Issue 032
November 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

  • Simon Bradley


Upcoming Events:

  • Network events


Corporate Partners





A word from the CEO

As Christmas approaches, it seems to be the time of lists! Shopping lists, “things to do before going on leave” lists, spring cleaning lists, well, you get the idea! Now is the perfect time to consider your 2014 lists. 

Are you going to manage your time better in terms of work life integration? What are your professional goals? Have you thought about your own development?

I invite you to use LGMA(SA)’s list of upcoming events in your planning. 

Registrations are now open for our Professional Leaders Program commencing 13 February and we also have a great conference planned for 21 February – information will be sent out soon, but key speakers include Doug McKay of Auckland City Council and Greg Doyle (back by popular demand) from Wollongong! 

There will be lots of lessons to be learned, particularly in the area of embracing change.

I hope you enjoy this jam packed  edition of Leaders Connect and wish you well in the lead up to the silly season!




LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

November 2013 - Simon Bradley

This month we speak with Simon Bradley, General Manager Infrastructure and Environment at the Rural City of Murray Bridge.

Simon speaks about his role, his thoughts for the future of Murray Bridge, how Mayors are not usually referred to as "your Majesty" - and how it feels to get back into competitive Cricket after a 23 year break....
Hi Simon, thanks for talking with us. 

read more..



Sponsor insight

The Norman Waterhouse Regional CEO and Principal Members Symposium was held on Wednesday 23rd of October.Justin Ross (Pirsa) and Sean Keenihan

Sean Keenihan, the South Australian Government’s Strategic Adviser for China, President of the Australia China Business Council (SA Branch) and the Chairman of Partners at Norman Waterhouse Lawyers gave a presentation on the developments in China and in the South Australian Government’s work with China, that present significant opportunities for South Australia’s agribusiness sector.

Justin Ross, PIRSA’s Agribusiness Director, presented the China Agribusiness Initiative and action plan, focussed on 4 pillars. Justin also spoke about observations on the development and direction of Government’s interactions with China and opportunities for industry to capitalise on our existing high-quality food and wine.

Held on the eve of the LGA Conference and General Meeting, this event was a great opportunity for all Regional councils to network.

*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:

Want more creative employees?  Encourage them to slack off!

Studies have shown that employees that "let their minds wander" can actually come up with more innovative and creative solutions than employees that keep their noses to the grindstone - and be more productive to boot.

This interesting article explores how to help your staff to "waste time properly"....

read more..



News Flash!

2014 Awards Nominations are Now Open!
Launch of 2014 LGMA (SA) Leadership Awards Program

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our Leadership Awards Program for 2014.  This program has been running now for over 9 years and is designed to recognise outstanding achievement and innovation within local government.
The Awards Program is an excellent way to recognise staff and council achievements.  It also provides councils with an opportunity to share and celebrate with other councils.  All levels of staff are eligible for nomination, it isn’t restricted to managers.

The overall aim of the LGMA (SA) Leadership Excellence Awards Program 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 nomination booklet and online nomination form can be accessed at

The Awards will be presented at what has become the night of nights for local government the 2014 Gala Awards Dinner which will be held on Friday 11 April 2014 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.  Registrations for the dinner will open in early 2014.

Applications can be submitted on-line any time between now and 5.00 pm Friday 24 January 2014.  Should you have any questions regarding the Awards please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn Sexton on 8291-7990.


2014 Team Building and Leadership

This program is 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.

Contact for information.

Book now for the Management Challenge!


Vivienne Holloway is now Manager of Economic & Tourism Development, City of Victor Harbor.

Wayne Wong has recently started as Manager Transport at Whyalla City Council.

Simon Pettman is now Manager Civil Infrastructure, City of Onkaparinga

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

On Thursday 14th November a number of CEO network members gathered to take a one day interactive workshop on Appreciative Enquiry, facilitated by Lois Whittal. Lois is a highly experienced management lecturer from the University of Adelaide and teaches in Adelaide and Singapore. The technique of Appreciative Enquiry focuses on making organisational improvements by using a positive framework rather than focussing on negatives. Thank you to Statewide Super for hosting this excellent workshop.

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.

From Bronwyn Webster, Chair, Community Managers Network:

Last month the Community Managers’ Network held its rural conference at Victor Harbor.  The theme for this year’s conference was “Developing our Communities: what value?  Can we afford to not do it?”

The day focused on evaluating and measuring the social and economic impact of community development and included presentations and case studies from several metropolitan regional and rural councils.  Dr Helen Feist, Deputy Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide was keynote speaker and spoke about “Population Change: Opportunities and Challenges for Local Communities”.   Other speakers presented on the role of local government in developing our communities, evaluation, social return on investment and results based accountability. 

We learnt about the development of the community hub at Whyalla and how Pt Augusta Council is engaging with the Aboriginal community.  Mt Barker shared insights about “Community Planning and Growth Management on the Urban Fringe”.  We also heard about a very exciting program on the Fleurieu called” Fleurieu Families” and Alexandrina Council’s “Just Add Water” – a year long program of arts and culture.

As you can see – a very diverse and inspiring range of speakers and topics! Thank you to Victor Harbor Council for hosting the event.

Details of presentations can be found by clicking here.

LGMA (SA) Leaders Alumni Network

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

From Ryan England, Chair, Leaders Alumni Network:

As another year fast comes to a close I just thought I’d take this opportunity to remind you all about the ‘Leaders Alumni Network’ and an upcoming event.

The Network is aimed to promote and develop leadership excellence within local government amongst anyone that has completed either the ELP, PLP or XLP.

To recognise the participants of the 2013 ELP we are inviting any members of the Leaders Alumni Network to attend the presentation and graduation. Details of the event can be found here.  If anyone has any questions regarding the Leaders Alumni Network or the various programs offered by the LGMA (SA) please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn or Mandy.

Lastly, I would like to wish you all a safe and merry Christmas/New Year and I look forward to see many of you at the upcoming presentation and graduation event.

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.

From Cate Atkinson, Chair, Women's Network:

Wow! What a great Women's Conference we had on the 8th November at the Wine Centre. With 120 women coming together for the event from all disciplines and from right around South Australia, it really demonstrated to me the strengths we have in local government.  Training specifically for women no matter what you do is vital to underpin our roles not only as local government officers, but as community leaders, supporters, mothers, sisters, wives and partners.

The women's network provides an opportunity for women working in local government to come together in a learning environment that approaches learning on the basis of developing the whole individual, rather than based on disciplines.

I encourage you to look at what is offered each year - either through the local forums or the state conference and build the opportunity into your training and development plans. If you would like more information please contact the LGMA (SA) office on 8291 7990.


LGMA National News

Call for Presenters – LGMA National Congress & Business Expo

30 APRIL - 2 MAY 2014

Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria

 The event theme is Productive Communities, and Melbourne 2014 Congress  will provide a forum for exchanging ideas on:
• What is productivity in local government?
• What does it mean for our communities?
• How can it be achieved?
• What are some of the forces driving productive

For more information on the themes and requested topics, please click here.


Tips and ideas - The power hour

Stop procrastinating!  By focusing on one thing for just an hour each day, you'll be surprised what you can achieve.

This hour of focus can be called "the Power Hour".   This article goes into more detail about how to use the "power hour" to maximise the benefits.

Try it - and let us know how you go....



LGM Latest Edition online

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

Click here to read the latest edition.


LGMA Promotions

Launch of 2014 LGMA (SA) Professional Leaders Program and Scholarship.

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Professional Leaders Program for 2014. The Professional Leaders Program (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 in areas such as: legislative context, finance, operations and strategy.

The Executive Education Unit at the University of Adelaide will provide three 2-day modules which will focus on;

1.Financial Management
2.Operational Excellence
3.Strategic Management

The opening 1-day module will be co-ordinated by LGMA (SA) and will draw key elements from the successful XLP Executive Leadership Program. This will then lead directly into Module 2.

Click here for the Prospectus and Registrations.

Applications for the PLP are now open until 9.00am 13 January 2014, unless capacity is reached earlier. Should you have any questions regarding the Program, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 8291 7990.

Scholarship applications are also open for rural participants, kindly supported by UHY Haines Norton.

Click here for application form. Scholarship applications close at 9 am 13 January 2014.


New Members

Mark de Lange, Adelaide Hills Council

Steven Mathewson, City of Onkaparinga

Evelyn Pollard, City of West Torrens

Kirk Richardson, City of Onkaparinga


Recent events

The LGMA (SA) and its Networks have been busy bees over the last month, holding three events including the Community Managers Network Rural Conference, the Women’s Conference and the CEO workshop.

A wrap up of all the events can be found in the Network News Section.


Upcoming Events
and Programs

Register now:

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

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

2014 Management Challenge
18 & 20 March 2014, AAMI Stadium, Adelaide

Save the Date:

Annual Conference – 21 February 2014, Adelaide Festival Centre

Awards Gala Dinner – 11 April, Adelaide Entertainment Centre


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