Issue 024
March 2013


In this issue

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

Member profile

  • Gary Brinkworth


Upcoming Events:

  • 2013 Emerging Leaders Program
  • 2013 Gala Awards Dinner


Corporate Partners





A word from the CEO

Congratulations to all participants in the 2013 Management Challenge!

105 of you formed 15 teams which collectively represented 21 councils.  South Australia has punched above its weight with 15% of the Challenge teams in Australasia hailing from SA! You should all be proud of the energy, enthusiasm and commitment you brought to the event and to your professional development!

I look forward to celebrating this commitment at our Gala Awards Dinner on Friday 19th April. Tickets are selling fast so if you haven’t booked yet please do so quickly – you must be registered to attend.

Time is also ticking to register for the Emerging Leaders Program, now in its 9th year! For more information read on!

I hope to see many of you at the LGMA National Congress in Hobart in May!




Member profile - Gary Brinkworth 

This month we speak to Gary Brinkworth, Manager, Environmental Services at Berri Barmera Council.

Gary talks to us about his experiences working for a rural council, and his memorable "brush with the law"....!

Hi Gary, thanks for talking with us.  

What’s your current role at Berri Barmera, and what does it involve?

read more..


Sponsor Insight

Statewide Super

Stronger Super – the Federal Government’s response to the 2010 Cooper Review of superannuation – proposed a range of reforms intended to make Australia’s super system more efficient and maximise retirement income for members.

A key component of the Stronger Super changes is MySuper, a simple, cost-effective super product designed to suit the majority of Australian workers.

You can read more about MySuper

*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.

Industry Trends: We've heard of streets paved with gold - but streets paved with plastic?

Vancouver recently became the first City to pave its streets with recycled plastic.

The Inhabitat website/blog investigates this innovative new technology..

read more..


  • Steve Harrison won a position at the City of Playford as the Director Business and Economic Development commencing in April 2013 (formerly from City of Prospect)
  • Justin Commons takes on a new role as the Director Business and Economic Development, City of Prospect (formally Director Corporate Services and Major Projects)
  • Mr Robert John Foster appointed the new CEO of District Council Elliston
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!

 IPWEA 2012 Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2013 IPWEA SA Excellence Awards.  Please click here for more information.


Tips and Ideas

The Monkey Mind - and your Smartphone....

Are you guilty of thinking you are just "multi-tasking", when you are constantly checking your phone?

Do you check your emails while in a training session or, even worse, while in an important meeting?

In reality, you are probably experiencing what the Buddhists call "a monkey mind"...

Please read on...there's help available!



Network News

If you would like to become a member of any of our networks in 2013 - just jump online and register here..

CEO Network

Over the past 9 months, 43 CEOs have attended CEO Network events, with the most recent event being held at the Hilton on 28 February. 

The CEO’s participated in a workshop on “Imagineering” based on Walt Disney’s methods and led by Jodie Nevid of BRS Results.  They then entered the “Dragon’s Den” and shared their experiences of managing growth in a governance framework.  This was followed by a networking dinner over topical conversation.

The CEO Network is open to local government CEO’s in South Australia who are LGMA (SA) members and has a main focus of sharing knowledge, offering peer support and teasing out opportunities.

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 Women’s Network Coordinating Committee recently met to plan the year’s activities and determined that the theme for this year will be Leadership.  More information will be released shortly.  Save the date for the annual conference 8 November at the Wine Centre.

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 Community Managers have determined to release their own weekly newsletter to keep members informed of all their activities.  The CMN website has also been revamped with separate pages for Social Infrastructure, Volunteering, HACC, Youth, Community Development Evaluation and Committee documents.  To view these pages click 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.


National News

A new working paper from ACELG suggests how local government in Australia might independently improve revenue streams in the medium to long term.

Entitled In Our Hands: Strengthening Local Government Revenue for the 21st Century, the research distils recent findings on the topic and presents fresh thinking and sound evidence about how stronger local government revenues might be achieved to meet the ongoing and emerging needs of local communities.

read more..

Latest edition of LGM online

LGMA's national publication, Local Government Manager, is now available online.

Click here to read the February/March edition.


LGMA Promotions

2013 Emerging Leaders Program

LGMA (SA) is pleased to enter the second year of partnership with the University of Adelaide, Executive Education Unit in the delivery of the Emerging Leaders Program.

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) aims to provide participants with the following:
A greater level of comprehension and understanding of local government
•    Increased confidence
•    Enhanced self awareness
•    An appreciation of and an ability to work with different personality types
•    The opportunity to challenge their assumptions

Registrations are now open and close at 5 pm 12 April 2013

For further information and to register, please click here :

Some testimonials from 2012 ELP participants:

Tim Hoggan – City of Marion
The ELP exposed me to latest leadership thinking other council issues and how we may engage with all stakeholders better (or differently).

Kerry Price – City of Prospect
Great for encouragement, new learnings and new networks and make you think about possibilities and challenging your perceptions.

Jenny Brady – Campbelltown City Council
A great way to network, build confidence, going out of the comfort zone, while discovering things about yourself that you didn’t realise.

Reece Harrison – City of Charles Sturt
A challenging yet rewarding time learning in the presence of like minded people.

Julia Smethurst – City of Onkaparinga
Extremely enlightening and challenged my thinking.

Karla Picket – City of Onkaparinga
It was an excellent learning experience and networking opportunity amongst  local government organisations.

Michael Collins – Coorong District Council.
A great opportunity to make new contacts and improve self confidence.


Upcoming events
and programs

Click on the events, programs and training for more information.


LGMA (SA) 2013 Gala Dinner

Friday 19 April 2013
Time: 7pm pre-dinner drinks for 7.30 Dinner
Venue: Convention Centre Hall F
Dress Black Tie.
Click logo to register today!


Recent Events

Management Challenge 2013

The event was held over 2 days in mid-March at the AAMI stadium.

15 teams took part, and what a day they had.

Taking the field on the hallowed turf of AAMI stadium was a dream come true for some...

Everyone had a great day and the buzz in the afternoon was amazing to see. 

Competition was fierce but the value of networking wasn't overlooked, as participants compared stories over a drink at the end of the day.
Councils that competed in this year’s Management Challenge are :
•    City of Tea Tree Gully
•    City of Mitcham
•    Adelaide City Council
•    City of Playford – 2 teams
•    City of Onkaparinga
•    City of Charles Sturt
•    City of Marion
•    Corporation of the Town of Walkerville
•    District Council of Mallala
•    West Torrens City Council
•    City of Salisbury
•    City of Prospect
•    District Council of Yorke Peninsula (Rural Management Challenge Winner 2012)
•    City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters.


Upcoming training

Registrations are now open for the 2013 Emerging Leaders Program!
13 May 2013

Click here for more information and to register.


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