Issue 057
March 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
  • Vesna Haracic

  • Gala Awards Dinner
  • HR Network event



A word from the CEO

Congratulations to all Challenge teams and mentors – you did it! You participated in the 2016 event with gusto and enthusiasm and represented your councils with pride.

I can’t wait to celebrate with all of you at our Awards Dinner on 15 April. There are only a few seats left so get in quickly if you haven’t already registered. It’s going to be the night of nights as we celebrate the many achievements of local government professionals and the positive impact we have on the communities we serve.

Congratulations also to our Community Managers Network on the upcoming launch of their Induction Kit – read more about it below. 

Lastly, I’d like to highlight the Imagineering event on 1 June - sure to give you take away tools to stimulate economic growth in your communities.



News Flash!

Gala Awards Dinner
Friday 15 April 2016
Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Please click here to register.

Hurry, with only 2 tables remaining, registrations must close on Friday 1 April 2016!

If you are a Council Bundle holder and haven’t confirmed the names of your guests, please do so ASAP by emailing Rhiannon at


Calendar Reminders

Save the date/s

Local government’s role in economic development- from dream to reality
Wednesday 1 June 2016
9:00am – 2:00pm

Crowne Plaza, Hindmarsh Square

A workshop about connecting innovative creativity with successful business strategy.

Program includes:

  • Moving from Dream to Reality, an interactive workshop based on Walt Disney’s techniques – Jodie Nevid, The 7 Effect
  • Concierge and Culture – Mark Dowd, CEO, City of Onkaparinga
  • Mythbusters – Sean Keenihan, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
  • Case Studies – Winner and finalists of 2016 Excellence in Local Economic Development Award
Other Events
Want to know what exciting events are coming up with LG Professionals SA?  Please click here for a copy of our full 2016 Events and Program Calendar.



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Vesna Haracic

This month we speak with Vesna Haracic, Manager Community Health and Wellbeing at the City of Salisbury.

Having just been appointed to this role, Vesna speaks about her plans for the next 12 months and also provides some insightful advice about job-sharing.

read more..



Sponsor Insight - McArthur


Industry Trends

New research released - transforming local government 

LG Professionals Australia and the University of Canberra's Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis have joined forces to produce Australia in a Century of Transformative Governance: A Federation for Communities and Places.

The research paper was undertaken in an effort to understand the challenges and the opportunities facing the sector and to dispel some myths about local governme
nt along the way.

LG Professionals Australia commissioned the research to provide a technical, non-partisan perspective on the value proposition for local government in the future of Australian governance.

read more..

LGIT Awards

LGIT SA Awards - Call for Nominations 

LG Professionals SA is proud to promote LGIT SA’s inaugural Awards program – nominations open soon.

The overall aim of the LGIT SA Awards Program is to:
  • Recognise and reward excellence in Information Technology and Information Management across the State;
  • Create an aspirational goal leading to the elevation of standards and quality of IT and IM services across local government in South Australia, and;
  • Create awareness across the sector, State and community of the level of expertise and excellence in local government IT and IM.
These awards have been introduced by LGIT SA in 2016 in an effort to promote and reward excellence in information technology (IT) and information management (IM) across the local government sector in South Australia. 

Please keep an eye out for further information to come soon!

Network News


Women's Network

The Womens Network is pleased to announce the following dates for upcoming events this year – please add them to your calendar, we hope to see you there!

May 20, 2016: Forum, City of Tea Tree Gully

June 29, 2016: Forum, City of Unley

October 28, 2016: Conference, Morphettville Racecourse


GM Network

The GM / Directors Network held an inspiring and thought provoking session on 2 March in which we explored our creative side with the aid of artist and facilitator Lisa Philip-Harbutt.

Attendees explored different approaches to creative thinking and a range of tools to take back to the office – so please don’t be surprised if your GM has some crayons and paper out at the next staff meeting!

The next session continues on the theme of creativity and innovation and is scheduled for June 8 on the topic of generating and testing ideas where we will hear from an expert on innovation and then get to work exploring idea generation using a local government case study.

If you missed the first session this year, we hope to see you at the next one! Details will be circulated soon.


Community Managers Network

Save the Date for the Community Managers ‘Working with Communities’ Workshop to be held on 26 May at City of Campbelltown. It will be a great opportunity for anyone new to community development or services in local government, or those wanting to extend their knowledge and network with others in the sector.

The Network is also pleased to be launching the Working With Communities Induction Kit at an event to be held for Mayors and CEO’s on Wednesday 13 April.

For further information on either of these opportunities please contact Melanie Winter on


Human Resources Network

The next HR Network session will be held on Wednesday 18 May at Norwood, Payneham and St Peters.

For registrations and information please refer to ‘upcoming events’ section.

The Thought Space

What’s happening in the Leadership Lab in April

1. Leading Transport Towards a City for the Future - How Will Adelaide Move Around in 2050

Please join a conversation in the Leadership Lab in collaboration with the Adelaide Round Table featuring speakers Rod Hook, Jason Makarenko and Stephen Yarwood.

The topic to be discussed is cars, bicycles and public transport – how Adelaide will move around in 2050.

This conversation will be held in an environment which enables frank and robust discussions.  The aim is to foster productive policy discussions by inviting former state and federal MPs, senior bureaucrats and academics to speak freely and independently of their party affiliation, providing a forum in which those such as former public servants can speak in a way not constrained by current government policy positions. 

Should any members wish to register, please contact Melanie Winter at for registration details. There is no charge to attend.

2. Managing Organisational Know-How: Old Myths and New Realities
Join us for a conversation in The Leadership Lab on how organisations can best manage knowledge sharing.

David Pender, Senior Adjunct Lecturer in the Business School and International Leadership consultant, will lead the conversation to unravel the many myths surrounding the role of knowledge in business and its management.

Some questions that will be raised will focus on:
•    It is just an HR or an IT issue.
•    Because it is intangible you can’t measure it and therefore can’t manage it.
•    It is just a fad, not a way forward.

Many organisations have struggled with the concept of managing organisational know-how for some time.  Recently a new quality management standard ISO9001:2015 was released that places the management of knowledge and competencies front and centre.

Knowledge is critical to success in a world that is becoming more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.  In this Leadership Lab event we will explore the relationship of knowledge (and its management) as an issue many organisations are grappling with in today’s complex world – productivity, agility, innovation, risk management. 

We will finish up by looking at the leadership and employee management issues that are involved.

Please join us to explore this hot topic in the Lab! 

Should any members wish to register, please contact Melanie Winter at for registration details. There is no charge to attend.

The Leadership Lab, Executive Education Unit - The University of Adelaide Level 7, 10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia


  Tips and Ideas

Nervous about Public Speaking?  Don't try and calm down - embrace your jitters instead!
When you're nervous about a big speech trying to calm yourself down can backfire, writes Olga Khazan.

Instead, seek to reframe your jitters as excitement - another high-energy state, but a more productive and positive one.

read more..


Social Ventures Incubator Program

Social Ventures Incubator Program Launched by Adelaide City Council

Do you know someone on a mission to make a difference?

The Adelaide City Council’s 90 day Social Ventures Incubator Program, designed and delivered by Business Models Inc. is a deep learning and development opportunity for early-stage social ventures, to develop their business models and impact to sustainably improve community life in the city.

The program will support the active development of social ventures through workshops, mentoring, peer-learning and digital platforms.

Participants will also be supported by industry experts such as Microsoft Australia, Social Capital, Paul Madden, NESTA, Philanthropy Australia, Impact Investing Australia, Funding Network & StartSomeGood, who will provide participants with the practical skills to develop and launch their social ventures.

How to Apply
Applications are open online until April 17 for start-ups that fit the eligibility criteria and are able to fully commit to the program. Please share with your networks and interested parties. For further information please visit or contact Amy Pokoney on 8203 7438 or

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.




  • Peter Bice has commenced as Director Engineering and Assets at Adelaide Hills Council.  Peter was previously Director Works and Engineering at Barossa Council.  
  • Mary-Anne Siebert has commenced as Sustainability Officer at City of Norwood,  Payneham & St Peters.
  • Paula Bennet has commenced as Manager Economic Development at Wattle Range Council.

    Congratulations to all!



 Upcoming Events and Programs

1. Gala Awards Dinner
Friday 15 April 2016
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Please click here to register. 
Registrations MUST CLOSE Friday 1 April 2016.

2. HR Network Meeting - May
Wednesday 18 May 2016
9:30am - 1:00pm
Mayors Parlour and Meeting Room, Norwood Town Hall,
Norwood, Payneham and St Peters
Please click here to register.

Other Events

Want to know what exciting events are coming up with LG Professionals SA?  Please click here for a copy of our full 2016 Events and Program Calendar.



Recent Events

1. Local Government Professionals Australia Management Challenge

Congratulations to all 15 teams who competed in the Management Challenge on Tuesday 22 March at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

There was a buzz in the air with teams displaying a great level of energy, humour and team work, expanding their skill sets and ability to Think, Lead, Communicate, Negotiate, Analyse, Decide and Engage.

We look forward to announcing the winning team at the upcoming Gala Awards night on Friday 15 April!

Thank you also to major sponsor LGRS.

This year’s teams were as follows
  • Adelaide Hills Council, Lofty 6
  • The Corporation of the Town of Walkerville, 3.5 Squared
  • City of Unley, Unley Archers
  • City Of Mitcham, Mitcham Vision
  • The City of Charles Sturt, Westside Story
  • City of Onkaparinga, Operation Onkaparinga
  • City of Salisbury, Just COS
  • City of Playford, Adventure Force
  • City of West Torrens, Western Flyers
  • City of Marion, #mogul
  • City of Burnside, From Burnside With Gov
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Red Tape Razors
  • Adelaide City Council, Synergy
  • City of Holdfast Bay, The bAy Team
  • Alexandrina Council, Fleurieu Unlimited 

2. Womens Life Planning Workshop

On Friday 4 March, twenty-four participants joined Amy and Jodie from the 7 Effect for the Women’s Ultimate Life Planning Session.

This is the third time we have run the popular session with the 7 Effect, with feedback from the day including ‘tools that I can apply to work and life’, ‘a very practical and inspirational workshop, broad context and a high level of references to books, research and online’, ‘ so energising in really practical ways’.

3. Mission
ImPossible Conference

Please click here to view a short video of the day.


The future of leadership - McArthur

In follow up to the LG Professionals SA Conference, Allan Preiss from McArthur addressed the qualities of the leader of the future.  Here is a follow up summary of the session, together with the audience responses during the session.

Our leadership model has failed us badly.  Never have we had such low levels of trust in our leaders – be they corporate, political or religious leaders. 

It is not just how our organisations are led.  Rather it is the way we think about leadership that is at the heart of the problem.  

Our leadership mindset goes back to Napoleon and is built on a hero leader model.  This directs us to an obsession with strong, individualistic, charismatic leaders who are all-knowing and powerful and who must be in control of every situation.  And if we just let them they will take us into a bright future.


New members
  • Mario Barone, City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters
  • Lisa Mara, City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters
  • Gene Fong, City of Prospect
Please make them feel welcome!


  LG Manager Magazine

LG Manager digital magazine.

Click here to view the latest edition.



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. Challenge team members and mentors are eligible for a special discount rate

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.


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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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