Issue 031
October 2013


In this issue

  • A word from the CEO
  • Industry Trends
  • Member profile
  • News Flash
  • Network News
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • About Us

Member profile

  • Victoria MacKirdy


Upcoming Events:

  • Network events


Corporate Partners





A word from the CEO

On 4th October, I had the opportunity to catch up with many of you at the Jeremi Suri lecture at the University of Adelaide, to which all members were invited.

Jeremi holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University's Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the author of five books on contemporary politics and foreign policy.

His lecture focussed on the need to be able to make transformative changes that positively impact on ourselves and our communities and he took a look into the past to help inform the future.

His view is that there are three elements that are potentially missing in today’s society:

1) A willingness to dream and explore new ideas, to acknowledge that there are not easy fixes or simple approaches to complex problems so we must think outside of our comfort zone

2) Connecting, not necessarily by electronic means, but rather the need to have connectivity with others is missing. People coming together and thinking about their future and identifying change that they support is critical to success.

3) The desire for self improvement over self indulgence.  A need to be able to sacrifice - whether it is a personal sacrifice, commercial sacrifice, organisational sacrifice etc and a culture of excellence is critical to success.  A focus on a continuum of education is fundamental.

I found his lecture to be fascinating and, like a good movie, one that has lingered in my mind for weeks afterward.  Our partnership with the University of Adelaide is resulting in members having access to truly world class speakers.

On a separate note, I would like to thank Heather Barclay and Justin Lynch for their contributions to the Divisional Board.  Both retired at the recent AGM.  Welcome to Andrew Aitken, CEO Adelaide Hills as President Elect and to Mark Goldstone, CEO Prospect, as a new Board Member for a two year term. Andrew Cameron, Tony Siviour and Jane Trotter were also all re-elected for two year terms. Thank you to all who nominated for your enthusiasm and interest.

Finally, congratulations to the District Council of Yorke Peninsula winning the Rural Challenge for the second year in a row! It was a tight race and all teams are to be congratulated.




LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

October 2013 - Victoria MacKirdy

This month we speak with Victoria MacKirdy, General Manager Organisation and Culture at the Alexandrina Council and President of LGMA (SA)!  

Victoria tells us about her transition from an urban council, the evolution of organisational culture - and also how she manages work/life balance with 5 kids!

Hi Victoria - thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
I am currently the General Manager Organisation & Culture with the Alexandrina Council.  My portfolio includes organisational development, work health & Safety, risk management, insurance, governance, strategic planning, audit and arts and culture.  This diverse mix of responsibilities provides me with the opportunity to work right across the organisation, I love the variety within my role.

read more..



Industry Trends:

More amalgamations for NSW?

Headed by former ACELG Chief Professor Graham Sansom, NSW's Independent Review Panel has proposed a 10 point plan that includes potential amalgamations, boundary changes, and a revised, controversial "County Council" model.

To read the ABC news story, click here.

Read more detail on the review panel website


News Flash!

2014 Management Challenge registrations are now open!

The LGMA Australasian Management Challenge is Australia and New Zealand’s premier forum for current and emerging local government leaders. It is a sophisticated development program designed to deliver personal, team and organisational professional development.

The Challenge has been running for more than 20 years. It is good fun, great value and a hands-on approach to leadership development that translates into relevant, tangible and enduring benefits for your people, teams and organisations.

Everyone who participates in the Challenge - from experienced managers to emerging leaders, comes away with new and practical insights into excellence in leadership and management.

More than any other traditional training program or seminar the LGMA Australasian Management Challenge assists councils to:
•    Attract and retain staff
•    Improve organisational culture
•    Promote team-work
•    Develop new and sustainable management skills
•    Breakdown silos
•    Grow inter-departmental relationships, and
•    Build capacity

Click here to read more and/or register for the 2014 Challenge...


And if you are going to do the 2014 Management'll want to read this...

Team Building and Leadership

An accredited action learning and case study subject for Management Challenge participants run by LGMA (SA) and UTS. 

The subject is designed to improve skills and understanding of successful team building
and leadership.

read more..


John Moyle, CEO City of Tea Tree Gully, formerly Director of Governance and Compliance at City of Tea Tree Gully

Vincent Cammell, CEO Coorong District Council, formerly Corporate Manager Infrastructure Management at Adelaide City Council

Lee-anne Graham,  Manager Customer Service, Alexandrina Council. Formerly from Yarra City (Vic)

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


Network News

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

CEO Network

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

The next CEO Network event is the Appreciative Enquiry Workshop on 14 November.  See below in "Upcoming Events" for 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.

LGMA (SA) Leaders Alumni Network

Aim: to promote and develop leadership excellence within local government amongst LGMA (SA) leadership program graduates.

This year the Emerging Leaders Presentation and Graduation will be held on the last day of the program and Leaders Alumni are invited to attend and celebrate!  Details in "Upcoming Events" below.

The Network Committee are compiling a list of alumni in order to communicate many upcoming exciting events. If you are an alumni of the ELP, PLP or XLP please complete the attached and send to  An alumni member may be in touch with you over the coming weeks as well to ask if you are in touch with any other alumni from your year.

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.

On 8th November we have our annual conference, again to be held at the Wine Centre, Hackney.  This is a great opportunity to hear from very successful women and the program has been developed having regard to your feedback from last year. 

Details in "Upcoming Events" below.


LGMA National News

Did you know that LGMA (SA) is part of a national federation?

Here are some fast facts about LGMA nationally:

•    Together with the 7 other federation partners (7 states and a national office) LGMA (SA) shares program ideas, ways of work and membership strategies.

•    The Management Challenge is led by LGMA National and the content is the same around the country, culminating in the National title each June.

•    There is an annual National Congress which brings together practitioners form around the country – the next one will be in Melbourne in late April 2014.

•    LGMA National regularly advocates on a federal level on behalf of our members.

•    The LGM magazine is produced by our national office and distributed around the country


Tips and ideas - Commonly misused words

In the Supermarket - did you know the wording of the "10 items or less" checkout is incorrect?

What should it be?  It should be "10 items or fewer" as "less" is a word that refers to items that cannot be actually counted easily - such as "I'll have a little less milk, please."   

There are many common grammatical errors and misused words and phrases in the English language.  Principal vs principle, it's vs its, your and you're - and many more.

Take this fun 10 question quiz to test your knowledge.

Then, have a look and this excellent quick guide to common errors.  You may want to bookmark it as an easy reference.


LGM Latest Edition online

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

Click here to read the latest edition.


LGMA Promotions

Australian Local Government and Community Development – an historical journey from colonial times to the early years of 21st century” is drawn from extensive research, the experience, commitment, deep knowledge and interpretative work of Frank Hornby. 

This entertaining and informative work is now available for purchase. 

Click here for the order form.


LGMA SA Governance matters

You can now access the latest LGMA (SA) 2013 AGM minutes, and the 2012/13 Annual Report online.

Keep up to date with the activities of your organisation - click here for more details....


New Members

Miss Tracey Faehrmann HR Officer, Renmark Paringa Council

Ms Kathy Jarrett Acting Director, Community and Corporate Development City of Marion

Nathan Haynes Director of Corporate & Community Services, Renmark Paringa Council

Ms Heather Montgomerie Director Community & Corporate Development,  City of Marion
Mr Nick Day Manager Community and Customer Service, District Council of Mount Barker


Recent events

2013 Rural Challenge

What a day it was! 7 teams from Rural councils battled long and hard all day through various challenges and trials.

Teams from DC Yorke Peninsula, Barossa Council, Port Augusta, Wakefield Regional, Whyalla, Renmark Paringa and Light Regional Council took part - and the overall standard of the teams was incredibly high.

All teams are to be congratulated on their efforts.

But in the end there could be only one winner - and the spoils went to Yorke Peninsula, (team pictured above) with Light Regional a close runner up.

To view a brief video of the event, click below:

2013 Rural Challenge


Upcoming Events
and Programs

Register now:

There are several upcoming events we encourage you to get along to!

31 Oct 2013 10:00 AM • Victor Harbor Council Chambers, 1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor

**There is a wait list for this event as it is sold out.
08 Nov 2013 9:00 AM • National Wine Centre, Cnr Hackney & Botanic Rds, Adelaide

14 Nov 2013 10:00 AM • Statewide Super, 211 Victoria Square Adelaide

05 Dec 2013 9:30 AM • National Wine Centre, Cnr Botanic & Hackney Rd, Adelaide

06 Dec 2013 9:00 AM • National Wine Centre, Cnr Botanic & Hackney Rd, Adelaide

2013 Emerging Leaders Program Presentation and Graduation and Alumni Drinks                                        13 Dec 2013 2:30 pm Union House L4 Eclipse Room, University of Adelaide, North Terrace

Save the Date:

Annual Conference – 21 February 2014, Adelaide Festival Centre


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