Issue 062
August 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
  • Nigel Morris

  • Network Events
  • Rural Management Challenge
  • Women's Network Conference
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

LG Professionals SA finished the 2015/16 year with a healthy profit once again and I would like to thank the Board and staff for their efforts in achieving this great result and of course our members, event attendees, sponsors and partners for your ongoing support.

Our strong financial position means we will expand our team to six, with Lauren Moore commencing on 5 September in the newly created role of Marketing and Communications Officer.  Welcome Lauren!

If you are a member and would like to contribute to our ongoing growth, keep an eye out in the next few weeks for the call for nominations for board members. The Board meets every two months to monitor the strategic direction of our Association. 

Be sure to save the date for our AGM as well- details below.

Many of our Board members are also looking forward to travelling to Clare in October to assist with the Rural Management Challenge.  Details are below – there is still time to register!

Finally, a huge thank you to the following councils who have confirmed their council bundles – we look forward to engaging with your staff throughout the year as they continue their professional development journey with us:

  • Adelaide City Council
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Alexandrina Council
  • City of Charles Sturt
  • City of Salisbury
  • City of Mitcham
  • Adelaide Hills Council
  • City of Burnside
  • City of Holdfast Bay
  • City of Marion
  • City of Prospect
  • City of Tea Tree Gully
  • City of Victor Harbor
  • City of West Torrens
  • Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Town of Walkerville
  • City of Unley
  • Campbelltown City Council
  • Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council
  • Renmark Paringa Council
  • Southern Mallee District Council
  • Wakefield Regional Council
  • Yorke Peninsula Council




News Flash!

Membership Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Ros Kruger from The Rural City of Murra
y Bridge who won a $300 Coles Myer Gift Voucher for renewing her membership before 1 August 2016!

Have you renewed your membership? For any queries please contact Mel on 8291 7994 or


Professional Leaders Program

Congratulations to everyone who has recently completed the 2016 Professional Leaders Program, we congratulate you on your hard work and dedication to the course throughout the year.

The 2016 participants who have also previously completed the Emerging Leaders Program have now obtained their University of Adelaide's Professional Management Certificate through the University of Adelaide:
  • Tomas Alves
  • Matthew Lawrence
  • Bethany Loates
  • Heath Newberry
  • Nicole Roberts
  • Ella Winnall
  • Darryl Whicker
Well done!

Save the date

Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Annual General Meeting

Thursday 20 October 2016
Enzo's Ristorante, Port Road Hindmarsh 

Notice of Meeting to be issued to members within the next few weeks.


Rural Management Challenge

Rural Management Challenge interview - Michelle James

In this interview we speak with City of Victor Harbor Communications Officer, Michelle James - who was a participant in the 2015 Rural Management Challenge.  Michelle tells us about the challenge, the benefits to the council, her own personal  experience and also shares a few tips....

Hi Michelle - thanks for speaking with us.

In 2015, City of Victor Harbor participated in the Rural Management Challenge.  Will your council enter a team for future Challenges?

Yes, definitely. Last year was the first time the City of Victor Harbor had entered a team in the Rural Management Challenge for a number of years. Our senior management team were really supportive and encouraging and have made a commitment to enter teams in future challenges.

read more of Michelle's interview.

view the short video interview with Michelle.

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



Happy retirement!

Congratulations and best wishes to Bronwyn Webster, Vice Chair of the LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network who has recently retired from her role at City of Charles Sturt.

Bronwyn, thank you for your dedication, contribution, support and humour.



We offer flexible, cost effective and value added part or full services at a fixed price, and are always ready to assist.

Please contact Heather Oliver -  State Manager SA or Rebecca Hunt – Manager Human Resource Consulting on 08 8100 7007.



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by


Nigel Morris

This month we speak with Nigel Morris, CEO of the District Council of Yankalilla.

With just over 6 months in this new role, it was a great time to catch up with Nigel to learn what challenges/benefits he has found working as a CEO in a rural council, having just come from a background as a GM in a metro council.  Nigel tells about his achievements in his first 6 months, his plans for the future, and much more...

Hi Nigel, thanks for speaking with us.

How long have you been the CEO at District Council of Yankalilla?

I started in December 2015.

What was your last Council? What roles did you have and how long were you there?

I was at the City of Burnside for 7 years, originally as the Manager of Information Systems in 2008 and then a series of GM roles, starting in 2009 with Corporate and Community under a two GM structure then in 2012 General Manager of Corporate Services under a three GM structure.

In the calendar year 2014 the three City of Burnside general managers undertook a rotation of roles.  Each rotation was for four months, in order for each GM to gain in-depth experience in the role and to ensure that the business of council continued uninterrupted.  The rotations initiative resulted in the Council receiving the LG Professionals SA award at both state and national level for Innovative Management Initiatives – Metropolitan Councils.

At the start of 2015 I permanently took up the role of GM Urban Services before leaving for Yankalilla at the end of the year.  I was also given many opportunities to perform acting duties as CEO including during the Burnside exciting times.

read more of Nigel's written interview.

view the short video interview with Nigel.



Industry Trends

Beware! Local government invoicing scam
Brisbane City Council scammers targeted five other Queensland local governments

Five regional Queensland councils have all been targeted by the same scammers who stole $450,000 from Brisban
e City Council, but no other council has lost any money.

Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, the Sunshine Coast, and Bundaberg regional councils have all confirmed they were approached by invoicing scammers. But all five councils detected the scam before cash was successfully stolen.

It was revealed this week Brisbane City Council made nine payments totalling more than $450,000 to the scammers, who had assumed the identity of an actual contractor.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has conceded it was unlikely the money would be recovered.

read more..

Sponsor Insight - LGRS

Interview with Tony Gray, Executive Manager, LGRS 

LGRS is a valued Corporate Partner of LG Professionals SA. For those who don’t know, what services do LGRS offer?

Local Government Risk Services (LGRS) was established to manage and service the insurance and risk management needs of local government in South Australia.

At LGRS we work with the sector, all 68 SA Councils, to develop and implement proactive systems and processes for risk management, claims management and risk transfer.

All of this is delivered through our mutual schemes – LGA Workers Compensation Scheme,  LGA Mutual Liability Scheme, Asset Mutual Fund and Income Protection Fund – and our Risk Consulting Services team.

LGRS also recently became the Principal Partner of Local Government Professionals Australia and the Principal Management Challenge Sponsor. What benefits do you see for Councils who enter a team in the challenge and would you recommend this as a valuable leadership opportunity?

LGRS is proud to be the Principal Partner of LG Professionals Australia. Given our strong relationship with all 68 Councils in SA it seems only fitting we support the sector in this way. Appropriately managing risk is a team effort which is why we strongly support this Challenge concept.

read more about Tony and his role..

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

Clare to Copper Coast

9,10,11 September

Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council together with District Council of Copper Coast are hosting the second Wine Wheels and Whiting annual bike ride.

To register for the Wine Wheels and Whiting annual bike ride between Clare and the Copper Coast, please click here.

There are three great rides to choose from as cyclists make their way from Clare all the way to Wallaroo on the Copper Coast. Or take part in the family ride through Wallaroo town centre and along the foreshore.

The weekend will begin with pre-dinner drinks at the Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre followed by a welcome dinner at the Clare Town Hall.

The ride will kick off in Clare at 8am on Saturday, September 10 and finish in Wallaroo from 10am to 5pm for a market and food stalls. Bookings:

Network News


Women's Network

We are pleased to announce Bobbi Pertini as the new Chair of the Women’s Network, and Michelle Bell as the new Vice Chair.

Bobbi Pertini is Manager People and Culture at the Yorke Peninsula Council and is an active member of LG Professionals SA having also been involved in the Emerging Leaders Program, Rural Management Challenge and HR Network.

Michelle Bell is the Building and Recreation Manager at Mount Barker District Council and is also involved on the Women’s Conference Committee.

The Women’s Network sincerely thanks Emma Morgan the previous Chair who has left local government for a role in the private sector. We also extend our sincere thanks to Cate Atkinson the previous Vice Chair who has been integral to the Network and was the Chair for a number of years and has provided leadership and direction for the Network.


Community Managers Network

We are pleased to announce the new Community Managers Network Committee!

We welcome the new Chair Terra Lea Ranson and Vice Chair Bronwyn Webster.

Terra Lea Ranson is Manager Community Capacity at City of Onkaparinga and has been an active member of the committee for several years as such we are excited to welcome her as the Chair.

Bronwyn Webster has taken the role of Vice Chair after three years as a passionate and committed Chair of the Committee. Bronwyn has recently retired from City of Charles Sturt and we are thrilled she can remain as Vice Chair of the Committee. We thank Bronwyn for her continued dedication to the Network.

Congratulations to all on the committee who were renominated or welcomed as new members recently, it is very exciting to have such a range of Councils represented:

  • Terra Lea Ranson, Chair, City of Onkaparinga
  • Bronwyn Webster,  Vice Chair
  • Celine Luya, City of Unley
  • Kylie Fergusen, City of Mitcham
  • Tracy Johnstone, City of Campbelltown
  • Caro Mader, Adelaide City Council
  • Ros Edwards, City of West Torrens
  • Robyn Dunstall, Mid Murray Council
  • Matthew Rose, Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Carla Leversedge, City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Reg Budarick, Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Cam Opie
  • Joanne Menadue, City of Salisbury
  • Vesna Haracic, City of Salisbury
  • Mandy Smith, City of Unley
  • Cheryle Gray, City of Charles Sturt
  • Colin Shackleford, Alexandrina Council

Tips and Ideas

5 Ways to get twice as much done every day (without working any longer or harder)

by Zig Ziglar

How can you get twice as much work done in a day—without working any longer or harder?

1. Get organized.

Start preparing for your day the night before. Write down the things you have to get done tomorrow. There is a very clever name for this: goal-setting. So you set your goals, then you get them organized in the order of their importance. Get the difficult and disagreeable things out of the way first.

Free your mind so you can concentrate on the rest of the list. Now you’re organized. You’re accepting responsibility. You’re making commitments.Don’t get stuck in an unhealthy daily grind. Here’s how to work 'me time' into your busy schedule.

read more…


Movers and Shakers

  • Stephanie Millard joined the City of Mitcham on 14 of June as Manager, People and Culture. She comes from the higher education sector but with a diverse range of experience in HR from various industries, both locally and internationally including architects, sales and manufacturing, professional services, local government, advertising and recruitment.

  • Kirsty Morgan has joined the Development & Environment Services Team at Mid Murray Council as Senior Building Officer (Council Buildings & Building Assessment). Kirsty was formerly employed as a Building Officer at The Barossa Council.

  • Totem Douangmala has joined the Development & Environment Services Team at Mid Murray Council as Building Officer (Building Rules Assessment). Totem was formerly employed as a Cadet Building Officer at Mount Barker District Council.

  • Jaya Pillay has commenced as Organisational Development Officer at Adelaide Hills Council. Jaya is new to local government, having been employed in administration in the health industry for the past 7 years but has a Bachelor in Management (Human Resource Management). 

  • Jacki Done has commenced at Adelaide City Council as Associate Director- People. Jacki was previously Manager Culture & People at City of Onkaparinga.

Congratulations to all!



Upcoming Events and Programs

General Managers/Director Network Forum: Pitching and Selling Ideas
Thursday 8 September 2016
Leadership Lab, Executive Education Unit
Please click here for more information and to register.

Rural Management Challenge
There’s still time to register! Get in the game and take on the Rural Management Challenge to be more effective in the way you …NEGOTIATE, THINK, LEAD, ANALYSE, COMMUNICATE, DECIDE & ENGAGE!

Thursday 13 October 2016
Clare Country Club

Click here for more information and to register. Don’t forget to also register for the Rural Challenge Dinner!

Community Managers Network Event: Hand Up not a Hand Out – Local Government Enabling Communities
Tuesday 25 October 2016
Thebarton Community Centre

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.
Registrations will open soon!

Women’s Network Conference 2016: Stand Out from the Crowd
Friday 28 October 2016
Morphettville Racecourse

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:
•    Dr Niki Vincent, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity – ‘Backing Yourself’
•    Emmah Money, Cystic Fibrosis Ambassador – ‘Against the Odds’
•    Alison Hancock, City of Onkaparinga – ‘My story’
•    Donny Walford, Bottom Line and Behind Closed Doors – ‘What are you waiting for?’
•    Jules Allen, ambassador for ‘Adopt Change’ – ‘Influencing positive change’

Click here for full program and to register.

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.



Emerging Leaders Program - Rural Module

As part of the Emerging Leaders Program participants undertake a full day module on exposure to the rural local government perspective.

Jon Leif Dy, City of Port Adelaide Enfield and Anthony Zollo, City of Charles Sturt from the rural module organising group share their thoughts on the day.

You were recently part of the ELP Rural Day organising group, responsible for the planning, development and implementation of a whole day workshop for participants.  What are some of the key ideas that you got out of this day and how did this experience assist your professional and personal development?

One of the key concepts taken from the day was how funding of rural councils was vastly different than metropolitan councils – due to the limited resources funding was spread more evenly and allowed for more multi-tasking  and collaboration between staff than the individualised (silo effect) metro councils experience.

Another memorable point of the day was the presentation by Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg, City of Onkaparinga who spoke about how councils can and should be more courageous, in particular, local government pushing up instead of all ideas and projects trickling down.

Employment opportunities are limited in rural areas so to see collaboration between councils and businesses to expand and improve the opportunities for their residents and region, reducing the need for people to relocate, was a positive sign.

As a team we meshed really well. Out timeline and scheduling were very much on target and the team were all conscious of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, helping to improve our team’s efficiency.

From a personal development view point,  both working with fellow participants as well as the experiences of the day gave a better understanding of my potential in a leadership role, to see things from varying perspectives and be confident in open discussion with others. In the short time I have been an ELP participant, I have become more confident in making decisions within a team environment.


New Members
  • Linda Allery, Corporation of the Town of Walkerville
  • Mike Brown, City of Onkaparinga
  • Mark Kwiatkowski, Corporation of the Town of Walkerville
  • Gary Lewis, Corporation of the Town of Walkerville
  • Teresa Nilsson, City of Campbelltown
  • Megan Sutherland, Adelaide Hills Council
Please make them feel welcome!

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LG Professionals Australia is pleased to announce a new partnership with the team at OurSay.

OurSay works closely with local government through their online community engagement platform, connecting decision-makers and communities to improve community dialogue, satisfaction and customer service.

This partnership will advance the sector’s use of digital tools to establish community licence and increase strategic engagement with members of the public, in alignment with the Federal Government’s digital strategy. It will also provide opportunity, through forums run on the OurSay platform, for local government practitioners to ask key questions of federal ministers.  

The first forum is First 100 Days in Government. Click here to raise your voice to shape the agenda in Canberra, and let the Federal Government know what matters to you as local government practitioners.


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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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