Issue 037
April 2014


In this issue

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

Member profile

  • Jodie Rugless


Upcoming Events:

  • Emerging Leaders
  • Professional Leadership
  • Workshop Wednesdays
  • Network events


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A word from the CEO

Congratulations to all our Award Winners!

It was fabulous to see some 440 of you at our Gala Awards Dinner on Friday 11 April.

For a full list of winners and photos of the event, be sure to click though to our 2014 Awards page from the article below.

A special congratulation to the Adelaide City Council for winning the 2014 Management Challenge and to all 14 teams for participating.

I look forward to catching up with many of you in Melbourne at our National Congress commencing 30 April.

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




News Flash!

Normans' recognised for Environmental and Planning Law

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers has again been named
one of two First Tier firms in environmental and
planning law in South Australia by the Doyle’s Guide.

read more..



LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

March 2014 - Jodie Rugless

This month we speak with Jodie Rugless, Manager Information Services at the City of Charles Sturt.

Jodie speaks about the massive changes occuring in IT Services, the emergence of new technologies - and how wearing two completely different shoes (from different pairs) can be a bad idea!

Hi Jodie, thanks for speaking with us.

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

I work as the Information Services Manager at the City of Charles Sturt where I have full strategic and operational oversight of all IT services.

There are 31 people in my team and I have a total annual budget of $7.9m.

read more..


Industry Trends: What do you think about during a meeting?

We take a lighthearted look at 30 thoughts we've probably all had prior to, and during, a meeting:

1. Arrgh, I’m supposed to be at a meeting in 10 minutes. What the heck is it for, who’s running it, and where is it?

2. Oh no, it's the dreaded staff meeting! I’d better take a look at the agenda and make sure I wasn’t supposed do anything to prepare.

3. Dang – we’re supposed to do status updates. No problem, I’ve got 8 more minutes.

read more..


  • Ilona Cooper is now the Manager Governance and Policy at the City of Tea Tree Gully, most recently Team Leader Governance and Business Support at the City of Charles Sturt.


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.

Mark Searle On behalf of the CEO Network, a big thank you to Brian Carr who has stepped down as Network Chair after two years in the role. His time and commitment is appreciated.

Congratulations to Mark Searle who has taken over the role as Network Chair. (pictured)

On Friday 28th March a group of CEO Network members attended the CEO Forum: ‘Keep Calm and Carry On – A practical look at ICAC’.

The CEO Forum involved 5 CEOs presenting real life case studies that had been brought before ICAC in other States to a panel including Commissioner Bruce Lander QC, Patricia Christie, CEO, ICAC-OPI, Ombudsman Richard Bingham, Sathish Dasan, Partner, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers and Kate Costello, Executive Director, Governance Matters.

The CEOs examined these cases in relation to six key risk areas: political, reputational, financial, legal, operational and technical. The panel added to the conversation by sharing their views and extracting practical lessons from the presentations. Thank you to all who were involved in this excellent event.

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.

A casual vacancy has become available in the Community Managers Network Committee.
The position is for a term until 30/6/2015 and the Committee invites nominations for this position.
Nominees must be a member of the LGMA (SA).

Please send a one page nomination to by 9am Friday 2nd May addressing the following information:
•    Your current position and organisation
•    Summary of relevant experience and qualifications
•    Motivation for involvement in the committee
•    Your contact details
•    Agreement to become a member of the LGMA SA if not already

Please note the next scheduled call for nominations for the Committee relating to terms concluding on the 30/6/14 will be circulated in early May to the Network.

Leaders Alumni Network

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

The first session of the ‘Workshop Wednesday’ series was a great success with attendees coming along from both metro and regional Councils. Due to the sell-out popularity of the first two part workshop series there is another series planned for early June. Check out the upcoming events section for details.

To cater for the overwhelming interest in these workshops all future workshops have been moved to a larger venue at the Adelaide City Council. Once again, it is worth noting that there are considerable savings on offer to those who register to attend both sessions.

Secondly, for those that attended the LGMA (SA)’s night of nights the Gala Awards Dinner I am sure that you would all agree with me that it was another great awards night. Congratulations to all that were nominated and won awards. If you were unable to attend this event be sure to add next year’s dinner to your social calendar.

Thirdly, a quick plug for the 2014 LGMA Emerging Leader Program registrations are now open and close very soon (1st May)! I can certainly testify that the Emerging Leader Program is an extremely beneficial and rewarding program. Registrations for the 2014 program are closing very soon, so be sure to check out the LGMA (SA) website for more information.

Lastly, as many of you would know Mandy Oye recently left the LGMA (SA) to pursue her own business. Mandy’s contribution and passion for the Local Government sector, in particular the LGMA (SA) and its programs should be recognised. You will certainly be missed by all…

If anyone has any questions regarding any events or the Leaders Alumni Network, please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn or myself. Look forward to catch up with you all at the various upcoming events.


Ryan England
Leaders Alumni Network

Women's Network

Aim: The purpose of the LGMA SA) Women's 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.

Save the Date for the upcoming Women’s Network Forums focussing on wellbeing, productivity and engagement through the use of mindfulness techniques. More details in the upcoming events section.

General Managers Network

If you’d like to register your interest to receive information about upcoming network events please e-mail your details to  Feel free to send us your ideas as well. We look forward to announcing more soon.

We encourage all councils to fill in the attached spreadsheet and return to us at so we have the details of all GMs and Directors in the State to keep them informed as to the activities of the Network.


Tips and Ideas

Brainstorming and mind-mapping are buzz words that probably get thrown around a but much - but actually brainstorming can be a great way of generating ideas, developing strategy and getting everyone involved.

Sometimes, it can be a bit hard to get all those great ideas on paper - in a logical and meaningful way.

Text2mindmap is the answer.  It's easy to use, free (up to a point) and powerful.  Give it a try when next you decide to Brainstorm.....


LGMA Promotions

Workshop Wednesdays

Due to popular demand, there are now additional Workshop Wednesdays running on both topics!

Further details can be found in the upcoming events section.

Please note the new venue is: Adelaide City Council, Level 6 Training Room 1, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide


LGM Latest Edition online

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

Click here to read the Autumn 2014 edition.


New Members

  • Russell King, Acting Manager Assets and Engineering, Adelaide Hills Council

  • Rebecca Shepherd, Acting Manager Community Development, Adelaide Hills Council

  • Cherie Gerlach, Manager Media & Communications, Port Augusta City Council

A warm welcome to all!


Emerging Leaders Program and Professional Leaders Program

Are you considering taking part in the ELP or the PLP this year? You should be!

This is what some of the previous participants have said about the programs:

”A reinforcing, enlightening and educational experience that anyone aspiring to executive level should attend”

“I really enjoyed the course, particularly meeting people from Rural Councils and understanding their issues.  I am also really happy to have made friends that I will keep in contact with even now that the course has finished”

“An informative and innovative program which provided many learning and networking opportunities”

Please read on to the next section (Upcoming Events and Programs) for more information on both of these powerful programs.


 Upcoming Events and Programs

Emerging Leaders Program

Begins 29 May 2014
Hurry, Registrations Close 1st May!

Click here to register & for prospectus

Workshop Wednesday Series 3: My Supervisory & Leadership Style
4 Jun 2014, 9.30-12.30pm
Adelaide City Council, Level 6 Training Room 1, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Click here to register & for the flyer

Workshop Wednesday Series 4: Motivating and Managing Performance
11 Jun 2014, 9:30 – 12.30pm
Adelaide City Council, Level 6 Training  Room 1, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Click here to register & for the flyer

Professional Leaders Program (2014 Intake 2)
Program begins 19th Jun 2014
Hurry, registrations close 29th May
Click here to register & for prospectus

Save the Date for:
Women’s Network Forum 1: Wednesday 21st May 2014, 9.30-12.30pm, Alexandrina Council
Women’s Network Forum 2: Tuesday 3rd June 2014, 9.30-12.30pm, City of Tea Tree Gully
Community Managers Network Conference, 12th September


Recent Events


LGMA SA Awards

Once again the glitterati of local government gathered together for the sector's "Night of Nights" - to celebrate success, achievement and camaraderie.

The Adelaide Entertainment Centre was the venue, decked out in spectacular style for the awards night.

Battling past the non-local government crowd (there to see Mrs Brown's Boys in the main auditorium on the same night) guests arrived at the red carpet to a throng of photographers capturing all the glamour of the formal evening attire worn by local government's best and brightest.  (well, in truth there was only one photographer.....but there was plenty of glamour...)

The evening was a spectacular success with over 440 guests from 29 councils.

The only question to be asked the style of Lara Bingle...if you weren't  there, where the hell were you?

Click here to see photos and details of the award and award winners.

And click here to see a video of the transformation of the entertainment centre to the LGMA Awards venue...



Congratulations to Bobbi Pertini and Andrew Chown who have received the Raymond West Scholarship for Young/Emerging Managers which gives them attendance to the LGMA National Congress to be held in Melbourne on the 30th April – 2nd May.

Bobbi Pertini is the Manager Organisational Development at Yorke Peninsula Council and Andrew Chown is the Principal Project Planner at Light Regional Council.


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