Issue 038
May 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

  • Mark McShane


Upcoming Events:

  • Professional Leadership
  • Workshop Wednesdays
  • Network events


Corporate Partners




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A word from the CEO

This week, I look forward to welcoming this year's Emerging Leaders cohort to the start of their program journey. This is one of my favourite days in the LGMA year - filled with anticipation, enthusiasm and excitement for a year of transformation, growth and learning. Certainly, my observations over the past 4 years support the fact that this program creates the space to grow by encouraging participants to move out of their comfort zone.

Last week, together with Andrew Stevens of the Executive Education Unit of the University of Adelaide, I had the pleasure of sharing details about this program with a Filipino delegation researching leadership programs for the public sector. How fantastic that an LGMA (SA) program has attracted this sort of attention!

In other news, a special thank you to McArthur for sponsoring a dinner for LGMA (SA) members attending the LGMA National Congress in Melbourne a few weeks ago. It was a really special night of member only networking.

Finally, I would like to congratulate our very own Mark Withers who was announced as the President of LGMA National at the Congress. This is a huge undertaking in a voluntary capacity and demonstrates Mark's commitment to the development of local government leaders. Read on for an article about the new Presidency.




News Flash!

Professional Leaders Program Intake 2 – Registrations Extended until 5th June!

Are you a local government professional wanting to develop your analytical capabilities?

Take part in the second intake of the Professional Leaders Program, an accredited program which teaches the essential legislative, finance, operations and strategic capabilities required by leaders.

The program is co-delivered by the LGMA (SA) and University of Adelaide.

We are pleased to announce that the opening module will feature a range of high level presenters and panellists including:

•    Mayor Felicity Ann Lewis, City of Marion
•    Mayor John Trainer, City of West Torrens
•    Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg, City of Onkaparinga
•    Mark Searle, CEO, City of Marion
•    Kerry Loughhead, Manager Governance, City of Prospect

On completion of both ELP and PLP programs, 2 of the 12 credits needed to earn an MBA will be granted.  To earn a Graduate Certificate, only 2 more credits are required and to earn a Graduate Diploma 6 more are required. Detailed information about articulation pathways in included in the Prospectus.

Please note the program fee can be invoiced for 1st July 2014 if that assists your council.

Click here for more information and a prospectus.

For more information please call LGMA (SA) on 8291 7990 or email



LGMA Member profile - sponsored by

May 2014 - Mark McShane

This month we speak with Mark McShane, CEO of the City of Mt Gambier.

Mark tells us about how he sees Mt Gambier changing in the future, the challenges that lie ahead, and also reveals a particularly awkward "embarrassing moment"!

Hi Mark - thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
Currently CEO City of Mount Gambier. While South Australia’s largest regional City (26,000 people) the Council is reasonably small with approximately 130 staff and 11 Councillors.

The City is a “hole in the donut” council surrounded by the District Council of Grant, so geographically it is quite small.

Where were you before and what attracted you to your current role?
I was the Director of Corporate Services at the Port Adelaide Enfield Council and prior to that several human resources consulting roles in Sydney and overseas.

read more..


Industry Trends
- Climate Change Resource

ACELG (Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government) has released a new resource to assist Australian councils with climate risk assessment and planning activities.

Entitled Climate Adaptation Manual for Local Government: Embedding Resilience to Climate Change, the Manual highlights leading case studies and practical resources from Australian municipalities and overseas, and includes a step-by-step framework for effectively embedding climate risk into council operations.

The resource will be useful for council staff involved in climate risk assessment and planning such as asset managers, strategic planners, and corporate and community services staff.

read more..



    • Renmark Paringa Council – Michelle Bradtke, in the role of HR Officer
    • Coorong District Council – William Morris, in the role of Engineering Project Manager
    • Port Pirie Regional Council – Ian Johnston, in the role of Manager Organisational Development

       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.

      Watch this space for exciting upcoming programs!

      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 LGMA (SA) Community Manager Network Committee wish to invite nominations for the 8 committee positions with terms completing 30/6/14.

      The 8 positions are for two year terms, beginning 1/7/14 and concluding 30/6/16.
      The Community Managers Network Committee meets every 6 weeks throughout the year, with meetings generally held at 9.30-11am on a Friday at the LGMA (SA) offices in Eastwood.

      Click here to visit the Community Managers Network webpage.

      To nominate, please send a one page nomination to Melanie Winter by email to by 5pm Tuesday 3rd June 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 financial member of the LGMA (SA) (if not already)

      If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact LGMA (SA) on 8291 7990 or Chairperson Bronwyn Webster on (08) 8408 1104.

      Leaders Alumni Network

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

      As the half way mark of the year fast approaches I thought I was a good time to again promote the ‘Workshop Wednesday’ series.

      The interest in these sessions has been great with another two workshops planned for early June. To cater for the overwhelming interest in these workshops all upcoming sessions 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. Be quick as spaces are very limited!

      Secondly, there is still time to register for the upcoming ‘Professional Leaders Program’ however registrations are closing very soon, so be sure to check out the LGMA (SA) website or contact Taryn for more information.

      Lastly, it has been a very busy time lately with the Gala Awards Dinner, Emerging leaders Program for 2014 starting this week, and Mandy moving on, however I am pleased to announce that there will be a number of sponsored networking events coming up. These sessions are a great opportunity to hear various industry leaders share their experiences and journey and also to network with individuals from all sectors of Local Government. More information to come shortly.

      If anyone has any questions regarding any of these events or the Leader 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

      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.

      The Women’s Network recently held the first forum of the year on the topic of mindfulness. Over 30 women attended the ‘Making Time for Mindfulness’ workshop held at the Alexandrina Council in Goolwa. Thank you to all involved!  (see Recent Events for more information on this very successful event)

      A metropolitan forum on the same topic is coming up on Tuesday 3rd June – read on to the Upcoming Events section for more details. This means we have over 80 women attending forums within a fortnight!

      We are also pleased to announce that the Annual Conference will be held on the 7th November at the National Wine Centre. Further details will be provided over the coming months.

      General Managers Network

      If you’d like to register your interest to receive information about upcoming network events please e-mail your details to

      All GM’s and Directors are strongly encouraged to fill in this quick survey to understand more about your role and what you are looking for out of the Network.

      We also encourage all councils to fill in this form with the details of their GMs and Directors and return to us at so we can keep all GMs and Directors informed as to the activities of the Network.


      Tips and Ideas

      Don't worry, be happy!

      A recent study has shown that happiness at work is closely correlated with greater performance and productivity as well as greater energy, better reviews, faster promotion, higher income, better health and increased happiness with life. So it’s good for organisations and individuals, too!

      The study found that the happiest employees were 180% more energised than their less content colleagues, 155% happier with their jobs, 150% happier with life, 108% more engaged and 50% more motivated.

      Not surprisingly - they are 50% more productive too.

      read more..


      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!


      National News

      Mark Withers, CEO of the City of Charles Sturt has taken over the reins as President of the LGMA at the recent National Congress held in Melbourne.

      The new President has identified a number of priorities for the federation:
      • To undertake a strategic planning process to set the vision for the national LGMA for a future that reflects the aspiration of the federation partners.
      • To build on our LGMA international programs and enhance the benefits for LGMA members in Australia.
      • To review the LGMA governance structure and create a sustainable financial model for the national body.
      • To develop the advocacy agenda in conjunction with the Federation partners
      • To review the LGMA product range to make sure it aligns with the needs of our Members.
      Mark brings years of local government experience to the LGMA National Presidency.

      He joined the City of Charles Sturt in February 2007, before which he worked in seven councils in the South Australian metropolitan area. Mark has a BA in Political Science and post-graduate qualifications in both Social Administration and Management.

      Source: LGMA National Office website


       Upcoming Events and Programs

      Women’s Network Forum 2: Making Time for Mindfulness
      3 June 2014, 9.30-12.30pm
      City of Tea Tree Gully, 570 Montague Road, Modbury
      Click here to register & for the flyer

      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
      SOLD OUT! Join the waiting list by emailing

      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 5th June
      Click here to register & for prospectus

      Save the Date for:
      Community Managers Network Conference, 12th September


      Recent Events


      Women's network forum

      On Wednesday 21st May over 30 women attended the 'Making Time for Mindfulness' workshop at the Alexandrina Council. Attendees heard the professional and personal story of Mellissa Bradley, Infrastructure Engineer at Alexandrina Council.

      This led into a workshop led by instructor Georgie Davidson on mindfulness techniques and practice. Great feedback was received from participants, including:

      "Great learning experience"
      "Very thought inspiring, definitely something to try and include in day to day life"


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