes courage and confidence.

If your organisation is feeling the sting of a changing market, shift your perception and see it as a chance to shine and consolidate your strengths. Do the opposite to what everyone else is doing! Focus in on your key business pillars and apply some simple success strategies to each of these.

Here are a few ideas to get you started on 5 common business pillars:

read more..


Recent events

Emerging Leaders Rural Retreat – Report by Mandy Oye

The Emerging Leaders met for their 3rd Module (19 & 20 July) in the beautiful Coorong District Area. Set over two days, the agenda was jam packed with guest speakers and activities focused on the topic – ‘The Challenges of Rural Local Government’.

Day 1 - Hosted at the lovely Coorong District Council we heard from speakers including Patrick Secker MP – Member for Barker, Adrian Pederick MP –Member for Hammond, Mayor Roger Strother and CEO Michael Boyd, and Sharon Hanson – Editor, Murray Valley Standard.  All speakers contributed in their own special way about the political environment, sustainability issues, and media and engagement in a rural context.

Day 2 – After a wonderful dinner at the local Strathalbyn pub the night before, what better way to get a great perspective of the Coorong and what it has to offer than to cruise down the Coorong stopping off at various spots and learning about the amazing significance it has to the environment and Australia. It was absolutely lovely and the participants were taking in every bit of fresh air whilst being amused by the NZ Sea Lions that laze around the lock watching the boats go by... who would have thought that Sea Lions swim in fresh water too!!!

Well done to the Module 3 team for putting such a great agenda together.

CEO Network Forum

On 22 August, 29 CEO’s including 15 Country CEO’s came together at the Crowne Plaza for their first Network Forum.  The theme was: Governance: the “What” and topics included Contracts of employment, CEO Performance Reviews and the Elected Member / CEO relationship.  The session was followed by drinks and dinner and presented a great opportunity for members to strengthen relationships and share with one another.


LGMA National Items

Skills shortage in engineering and related employment skills

Last year, the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee were asked to prepare a report by 30 June 2012.

The committee was asked to examine the nexus between the demand for infrastructure delivery and the shortage of appropriate engineering and related employment skills in Australia.

This report is divided into five chapters:

Chapter 1 - sets out the administrative arrangements for the inquiry and provides a summary of other recent literature relating to the engineering skills shortage;

Chapter 2 - contains a background to engineering and the skills shortage in Australia;

Chapter 3 - outlines education and training pathways for engineering and related occupations;

Chapter 4 - discusses the impact of the skills shortage; and

Chapter 5 - examines the causes of the skills shortage and weighs up recommendations to address the problem.

To access a copy of the report, read more..


Upcoming events

LGMA (SA) Emerging Leaders Alumni Network Social Event

20 Sep 2012 4:00 PM • McArthur office - Level 12, 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

LGMA (SA) Women's Network Forum

26 Sep 2012 9:15 AM • The Barossa Council - 43-51 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa

LGMA (SA) 2012 Rural Management Challenge

09 Oct 2012 8:30 AM • Renmark Hotel, Murray Avenue Renmark SA 5341

2012 Rural Challenge Dinner

09 Oct 2012 7:00 PM • Murray Ave, Renmark

**SAVE THE DATE ** LGMA (SA) Women's Network Annual Conference

02 Nov 2012 9:00 AM • National Wine Centre, Adelaide

CEO Network Forum Two: Governance: the "How"

12 Nov 2012 1:00 PM • Robin Hood Hotel, 315 Portrush Rd, Norwood



LGMA Promotions - Partnership and volunteer opportunities!

Following a highly successful Rural Challenge in 2011, plans are well underway to hold a Rural Challenge in Renmark on 9 October. Click here for further information.

If  you are interested in sponsoring the Rural Challenge and Dinner please urgently contact Taryn Sexton on 0400 429 003 to discuss.  Promotions for this event will commence very soon!

Volunteers are also needed to act as observers and role players on the day. Please contact Taryn on above number to register your interest.

We would also 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 2012/13. 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.


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