Issue 025
April 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

  • Andrew Johnson


Upcoming Events:

  • Women's Network Forum


Corporate Partners





A word from the CEO

Congratulations to all our Award Winners!

It was fabulous to see some 400 of you at our Gala Awards Dinner on Friday 19 April. 

For a full list of winners and photos of the event, be sure to click though to our 2013 Awards page from the article below.

A special congratulation to the City of Onkaparinga for winning the 2013 Management Challenge and to all 15 teams for participating.

The 2013 Emerging Leaders Program will commence on 13 May with a record 28 participants including 7 from small and rural councils.

I look forward to catching up with many of you in Hobart at our National Congress commencing 19 May.

All the best as you prepare budgets and round up the financial year!




Member profile - Andrew Johnson

This month we speak to Andrew Johnson, CEO, Port Pirie Regional Council.

Andrew talks to us about why he enjoys working for a regional council, and how he once got lost in Parliament House....

Hi Andrew, thanks for talking with us.  

What’s your current role at Port Pirie, and what does it involve?

read more..


Sponsor Insight - Connor Holmes

*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: Infrastructure - the Ernst and Young Report

The Ernst & Young report recommended a series of initiatives towards creating strong foundations for sustainable local government infrastructure. Ernst & Young’s infrastructure advisory partner Darrin Grimsey, said the recommendations cover three broad areas:

  • Enabling councils to leverage existing funding sources for investment in new infrastructure
  • Improving councils’ access to cost effective finance
  • Improving councils’ ability to identify and develop infrastructure and gain access to specialist skills necessary to deliver innovative financing solutions.

read more..


City of Campbelltown

Melissa Fielke – HACC Team Leader (previously at the City of Tea Tree Gully)
Amber Leuders – Community Services Project Officer
Ann Sharley – Community Development Officer

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


Tips and Ideas - Step away from the Nut!

Following last month's popular "monkey mind" article, we've had requests for more "m
onkey motivational" philosophy.

So, this month we look at the practice of capturing spider monkeys - and the lessons the monkeys can teach us about "letting go"...



New Members

Ros Edwards -  City of West Torrens


Latest edition of LGM online

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

Click here to read the April/May edition.


LGMA Promotions

2013 National Congress – Raymond West Scholarship for Young/Emerging Managers

LGMA National is offering Scholarships for Young Managers to attend the 2013 National Congress, Hobart from the 19-22 May 2013.

The scholarships will cover registration (to include the Welcome Reception and Congress Dinner) for up to two young managers.

Deadline:  Nominations to Taryn Sexton by noon on 3 May 2013.

Click here to access the LGMA Website - the application form can be downloaded from our homepage.

LGMA national congress in Hobart – May 2013
At a time when local government is being asked to redefine itself on many fronts, LGMA National will challenge delegates to consider what makes a Great Society, and what local government’s role is in its creation.

A number of high-profile presenters will share their views on how to evaluate the value of societies, what elements should be considered as part of this process, and how local government can contribute. Dozens of local government organisations have also signed on to share their experiences and innovation.

Congress promises to be an inspiring and challenging forum for those who are interested in exploring the fundamental purpose of local governance in Australia. LGMA National will capture the important discussions that will take place at Congress, and use them to inform ongoing conversations around key issues such as the value of CEOs and community engagement and modern democracy in a hyperconnected world.

The LGMA National Congress and Business Expo will be held from 19-22 May 2013 at Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming events
and programs

LGMA (SA)Women’s Network Forum

Topic: Experiencing Change
Date:  Wednesday, 29th May 2013
Time: 9.00 for 9.30 start to 12.30pm
Venue: Campbelltown City Council, 172 Montacute Road, Rostrevor
Click here to register today.


Recent Events

LGMA SA Awards Dinner

Over 400 local government professionals revelled into the night to celebrate Local Government's best and brightest at the glittering LGMA awards on the 19th April.

LGMA (SA) sponsor, Paul Slater from LGFA, declared the awards night the "best night of the year" for Local Government professionals, and no-one who attended would dispute  his statement for a moment! 

Award winners were feted, finalists congratulated,  and the evening's official segments left plenty of time for networking, chatting or just mingling.
In all, the was an air of excitement and achievement which was both intoxicating and exciting.

The highlight of the night was the presentation of the 2013 management challenge award, won by Onkaparinga.

Salisbury and Playford were the  runners up, who will of course take over the duties of the Challenge Award Winners in the event that Onkaparinga cannot complete their reign. wait on - that's a different award altogether...

The message, though, is clear - get involved, enter one of more of the awards and be there next year...if you work in Local Government, you won't want to miss it....

Management Challenge Winner 
1st place City of Onkaparinga – score = 795.5
2nd place City of Salisbury – score = 782
3rd place City of Playford 2 – score =774.5

For a Photo Gallery of the Awards Night, Compendium of Awards and more information - click here.

Upcoming training

2013 Professional Leaders Program

The inaugural PLP participants have been head down working hard since the program commenced in Feb 2013.  The Executive Education Unit at the University of Adelaide provided three 2-day modules which focused on;
•    Financial Management
•    Operational Excellence
•    Strategic Management 

A celebratory dinner for their completion of the program is on the 7th May at Martini Restaurant, The Parade Norwood for participants.

The 2013 PLP participants are:

Brett           Steiner        City of Tea Tree Gully
Chris          Newby         City of Prospect
Carolyn       Lethbridge    City of Charles Sturt
Shane        Thompson    Mid Murray Council
Debra         Larwood       District Council of Kimba
Cass          Gannon       City of West Torrens
Ian             Seccafien    City of Onkaparinga
Kylie           Flynn         City of Onkaparinga
Russell       Peate         Mid Murray Council
Christopher Parish         Wakefield Regional Council
Bobbi         Pertini         District Council of Yorke Peninsula
Nikki          Meredith      Elliston
Corna         Kotz           City of Onkaparinga
Simon        Pettman      City of Onkaparinga
Johnathon   Conlon        City of Onkaparinga
Steve         Woolley       Wudinna District Council
Michelle     Tucker         Whyalla City Council
Gary          Brinkworth    Berri Barmera


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