Issue 056
February 2016

  • A word from the CEO
  • Calendar Reminders
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Nick Day

  • Gala Awards Dinner
  • Professional Leaders Program



A word from the CEO

2016 has seen the busiest start to our year yet with unprecedented numbers registering for our events and programs.

On 19 February we held our annual conference with 260 attendees – a great day was had as all were inspired to achieve their missions. 

We have also received a record number of award nominations which has set quite the task for our judging panel. Some categories had over 20 nominations! 

Congratulations to all who nominated- we are very excited about all of the fantastic projects and initiatives happening in our sector. Best of luck to all finalists!

I look forward to welcoming 16 teams to the Management Challenge at the Festival Centre in March.  It will be the most challenging event yet, with AAMI stadium closed, we will all have to rise to the challenge of a new venue with no corporate boxes!

I look forward to catching up with many of you over the coming weeks at our many events and programs.



Calendar Reminders

Save the date/s

Gala Awards Dinner
Friday 15 April 2016
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Ticket Registrations Opening Soon

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

Nick Day

This month we speak with Nick Day, Manager Community and Customer Service at Mount Barker District Council.

Nick speaks about his current role, his views on development and leadership and also shares a  particularly funny 'embarrassing moment'!

Hi Nick, thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
My current role with Mount Barker District Council is Manager Community and Customer Service. I’m lucky to manage a team of terrific people delivering community services, community development, customer services, tourism and events, communications and building and recreation asset management outcomes.

I also have the responsibility for Corporate Customer Service initiatives including overall Customer Service Framework and Strategy.

Where were you before?
Seems a long time ago now and it is but I started work in State Government with the Engineering and Water Supply Department (SA Water) straight out of school as a rookie in corporate service and customer service roles.

This lasted 10 years then I joined local government at Noarlunga Council, moving to Mitcham, then back to Onkaparinga, Adelaide Hills and 2.5 years ago to Mount Barker. Over that time I have been in various supervisory and management roles.

read more..



Sponsor Insight - LGFA


Industry Trends

NSW amalgamations consultation - a farce? 

Amalgamations always raise heated debate on both sides and certainly, community opinion is critical to the process.

Some critics however, have raised questions over the effectiveness of the consultation, labelling it a 'farce'

Who is right?  Either way - it's interesting reading...

read more..

Network News


Women's Network

Following a record attendance at our annual conference in October last year we received a great deal of interest from those wanting to join our committee and have subsequently welcomed on-board several new committee members.

It really is great to see such enthusiasm from the sector. We are currently in the process of putting together our program of events for 2016 and hope to have something that appeals to everyone.
For those who have missed out in the past, we’re running another ‘Ultimate Life Planning Workshop’ on 4 March 2016 which is filling up fast.

For registrations and information please refer to ‘upcoming events’ section.
Watch this space for more news on our schedule of events soon.

GM Network

The General Managers / Directors Network have planned a year of sessions looking at the theme of innovation and creativity.

Come and join the kick off session exploring Creative Thinking on 2 March at the Leadership Lab.  For registrations and information please refer to ‘upcoming events’ section.

Community Managers Network

The Community Managers Network held their first meeting of the year in February to begin planning for a great year ahead.

We are pleased to be very close to launching an induction kit for those new to community development and community services in local government. This induction kit is in the form of an e book and will be the focus of a pilot training session scheduled for May that looks at the key elements of the induction kit and will include guest speakers and sharing of experiences by local government practitioners.

The Ageing Strategy funded by LGA R&D fund is also close to being finalised and will bring a range of recommendations for the CMN to consider and deliver.

The committee are also looking at other opportunities to lead and create tools and resources for the sector.

We were also pleased to take up an opportunity to make a short presentation at the LG Professionals SA Annual Conference about our induction kit to get the word out to the sector.


Human Resources Network

The next HR Network session will be held on Thursday 25 February at the Leadership Lab featuring a range of presentations and discussions.


The Thought Space

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

Using Linked In and wanting to be a thought leader?  How will you get your thoughts heard?

Getting your ‘thoughts’ heard by your market is a crucial step to becoming a thought leader.  So plan to succeed this year by making a plan!  Start by setting up a content marketing calendar to share your thoughts more broadly.

In its simplest form, a content calendar will list the types of content that you will create, how many times you will create content, how frequently you will publish it and how you will share it.

For example, an international consulting firm that the Thought Leadership Initiative works with aims to post on LinkedIn two – three times a week.  Their goal is to share company updates with their own staff, in Australia and in other countries, to address any silo mentality within the business.  They also sponsor links to profile their expertise to growing markets.

Another client, a law firm, aims to blog once a week.  They then share their thoughts via LinkedIn.

They both have different goals in sharing content and have chosen the channel based on their target market, and the frequency based on their ability to resource content creation. 

Setting in place a regular regime has created discipline in their team to create content, as well as an expectation in their networks to receive content.

read more..

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

  Tips and Ideas

Fund My Community

What is Fund My Community ?

Fund My Community is a $1 million grant program that will fund projects to measurably improve the wellbeing of isolated, vulnerable or disadvantaged South Australians.

It's unlike most other government grant programs, as in Fund My Community citizens decide what projects get funded. Involving citizens in decision-making has multiple benefits and allows the program to have the greatest impact.

read more..


Give a local hero a pat on the back – and a chance at $6000

Do you work with or know a hard-working selfless person who is helping to change South Australia for the better?

Statewide Super is recognising South Australians who make a real difference in our community, and saying thank you to these everyday heroes who go above and beyond, state wide.

By nominating a local hero, you’ll place them in the running to receive $3,000 for themselves and $3,000 for their chosen organisation or charity. Self-nominations are warmly accepted.

Nominations are open at until 18 March 2016.

Appsolutely great Apps for you to try

Adelaide Fringe App 2016
If the idea of choosing from over 1100 Fringe shows at almost 400 venues sends you into a cold sweat, this free app is here to help.
  • Browse the Fringe program by genre or search by date and time
  • Buy tickets on the go with improved mobile purchasing
  • Plan your Fringe - save your favourite shows and share them on social media
  • Discover new venues and explore the city with comprehensive maps
read more..


Walk the talk
Norman Waterhouse’s Walking the Talk Employment Seminar is back for 2016 on Friday April 1 at Crowne Plaza, and this is one event not to be missed.

CEOs, human resource professionals and senior managers have the opportunity to get right advice from our Employment & Industrial Relations team on the most important issues facing the workplace today.

To find out more on this event or to register, click here.

LG Professionals SA Promotions

Public Service Medal

The Public Service Medal recognises outstanding service by employees of the Australian, state, territory and local governments.

Nominations are now open for this year’s Public Service Medal.  Did you know that local government employees are eligible for nomination for this award?   This award is designed to recognise 'outstanding public service' - whether through leadership, service excellence, improved productivity and efficiency, or innovation in program, project or policy development.

Nominations are encouraged for any local government employee who has made an outstanding contribution, regardless of their age, length of service, or classification level.

What a great way to honour someone in the sector who has made an outstanding contribution. 

Guidelines and nomination forms are available here.  

For more information or to submit nominations in confidence, contact Matt Miles of the Australian Day Council of South Australia via email: or phone (08) 8463 5437.

The closing date for nominations for the Australia Day Honours List is 1 August 2016.




  • Desma Fraser has commenced as Manager, Governance at City of Onkaparinga.  Desma was previously at Coorong District Council.
  • Nicole Newton has commenced as Manager Organisational Development at City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters. Nicole was previously at City of Salisbury.
  • Deb Richardson has commenced as Director Community Development at City of Port Adelaide Enfield. Deb was previously at Adelaide Hills Council.
  • Pamela Jackson has commenced as Manager Strategic and Commercial Services at City of Holdfast Bay.
  • Rajiv Mouveri has commenced as Manager Assets and Facilities at City of Holdfast Bay.
  • Paul Eustace has commenced as Technical Officer, Building and Facilities at City of Holdfast Bay.
  • Steve Jonas is retiring as Manager Corporate Services at Wakefield Regional Council, completing a career in local government that has spanned over forty years.  His replacement is Tim Piper (previously at Adelaide Hills Council), who has returned to SA after six months in Victoria and started at the end of January.
  • Tania Baldock has commenced as Executive Assistant to the CEO at City of Marion.
  • Steph Roberts has commenced as Manager HR at City of Marion.
  • Tony Lines has commenced as General Manager, Operations at City of Marion.

    Congratulations to all!



 Upcoming Events and Programs

1. GM/Directors Network Forum
Park your thinking at the door - let's explore creative thinking
Wednesday 2 March 2016
Leadership Lab, Executive Education Unit
For more information and to register please click here

2. Women’s Ultimate Life Planning Workshop
Friday 4 March 2016
The Highway
For more information and to register please click here.

3. State Management Challenge
Tuesday 22 March 2016
Adelaide Festival Centre
Good luck to all teams!

4. Gala Awards Dinner
Friday 15 April 2016
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Ticket Registrations Opening Soon!

5. Emerging Leaders Program
The 2016 Program will commence in May 2016 and currently the program has reached capacity!

If your council had been interested to participate in this program we recommend joining the waiting list online  - and we will be in touch with any further developments.

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

LG Professionals SA State Conference ‘Mission Impossible'

With a record attendance of over 250 people, the LG Professionals SA ‘Mission
Impossible’ Conference was held at the National Wine Centre on Friday 19 February.

It was a positive and inspiring day for those who attended, with speakers delivering content to prove that anything really is possible.

Positive feedback was received from delegates with many remarking that this was the best conference yet! Further feedback included:

“Very engaging and inspiring- anything is possible”
“I really enjoyed all of the speakers- they were very engaging. This was my first local government conference and I loved it- thank you”
“Informative and inspirational”
“Very motivational- came away wanting to improve my own work habits”

Congratulations to Cheryle Gray (City of Charles Sturt), Kim Shearing (City of Holdfast Bay) and Simon Trill (City of Port Adelaide Enfield) who were the winners of the Conference Early Bird Promotion. City of Holdfast Bay and City of Charles Sturt who registered their entire Management Challenge Teams to attend were the lucky recipients of a hamper of delicious treats each to enjoy on the day.

Many thanks to everyone who attended, our guest speakers, corporate partners and event sponsors.

A special thanks also to Victoria MacKirdy for being our wonderful emcee for the day.

Professional Leaders Program

The 2016 Professional Leaders Program commenced on 10 February and we welcome the 26 participants who will undertake the four month program that includes modules on Strategic Management, Operational Excellence, Financial Management and Local Government context.


New members
  • Paul Duka, Wattle Range Council
  • Kristen MacKintosh, Adelaide City Council
  • Heather Schinckel, Kingston District Council
  • Penny Sternal, District Council of Barunga West
  • Nathaniel Mason, The Barossa Council
  • Chris Bates, City of Holdfast Bay
  • Kim Shearing, City of Holdfast Bay
  • Sharon Somerville, City of Holdfast Bay
  • Nicki Putland, Kangaroo Island Council
  • Nina Filipenko, City of Mitcham
  • Daniel Baker, City of Mitcham
  • Doris Hajszan, District Council of Mount Barker
  • Claire McNamara, Light Regional Council
  • Aaron Wilksch, Kangaroo Island Council
  • Jo-Ann Tanti, District Council of Mallala
  • Navian Iseut, City of Charles Sturt
  • Stephen Rufus, District Council of Orroroo Carrieton
Please make them feel welcome!


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National News

National Congress

Local Government Professionals Australia

Date: 4 – 6 May, 2016  
Venue: Gold Coast Convention Centre, QLD
Early Bird Closes: 11 April 2016

Register now and take advantage of the Early Bird Offer by clicking here

The 2016 LG Professionals Australia Congress & Business Expo will explore the concepts and key trends around the changing face of local government and reform, over two innovative and engaging days.

This conference has some excellent keynote presenters including:
  • Dr Peter Ellyard, Australia’s most prominent futurist.
  • Barrie Cassidy, political journalist
  • Dan Gregory, CEO The Impossible Institute
Register now and create a culture of change in your organisation and a commitment to empowering employees with the techniques that lead to the creation of a new organisational capability.

Please click here to view the conference program.

Emerging Leader Scholarship

LG Professionals Australia is pleased to offer a young emerging leader the opportunity to attend the LG Professionals Australia, National Congress in May 2016.

Applications should be sent to by 5pm Friday 18 March.

Click here for Congress Information.

Click here for Scholarship Information.

Volunteering opportunities

Local Government Professionals Australia have recently signed an MOU with the Australian Volunteers International.

AVI now work on a monthly recruitment cycle, where new roles are posted at the start of each month, with a closing date of the 21st of the month.

All assignments provide return airfares, accommodation, visas, insurance, a modest living allowance and extensive briefing and orientation.

Assignments can be accessed on the AVI website by clicking here.


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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 organisations, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the National Local Government sector.


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