Issue 020
November 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

  • Shane Thompson


Upcoming Events:

  • 2013 Management Challenge
  • PLP Program
  • Network events


Corporate Partners




A word from the CEO

This month absolutely everyone seems to be suffering from chronic busy-ness due to the impending silly season and the notion that that everything needs to be done before Christmas - the LGMA (SA) team included.

Our article on time management in the tips and tricks section below may help you reach the holidays without feeling totally overwhelmed!

Here at LGMA (SA) we approach the second half of the financial year excited about our events season where we will deliver to you an exciting and inspiring television themed conference entitled Switch On! along with the 2013 Leadership Excellence Awards, our flagship Management Challenge, Emerging Leaders Program and a host of network events.

The year is shaping up to be our best yet so we hope that you are getting as excited as we are!

Wishing you all sanity this silly season and please enjoy this edition of Leaders Connect.





Member profile - Shane Thompso

This month we speak with Shane Thompson, Manager, Community Development at Mid-Murray Council.

Shane explains his current role and also recounts that Mayors are not actually called "Your Excellency".....!

Hi Shane, thanks for talking to us.
What’s your current role, and how long have you been doing it? 

I have been Manager Community Development at Mid Murray Council for almost 3 years. 

What was your previous role? 

My previous role was Marketing and Strategic Projects at the Rural City of Murray Bridge for 5 years.

When did you decide to get involved with Local Government?
I was employed at the Murraylands Regional Development Board and worked in partnership with the Rural City of Murray Bridge on different projects. An opportunity came up with the RCMB that provided more job security and career pathways.  

read more..

Industry Trends: Professional Management Key to Quality of Life

A new video produced by ICMA's Life, Well Run campaign highlights how professional local government managers contribute to the quality of life in Lake County and in the villages of Glenview and Woodridge, Illinois.

Some great examples of how local government truly enhances the lifestyle and wellbeing of local communities.

read more..


Around Australia...

Census on the Australian local government workforce

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government is co-ordinating a pilot local government workforce census next week with eight councils cross the country, with the full census for all 565 councils to commence at the end of November.

The census will be the most ambitious local government data collection exercise undertaken so far in Australia. The opportunities offered by the collection of a national local government workforce dataset are significant, and it will underpin a range of employment strategies nationally, as well forming the basis for funding for local government based training.

Read the media release here...

Read the project overview here...


Sponsor Insight*

We would like to warmly welcome our new Emerald Partner, Connor Holmes, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm which provides specialist advice in relation to town planning, property consulting, development management and governance.

We thank Connor Holmes for their support of our Association and their commitment to the local government sector.  You can learn more about Connor Holmes here.

*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:

Christopher Birch commenced with the City of Tea Tree Gully as Senior Finance Officer, previously at the Barossa Council.

Mark Heinrich commenced in November as Manager Finance and Community Services, previously at the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island RDA.

Geoffrey Moffatt commenced in November as CEO of DC of Ceduna, previously at Wattle Range Council as Deputy CEO – placed by McArthur

Bryce Norton  commenced with the Town of Gawler as Manager Aquatic and Recreation Services, previously with Port Adelaide Enfield.

Tony Amato commenced with the Town of Gawler as Management Accountant, previously with City of Burnside

Bryce Norton, Manager Aquatic and Recreation Services with the Town of Gawler (formerly Port Adelaide Enfield)


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!

SWITCH ON! Presenting the 2013 LGMA (SA) State Conference.

Please note the date for this event has changed.  It will no longer be on the 1 March due to a clash with the Clipsal. 

The conference will now be on the 22 February 2013 at the Hilton.


LG Manager Magazine goes digital

The LG Manager magazine, published by the LGMA National office, is now available as a digital publication!

Easy to read and packed full of useful information, stories, case studies, sector insights and much more, the LG Manager Magazine can now be read on your PC or iPad.  

As well as being more convenient, the new digital edition will increase the reach and readership of the LGMA publication across Local Government in Australia.

Check out the launch edition here..


Year of the Farmer celebrated

Mayor Kym McHugh (Local Government Association President) and Sean Keenihan (Norman's)
The Norman Waterhouse Lawyers' Local Government Regional CEO’s and Mayors Annual Dinner was held at the the Kings Head Hotel on the  24th October, 2012.

This year, the event celebrated the Year of the Farmer and the important social and economic contribution that regional communities make to South Australia.

It was a fantastic evening with premium SA food and wine and great company fuelling a lively buzz around the room until very late in the evening.

Norman Waterhouse lawyers have delivered twenty regional training programs for local government in the course of the last 12 months, therefore covering the majority of regional South Australia.


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

Recently 20 CEO's came together from across the State at the CEO Forum: Governance the "How."  Presentations from Graham Winter and Colin Eaves are now available to CEO members on the CEO Network page of our website. You must be a CEO Network member and log in to view.

The next event is on 28 February and information on this will be sent to all CEO's and be available on our website in the coming weeks.

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 - Directions for Youth Development in Local Government'

Prepared by Adelaide Hills Council for the Local Government Community Managers Network with funding made available through the Local Government Research and Development Scheme and supported by the Local Government Youth Services Forum, Youth Affairs Council of SA and Office for Youth (OfY)

Click here to go to the LGA website for further details and to view the 'Future Youth Report'.

In Launching the report 'Our Future Is Now- Directions for Youth Development in Local Government', the Governor Kevin Scarce noted that;

"This report goes beyond simply quantifying Local Government's involvement in youth development and takes a more in-depth look at what local government's role in youth development is now, what it is likely to be in the future, and what this means for those working as Youth Development Officers.

What the report reveals is that Youth Officers are doing an excellent job supporting young people and providing opportunities for them to develop skills and inform council decision making. Some of them are fortunate to have the support of a youth development team with healthy budgets, others undertake the role in isolation, frequently on a part time basis and with limited project funding. All of them are committed to young people and believe in the importance of the youth development role. Increasingly, youth officers are also being required to be involved in the more strategic aspects of council business.

There are however many challenges facing local government in the realm of youth development including:
•    developing and implementing policies and strategies that link with council's overall direction and strategic management plans,
•    ensuring Youth Development Officers have appropriate and relevant knowledge and skills to undertake their multifaceted role,
•    identifying how to best support youth development officers in their role, and
•    developing mechanisms for undertaking relevant and meaningful evaluation of youth development programs and projects to better measure their impact.

This report goes further by making clear recommendations on how to meet these challenges and move forward so that local government's involvement in youth development is more coordinated and strategic and to ensure resources are used in the best possible way for the benefit of young people."

Certificate of Commendation

A big congratulations also goes to City of Charles Sturt for receiving a Certificate of Commendation – Best Planning Ideas Award – Large Project. Presented to City of Charles Sturt, SA LGA, City of Salisbury, City of Playford, City of Onkaparinga and Elton Consulting. For further details of the Large Project call Bronwyn Webster at City of Charles Sturt.

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.

See Christmas Event below in "Upcoming Events:"

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.

See "Recent Events" below

Recent Events

The Women’s Network would like to thank all 100 delegates that attended the Women’s Network Conference on the 2 November 2012 at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide.

The day was a huge success with amazing guest speakers such as:
Mrs Elizabeth Scarce
Jane Booth - PwC Adelaide
Amelia Ricci – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jodie Nevid – BRS
Katrine Hildyard – ASU
Miriam Silva – Women in Leadership
Dani Fecko – Canada, and
Kris Lloyd – Cheese Maker and CEO Woodside Cheese Wrights.

Thank you especially to the women that travelled from as far as the Yorke Peninsula, Wakefield, Goyder, Yankalilla and to our fabulous Corporate Partners McArthur, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers, Connor Holmes, Statewide Super, ASU SA+NT and  BRS for making it possible.

Would you like to become a member of our Women’s Network? 

Call Mandy at the LGMA SA on 8291 7990


Tips and Ideas - Time Management

Ok, we'd all like a time machine, although it seems that's not going to happen anytime soon.

In the meantime, we need to manage the time that we have, and make the most of every day.

Here are thought-provoking 11 tips to help you maximise your time..

read more..


LGMA Promotions

Nominations for the 2013 Leadership Excellence Awards are now open.

Click here to view the Nomination Booklet.

Click here to go to the online Nomination form.

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Leadership Awards Program for 2013.  This program has been running now for over 8 years and is designed to recognize outstanding achievement and innovation within local government.
Council staff work very hard in our communities throughout the year and we know that during that time you deliver some amazing services and new initiatives.  These are the programs that we would like to hear about from you.  If you haven’t nominated for an award in previous years we strongly encourage you to do so.  The awards are an excellent way to recognize your achievements and to share and celebrate them with other councils.

The Awards and criteria for nominating are outlined brochure (see link above) and we are pleased to announce we have introduced a new award for 2013: the Age Smart Award for Leadership Excellence in Age-friendly Communities.

The overall aim of the LGMA (SA) Leadership Excellence Awards is to:
•    Raise the standard and quality of local government leadership and management across local government in South Australia
•    Create public awareness of the level of expertise and excellence in local government
•    Recognise excellence demonstrated by LGMA (SA) members and individuals employed by local government thereby rewarding their efforts.

The Awards will be presented at what has become the night of nights for local government the 2013 Gala Awards Dinner which will be held on Friday 19 April 2013 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Applications can be submitted on-line any time between now and 5.00 pm Friday 25 January 2013.

Should you have any questions regarding the Awards please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn Sexton on 0400 429 003 or email


Upcoming events
and programs

1. Management Challenge


Click here for updates or to register your team

2. LGMA (SA) Emerging Leaders Alumni Network Christmas Event & Official Welcoming for the 2012 ELP Graduates to the Alumni.

14 Dec 2012 2:30 PM • The Austral Hotel, Rundle Street Adelaide. Balcony Room


3. Professional Leaders Program

11 Feb 2013 8:30 AM • Various locations to be advised

4. SWITCH ON: Presenting the 2013 LGMA (SA) State Conference


****NEWS FLASH-****CHANGE OF DATE  -Please note the date for this event has changed.  It will no longer be on the 1 March due to a clash with the Clipsal.

The conference will now be on the 22 February 2013 at the Hilton.


Upcoming training

Professional Leaders Program registrations close 29 November 2012.
Click here to learn more about this accredited program

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 29 November 2012

Scholarship available for rural members


New members

Alf    Brinkman, Works Manager, Southern Mallee District Council
Anthony    Renshaw, Chief Executive, Southern Mallee District Council
Charmaine    Sherman, Payroll / Finance Officer, Southern Mallee District Council
Harc    Wordsworth, Manager Environment and Planning, 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
Ken    Ng, Internal Audit Manager, City of Burnside
Shane     Thompson, Manager Community Development, Mid Murray Council

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