Issue 050
July 2015

  • A word from the CEO
  • Sponsor Insight
  • News Flash
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Program Profile
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Tomas Alves

  • Network events
  • Rural Management Challenge




A word from the CEO

I would like to extend a special welcome to our newest Emerald Corporate Partner, Telstra. 

We thank them and all our partners for their support and look forward to their presence at our events.  Without the support of our event sponsors and partners we could not offer development and networking opportunities to over 1000 of you each year, so if you know of any companies interested in getting involved please ask them to get in touch.

I hope you enjoy this edition of Leaders Connect, our monthly newsletter.

We are always striving to improve it and to that end, I invite you to complete a short survey about the publication.

Read on for all the latest news and tips.



Sponsor Insight - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

Norman Waterhouse is once again holding its annual Local Government Conference for 2015 at Adelaide Oval on Friday, August 14th.

The event will explore a range of issues affecting local government today and will also provide valuable networking opportunities to connect with colleagues from all regional and metropolitan councils.

To be sure you don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity, you can view the program and register here.

News Flash!

2015 Rural Management Challenge Comes to Adelaide! Save the date Thursday 15 October 2015.

We’ve chosen a city location this year to enable more rural councils to participate.  We were also keen to provide opportunities for city/rural exchanges and learnings for example a rural team might like to engage one of our seasoned city state challenge teams as their mentor. 

Time to think about registering a team!  Last year we had 8 rural councils participating and would love to see at least 10 participating this year.  So we are setting the challenge for you to help us achieve our goal and develop your team along the way!

To find out more about the event, or to register a team, please click here.

City councils that would like to link up with and mentor a regional team can register their interest with Rhiannon on



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Tomas Alves

This month we speak with Tomas Alves, Community Learning and Outreach Team Leader, City of Salisbury.

Tomas explains his role, that of libraries into the future, his fascinating background in TV in his native Brazil - and also discusses his experiences both as a participant and mentor in the Management Challenge.

Hi Tomas, thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
I’m the Community Learning and Outreach Team Leader working for the Library and Community Centre Division. My role involves developing and coordinating library programming strategy to engage and meet the needs of our community.

It’s a busy role that provides me with the opportunity to work collaboratively with other areas in council, as well as other community organisations and ultimately community members.

read more..



Leaders Connect - please give us your input!

Hard to believe, but you are reading issue #50 (a half century, if you will) of the Leaders Connect Newsletter. Who said it wouldn't last?!

At such a momentous milestone, it's a great time to take stock and review the publication - and seek your input to ensure it remains interesting, entertaining, relevant and informative.

We've designed a quick survey to glean feedback and suggestions from our readers.  Please participate, it should only take around 5 minutes to complete.

Please click here to access the survey.


Do you need a 'Third Space'?

Yes, you do - and it’s already paid for!

The idea of third space has caught the imagination of numerous commentators, researchers and managers over the last few decades.  The concept emerged in 1982 when the importance of stress free spaces were realised as providing a valuable place for relief from the pressures of work and home (the two other places).

Social spaces away from the dominant life paradigms can provide an environment which can enhance social relations, create a supportive community and help build resilience as tensions at work and home wax and wane.

A valuable place between work and home?  Many people probably see their 'third space' as the local pub!

But a creative space - designed for stimulating thinking and personal development - is going to do more for your career in the long run!

The Leadership Lab at the University of Adelaide  is your third space – and access to it is included in your membership!

read more..


Industry Trends

Smart parking signs

New parking signs in Sydney are using E-Ink screens, which project different parking restriction details based on the hour or day.

The state-run Roads and Maritime Services collaborated with Slovenian tech company Visionect to install about 100 of the signs around the city.

They appear almost like regular, inert signs, except they’re solar-powered and at the bottom have matte-gray screens similar to those on e-book readers.

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 Women’s Network Committee encourage you to save the date f
or their annual conference ‘Yes You Can’ to be held Friday 23 October at the Adelaide Zoo Sanctuary.

It is lining up to be a fantastic day full of inspirational women, who will encourage you to leave feeling positively inspired and saying ‘Yes I Can’.


CEO Network

The CEO Network is open to local government CEOs 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 is working on the next full day session looking at efficiency in local government – more details will be forwarded to all CEOs 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 next session for the General Managers Network will be held on the 26 August and feature University of Adelaide MBA presenter Lois Whittall speaking on Emotional Intelligence for General Managers. Click here to register - places are filling fast!

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.

Would you like to know more about collective impact and results based accountability and how councils across the State are using the frameworks to positively develop their communities?

Join the Community Managers Network at their next presentation on Friday 31 July at the LGA House.

Note: Registrations close today! Click here to register.


Leaders Alumni Network

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

The Leaders Alumni are currently working up a calendar of events and all alumni of the ELP and PLP will hear from us very soon!

Human Resources Network

Connect, Share, Collaborate, Grow.

The HR Network met last Thursday at the City of Campbelltown to hear about the importance of employee brand and value propositions.

We were joined by a number of guest speakers including Andrew Harvey from Blaze Advertising who gave case studies from local government and other sectors, focusing on how councils can attract and retain talent through targeted branding.

Following this, Andrew Lindsay from City of Marion outlined their council’s experience with employee value proposition culture within the council. The morning wrapped up with a facilitated discussion led by Sallyann Shearer from Adelaide City Council on these topics and Ebony Krumins showed the City of Salisbury’s Value Proposition video – the pre–challenge task for this year’s LGMA Management Challenge in which Salisbury were the champions.

You can check out the link here.

The Thought Space

The thought space will feature comments and links to articles on leadership, personal development and innovation.

from Sarah McGregor, Manager Leadership Lab

Kindness vs Toughness - being a kind boss pays off.

I liked this article, it is something I aspire to, although I recognise the challenges others face at times.



Tips and Ideas

Invest in yourself - with some thinking time 

Do you give yourself time to come up with new ideas or approaches?

You should - Corporations such as Google, Yahoo, and HP give their employees an allotted amount of time to work on their own projects. Google, for example, has what they call a '20% Time Model.'

This model allows Google employees to use 20% of their time working on innovative ideas of their own.

According to an article by Talent Management Magazine, “the Post-It-Note was thought of while 3M scientist Art Fry was using his ‘15 percent time’ to hatch his own idea in 1974.”

Read more about this below.  Oh - and by the way - if you need somewhere to do this innovative thinking.....join the Leadership Lab by emailing Mel and get started using a fantastic (and free for members) creative thinking space in the City!  (see the separate article on the Leadership Lab in this newsletter)

read more..


Looking Back on SA - Beehive corner

The intersection of Hindley Street, King William Street and Rundle Mall is rich with history.

Currently well known to many as the site of a Haigh's chocolate shop - the original 'Beehive' corner was owned by John Rundle in 1849.

The present day Beehive Corner with its gold bee was built 1895-97 in a Gothic Revival style generally reserved for churches and their associated buildings.

(Right - State Library Archive Historic Photo)

read more..




LG Professionals SA Promotions

LG Professionals SA Membership

Do you have a membership of LG Professionals SA?

Now is a great time to join or renew your membership, to ensure you receive maximum member benefits throughout the year. Last chance to go in the draw for a $300 Myers Voucher – offer closes 31 July.

Want to know more about what LG Professionals SA Membership offers?
Watch this quick video to see some of the highlights from members events and activities for 2015 - and/or visit our Members Page for further information.

Your council might also be interested in a Council Bundle (link on members page) – a chance to allocate memberships to existing and aspiring leaders and access discounted training opportunities for all staff as well as pre-allocated event tickets.

Once you have an active membership, you can visit the Members-Only Page, a place to connect with other members, read about Member only offers and access resources.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Mel on 8291 7994.




  • Gary Mavrinac commenced with The Barossa Council on Monday 13 July as Director, Development and Environmental Services. He was previously General Manager, Infrastructure and Planning Services at the District Council of Mallala.

  • Ben Rasigatale commenced with Coorong District Council on Monday 20 July as Manager Corporate Services.  Ben was previously Manager Corporate Services at District Council Karoonda East Murray.

  • Ravi Joshi will commence with Loxton Waikerie District Council on Monday 3 August as Manager Infrastructure.  Ravi was previously Executive Manger Engineering Services at Whyalla City Council.

  • Nicole Garsed commenced as Library Events & Program Coordinator at Campbelltown City Council. Nicole previously worked at City of Salisbury.

  • Michael Sedgman has commenced as CEO of Rural City of Murray Bridge.
    Michael was previously Executive Director Corporate Services Division, Dept of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure SA. Prior to that he was with Adelaide City Council in various General Management roles.

    Congratulations to all!



New Members
  • Daniel Brinkworth, City of Victor Harbor
  • Victor Dellavia, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Adam Filipi, City of Charles Sturt
  • Cate Gaston, Adelaide City Council
  • Brenton Hall, Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council
  • Belinda Hill, Adelaide City Council
  • Kellie Knight-Stacey, City of Victor Harbor
  • Kellie Kulinski, Adelaide City Council
  • Carol Mader, Adelaide City Council
  • Sam Rammell, Town of Walkerville
  • Ben Saint, Adelaide City Council
  • Sam Schreiner, Adelaide City Council
  • Leonie Scriven, City of Burnside
  • Colin Shackleford, Alexandrina Council
  • Sallyann Shearer, Adelaide City Council
  • Ruth Tovo, Adelaide City Council
  • Tim Vonderwall, Renmark Paringa Council
  • Brad Willmott, Town of Walkerville

Please make them all feel welcome!



 Upcoming Events and Programs

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

2. Emotional Intelligence
The General Managers Network session on the 26 August will feature University of Adelaide MBA presenter Lois Whittall speaking on Emotional Intelligence for General Managers.  Click here for more information and to register.

3. Womens Network
Save the Date!  Annual Conference to be held on Friday 23 October at The Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo.  Great theme and line-up of speakers watch out for more information in the coming weeks.

4. Rural Challenge
Thursday 15 October at Chifley On South Terrace, Adelaide.  Click here for more information and to register.



Recent Events

Annual Cocktail Party

On Wednesday 22 July, LG Professionals SA hosted a cocktail party for our valued sponsors and supporters. 

Held at Chianti on Hutt Street, it was a fantastic evening of networking, great food and great wine. 

Thank you to all who attended, and for your valued support of LG Professionals SA!



LG Manager Magazine

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Click here to view the latest edition.



National News

Kingborough takes home the crown

Tasmania’s Kingborough Council has won first place at this year's LGMA Australasian Management Challenge finals held in Melbourne on 25 and 26 June.

Despite being up against some of the toughest contenders in an all-star line-up, the My Kingborough Rules team impressed judges with their good humour and creativity, collegiate work ethic and well-rounded skills.

Second place went to Marrickville Council from NSW and in third place was Tauranga City Council from New Zealand. Both teams were strong performers across all tasks, including the PCT, introduction performance and on the Challenge day.

This year's final was a high energy and challenging event, with teams from City of Palmerston NT, Mackay Regional Council QLD, City of Salisbury SA, Murrindindi Shire Council VIC and City of Joondalup WA also taking part.

Judges say all teams were of a very high standard, and it was a tough race to call.

To view photos from the Challenge please click here.

To view the media release, please click here.

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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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