Issue 061
July 2016

  • A word from the CEO
  • News Flash
  • Save the Date
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Membership
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Out and About
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Sallyann Shearer

  • Network Events
  • Rural Management Challenge
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

I am really excited to be able to share that due to recent strong growth, we are adding a new position to our team here at Local Government Professionals Australia, SA.

The role is a Marketing and Communications Officer and we look forward to further strengthening our ability to tell our story and connect with our members. 

The financial year just ended saw us deliver over 35 events and programs, support over 30 network meetings for six networks, welcome 1800 of you to our events and grow membership by 4%.

We can’t wait to continue delivering ways for you to connect and share with each other and look forward to taking our offerings to the next level this year.




News Flash!

Leadership Capability Framework

LG Professionals SA has developed a Leadership Capability Framework, the purpose of which is to enable councils to work collaboratively and have a common understanding of the capabilities required at all levels of leadership.

This project has been funded by an LGA R and D grant.  We are now ready to pilot Version 1 of the Framework.

To read more about the Framework, including the Terms of Reference for the Pilot Group and the Guidelines for feedback
please click here.

For more information contact Taryn Sexton on 0400 429 003.


Save the date

General Managers/Director Network Forum

The next session in the Innovation and Creativity Series will be  held on Thursday 8 September 2016, from 9:30am-1:00pm at the Leadership Lab, Executive Education Unit.

Click here to register.

Attendees of the last session found the time away from the office to share and learn with their peers.

Hear what four of them had to say about the session and about the value of the network to them:

  • Bruce Williams, GM City Services, City of Charles Sturt
  • Carlos Buzzetti, GM Urban Planning & Environment, City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters
  • Kate Jessep, Director Corporate & Community Services, City of Victor Harbor
  • Victoria MacKirdy, GM Organisation & Culture, Alexandrina Council

Register Today!

Rural Management Challenge, Thursday 13 October 2016


Get in the game and take on the Rural Management Challenge to be more effective in the way you …


The Rural Management Challenge will be held on Thursday 13 October at the Clare Country Club.

The Challenge is good fun, great value and provides a hands-on approach to leadership development that translates into relevant tangible benefits for individuals, teams and councils.

Time to think about registering a team!

Last year we had 7 rural councils participating and would love to see at least 10 participating this year. 

Don’t have enough staff in your council to fill a team?

No worries! Contact neighbouring councils and form an inter-council team, or contact us for help in doing this.  Note: you only need 5 people and a mentor to form a team.

Have questions?

Contact Rhiannon at or 08 8291 7990.

Make sure you book your accommodation early!

If you are putting in a team this year we strongly recommend you book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment! The Clare Country Club currently has some great deals on accommodation if you book through their website.

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


LG Professionals SA Membership

Don’t miss out - pay your membership renewal by COB on Monday 1 August to automatically go in the draw to win a $300 Myer Voucher!

Each year we work hard to deliver quality events and programs to our members and we have lots of exciting things planned for the forthcoming year. 

Free membership of the University of Adelaide’s Leadership Lab for our members will continue again this year and if you haven’t already taken this up we encourage you to do so as there were 12 or more excellent events on offer for our members in the past year.

The cost of Individual Membership has risen slightly this year to $270, but we’re sure you will agree it is still value for money.  If your council hasn’t taken out a bundle membership before you might like to think about it. For more information download the flyer here.

Note: If your council is a bundle holder you are eligible to attend our events at Council Bundle Holder rates when advertised. 

We look forward to your continuing support and membership in the coming year.



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by


Sallyann Shearer

This month we speak with Sallyann Shearer, Team Leader Talent and Organisational Development, Adelaide City Council.

Sallyann tells us why she was attracted to working in HR, her thoughts on the strategic role of HR in an organisation and her involvement with the HR Network.

Hi Sallyann - thanks for speaking with us.

Tell us about your role at Adelaide City Council.
I am the Team Leader, Talent and Organisational Development.

I manage a small but fantastic team and together we are responsible for initiatives such as: cultural measurement, leadership development, training, reward and recognition, talent management, diversity and inclusion, employer branding and employment pathways.

read more..



Industry Trends

Local government portfolio elevated to Cabinet Ministry
ALGA (Australian Local Government Association) has welcomed the recent elevation of the local government portf
olio to the Cabinet Ministry, with Senator the Hon Fiona Nash appointed the Minister for Local Government and Territories in addition to her role as the Minister for Regional Development.

ALGA President, Mayor Troy Pickard, said the elevation was a positive step for local government and community priorities.

"This appointment illustrates the importance of preserving and strengthening the partnership between federal and local government to ensure the sustainability of local communities, and to ensure the continued and consistent coordination of national policies at the local level to deliver positive outcomes for Australian communities," Mayor Pickard said.

"Senator Nash's appointment as Minister for Local Government will also be particularly significant when it comes to the Federal Government's regional development policy, which Minister Nash has stated will be released in 2017.

read more..

The 2016 Norman
Waterhouse Local Government Conference is set to be the biggest yet, and registrations are now open. 

Now in its 26th year, the event provides an opportunity for the local government sector to be engaged and informed with content-rich, topical presentations and discussion. 

We will also see interstate local government experts sharing their knowledge and experience and back by popular demand our Q&A local expert panel will return to answer the big questions on issues facing councils today. 

Be sure you don’t miss out on one of the biggest events on the local government calendar this year! 

To find out more, to view the program or to register, click here.


Out and About
Creating Coonalpyn

(If you would like to profile and share one of your councils ‘good news’ stories please send the details through to Rhiannon at

The small town of Coonalpyn is set to become one of South Australia’s great tourism icons, with a major public art campaign underway, including its centrepiece, a 30-metre high mural on the Viterra owned grain silos located on the busy Dukes Highway.

Creating Coonalpyn is an initiative focussed on rural renewal through the arts, which will reinvigorate the struggling Coorong town. 

The suite of six community arts projects are being led by the Coorong District Council, supported by the Regional Arts Fund and Country Arts SA. It has also attracted generous philanthropic donations and resources ensuring projects come to fruition. 

The flagship project is a sky-high mural covering the front five cells of the Coonalpyn Silos, with artwork to be completed by world-renowned artist Guido van Helten of Brim Silo fame.

To read more about this fantastic initiative, please visit the Creating Coonalpyn website here.

Network News


General Managers Network

Thinking about joining the network?

Then, be sure to read the interviews of four GMs/Directors who attended the last session on 2 June - available now on the GM Network web page.


Community Managers Network

Local Government Professionals SA Community Managers Network has recently completed a review of its strategic plan and terms of reference. 

The mission of the network is to lead local government in responding to the changing nature of communities, community services and community development.  

Our work for the next three years will focus on the following strategic aims:

  • Advocating for priority social issues of emerging concern that have strategic policy and/or social impact
  • Providing mutual support and facilitating exchange of knowledge and best practice and
  • Broadly promoting the value of Local Government community services and community development work

You can find a copy of the strategic plan here.

You can find a copy of our terms of reference here.

In partnership with the LGA we have also finalised the development of the LGA Ageing Strategy which was recently endorsed by the LGA Board. 

This document provides a framework to assist the LGA to provide leadership and support to Councils in recognising and responding to the needs and aspirations of their communities as people grow older.  You can find a copy of the LGA Ageing Strategy here.


Appsolutely great Apps for you to try

Prioritise your day with the 1-3-5 method

The 1-3-5 rule makes it easy to prioritize your day. Choose 1 big thing, 3 medium things, and 5 small things to accomplish.

Create any type of new list you want, or use the 1-3-5 list template and follow the 1-3-5 rule. It's up to you. Create your own headings and rearrange tasks as you need to. They're your lists. Work and prioritize the way you want.

Click here to learn more.

Tips and Ideas

13 ways to take care of yourself every day

Don’t get stuck in an unhealthy daily grind. Here’s how to work “me time” into your busy schedule.

It’s 7:30 a.m. and your alarm is blaring. Squinty-eyed, you reach for your phone, fumbling to swipe that horrible noise off, sinking back into the mattress, your eyes fading to black again… until you shoot straight up, eyes wide open, realizing you’ve already pushed snooze three times. You’re late. So you bolt out from under the covers and, like a blur, get dressed and go to work.

You’re at the office (finally), and a million emails have rudely generated in your inbox, so you start shooting off responses, only to reply to the ones that come back seconds later. You only get up when nature calls and your stomach yells for food. Another blur and it’s already dark. Time to climb back under the covers.

Sleep, wake up, work, repeat. That’s a daily grind that will have you burning out the next time your alarm goes off. There’s more to life than work. How can you make sure you’re getting a healthy dose of “me time”?

read more…

City of Onkaparinga Pop-Up Shop

Further to the article published in the June edition please read below for more detailed information on this fantastic initiative.

As part of the City of Onkaparinga’s place-making and economic growth and investment strategies, in 2015 council opened a pop-up space in a vacant shop on Beach Road, Christies Beach to gather the communities’ ideas for the precinct’s future.

The Pop-Up helped council connect with residents, visitors, groups and local businesses to build a bank of ideas and opportunities to activate and enhance the area.  Council’s aim was to generate ideas for Beach Road and demonstrate the great potential this area has.  

While Beach Road is already a vibrant and busy precinct with a diverse mix of businesses, there remains huge potential for the strip to become an iconic destination.

Click here to read the full story.


Movers and Shakers

  • James Miller has commenced as Chief Executive Officer at District Council of Mallala. James was previously at Light Regional Council.  
  • Mia Dohnt has commenced as Chief Executive Officer at Southern Mallee District Council. 
  • Mike Ryan commenced as Economic Development Advisor at the District Council of Grant on Monday 18 July. This role will lead and drive Councils economic development framework through cooperative and collaborative partnerships with peak bodies, business associations, State and Federal Government, local government partners, and other stakeholders.  Mike comes to the District Council of Grant with a wealth of experience, contacts and knowledge in economic development and will assist Council in promoting Council and regional economic development opportunities in order to provide improved sustainability outcomes, value adding opportunities, economic resilience and development of the Region.  Mike’s appointment will greatly assist Council in its direction in the economic development area with one of his primary roles being to establish Councils Economic Development Framework. 

Congratulations to all!



Upcoming Events and Programs

1. HR Network Meeting
Thursday 18 August 2016
City of West Torrens
Please click here to register.

2. Women's Network Forum - Confidence & Assertiveness: Platforms for Effective Negotiations
Thursday 1 September 2016
Mount Barker District Council
Please click here for more information and to register.

3. Rural Management Challenge
Thursday 13 October 2016
Clare Country Club
Click here for further information and to register. Don’t forget to also register for the Rural Challenge Dinner!

4. Community Managers Network Event

Hand Up not a Hand Out – Local Government Enabling Communities
LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network is pleased to announce their upcoming Forum and Showcase to be held on Tuesday 25 October at Thebarton Community Centre.

Don’t Miss Out - Save the Date – Registrations will open in August

Timed to align with Anti-Poverty Week, this event will feature keynote presentations by:
Peter Kenyon– Founder of the Bank of I.D.E.A.S, social capitalist and community enthusiast who works in asset based community development.
  • David Kelly– Project Lead Ageing, Youth and Communities at SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, an experienced strategist and program planner with a 30-year commitment to working with disempowered communities.

    The forum will also include:
  • An opportunity to hear and learn about how other councils are building resilient communities through short presentations and an expo display area.
  • Interactive session to explore anti-poverty initiatives in councils.

Does your Council have a story to share?

Please email Terra Lea Ranson, Vice Chair of Community Managers Network before 5 August with your project and whether you are interested in making a presentation or having a display table.

5. Women’s Network Conference 2016: Stand Out from the Crowd
Friday 28 October 2016
We have an amazing line up of inspirational speakers for what will be a jam packed fun filled day.  Last year’s conference was a sell-out success and this one’s shaping up to be the same – so don’t miss out register early and benefit from the early bird rate.  It’s also a great opportunity to share and bond with your colleagues across council, so book a table of 8 today!

Here’s the list of amazing speakers:
  • Niki Vincent, Comissioner for Equal Opportunity – ‘Backing Yourself’
  • Emmah Money, Cystic Fibrosis Ambassador – ‘Against the Odds’
  • Ali Hancock, City of Onkaparinga – her story
  • Donny Walford, Bottom Line and Behind Closed Doors – ‘What are you waiting for?’
  • Jules Allen, ambassador for ‘adopt change’ – ‘Influencing positive change’
Full brochure will be available soon.    REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN – REGISTER HERE

Want to know what exciting events are coming up with LG Professionals SA?  Please click here for a copy of our full 2016/17 Events and Program Calendar.



New Members
  • Mia Dohnt, Southern Mallee District Council
  • Barry Cant, City of Burnside
  • Trish Aukett, City of Holdfast Bay
  • Rajiv Mouveri, City of Holdfast Bay
  • Anna Mellier, City of Prospect
  • Chris Newberry, City of Prospect
  • Rebecca Muller, Renmark Paringa Council
  • Paul Day, Renmark Paringa Council
  • Ben Footner, City of Victor Harbor
  • Bob Blair, City of Victor Harbor
  • Steve Porter, City of Unley
  • Nicola Tinning, City of Unley
  • Helen Ingleton, City of Charles Sturt
  • Jo McCarthy, City of Charles Sturt
  • Rachel Read, City of Marion
  • Candie Trimboli, City of Charles Sturt
  • Liz Williams, City of Charles Sturt
  • Christine Horsell, The Barossa Council
  • Gail Page, City of Salisbury
  • James Lang, Northern Areas Council
  • Ben Jarvis, Coorong District Council
  • Ashlee Crossman, Coorong District Council
  • Elizabeth Williams, Alexandrina Council
  • Mark van der Pennen, City of Salisbury
  • Robyn Dunstall, Mid Murray Council
  • Cheryle Gray, City of Charles Sturt
  • Mandy Smith, City of Unley
  • Bill Ross, City of West Torrens
  • Chris James, City of West Torrens
  • Claire McKay, City of West Torrens
  • Janine Lennon, City of West Torrens
  • Joe Ielasi, City of West Torrens
  • Gary Lyons, Alexandrina Council

Please make them feel welcome!

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National Management Challenge

On Thursday 23 and Friday 24 June LG Professionals SA CEO Taryn Sexton facilitated the National Management Challenge final in Melbourne and what an experience it was! 

The cohort of stand‐out teams came from around Australia and New Zealand to represent their regions in Australia’s premier professional development program for local government.

The Not‐So‐Secret‐Agents from Sunshine Coast City Council took out the top position, followed by Darwin City Council, NT in second place and Dunedin City Council, NZ in third place.

On top of tackling some of the sector’s biggest challenges and drawing on a deep reserve of leadership, negotiation, communication and advocacy skills, it was heart-warming to see the positive interactions between teams, and strong sense of comradery- all participants should be congratulated for the attitude and commitment they brought to the day.


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About Local Government 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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