Issue 054
November 2015

  • A word from the CEO
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Member Profile
  • Matt Pinnegar Interview
  • Industry Trends
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Program Profile
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Sarah Kay

  • Network Events
  • 2016 Conference
  • Professional Leaders Program



A word from the CEO

I hope you enjoy this edition of Leaders Connect and would like to highlight in particular the Call for Nominations for our Leadership Excellence Awards. 

We are pleased to announce a new award this year – for Excellence in Local Economic Development, proudly sponsored by Norman Waterhouse Lawyers.

Further, be quick to register for our Annual Conference which has recently been launched.  There is a great line up of speakers – further information can be found below.

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new President, Andrew Cameron from the District Council of Yorke Peninsula. 

A big thank you to Andrew Aitken who recently concluded his Presidential term, for his support, enthusiasm and commitment to the Association. 

I’d also like to congratulate Mark Withers and Jane Trotter on achieving ten years’ service on the Board.  

Wishing you all well as we head into the home stretch of the calendar year.



Annual Survey

Thanks to all who took the time to complete our survey- we look forward to sharing the results with you soon.

The winner of the $300 Myer voucher is Nicole Dodds from District Council of Grant.

Congratulations Nicole! 


Calendar Reminders

Save the date/s

2016 Leadership Excellence Awards Dinner – Friday 15 April 2016, Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Time to start thinking about nominating.  The call for nominations are open! More details in this newsletter below. 

Emerging Leaders Program – next program commences May 2016.

Other Events
Want to know what exciting events are coming up with LG Professionals SA?  Please click here for a copy of our full 2015/16 Events and Program Calendar.



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Sarah Kay

This month we speak with Sarah Kay, Manager Human Resources at Alexandrina Council.

Sarah talks about her current role and her plans for the future.

She also reflects on the awards that Alexandrina received this year at the LG Professionals SA Leadership Excellence Awards - what it meant to the team involved, and the benefits to the council.

Hi Sarah, thanks for speaking with us.

What's involved in your current role - and how long have you held that position at Alexandrina?
I joined Alexandrina Council in May 2014 in the position of Manager Human Resources. I work with a great team of staff to provide services in WHS, payroll, injury management, volunteer support, recruitment, training, employee relations, workforce planning and other organisational development initiatives.

read more..



Sponsor Insight - LGFA


A chat with Matt Pinnegar, new LGA CEO.

We recently took the opportunity to chat to Matt Pinnegar, the new CEO of the LGA SA.  We were keen to understand Matt's approach to this role and his plans for the LGA, but we also wanted to know a bit about him as well.

Matt's straight-talking approach makes for very interesting reading....

Hi Matt - What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
CEO of the Local Government Association of South Australia.

The LGA provides services, support and leadership to SA Councils for the benefit of the community.

It is recognised as the peak representative body for Local Government in this State and prides itself on being the Voice of Local Government South Australia. The Association provides leadership to Councils and representation outwards to State and Federal governments and other key stakeholders.

read more..

Industry Trends

Working Shoulder to Shoulder - Co-governance, collaborative approaches and engagement skills

Increasingly local government is moving towards more collaborative approaches to engagement, these range from relatively informal arrangements through to statutorily driven co-governance entities. (appendix A contains a list of the approaches).

This paper considers the mix of skills necessary to get the best from co-governance and collaborative approaches.
read more..

Management Challenge - get involved!

Participation builds teamwork, confidence and motivation.

When the City of Salisbury was announced the winner of the Management Challenge at the LG Professionals SA Gala Dinner - there was a deafening roar of screaming, whooping and even some crying.  And that was just from the other teams!

Seriously though the Salisbury Team were very excited to win the award - so we were keen to chat to one of the team to see how the win benefited the team members - and council in general.

We caught up with Ebony Krumins for a chat.

Hi Ebony - What's your current role at Salisbury?
Learning and Development Support Officer.

read more..

South Australian wins highest honour at National Awards

Andrew Smith of Onkaparinga Council has been awarded the Frank Stewart Distinguished Service Award at the Park and Leisure Australia National Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner in Sydney. 

Named after a former Federal Minister for Tourism and Recreation, the Frank Stewart Award is the most prestigious individual award bestowed by Parks and Leisure Australia.

To read the full media release click here.

Click here for further information on the awards.

Congratulations Andrew!

Congratulations also to the other SA Council regional winners.


Network News


Women's Network

It’s been a busy year for the Women’s Network Committee with a full schedule of events, culminating in a sold out annual conference at the end of October, and a fully booked Ultimate Life Planning Workshop in November!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported our events throughout the year and hope to provide an exciting schedule for the year ahead.  Don’t forget that if there are certain topics you’d like us to cover please let us know and we’ll try to incorporate them into our calendar of events for 2016. Please email Melanie Winter with any suggestions at

If you’d like to be involved in the Committee there’s still time to nominate to become a member … get your nominations in by 30 November.  See our website for more details

Emma Morgan
Chair Women’s Network

p.s. click here to view a video of pictures from the Women's Conference.

Leaders Alumni Network

A big congratulations to the current ELP participants who will be completing their program on Friday 11 December!

Are you considering your development for 2016?

ELP 2016 will be opening soon, and the 2016 PLP is currently open for registrations until 17 December, to commence in February.

Express your interest in either program by emailing Melanie Winter on

General Managers Network

The last event for 2015 was held at the Leadership Lab on the 6 November with a two hour workshop on the topic of Authentic Leadership run by Josie McLean. 

Read the ‘recent events’ section for more information.

Human Resources Network

The next HR Network session will be held on Thursday 3 December at Adelaide City Council on the topic of Adelaide City Council’s Onboarding and Induction – optimising the new starter experience.

The session will also feature some speed networking and a hot topics session, as well as a short discussion around the LG Professionals SA project funded by a LGA R&D grant to create a Leadership Capability Framework that can be a resource for the sector.

Dr Lindsay Ryan will discuss the project thus far and next steps.

Registrations and flyer are available here.

The Thought Space

The Thought Space features recent events, comments and links to articles on leadership, personal development and innovation.

from Sarah McGregor, Manager Leadership Lab

Are you Adaptable enough?

This article hit a nerve with me, as it pretty much sums up the way I think.

However, thinking and acting are two different things and it got me thinking once again about how do I act around change, despite how I intellectualise it.

One thing is certain I practice self-talk a lot and it really helps me move forward.

read more..

To join the Leadership Lab please contact Melanie Winter on 8291 7994 or

  Tips and Ideas

How happy are you - REALLY?  Here's a quick test to find out.

Sometimes it can be hard to stop and reflect on your own happiness - are you happy, contented or just going ok? 

What aspects of your life are affecting your happiness?

Now you can find out in a just a few minutes with a quick 5 minute exercise!

And don't worry - if your test score is bad - there are also some immediate mood boosters you can use to get back on track!

Give it a try here..


Appsolutely great Apps for you to try

Store ALL of your loyalty cards in one app on your phone with Stocard and get rid of all the plastic cards in your wallet! FREE for iPhone and Android users.

read more..


Management Challenge

Registrations are now open for the 2016 Australasian Management Challenge!

Click here to visit the Challenge website for more information and to register.

Stop Press!

Four South Australian Teams- City of Holdfast Bay, Adelaide City Council, City of Tea Tree Gully and City of Playford, have already registered.

Don’t let them get a head start- register your team today!




Emerging Leaders Program Update

The flavour for this month’s module was Media and Engagement, held at Campbelltown City Council on 29 October.

Campbelltown’s Mayor Simon Brewer introduced the day with an insight into the diversity of culture that the council area has to offer and the council’s close interaction with local businesses, along with his personal insights to leadership.

The first guest speaker was Karen Cook, Fire Prevention Officer at Campbelltown City Council and ELP 2013 graduate. Karen spoke about her role of engagement with the residents on fire awareness and the development of the Local Government i-Responda program. It was a timely reminder of the role councils play in keeping families, businesses and infrastructure safe heading into what could be a very fierce summer.

The second speaker Dale Sutton, Team Leader Engagement and Grants, City of Onkaparinga spoke on community engagement and decision making using the IAP2 framework, leading into a ‘Citizen’s Jury’ case study that considered how council can engage with citizens on local issues in an effective way using a hypothetical situation.

The final speaker of the day was Ursula Hickey, SA Tourism Industry Council, Manager Local Government Engagement. A tasteful topic to say the least as she spoke of the project between Campbelltown Council and local businesses to create the ‘Flavours of Campbelltown’ Food Trail and how it has been effective for economic growth in the area and building local relationships.

Catering for the day was supplied by members of the Food Trail which was well received by all participants.

The three different speakers provided great insight into how councils and community can engage with each other to create healthy and effective relationships and communities.

Thank you to Campbelltown for hosting the session and for all the guest speakers for joining us.

ELP Media and Engagement Module Group Participants


LG Professionals SA Promotions

Call for Nominations for the 15th Annual LG Professionals Australia, SA Leadership Excellence Awards

This program recognises outstanding achievement and innovation in local government.  The association is pleased to present a program that not only recognises excellence but contributes to the advancement and improvement of local government as a sector.

If your council hasn’t nominated for an award in previous years you are strongly encouraged to do so.  In 2016 our aim is to see all councils in South Australia represented in the nomination process – no matter how small you might think your project is - we still want to hear about it. Nominating for an award is an excellence way to recognise staff and councils achievements and provides you with an opportunity to share and celebrate with other councils. 

We would also like to draw your attention to a new category that we have introduced 'Excellence in Local Economic Development'. Finalists in this category will be invited to showcase their success at a special sector lunch to further explore the roles councils can play in the economic development of South Australia on 8 June 2016 in Adelaide.

Nomination categories for 2016 are:
•    Innovative Management Initiatives - Metropolitan Councils
•    Innovative Management Initiatives - Rural Councils
•    Emerging Leader of the Year
•    Community Partnerships and Collaboration
•    Excellence in Local Economic Development
•    Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
•    Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure and Asset Management
•    Excellence in Risk Management
•    Leadership in Community Services
•    Leadership in Financial Management
•    Excellence in Age Friendly Communities

Note: Nominations close at 5pm on Thursday 28 January 2016.

Please click here for more information and to submit your nomination.




  • Sharon Somerville has commenced as Manager People & Culture at City of Holdfast Bay.  Sharon was previously at City of Mitcham. 

  • Kim Shearing has commenced as Business Partner, People & Culture at City of Holdfast Bay.

  • Trish Aukett, City of Holdfast Bay has been promoted to General Manager, Community Services.

  • Geoff Parsons has commenced as Manager Development & Regulation at the Rural City of Murray Bridge. Geoff was previously Manager Development Services at Mid Murray Council.

  • Bruce Coull has commenced in the position of WHS Officer at the City of Holdfast Bay.

  • Hanne Kovarik has commenced at City of Salisbury as Return to Work Coordinator.

  • Christine MacFarlan has commenced at City of Salisbury as Community Development Coordinator.

  • Toby Henderson has commenced at City of Salisbury as Fleet Officer.

  • Andrew Cronin has commenced at City of Campbelltown as Development Assessment Officer, Planning, with previous experience in Local and State Government and the private sector.

  • Nigel Morris has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of District Council of Yankalilla.  Nigel is currently General Manager Corporate & Community Services at City of Burnside.

    Congratulations to all!



 Upcoming Events and Programs

1. He Named Me Malala - Movie Night
In celebration of 5 Years of the Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Women’s Network.

Wednesday 9 December 2015
Wallis Cinemas Mitcham
6pm - Arrivals and Networking
7pm - Movie

A look at the events leading up to the Talibans attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations. (PG)

Click here for the flyer and to register.

Tickets $20.00 incl GST (includes a drink on arrival and light nibbles).
All welcome including family, friends, partners and colleagues!

2. 2016 LG Professionals Australia,  SA Annual Conference-
Mission ImPossible

Friday 19 February 2016
National Wine Centre

Join us for an insightful and inspiring day as we prepare to take you on MISSION POSSIBLE - turning the impossible into possible.  We will delve into and explore the latest trends in mindfulness, resilience and courage, inspire you, help you to adapt to change and look at the qualities of leadership needed to complete your mission.  

There is something for everyone with an excellent line up of speakers:
•    Preparing for your mission- it's all in the mind (Petrina Coventry)
•    Inspiration for your mission (Anthony Kittel)
•    Mission adaptation- when change happens (Eddy Varrasso)
•    The mission: Citizen engagement (Matthew Gordon)
•    Are you team ready? Managing expectations and those difficult relationships (David Pender)
•    And more ......

Please click here to view the program and register.

3. Professional Leaders Program
Register now for the 2016 Professional Leaders Program. Registrations are open until 17 December.

The Professional Leaders Program is the next step in the career pathway for those who have completed the Emerging Leaders Program and/or local government professionals wanting to move forward in their leadership career.

The program has been developed to both compliment and build on the skills developed through the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) however you do not need to have completed the ELP to undertake the PLP.

By passing the LG Professionals SA ELP and PLP you can receive status of completion of the Professional Management Program and the status of 2 subjects should you wish to undertake an MBA Pathway (standard entry criteria applies).* Please speak with us to find out the details of articulation pathways.

The Professional Leaders Program is designed to develop analytical capabilities through 4 modules in the areas of:
•    Strategic Management
•    Operational Excellence
•    Financial Management
•    The Context of Local Government

Some good news for rural councils: UHY Haines Norton have kindly sponsored a scholarship for rural participants – application forms are available on our website.

“A reinforcing, enlightening and educational experience that anyone aspiring to executive level should attend”. 

“An informative and innovative program which provided many learning and networking opportunities”.

If you have any questions regarding this program please contact Melanie Winter on 8291 7994 or email

*Conditions apply, please speak with LG Professionals SA to find out more.

Other Events

Want to know what exciting events are coming up with LG Professionals SA?  Please click here for a copy of our full 2015/16 Events and Program Calendar.



Recent Events

Engaging Citizens in Local Government
Wow, what a popular workshop this has been!  On Thursday 5 November, LG Professionals SA along with OurSay held two more workshops on the popular topic of Engaging Citizens in Local Government. 

Gaining an understanding of strategic community planning and how local government can use the various social media and online tools available to them to connect their community, attendees left feeling informed and inspired. Attendees described the day as “Interactive, intelligent & inspirational”, “informative, engaging, laid back/informal and very useful” and “relatable with useful information”.

Thank you to the City of Burnside for hosting these sessions.

If you would like to hear more from presenter Matthew Gordon, or missed the workshops, register to attend the LG Professionals SA Annual Conference where Matt will present ‘The Mission: Citizen Engagement’, delving further into the topic of citizen engagement, providing insight into the impact that social media has had and is having on political engagement at the federal level and how you can find your voice online.

For more information please click here to view the conference program.

GM Network Event
Josie McLean delivered a fabulous presentation on authentic leadership inspiring us to challenge the assumptions we make on a daily basis, consider how vulnerable we have to be to be authentic and the potential impact of behaving authentically on our different relationships. Stereotypes were challenged and ideas were shared.

One participant said “I caught up with an old local government friend, I met a new one and I made an appointment with a regional council to discuss how we can share asset management approaches.”

That’s what these sessions are all about – support, connections, growth and sharing.

New members

Michelle Bell, District Council of Mount Barker
Rob Gregory, City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters

Please make them feel welcome!

  LG Manager Magazine

LG Manager digital magazine.

Click here to view the latest edition.



National News

Save the date - 2016 Congress

The 2016 LG Professionals Australia National Congress & Business Expo will be held on the Gold Coast, QLD, from 4-6 May at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

Registrations will open shortly.

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About LG Professionals Australia, SA

LG Professionals SA 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 Local Government Professionals Australia, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the national local government sector.


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