Issue 063
September 2016

  • A word from the CEO
  • News Flash
  • Leadership Excellence
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  • Kate Staples

  • AGM
  • Community Managers Network Event
  • Women's Network Conference
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

I have just returned from a week in New Zealand visiting our sister association SOLGM and learning more about what services they offer their members and participating in their annual conference. 

Though I didn’t go with any preconceived expectations, I was surprised at how similar we are and have returned very inspired.  While our programs and events continue to sell out, there is so much more we can and will do to support you all as you use your talents and skills to serve our communities.  Watch this space!

To our members, please don’t forget to register to attend our AGM on 20 October so we can ensure a quorum. 

Registration details can be found in the newsletter below. A special thanks to those of you who have nominated for Board positions – a great sign of your dedication to your Association and enthusiasm for the sector.

Best of luck to the record number of teams - eleven!! - participating in the Rural Management Challenge on 13 October. It is great to see some new team’s participating for the first time- I am sure you will find it to be a beneficial experience. I look forward to seeing you all in Clare for a fun, inspiring and competitive day full of learning, strategy and celebration!

Finally, a special thank you to Jane Trotter who is resigning from the Board at the AGM after eleven years of service, including a term as President and a term as Treasurer. 

Jane has also served on the National Board for 6 years, as Chair of the GM Network and as a committee member for the Women’s Network. Jane’s availability and support to me as CEO has been invaluable and I wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

Until next month!




News Flash!

Good luck to the record number of 11 teams who will be participating in this year’s Rural Management Challenge on Thursday 13 October!

Teams participating this year are:
  • Coorong District Council
  • Wattle Range Council
  • District Council of Franklin Harbour
  • Regional Council of Goyder
  • Port Augusta City Council
  • City of Victor Harbor
  • Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council
  • Mid Murray Council
  • District Council of Orroroo Carrieton
  • Northern Areas Council

Leadership Excellence Awards 2017

Time to start thinking about nominating!

The Call for Nominations for the 16th Annual Leadership Excellenc
e Awards will open soon- it is time to start thinking about nominating! The 2017 awards recognise achievements up until 31 December 2016.

Categories for the 2017 Awards will be:
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Sector
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Innovative Management Initiatives
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development
  • Leadership in Community Services
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
  • Excellence in Risk Management
  • Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure and Asset Management
  • Excellence in Strategic Financial Decision Making
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration (New Award for 2017)

Welcome Lauren!

We recently welcomed Lauren Moore to the team at LG Professionals SA as our new Marketing and Communications Officer. 

Lauren joins the team with extensive graphic design and marketing experience and is looking forward to meeting everyone and expanding her knowledge of the local government sector.


Stand Out from the Crowd!

The theme of this year's Women's Conference is 'Stand Out from the Crowd' - easy to say but how do you actually do that?

It's not rocket science - being yourself may be just the answer.


Be Yourself - 6 Ways to Stand out from the Crowd

You give your best, perform well and hope it gets you noticed, but while good performance is important and critical to advancing your career; unfortunately, it’s not always enough.

Many of your peers are doing great work as well. You have to do, have, be something more than that to stand out from the crowd.

How do you make sure people remember you? How do you make a solid, lasting impression? What makes you different and how can you stand out from all the rest?

A massive difference isn’t required, but a noticeable one is. Often the simplest differentiation can be the key to establishing your brilliance.

read more..


Spring into Fashion!

The theme for this year's Women's Conference is 'Stand Out from the Crowd' and the conference venue is Morphettville Racecourse.  Not surprisingly then, the dress code is 'Spring Carnival' so here are some fashion tips and ideas from Jane Trotter, Personal Stylist.

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Styling your outfit for spring racing

As the warmer weather approaches so does spring racing season. Whether you are heading to Melbourne to attend the ultimate event on the Australian racing calendar, going to a local Melbourne Cup event or attending Adelaide race events such as Polo in the Park its time to start thinking about your spring racing outfit.
The acceptable trends to wear to the races each season can be quite confusing and the amount of choice available to us can be overwhelming.

Traditionally for women spring racing fashion is about being lady-like, feminine and sophisticated. If you take this approach to putting together your outfit you can’t go wrong.

read more..



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by


Kate Staples

This month we speak with Kate Staples, People and Culture Business Partner, City of Burnside.

Kate has recently moved into this role so explains how she has approached the transition from a background in records management. 

Kate is also currently participating in the Emerging Leaders Program, so she also shares her thoughts on how that program will support her current and future roles in local government.

 Hi Kate - thanks for speaking with us.

Tell us about your role at City of Burnside - what does it involve?
As People & Culture Business Partner I liaise with business units across Council to share information, challenges and opportunities. I help to establish improvements and solutions that get the best out of our employees and assist them in meeting Council’s strategic objectives.

This year we’ve launched a new Performance Development and Review program, an eLearning system, electronic induction program, new corporate values, various employee development programs and culture change initiatives.

Where did you start and how long have you been in local government?
Straight after high school I somewhat accidentally ended up with a job interview at the City of Port Adelaide Enfield for a Records Trainee role. At the time I had no idea what the place was, no idea what Council did and it sounded a little bit like I was going to work in a dark basement! I worked with a great team (not in a basement), completed my traineeship then went onto the City of Burnside.

I’ve been at the City of Burnside for the past 9 years and held the position of Team Leader Records for 5 of those. Working in records was a great opportunity to learn about the different facets of Council and it inspired me to branch out. Following a secondment opportunity in People & Culture last year, I saw new opportunities and challenges and here I am.

read more..



Industry Trends

Bigger is not always better
Do mergers make for better councils? The evidence is against ‘bigger is better’ for local government

Those opposed to forced municipal mergers have reason to be sceptical of NSW Premier Mike Baird’s promises that it will improve councils' performance.

Hard-pressed ratepayers in New South Wales and Queensland need no reminding of the perils of municipal amalgamation. NSW experienced a sharp dose of forced mergers in 2004. Queenslanders underwent draconian council consolidation under the Beattie government in 2008.

NSW is now on the cusp of a further round of mergers being inflicted on unwilling councils.

In all three cases, the architects of compulsory amalgamation have been under the sway of the dogma that 'bigger is better' in local government. Ratepayers are told amalgamation will herald a new dawn of lower rates, cheaper services, improved service quality, enhanced financial viability and superior administration and planning.

In NSW, the Baird government has especially emphasised the financial advantages of municipal amalgamation. These claims are typically presented as the outcome of careful research and deliberation.

read more..

Sponsor Insight - Statewide Super
In this month's Sponsor Insight we chat with Darren Wunderer, Senior Relationship Manager at Statewide.

Hi Darren - thanks for speaking with us.

Statewide are a valued Corporate Partner of LG Professionals SA. For those who don’t know, what services do Statewide offer to clients?

StatewideSuper is the local industry fund based in South Australia with more than $6.5 billion dollars in funds under management, looking after the super savings of over 140,000 members and working with 18,000 employers in SA, NT and beyond.

We provide tailored, appropriate and cost effective super support and advice to our local government members and employers. In addition we have a history of strong investment returns, provide competitive insurance cover and our fees are kept as low as possible.

read more

The biggest conference you've probably never heard of

Habitat 111

More than 25,000 delegates will meet in Quito, Ecuador, in October to set out the United Nations' New Urban Agenda for member states. The Habitat III conference will mandate the UN’s work in cities and settlements for the next 20 years. But Australia, one of the world’s most urbanised nations, is yet to play a major role in negotiations.

If you haven’t heard of the Habitat conference series, you’re not alone. Steered by one of the UN’s smaller organisations – UN-Habitat – it is the key negotiation process within the UN for planning the development of cities and human settlements.

Unlike the annual 'Conference of the Parties' held by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, these events take place only once every 20 years. The Habitat conference has been held twice previously: in Istanbul in 1996 a
nd in Vancouver in 1976.

read more..

Network News


Women's Network

The LG Professionals SA Women’s Network has recently completed its Strategic Plan. 

You can access the Strategic Plan and Terms of Reference here.



TEDx Adelaide tickets now on sale!

One of our members, Nathaniel Mason (City of Tea Tree Gully, formerly Barossa Council) is involved with the upcoming Tedx Adelaide event - so we thought we'd ask him a few questions about it to find out what's in it for local government professionals.

Hi Nathaniel - please tell us about Tedx!

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading where leading thinkers and members of our communities have a platform to share their ideas. TED started as a 4 day conference in California 30 years ago, with TEDx running as locally organised events supporting individuals or groups in hosting TED-style events around the world. Through TEDx Adelaide we are helping Adelaide innovators, activists and thinkers to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
What do our readers need to know?
TEDxAdelaide 2016 is on Thursday 20 October 2016 from 2:00pm – 8:00pm. This year's theme is 'Metamorphosis' and will be held at the Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Street, Adelaide.
TEDxAdelaide 2016 is set to be the biggest and most diverse TEDx event in Adelaide to date. With a focus on deep transformation, the speakers you will hear, connections you will make and the event experience are sure to inspire you to develop and pursue ideas at the conference and in the future.
Tickets are available here now.
TEDxAdelaide is available to follow on social media;

Facebook -
Twitter -
Instagram -

How have you been involved in this event?
I have been a long time follower of TED talks, gaining tremendous insight and inspiration from a variety of talks and topics available online in both professional and personal pursuits. I recently shared an article on LinkedIn about my experience -

Will there be any local government content?

Read more of our interview with Nathaniel...


IPAA National Conference

The IPAA 2016 National Conference with the key theme – Innovation through Collaboration -  is being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 20 and 21 October. The National Conference is a rare opportunity to engage with some of the nation’s leading political commentators and policy thinkers under one roof.

The conference will feature a number of local and national case studies looking at collaboration, innovation and design in policy and services.

The IPAA 2016 National Conference is a professional development opportunity for public sector employees.

Early bird prices are open until Monday 3 October so you are encouraged to register ASAP to take advantage of this. For all information please visit


Pokemon STOP?

Ever since Pokemon GO kicked off, the suburb of Rhodes, Sydney, has been a hotspot for Pokemon and their trainers.

It hasn’t been quite so popular with the area’s residents though, who at one point resorted to water bombing players.

The game’s popularity hasn’t diminished and neither has the flurry of activity around Rhodes.

So the council responsible for the area has gotten involved, petitioning developers Niantic to have two of the three most trafficked spots in the site removed.

Gary Sawyer, the general manager of City of Canada Bay Council, told Domain that the influx of players had created several practical issues for local government. According to the council, emergency services found it difficult to reach an apartment fire because of traffic congestion.

read more..


Finding it hard to sleep?  Try counting birds..

Make every bird count with the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

17-23 October 2016

National Bird Week 2016 will take place between Monday 17 October and Sunday 23 October.

The celebration of National Bird Week has its origins back in the early 1900s when 28 October was first designated by the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, as the first ‘Bird Day’.

BirdLife Australia organises and promotes Bird Week with the goal of inspiring Australians to take action and get involved in bird conservation efforts.

read more…

Appsolutely great Apps for you to try

WorldCard Mobile

WorldCard Mobile is a business card reader & business card scanner.

Manage your professional contacts with a simple app- scan hard copy business cards to your phone for easy reference!

Available for download on IPhone or Android through the App Store.

read more..


Movers and Shakers

  • Nathaniel Mason has commenced at City of Tea Tree Gully. Nathaniel was previously Solutions Architect, ICT Applications at The Barossa Council. 

  • Ebony Krumins has commenced at University of South Australia in a Human Resources role. Ebony was previously Learning & Development Support Officer at City of Salisbury.




Upcoming Events and Programs

Rural Management Challenge Dinner
Thursday 13 October 2016
Clare Country Club.
Click here to register

Annual General Meeting and Breakfast
Thursday 20 October 2016
Enzo’s Ristorante, Port Road Hindmarsh
Click here to register and for flyer

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.
Click here to register.

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 now 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.

Working with Communities Workshop
Thursday 10 November 2016
Adelaide City Council

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for anyone new to community services and development in local government or those from local government seeking growth in this area either for personal or professional development – staff from all departments welcome!
Participants of the last workshop expressed excellent feedback including:
  • “Workshop featured a good range of interesting speakers...”
  • “Speakers presented creative and practical examples...”
  • “Heard real world examples of community development at a strategic and management level in councils.”
  • “Great opportunity to network with other practitioners.”
Click here for registration and flyer.

If you have any questions about the workshop please call Mel on 8291 7994 or email

Ultimate Life Planning Workshop
Thursday 24 November 2016
The Monastery Function Centre

Click here for more information or 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 - Political Context

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

Stephanie Coughlin and Leanne Davis-King from the organising group shared their thoughts on the day.

You were recently part of the ELP Political Context Day organisi
ng group, responsible for the planning, development and implementation of a half day workshop for participants. 

What are some of the key ideas that you got out of this and how did this experience assist your professional and personal development?

Please click here to read their responses.


New Members
  • Janelle Arbon, Adelaide City Council
  • Colleen Atkinson, Adelaide City Council
  • Peter Auhl, Adelaide City Council
  • Daniel Bennett, Adelaide City Council
  • Kylie Bennetts, Adelaide City Council
  • Alex Brown, Adelaide City Council
  • Paul Brown, Adelaide City Council
  • Phil Burton, Adelaide City Council
  • Kathryn Calaby, Adelaide City Council
  • Tamara Charman, Adelaide City Council
  • Karen Crompton,  Adelaide City Council
  • Beth Davidson-Park, Adelaide City Council
  • Sharyn Delbridge, Adelaide City Council
  • Shanti Ditter, Adelaide City Council
  • Kate Eichner, Adelaide City Council
  • Michelle English, Adelaide City Council
  • Vanessa Godden, Adelaide City Council
  • Lauren Grant, Adelaide City Council
  • Mark Gray, Adelaide City Council
  • Katherine Harris, Adelaide City Council
  • Clive Hempel, Wakefield Regional Council
  • Matt Jorgensen, Adelaide City Council
  • Jason Kuchel, Wakefield Regional Council
  • Clare Loizou, Adelaide City Council
  • Steve Mathewson, Adelaide City Council
  • Tom McCready, Adelaide City Council
  • Sean McNamara, Adelaide City Council
  • Clare Mockler, Adelaide City Council
  • Angela Paleologos, Adelaide City Council
  • Mike Philippou, Adelaide City Council
  • Justin Robbins, Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Anne Rundle, Adelaide City Council
  • Ian Saunders, Adelaide City Council
  • Aaron Schroeder, Adelaide City Council
  • Stephen Smith, LGA
  • Jacci Templeton, Adelaide City Council
  • Sharee Trenerry, Adelaide City Council
  • Carolyn Wakefield, Yorke Peninsula Council
  • Sam Wellington, Adelaide City Council

Please make them feel welcome!


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Recent Events

LG Professionals SA Women’s Network Confidence and Assertiveness workshops

On 1 September 2016 Mount Barker District Council was host to 2 works
hops designed for women; Confidence & Assertiveness: Platforms for Effective Negotiations.  The workshop was first held at the City of Tea Tree Gully in May and it was so successful that morning and afternoon workshops were held at Mount Barker, with over 80 women from various Councils, rural and metro, attending.

To read more please click here.



Thank you to those who took part in our campaign, to ensure the voices of people working in local government around Australia are heard in Canberra.

LG Professionals Australia in unison with OurSay, created an online forum to gather and share suggestions from local government professionals on what practitioners need to be effective, and what the focus should be.

We will take the top questions and ideas to Canberra, direct to the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Fiona Nash.

Click here to read the responses.


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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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