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Issue 019
October 2012


In this issue

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

Member profile

  • Kerry Loughhead


Upcoming Events:

  • PLP Program
  • Network events


Corporate Partners




A word from the CEO

This October has really highlighted to me the extent of sharing that occurs between metro and rural councils.

For the Rural Management Challenge, Team Fusion, the State Challenge winners, volunteered their time to assist with the running of the day, while the City of Charles Sturt mentored the District Council of Yorke Peninsula’s team and the City of Marion mentored the District Council of Wakefield’s team. 

I understand that the volunteers and mentors found these experiences to be hugely valuable in that they were able to validate their own learnings and view their experiences from a different perspective. At the same time, the rural team members benefitted greatly from the resources and perspectives shared by the metro teams.

As recently announced at our AGM, I would like to warmly welcome Kerry Loughhead from the City of Prospect to the Divisional Board. You can read more about Kerry in our Member of the Month article below.

It’s been a great month in that I have enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with many of you, especially our rural members at both the Rural Management Challenge and the AGM.





 Member profile - Kerry Loughhead

his month we speak with Kerry Loughhead, LGMA (SA)'s newest board member.

She speaks about her very busy role in Local Government, her love of overseas travel and her upcoming Netball comeback!

read more..

Industry Trends: Lean Thinking

Lean Thinking is an improvement system which focuses on improving the quality, timeliness and cost of services we deliver from the perspective of the customer.

The system provides a structure, techniques and tools for carrying out improvements. Its ultimate goal is to deliver increased satisfaction for our customers and staff. 

Interestingly, lean thinking has its roots in manufacturing, with many of the principles based on the "Toyota Production System" developed between 1948 and 1975

The City of Melbourne has been a pioneer in local government in Australia, fully embracing Lean Thinking as their continuous improvement model.

read more..


Around Australia...

Developments at other State LGMA Associations

LGMA (SA) is part of a National Federation along with LGMA associations in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Each state runs events and professional development programs for the local government sector and LGMA (SA) members are welcome to attend these events at the member rate.

Click on the map to find out more about each state..


Sponsor Insight*

Local Government Finance Authority Update

It has been a busy few months for the team at the LGFA with Jo Fraser joining us as Business Support Officer on Monday 20 August. Jo has been extremely busy learning her new role and getting involved in various projects we currently have on the go.

The LGFA website (www.lgfa.com.au) continues to evolve with the recent creation of news feeds to highlight important/interesting information such as the recent release of our Annual Report for Y/E 30.06.12. If you have not as yet had a look, head to the site and check out our news feed and details about our products, services and staff.

From a business perspective, Financial Markets around the world continue to remain volatile with reports out that World Growth, and in particular China, is expected to pull back significantly in the coming 12 months. Locally, the RBA cut interest rates by 0.25% on October 2 and with expectations the labour market will remain weak over the coming 12 months, it is anticipated that furthers cuts, as early as next month, are likely.

As a result of the recent rate cut, our Cash Advance Floating Rate has been reduced to 5.25% and longer term Fixed Rates for 10-15 Years have been averaging between 4.80-5.20%. These lending rates are among the lowest we have seen and it is a great opportunity for Councils to lock away existing variable debt or borrow for various upcoming projects, allowing the certainty of repayments at low rates to assist with Long Term Financial Planning.

Our lease at 16 Hutt St expires in April 2013 and we will need to relocate at this time. Management have been very busy looking for alterative premises over the past few months and are close to finalising the purchase of office space near Hindmarsh Square. This is a significant change for the LGFA given we have been in our existing premises for over 26 years. Once finalised we will let Members know of our new address details.

We are pleased to welcome Jeff Tate to the LGFA Board who commences his two year term on 01.01.13

Jeff was formerly the CEO City of Onkaparinga and he is appointed upon nomination from the Local Government Association.  In addition, two appointees are made to our Board bi-annually by election from Councils and this year we had 4 nominations for the Board.  Cr John Sanderson from the City of Mitcham and Cr John Frogley have been successful and are  re-appointed to the Board to commence 01.01.13


Chief Executive Officer

*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:

Adrian Skull, CEO, District Council of Yankalilla (formerly of City of Marion)

Simon Bradley, GM Infrastructure and Environment, Rural City of Murray Bridge (formerly of City of Burnside)

Steve Coleman, Management Advisor leading the new Corporate Advisory Team at the City of Port Adelaide Enfield (formerly Management Advisor at the City of West Torrens and Project Manager at the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton)

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!

Local Government Manager Magazine goes digital!

The National Office is preparing for the launch of the first ever digital LGM, scheduled for distribution in the second half of November.

Essential reading for everyone working in local government, the new publication will be accessible to everyone from all devices including desktops, laptops and tablets, and available through all browsers.

Featuring rich media, interactive content and a direct link to an extensive range of further reading, the digital LGM offers readers an advanced and engaging experience.

The digital LGM will be delivered to you directly through this publication, and it can also be accessed anytime from www.lgma.org.au. Stay tuned!


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 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.

Our future is now!
The official launch of the research report "directions for youth development in local government" will be held  on the 14th November at the Unley Civic Centre.

More details here.

The Churchill Fellows Association

The Churchill Fellows Association provides financial support to enable individuals from all walks of life to travel overseas to undertake a study or investigation of a project or an issue that cannot be readily undertaken in Australia.

Churchill Fellowships, which can have a value of around $25,000, allow community members to plan their own project and travel overseas to further their knowledge in their chosen field, before returning to make a real contribution to Australian society.

More details here.

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.

14th December 2012 – Christmas drinks and induction of the 2012 Emerging Leaders into the Alumni, Venue TBA

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.

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Recent Events
The winning Yorke Pensinsula team, with CEO Andrew Cameron

Rural Management Challenge

On 9 October, seven council teams came together in beautiful Renmark to compete in the second annual Rural Management Challenge.

Each team played the role of the Management Team of the District Council of Galeforz and took on numerous tasks and surprises throughout the day using their enthusiasm, intellect and teamwork.

The winning team was announced at a Celebratory Dinner that evening.

Mid Murray Challenge Team Congratulations to the District Council of Yorke Peninsula (pictured above) and also to the Runners Up, Mid Murray Council. (pictured right)


Tips and Ideas - travel without the ipad?

Going on a vacation soon?

Leo Babuata is the world's leading blogger on minimalism and making your life "lighter". 

His website, Zen Habits,
features one or two powerful articles a week on: simplicity, health & fitness, motivation and inspiration, frugality, family life, happiness, goals, getting great things done, and living in the moment.

It's one of TIME magazine's "top 50 world websites."

Here he shares his tips for travelling light - for travelling anywhere in the world on vacation with only carry-on luggage - and leaving the laptop or ipad at home!

read more..


Upcoming events

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

South Australian Local Government Financial Management Group

SALGFMG 2012 Conference

6 and 7 December 2012 Stamford Grand, Glenelg

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

Pauline Filipovic, EA to CEO, City of Prospect

Peter Ward, Acting CEO, District Council of Barunga West

Michael Inglis, Works Manager, District Council of Kimba

Alf Brinkman, Works Manager, Southern Mallee District Council

Harc Wordsworth, Manager Environment and Planning, Southern Mallee District Council

Charmaine Sherman, Payroll / Finance Officer, Southern Mallee District Council

Neville Gasmier, Manager Corporate Services, Southern Mallee District Council

Sheryn Bennier, Chief Executive Officer's Personal Assistant, Southern Mallee District Council


LGMA (SA) - Meet the board

Click here to meet the Divisional Board of LGMA (SA) announced at the AGM on the 25 October.


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