Issue 018
September 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

  • Tony Renshaw


Upcoming Events:

  • PLP Program
  • Network events
  • Rural Challenge


Corporate Partners




A word from the CEO

Mandy and I have just returned from the Australian Event Symposium and the Australian Event Awards in Sydney.

It was really interesting for us to attend a conference and awards dinner instead of running it and we learned about the latest trends and technologies in the events industry. 

We even formed connections with top event designers from both Australia and overseas, so the pressure is on now to deliver even better events for you, our members and event delegates. 

I came home with a notebook full of ideas and the realisation that the real value of attending a conference or awards dinner goes far beyond the speaker line up or whether you win or not- the true value is in the validation you feel when you work out you are doing something well, the relationships which form over the tea breaks and the time away from work routines to brainstorm, be inspired and work “on” the business not “in” it.

As we plan for 2013, we hope to provide these opportunities for you!

I hope you enjoy this edition of Leaders Connect and don’t forget to register for our AGM!





Member profile - Tony Renshaw

This month we speak to the newly-appointed CEO of Southern Mallee District Council.  Tony tells us about what attracted him to the sector, what famous people he has met, and much more...

Hi Tony - thanks for talking to us.

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

I believe Local Government is the under sold success story of Australia’s community and lifestyle.  Much of the quality of life and the fabric of our society has been created, delivered and continues to be maintained by Local Government.

read more..

Industry Trends: Is Local Government Innovative?  You bet!

ACELG has released a new paper prepared by Dr John Howard on the adoption and application of new ideas in local government.

The paper first explores the concept of innovation before addressing the opportunities for local government to adopt new ideas across its various functions.

Over sixty examples from councils across Australia that are putting new ideas into practice are included.

The paper concludes with a number of challenges and issues for consideration by the sector.

read more..


Sponsor Insight* - Stormwater Management

On 6th September Tonkin Consulting was proudly awarded the Excellence Award in Strategic/Master Planning category for Stormwater Management in the South Parklands.

The team was recognised for its holistic approach to the Brown Hill and Keswick Creek Stormwater Project and the additional benefits it provided.

The project resulted in the significant reduction of risk in flooding of catchments in the Brown Hill and Keswick Creek area. The design provided water quality improvements, additional recreational opportunities and reintroduced wildlife, including the endangered Chequered Copper Butterfly.

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:

Leeza Peters, Special Events Coordinator, City Charles Sturt (formerly of City of Prospect)


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!

1. PLP Scholarship

The UHY Haines Scholarship for Rural Managers to attend the Professional Leaders Program has been announced!

Do you want to participate in the PLP program, and are you from a country council?  If so, you'll want to know more about this scholarship on offer..

For details click here.


2. Announcing a healthy new partnership!

Local Super Division of StatewideSuper, is pleased to announce its new partnership with Health Partners. For over 70 years, Health Partners has been looking after the health care needs of South Australians, with a membership of over 38,000, covering more than 75,000 people.

The new arrangement will enable us to offer Health Partners insurance products to members at an exclusive discounted price.

Read more..

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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

he next CEO Forum will be held on the 12 November.  The topic is "Governance - the how." See the "upcoming 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.

Active Ageing Forum - its almost here!

The stimulating final program, with session details for the Active Ageing Forum, is now available. 

Please note the deadline for registrations of COB Friday 28 September 2012.

For a copy of the Forum Program with presentation outlines please click here.

For a copy of the revised Brochure summarising the Program please click here,  or alternatively you can refer to the LGA Circular 38.1

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 met last Thursday afternoon for drinks and networking at the McArthur office in the city.

A very big thank you goes to Matt Hobby and Belinda Shadiac from McArthur for hosting such a lovely afternoon.

Matt delivered a very thought provoking topic ‘Connecting what you are learning in the Emerging Leaders Program to your next opportunity’ which generated a great conversation amongst our Emerging Leaders.

The next ELP Alumni event will be held 14th December 2012 with the 2012 Emerging Leaders participants.

Please stay tuned for further details soon.

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.

The Australian Local Government Women's Association National Conference:
8 - 10 November 2012 - Ipswich, QLD

With Ms Thérèse Rein, founder & Managing Director – Ingeus, Hon Margaret Reynolds Chair, Australian Centre of Excellence in Local Government, Mayor Lynette De Santis Tiwi Island, Tim Eltham, Strategic Community Planner and many more you can see that ALGWA conference is a 'must do' for all women and men  in Local Government - whether elected officials or Council staff.

Click here to
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Tips and Tricks - Give boring presentations the Rocket!

Some time ago we featured a product called Prezi, which is great new way of delivering presentations.

Now, here's another fantastic tool, which not only makes presentations engaging and interesting, it also allows you to share and collaborate on presentations, and even measure viewing statistics.

Click here for the short intro video.  Check it out!


Recent events

Local Government Community Managers Network Rural Meeting

24 August 2012 at the Barossa Council

The Local Government Community Managers Network (LGCMN) annual Regional Day was held at Barossa Council at Nuriootpa with a theme exploring the impacts and processes surrounding urban growth in key regional locations. 

Following a short discussion of general business of the Network, the day kicked off with a session titled “Get Smart – or is it Chaos?” - Urban Growth and Key Infrastructure Experiences delivered by Louis Monteduro from Barossa Council, Penny Worland from District Council of Mt Barker, Paul  Tulloch from City of Onkaparinga, and Brian Carr from Light Regional Council. The session was interactive and gave an excellent opportunity to explore issues that cross over a number of functional areas of council business relating to social and infrastructure planning, to discuss questions about how the pockets of strong growth impact surrounding areas, how transport and other services can be provided and the “growing pains” of the peri-urban fringe communities.  There was also quite a bit of discussion about relationships with State Government and the tensions around local verses State planning.

At lunch, the group enjoyed a tour of Barossa Council’s innovative “Rex” community sporting facility and facility and Tanunda Tourist Information and Library centre.

After lunch, LGA Deputy President Mayor James Maitland officially launched the “Planning Social Infrastructure and Community Services for Urban Growth Areas” Local Government R&D project completed recently and was followed by a presentation about the outcomes of the work by Bronwyn Webster from City of Charles Sturt and Mike Brown from the City of Onkaparinga on behalf of the project group which was led by City of Charles Sturt in partnership with City of Playford, City of Salisbury, City of Onkaparinga and the LGA.

A stimulating and thought provoking day finished up with some networking over drinks and nibbles.


Upcoming events

LGMA (SA) Women's Network 2012 Conference

Harvesting Your Potential

2 November 2012 • National Wine Centre Australia

Come along and be inspired by our amazing line up of speakers:

  • Mrs Elizabeth Scarce
  • Kris Lloyd, SA Winner, Telstra Business Women's Award
  • Jodie Nevid - Relight my fire
  • Jane Booth - Connect and Create
  • Miriam Silva - Women in Leadership - Lessons Learned
  • Dani Fecko - the Pitch - how to effectively communicate your idea
  • and more ......

    Don't miss out - Register here.  Early Bird closes 5 October.

    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

    CEO Network Forum Two: Governance: the "How"

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


    Upcoming training

    2012 Professional Leaders Program (PLP)  

    We are excited to announce the launch of our 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, 2 of the 12 credits needed to earn an MBA will be granted.  To earn a Graduate Certificate, only 2 more credits are required and to earn a Graduate Diploma 6 more are required.

    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

    For further details and to register click here

    Commencing Feb 2013

    Registrations Close 23 November 2012

    Scholarship available for rural members


    New Members

    Greg Georgopoulos, Director Infrastructure and Environment, City of Prospect
    Craig Harrison, Director Development & Compliance, City of Mitcham
    Howard Lucy, Director Engineering and Horticulture, City of Mitcham  
    Maggie Dowling, Director Community Services & Business, City of Mitcham
    Wade Reynolds, City of Mitcham
    Graeme Brown, General Manager Urban Services, City of Burnside
    Pam Pindral, Manager Healthy Ageing & Access, City of Salisbury
    Nikki Meredith, Senior Finance Officer, Elliston District Council
    Trevor Smart, Chief Executive Officer, District Council of Grant
    Mark McShane, CEO, City of Mount Gambier
    Peter Harder, CEO, District Council of the Copper Coast
    Neil Brown, General Manager City Infrastructure and Public Works, Adelaide City Council
    Peter Peppin, CEO, Whyalla Council
    Craig Nihill, Corporate Manager - People and Culture, Adelaide City Council
    Sandy Verschoor, General Manager City Culture and Community Services, Adelaide City Council
    Samantha Stute, Manager Procurement & Contracts, City of Burnside


    LGMA Promotions - Join us at our AGM!

    Question from your brain:

    Aren't AGM's boring and long-winded affairs?

    Answer from us:

    NO!  Our AGM gives you the opportunity to network, keep up to date with what's happening in the Local Government Sector and learn from your peers!

    So give your brain a treat, and come out and support your Association!

    25 Oct 2012,  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Toyota Balcony Room, Westpac Centre, West Lakes

    Registrations are free but please register, click here.



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