Issue 049
June 2015

  • A word from the CEO
  • News Flash
  • Member profile
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Program Profile
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Paul Rogers

  • HR Network events
  • Community Managers Network events




A word from the CEO

Being the end of the financial year it is a great time to reflect on what a year it has been!

There is never a slow time here at LG Professionals SA and this is simply fantastic because it means we are busy planning and delivering opportunities for you to lead, learn and link.

This month I had the privilege of facilitating the Professional Leaders Program Local Government Context Day and dinner and it was so uplifting to see our partners and members come together to share their insights into their various areas of expertise.

The need for us all to act as ambassadors for this great sector was highlighted, along with the need to focus on shared services, great culture at all levels and nimble and accountable governance models. Great discussions which I look forward to continuing at our various events.

Read on for information about how you can get involved with LG Professionals SA, and catch up on all the latest news!




News Flash!

LG Professionals SA 2015 Excellence Award Winner ‘The One-Card Project’ goes International!

In 2009, the Libraries Board of South Australia funded a business case to explore the possibility of developing a single, state-wide integrated Library Management System (LMS).

The business case encouraged collaboration and shared decision-making across the entire State-wide public library network.

The outcome; the One-Card project (so called because of its capacity to allow library borrowers to use a single library card in any South Australian library) was rolled out. While participation was optional, every council in the state has chosen to participate.

The One-Card project will now head to China, where the State Library will help set up an “equivalent of SA’s system of one card for use in any library, swap skills in precious manuscript restoration and safekeeping, assist with librarian training and help upgrade digital infrastructure...”

read more..



Sponsor Insight - LGFA



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Paul Rogers

This month we speak with Paul Rogers, Depot Administration Officer, District Council of Kimba.

A current Emerging Leaders Program participant, Paul explains the challenges facing rural councils and also highlights why the Emerging Leaders Program will deliver some real benefits - both short and long term. 

read more..



IPAA’s 2015 Workshop Series- Partnering Essentials

This 2 day program is specifically designed to educate and support people who want to achieve better outcomes from cross sector partnering. It offers a clear presentation of key partnering concepts, together with interactive discussions, hands on exercises and a case study simulation to develop participants partnering skills.

Please click here for more information.


Industry Trends

Local Government DOES matter

A new ACELG report about the value of local government to all Australians was launched at the Australian Local Government Association 2015 National General Assembly of Local Government.

Why Local Government Matters is a major piece of social research on community attitudes to local government by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), undertaken with substantial expertise from staff of the Centre for Local Government at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS:CLG).

The research aims to better understand how and why the activities of local governments, and their roles in society are valued by communities.

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.

Our second round of workshops for 2015 were run by Jodie Nevid from the 7 Effect on 10 and 17 June at City of Charles Sturt and City of Campbelltown respectively.  The topic explored was ‘Believe in You – 7 Steps to Boost Self Esteem’.   

Participants discovered that just as there is a formula for low self-esteem there is also a formula for high self-esteem and the first step in moving from one pattern to the other is awareness.  They were able to move through some tried and tested steps to ensure that they are designing the right environment and adopting the appropriate behaviours and skills to fulfil their purpose in life using their own personal examples.

The forums were well attended and feedback was very positive including such comments as “enlightening, mind opening and self-evaluating”, “very inspiring and just what I needed”, “very relevant to the day to day”, “I would definitely recommend it to others”.

Don’t forget to pencil 23 October in your diaries which is the date of our annual conference.  More details will follow in this newsletter soon. 

As always, if you have any suggestions for subjects you’d like to be covered in future forums please feel free to email them through to us.

Emma Morgan


CEO Network

The CEO Network is open to local government CEO's in South Australia who are LG Professionals SA members and has a main focus of sharing knowledge, offering peer support and teasing out opportunities.

The CEO Committee are currently planning the next year’s activities and are looking forward to promoting new opportunities for the Network soon.


General Managers Network

Aim: To provide opportunities for information sharing, networking and professional development, in a supportive environment, for General Managers in the sector.

The General Managers Network are currently planning their next forums, keep your eyes out for those opportunities coming soon!

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 Community Managers Network welcomes two new members to our committee - Carolyn Mader from Adelaide City Council and Kylie Fergusen from the City of Mitcham.  We have also said thank you and goodbye to Pru Blackwell, Sharon Perin and Kristin Manson who have resigned from the committee.

The network recently co-sponsored a workshop featuring Mark Cabaj. The workshop was titled Applying Collective Impact to Move the Needle on Complex Social Issues.  Mark is an international expert on community change and the workshop focused on 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.

Those who attended came away feeling challenged and inspired to tackle the many complex problems that communities are encountering in today’s world.

Building on this, the network is running a special workshop on 31 July at LGA House which will included presentations from two councils – Onkaparinga and Mid-Murray - that are involved in taking a collective impact approach to complex issues within their regions.  There will also be a presentation from Charles Sturt on implementing the Results Based Accountability Scorecard. If you wish to attend this session please register your interest here.

Bronwyn Webster


Leaders Alumni Network

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

Planning is underway for the Alumni Network and we look forward to bringing you some new opportunities soon.

Human Resources Network

Connect, Share, Collaborate, Grow.

The HR Network will be hosting their next quarterly meeting on 23 July at Campbelltown City Council. The network will be looking at Employment Value Propositions, with guest speaker Andrew Harvey from Blaze Advertising.

The presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion on the topic of EVP and a ‘hot topics’ discussion. Click here to register.


Program Profile

Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)

ELP Residential Retreat
On the 28 and 29 of May, 28 enthusiastic local government professionals attended the 2015 Emerging Leaders Program opening retreat at the Monastery Function Centre.

They were introduced to each other and the program, and undertook sessions with Lois Whittall and Josie McLean from the University of Adelaide. At night a launch dinner was held for participants, their managers and CEOs.

The ELP participants did a fantastic job in interviewing a panel of high level guests on their views on the future of leadership and of local government in SA.

Thank you to all who attended.  We are looking forward to seeing this great group of emerging leaders develop throughout the program. Good luck all!

Participants in this year’s Emerging Leaders Program are:

Daniel Ahrens, City of West Torrens
Allison Alexander, City of Onkaparinga
Tomas Alves, City of Salisbury
Frank Annese, City of West Torrens
Howard Aspey, Whyalla City Council
Scott Balmer, District Council of Mount Barker
Stacey Bateson, Adelaide City Council
Ashley Bowden, City of Onkaparinga
Joshua Bowen, Walkerville Council
Donna Capurso, City of Tea Tree Gully
Hayden Cook, Campbelltown City Council
James Corletto, City of Salisbury
Merissa Decelis, City of Charles Sturt
Alex Fedcesin, Adelaide Hills Council
Ryan Glowik, City of Tea Tree Gully
Alison Hilton, City of Onkaparinga
Dave Hutchinson, District Council of Mount Barker
Scott McLuskey, City of Prospect
Sue Miller, District Council of Mount Barker
Ana Nevjestic, City of West Torrens
Angela Papatheodorakis, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
Justin Rice, Port Adelaide Enfield Council
Nicole Roberts, City of Onkaparinga
Paul Rogers, District Council of Kimba
Matthew Sanderson, The City of Unley
Ben Willsmore, The City of Unley
Ella Winnall, Berri Barmera Council
Sam Zhang, City of Salisbury

Professional Leaders Program (PLP)

This year’s cohort of 18 Professional Leaders Program participants attended their final session on Monday 15 June at the University of Adelaide Executive Education Unit.

It was a thought provoking day, with GMs, CEOs and former Mayor Felicity-Ann Lewis sharing their views and experiences through a series of panel discussions. Norman Waterhouse, LGFA and LGRS also joined to present on their areas of expertise in a local government context.

One participant described the module as providing a "broader understanding of the real local government environment, current issues and potential future directions. It means I can more actively participate and contribute to discussion around this for my organisation."

In the evening a celebration dinner was held and wide ranging discussions about local government continued.



Tips and Ideas

If you could turn back the clock, what would you tell the 25 year old you?

from Shane Rodgers, Qld Editor of the Australian.

In the future, when we turn 50, we will each be given a ticket to a time machine and, just once, we will be able to go back in time and talk to our 25-year-old selves.

Even then, time travel will be expensive and wreak havoc with frequent flyer programs. So there will only be one trip. So what if we could? What would we say? What advice would we give?

I often wish I could do this. Just once. So, just in case the time machine ever comes along, this is the career advice I would give my 25-year-old self.

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Looking Back on SA - June 30, 1834

Why was this day, 181 years ago, so significant in SA's history?


On 30 June 1834, a meeting was held at Exeter Hall at The Strand in London, England, to advise the public of the principles, objects, plan and prospects of the new colony of South Australia.

The meeting, organised by the founding members of The South Australian Association, was attended by around 2500 people, including many members of Parliament.

One of the speakers was Daniel Wakefield, brother of Edward Gibbon Wakefield, who helped his brother draft the speech. EG Wakefield was a strong advocate for the establishment of a free colony, rather than one based on convict labour and he lobbied heavily for Parliament to pass the bill to enable the colonisation of the province of South Australia.

Soon after the meeting, legislation was drafted and the South Australia Colonisation Act 'An Act to empower His Majesty to erect South Australia into a British Province or Provinces and to provide for the Colonisation and Government thereof'  was passed in August of 1834.

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LG Professionals SA Promotions

Membership Renewals 2015/16
This year, memberships will be automatically renewed on the 1 July 2015 with a renewal notification emailed to all members. There has been no increase in fees this year. 

Payment is due by 31 July 2015 and anyone who pays by this date will automatically go in the draw for a $300 Myers Voucher. 

Last year’s winning council used the voucher towards their new youth space.

2015/16 Council Bundles – now even better value for money
If you are looking for ways to bundle/manage membership of LG Professionals SA, recognise and reward staff, provide state-wide networking and make savings for council on profession development, then our bundles are perfect for you.  

To find out more download the flyer here.




  • Tim Vonderwall has commenced with Renmark Paringa Council as Director Corporate and Community, Tim was previously Manager Business Excellence at the City of Playford.

  • Katrina Márton has commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the District Council of Mallala.  Katrina was previously Walkerville Council’s General Manager.  

  •  Adrian Skull will commence as CEO of the City of Marion in August 2015.  Adrian is currently CEO of the District Council of Yankalilla.     

    Congratulations to all!

    “Don’t wait for an employer, friend or mentor to show appreciation for your work.  Take pride in your own efforts on a daily basis.”  Denis Waitley



 Upcoming Events and Programs

1. HR Network Meeting- 23 July 2015
9:30am - 1:00pm, City of Campbelltown
Please click here to register

2. Community Managers Network Presentation - 31 July 2015
10:30am - 2:00pm,
LGA Training Rooms, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide
Please click here to register

3. Save the Date for this year’s Rural Challenge!
This year’s Rural Challenge will be held on Thursday 15 October 2015.  Please save the date and keep an eye on your inbox for further information in the upcoming weeks.

To express your interest in participating in this year’s event, please email



Recent Events

Women’s Network Forums – please refer to Women’s Network Section.


LG Manager Magazine

LG Manager digital magazine - new edition now online

Click here to view the latest edition.



National News

LGMA National signs partnership with ICLEI Oceania

"LGMA National is pleased to announce a collaborative new partnership with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Oceania. The partnership will connect governments and share questions and solutions on the issues of global environment and sustainable development issues…"

Please click here to read the rest of the LGMA media release.

Image: Troy Pickard, ICLEI Board member with Mark Withers, former President, LGMA National.

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About LG Professionals SA

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. 

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.

We are proud to be part of a national federation of state based LGMA organisations, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the national local government sector.


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