Issue 047
April 2015

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

  • Workshop Wednesdays
  • Women's Network events
  • CEO Network
  • CMN event - Mark Cabaj




A word from the CEO

Congratulations to all our Award Winners!

It was fabulous to see some 450 of you at our Gala Awards Dinner on Friday 17 April.

For a full list of winners and photos of the event, be sure to click though to our 2015 Awards page from the article below.

A special congratulation to the City of Salisbury for winning the 2015 Management Challenge and to all 15 teams for participating.

I look forward to catching up with many of you in Darwin at our National Congress this week.

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




News Flash!

Congratulations to the
2015 Leadership Excellence Awards Winners and Finalists

Outstanding contribution to Local Government
: Mark Withers

Leadership in Financial Management Award
Adelaide Hills Council Service Improvement Team
City of Tea Tree Gully Management Change Journey

Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award Winner:
Eastern Region Alliance Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse, Stage 1 & 2 Steering Group
City of Onkaparinga Urban Creek Recovery Team Project
City of Holdfast Bay Waste Education Team

Excellence in Risk Management Award Winner:
City of Onkaparinga Cliff Stability Long Term Action Plan
City of Salisbury Volunteer Work Health & Safety Training Framework Project Team
City of Burnside Environmental Risk Management Team

Leadership in Community Services Award Winner:
Renmark Paringa 'RiverLife: Get into it!' Team Project
Whyalla Wetlands Team
Campbelltown Council's Social Development Team

Community Partnerships and Collaboration Award Winner:
The One Card Local Government Implementation Team
Mid Murray Family Connections
City of Onkaparinga's Local Industry and Employment Participation Alliance
City of Charles Sturt Employment Works Project Team

Excellence in Water Security Award Winner:
City of Holdfast Bay Water Plan Team

Innovative Management Initiatives - Metropolitan Councils Winner:
City of Burnside Executive Rotation
City of Salisbury Organisational Development Unit

Innovative Management Initiatives - Rural Councils Winner:
Alexandrina Council Work Health and Safety and Procurement Intranet Teams
Highly Commended:
Alexandrina Council Food Surveillance Training, Induction and Mentoring Program

Excellence in Age Friendly Communities Award Winner:
Noarlunga Library Memory Hub Team
City of Playford Community Inclusion Team

Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure and Asset Management Award

City of Prospect Asset Implementation Team
City of Whyalla Airport Upgrade Project Team

Emerging Leader of the Year Winner:
Alexander Poulton, City of Whyalla
Daniel Baker, City of Mitcham
Elena Pereira, City of Holdfast Bay



Management Challenge 2015 Winner Announced

Salisbury wins the 2015 Management Challenge!

The Salisbury team 'CoSMosis' took home the spoils at the awards night, being named the 2015 Management Challenge Winners!

The 'Onkaparinga Coast Crew' from Onkaparinga were second with 'Ignite' from City of Burnside in third place.

In the pre-challenge tasks, Burnside, Onkaparinga and Adelaide City earned special mention:  Take a look at these three teams taking part in their pre-challege tasks by clicking on the links below:


Adelaide City..


Other participating teams:

Adelaide City Council 'Adelaide 175'
Alexandrina Council 'Alexandrina River Crew'
City of Charles Sturt 'Best in the West'
City of Charles Sturt 'Captain's Crusaders'
The City of Holdfast Bay 'Bay Scorchers'
City of Marion 'Geronimo'
City of Mitcham 'Community Insight'
City of Playford 'Playford Pieces'
City of Prospect 'Prospect Pioneers'
City of Tea Tree Gully 'Knights of the Gully'
City of Unley 'The Unley Collective'
Town of Walkerville 'Three.52



Member Profile

Proudly sponsored by

Alexander Poulton

This month we speak with Alexander Poulton, Manager of Business Services and Sustainability at the Whyalla City Council.

Alexander has just won the 'Emerging Leader of the Year' award, and he shares his insights about what this means to him, his plans for the future.  He also tells why he is often able to take a 'helicopter view' and why making your Grandmother proud is important....

Hi Alexander, thanks for speaking with us.

What is your current role, and what does it involve?
I'm the Manager of Business Services and Sustainability. I have overall responsibility to plan, lead and manage the operations, staff and sites of the Airport, Cemetery and Crematorium, Waste and Resource Recovery Centre (Landfill and Transfer Station) and Tourism (Maritime Museum and HMAS Whyalla, Steelworks tours, Visitor Information Centre and The Point Lowly Lighthouse cottages).

read more..



Industry Trends

Leadership Matters

In his acceptance speech for the 'Outstanding contribution to Local Government' Award at the recent LG Professionals SA Gala Awards Dinner, Charles Sturt CEO (and former LGMA State and National President) Mark Withers (pictured right) advised that leadership really does matter in Local Government.

Recent research from ACELG reinforces this notion.  

New ACELG research entitled 'Council approaches to leadership: Research into good practice' explores the elements of successful council-based leadership programs, highlighting key themes for contemporary local government leaders to consider.

read more..

Network News


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.

The Network Coordinating Committee has established the following goals for this year:
  • Exclusive opportunities
  • Celebration of the contribution of women
  • Training opportunities
  • Formal qualification opportunities
  • Networking
  • Meeting people
  • Making connections
  • Sharing ideas
  • Mentoring
  • Getting involved
  • Socialising with like-minded people
  • Empowering women
  • Confidence building
  • Role models
  • Confident to make connections
  • Knowledge building
  • Focus on self
  • Career development
  • Sharing learning / continuous learning
  • Being able to share experiences
  • Peer support
  • Have a voice with others
  • Safe environment
  • Identifying areas for change
  • How to change LG
  • Influencing the future
  • Influencing attitudes of organisations

Take some time over the next couple of months to join one of our half day workshops looking at personal development for women, covering the topics ‘Believe in You’ and ‘Getting Rid of Guilt’. Refer to the upcoming events section for further details.


CEO Network

We are pleased to announce that Matt Pears has taken up the role of Chair of the CEO Network following Mark Searle’s departure.

The next CEO Forum will be held on the 22 May on the topic of 'Elected Member Relationships' and feature a keynote by Mark Withers, please refer to the upcoming events section for further information.


General Managers Network

The General Manager Network had their quarterly get together last month at the City of Holdfast Bay.

It was an opportunity for the GM's to take some time out to network with their peers and undertake some personal and professional development.  Many thanks to CEO's Andrew Aitken, John Harry and Justin Lynch who spoke in a morning panel session on what it is like to transition from being a GM to a CEO. 

We enjoyed hearing about the varied backgrounds of the three panel members, what inspires them to work in local government and some of the challenges they have faced along the way. 

It was then time for some speed networking which was a big hit with the participants.  We explored topics of interest for 5 minutes at a time with our allotted 'partner'. 

We then heard about leveraging your personal brand through the use of social media and in particular the professional networking tool - Linked In.

Jane Trotter
GM Network

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.

Community Managers Network is pleased to announce their partnership with Together SA and Centre for Social Impact for the upcoming workshop for practitioners led by international change expert Mark Cabaj.

Mark Cabaj Workshop, Tuesday May 19th
Applying Collective Impact to Move the Needle on Complex Social Issues
(9.30am-4.30pm, Flinders University City Campus, Victoria Square)

This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of complexity and complex adaptive systems as well as some emerging principles and practices of adaptive leadership and management aimed to improve the probabilities - but never guarantee - that people and organisations can move the needle on complex issues.

Collective Impact 3.0 is about is about scaling collective impact and building the practice internationally. This workshop will introduce participants and add to your knowledge around concepts of complexity, leadership and adaptive systems.

Why you should attend this workshop:
For over ten years Mark led Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement's Vibrant Communities work. This poverty focused work across scores of cities uses a collective impact approach a decade before the term was coined. Mark's experience in collective impact and complex-based community change theory are internationally acclaimed. His work across systems, tiers of government, communities and business in Canada helped build a reputation as a practical and inspiring leader and educator.

Who should attend this workshop:
Those interested in this topic will already have a depth of experience in community building, service coordination and collaboration and a real desire to see positive social change. You will also know that these approaches are not enough on their own to cut through and get the traction needed to shift the dial on sticky hard to shift problems.
If you are working in complex systems, have multiple fronts to address when solving problems, looking for peers to connect with and expertise to challenge and grow your own leadership to impact - then this is the workshop for you! Being involved in the solution and adding your expertise to turn the needle on hard to shift social problems means turning traditional paradigms of accountability upside down. You will leave this workshop ready to take another step in your leadership.

This event is brought to you by Together SA. Together SA's national partner is Collaboration for Action powered by the Centre for Social Impact.

LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network is the local partner for this workshop.

Event host is The Australian Centre for Community Services Research (ACCSR) at Flinders University.


Leaders Alumni Network

Aim: to promote and develop leadership excellence within local government amongst LG Professionals SA leadership program graduates.

Are you starting to think about this year’s staff performance reviews?

Then equip yourself with our half day workshop focussing on how to be best prepared for conducting great reviews with your staff. Further details can be found in the upcoming events section.


Human Resources Network

Connect, Share, Collaborate, Grow.

Come and join us for the next Network meeting on the 7th May at the City of Marion with guest speaker Melissa Ciplys, Senior Organisational Development Advisor at BAE systems speaking on the topic of talent management, followed by a hot topics discussion.

Please click
here  to RSVP.



Tips and Ideas

TED Talks to save you time.

These TED talks will save you time at work — so you can focus on doing more of what you love.

For all those days you've ever checked the clock and thought, 'Where did the last hour go?' these talks share helpful hacks for stealing back a few seconds, minutes or even hours from your busy workday.

read more..


Looking Back on SA

Tonsley Park

The Tonsley Park car assembly plant was built by Chrysler Australia in 1963, and began local production of the AP5 Valiant the following year.

For the next 45 years the plant was a cornerstone of South Australian industry, employing thousands of staff on the production line and in administration. (including providing ready employment for the many new migrants to SA, especially in the 1960's and 1970's).

In 1981 the plant was sold to Mitsubishi Motors, who continued to build vehicles locally until the plant closed in 2008.

The site is now being redeveloped as a hub for education, technology, manufacturing, commercial, retail and housing

You can read about the new development here..



 New Members

  • Mark Hamilton, Southern Region Waste Resource Authority
  • Linda Halse, City of Mitcham
  • Jayne Preece, City of Mitcham

    Please make our new members feel welcome!




  • Terry Crackett has taken up the role of Director Corporate Services at Adelaide Hills Council.
  • Cathie Graham has taken up the role of Community Development Officer at the City of Campbelltown.
  • Geoff Whitbread has been appointed as the Acting CEO for the City of Marion
  • Stephen Hains has been appointed as the Acting CEO for the Adelaide City Council

      Congratulations to all!



 Upcoming Events and Programs

Workshop Wednesday: The Art of Effective Communication
Thursday 7th May, Mount Gambier
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, 9.30-12.30pm
Flyer and registrations City of Charles Sturt 11 May
Flyer and registrations Campbelltown City Council 18 May

Women's Network Forum - Believe in You, 9.30-12.30pm
Flyer and registrations City of Charles Sturt 10 June
Flyer and registrations Campbelltown City Council 17 June

CEO Network:
Friday 22nd May, the Science Exchange.
Details to be advised.

CMN Network: Tuesday 19th May, Together SA workshop with Mark Cabaj
Applying Collective Impact to Move the Needle on Complex Social Issues

9.30am-4.30pm, Flinders University City Campus, Victoria Square
Flyer and registrations


Recent Events

2015 LG Professionals SA Gala Awards Dinner

The largest ever gathering of Local Government's finest came together for the LG Professionals SA 2015 Gala Awards Dinner, to celebrate the Local Government Awards and announce the Management Challenge winners.

And what a night it was! Music. dancing, intrigue, drama, humour - and that was just LG Professionals SA President Andrew Aitken's welcome speech!

Yes that's right - attendees at the 2015 awards night were excused if they thought they were in the grand ballroom of the Las Vegas Hilton, as the evening kicked off with a bang with a musical number.

LG Professionals  President Andrew Aitken delighted (and surprised, to be quite honest) the massive audience with a rendition of Bobby Darrin's 'More', to kick off the evening.

Ably hosted by A Current Affair's Rosanna Mangiarelli, the event was held in the new Convention Centre extension - a fantastic venue perfectly suited to large events of this nature.

Mark Withers was honoured with an “Outstanding Contribution to Local Government Award, which came as a genuine surprise to him, but not of course to professionals in the Local Government sector who have long recognised the contribution he has made through his CEO roles and involvement with LG Professionals and LGMA at both State and National levels.

The other awards deservedly recognised the high-flyers in Local Government and spotlighted the great work being undertaken in SA.  (read a separate article on the award winners)

Fans of Wayne Newton weren't disappointed either  (if there were any!) as Andrew Aitken again took to the stage to close the formalities of the evening.  In a scene very reminiscent of "Ferris Bueller's Day off" he again broke into song, this time the evergreen Wayne Newton classic 'Danke Shoen'.

Once again the award night was an evening of entertainment, catching up with friends and colleagues, good humour, celebration and recognition – don’t miss it next year as it will be back, bigger and better than ever!

Check out the huge photo gallery on our website!  You can view the photos here




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LG Professionals is 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. 

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