Issue 044
January 2015

  • A word from the CEO
  • Member profile
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Recent Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • About Us
  • Ginny Moon

  • 2015 State Conference
  • 2015 Excellence Awards
  • Workshop Wednesdays




A word from the CEO

I hope everyone has had a much needed break and you all feel refreshed and energized for the year ahead. 

Now is a great time to plan your professional development for the year and block out your diary. 

Read on for a huge range of development and networking opportunities. 

Make sure you make time this year to get out of the office and cultivate relationships with your peers, think strategically and open your mind to new ideas and new ways of work.

Happy 2015 to all!




News Flash!

2015 State Conference ‘The Brave and the Bold'

Congratulations to the winners of the Early Bird Promotion for this year’s Conference:
  • Deb Whetstone, City of Charles Sturt
  • Nicole Jenkins, City of Holdfast Bay
  • Simon Bradley, Rural City of Murray Bridge
It’s not too late to register – join your local government peers and a fabulous line up of SUPER speakers on Friday 20th February.

Conference highlights include:
  • Keynote speaker Margie Warrell on how to stop playing safe in a competitive and fast changing world.

  • Colin Eves will guide you through 3 key strategies to transform the way you approach your work, your day and your life.

  • Facilitator extraordinaire Peta Irvine will help you discover your hidden skills and the inner superhero!

  • Michael Fisher (formerly City of Christchurch) on the rebuilding of Christchurch and the lessons local government can learn for making great cities.

Register Now!



Sponsor Insight - LGFA



Member Profile

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January 2015 - Ginny Moon

This month we speak with Ginny Moon, Director Corporate Services at the City of Prospect.

Ginny explains the challenges facing Corporate Services at Prospect, and also an interesting incident regarding the Council "undertaker" period leading up to the Elections!

Hi Ginny - thanks for speaking with us..

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

My current role is Director Corporate Services.  My portfolio includes Financial Management, Governance, Information Technology, Information Management, Procurement, Customer Services and Human Resource.

read more..




It is with sadness we acknowledge the passing of Mr Harry Wierda, CEO of Port Adelaide Enfield.

Harry had a career in local government spanning 51 years, and was CEO of Port Adelaide Enfield Council for 18 years, following a 10-year period as CEO of the City of Enfield.

He was also a Fellow of LG Professionals SA.

We wish to express our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.


Industry Trends

Selling advertising to boost council revenue - would you put ads in public parks?

As Councils come under more budget pressures, new ways of raising revenue are being considered.

One such City, Atlanta in the U.S.A. is considering a raft of measures, including advertising in public spaces.

read more..

Network News


Women's Network

We are pleased to welcome the new Women’s Network Committee:
  • Emma Morgan, City of Charles Sturt – Chair
  • Cate Atkinson, Wakefield Regional Council – Vice Chair
  • Kate Symes, City of Playford
  • Julie Janssen, City of Onkaparinga
  • Wendy Campana, LGA SA
  • Jo Smith, City of Charles Sturt
  • Dee O’Loughlin, Adelaide Hills Council
  • Di Shaw, City of Charles Sturt
  • Ali Hilton, City of Prospect
Welcome to the new Chair of the Committee, Emma Morgan.

Thank you to retiring Chair Cate Atkinson who has been a fantastic ambassador of the network and will continue as Vice Chair.

Thank you also to retiring committee members Julie Short, Jane Trotter and Lucy Mahon.

Watch this space for more exciting news from the Women’s Network Committee during 2015!


General Managers Network

A small committee of General Managers met on 23 January to plan for 2015 – we have the goal of running at least three events and connecting with General Managers or Directors from every council in SA.

Watch this space for regular updates on some exciting new events and initiatives.


Community Managers Network

Register now for the Inaugural Youth Development in Local Government Conference on 12 February, as there are only limited places left!

Refer to upcoming events section for more details.

Leaders Alumni Network

The Leaders Alumni are pleased to present the 2015 Workshop Wednesdays on the topics of ‘The Art of Effective Communication’ and ‘Taking the Torture out of performance reviews’.

Check out the upcoming events section for more details.


Tips and Ideas

Power crunch your action plans - with the 60 x 6 method

Did your 2015 start with a massive list of "to-dos" to achieve your goals this year?

It's often hard to prioritise, and even harder to find time to make progress - we are so often tied up with all the day-to-day work.

So - how can you fit it all in?

Simple - get really focused and crunch those action plans in just an hour.

It's like a 5 minute gym workout!

read more..


So it's now 2015 - do you remember this?

Can this really be 40 years old?

As this year, 2015, is actually the year Marty McFly travelled to in "Back to the Future" be prepared for a year of looking forward (and backward) in technology and history.

To get you started, (and because it is January) - can you believe this hit song was released 40 years ago?  (sorry if that makes you feel old!)

see the video..

By the way, it was actually the #2 selling single in Australia in 1975 - any guesses on what was #1?

The answer is at the bottom of the newsletter in "about LG Professionals SA"



LG Professionals SA Promotions

Free Workshop at the Leadership Lab for all LG Professionals SA Members

Humanising the Workplace - an interactive conversation/workshop with Mark LeBusque.

Monday 2 February at The University of Adelaide Leadership Lab.

Mark is a professional speaker, mentor, trainer and facilitator in life design, transforming teams and making managers human.

For more details and to book a place visit the Leadership Lab website

For details of how to take up your complimentary membership of the Leadership Lab please follow the instructions on the LG Professionals website . 

Note: you must be a member of LG Professionals SA to qualify.



 New Members

  • Peter Smithson, District Council of Karoonda East Murray
  • Ben Rasigatale, District Council of Karoonda East Murray
  • Matt Grant, City of Prospect
  • Chris Birch, City of Prospect
  • Jennifer Uebergang, City of Prospect
  • Natascha Odorcic, City of Playford
  • Jo Cooper, City of Prospect

    Congratulations to Adelaide City Council who are our first council to take up an Emerald Council Membership Bundle, thank you for your ongoing involvement.

Please make all our new members feel welcome!




  • Chris Janssan is Manager Works and Services at Adelaide Hills Council, previously City of Onkaparinga, Team Leader Parks and Natural Resources




 Upcoming Events

Workshop Wednesday: The Art of Effective Communication
Various locations and dates in February 2015, 9.30-12.30pm
Flyer and Registrations 

Inaugural Youth Development in Local Government Conference
12 February, 9-3pm, Adelaide Pavilion, corner South Terrace and Peacock Road, Adelaide

Flyer and Registrations 

2015 State Conference ‘The Brave and the Bold’
20 February, 9am-4.15pm, National Wine Centre, Adelaide

Flyer and Registrations

Women's Network: The Ultimate Life Planning Workshop
27 April 2015, 9.30-5.30pm, AIM SA, 180 Port Road, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Flyer and Registrations

Workshop Wednesday: Taking the torture out of performance reviews
Various locations and dates in May 2015, 9.30pm – 12.30pm

Flyer and Registrations

Women's Network Forum - Getting Rid of Guilt

Flyer and Registrations City of Charles Sturt 11 May
Flyer and Registrations
Campbelltown City Council 18 May

Women's Network Forum - Believe in You
Flyer and Registrations City of Charles Sturt 10 June
Flyer and Registrations Campbelltown City Council 17 June

Emerging Leaders Program
Begins 28th May 2015
Prospectus and Registrations

Save the Date! 2015 Gala Awards Dinner
Friday 17th April, Adelaide Convention Centre




2015 LGMA National Congress and Business Expo - 29 April to 1 May

LGMA National  have lined up some of Australasia’s most respected thought leaders to explore and debate concepts and  leading practice on the topic of Local Government - the value proposition.

While ensuring a strong value proposition has always been critical in the corporate world, it’s now on the public sector agenda. Council CEOs and Mayors around the world are grappling with the need to operate effectively and remain relevant in a complex and inter-dependent world. On an international scale, some local governments have begun to embrace new models in a response to these challenges, from broking innovative solutions with the corporate world, through to creating new hubs for people to connect and explore collaborative learning and business development.

The 2015 LGMA Congress & Business Expo will explore some of these key trends and draw upon examples where local governments have had successes in creating new value propositions in their communities through leadership, partnerships and collaboration. We’ll bring together thought leaders and practitioners to help you determine what your and the council’s value proposition is for your community.

Why not ask a deserving staff member to attend with you and benefit from the heavily discounted mentee registration rates.

Click here for the program and to register.



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 About LG Professionals SA

We are a not-for-profit member based association representing professionals working in local government in South Australia.

We have the ability to link and connect people from different councils who may not otherwise form relationships or share. Our high quality professional development programs and networking events are uniquely local government – reflective of the culture of the sector and sensitive to the needs of its professionals.

The content of our events and programs are informed by our members and people who genuinely care about the sector.

We provide a safe and supportive environment in which to grow and learn while creating opportunities to make time away from the office to work on the business or on self. 

We award and acknowledge achievements of excellence

* Question answer - the #1 single in Australia in 1975 was "Fox on the Run" by Sweet.


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