Issue 065
November 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
  • Ella Winnall

  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

I hope you enjoy this edition of Leaders Connect. In particular I would like to highlight the Call for Nominations for our Leadership Excellence Awards.

Be quick to register for our recently launched Annual Conference. We are very excited about both the theme and the speakers! ‘Outside the Box’ thinking is something we all know we need, but in the constant realm of being busy it can be difficult to open our minds or draw on the inspiration or perspective to make this possible.

We have been lucky enough to secure the great magician and motivational speaker Vinh Giang, along with Dr Fiona Kerr who will help us understand how to re wire our brains. 

It is also a fabulous networking event, so make a commitment to yourself and put it in your diary now.

Happy silly season to all!



News Flash!

2017 Local Government Professionals Australia, SA STATE CONFERENCE


Friday 24 February 2017 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre

DON'T MISS OUT! REGISTER EARLY- This conference will sell out!

We are very pleased to invite you to attend our 2017 State Conference ‘Outside the Box’ tailored specifically for local government professionals. This year’s event will delve into and explore topics such as – anything is possible, megatrends: the new citizen, how to think like an entrepreneur and changing our minds – how great leaders rewire brains, all designed to encourage you to think outside the box.   Click here to read the fantastic full program!

There is something for everyone with an excellent line up of speakers!

Early Bird Promotion ends in January!

Register by 5pm Friday 18 January 2017 and you will be entered into the draw to win one of three free registrations to this event. Either bring a colleague or be reimbursed – your choice.

If you have any further questions about the program, please contact Rhiannon Grebenshikoff on 82917990 or by email


Leadership Excellence Awards 2017

Call for Nominations for the 16th Annual Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Leadership Excellence Awards

This program recognises outstanding achievement and innovation in local government.  The association is pleased to present a program that not only recognises excellence but contributes to the advancement and improvement of local government as a sector.

If your council hasn’t nominated for an award in previous years you are strongly encouraged to do so.  In 2017 our aim is to see all councils in South Australia represented in the nomination process – no matter how small you might think your project is - we still want to hear about it. Nominating for an award is an excellent way to recognise staff and councils achievements and provides you with an opportunity to share and celebrate with other councils.

We would also like to draw your attention to a new category that we have introduced 'Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration'.

Categories for the 2017 Awards are:
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • 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)

Click here to access the online nomination form and the Call for Nominations Brochure.


2017 Australasian Management Challenge

8 teams are already registered! 

  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • City of Holdfast Bay
  • City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters
  • City of West Torrens
  • Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • Alexandrina Council
  • City of Tea Tree Gully

Don’t let them get a head start - register your team today!

Is your council up for the challenge?  We believe you are and so do the many thousands of past participants.

If your council hasn’t entered a team before – then 2017 is the year to do so.  The Management Challenge has had a facelift and has a brand new look and feel – we are excited about the changes and can’t wait for you to see them!

There is plenty of information available for teams considering putting in a team for the first time –  you can download ‘Getting Started’ and ‘Information for Composite Team’ and ‘Rural Subsidy Information’ from the home page of the Management Challenge website. 

If you would like more information you can download a brochure and any other information you need from the website -

The South Australian Regional Management Challenge will be held on 15/16 March 2017 at Morphettville Racecourse and the Australasian Management Challenge will be held in Tasmania from 22-24 May 2017.

So what are you waiting for?  Register a Team Now! Early bird Registrations close Friday 16 December 2016.


LGFA Value proposition: What we do for local government.

The Local Government Finance Authority (LGFA) is an important part of the South Australian local government community.  We were established in different economic times; however have remained relevant because we still provide competitive products to our members.

Why deposit your surplus funds with the LGFA?

  • We pay competitive market interest rates;
  • We benchmark our deposit and investment rates to the 4 major banks; and
  • Absolute security, the State Government of South Australia guarantee all of your deposits held with the Authority.

The LGFA then uses Council Deposits, External Borrowings and LGFA reserves to fund loans to Councils and Prescribed Bodies around our State. Every dollar we source from the sector is a dollar we don’t need to borrow externally.

Click here to read more.



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by


Ella Winnall, Berri Barmera Council 

This month we speak with Ella Winnall, Community Services Co-ordinator at Berri Barmera Council.

Ella is a recent graduate of both the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and the Professional Leaders Program (PLP).  She also won the Emerging Leader of the Year Award at the LG Professionals, SA 2016 Leadership Excellence Awards.

Ella shares her views about tourism in Berri Barmera, her experiences with the LG Professionals, SA Programs and why she enjoys working in the sector.

Hi Ella, thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
I am the Community Services Coordinator (Tourism & Transport) for the Berri Barmera Council. I manage our Berri Visitor Information Centre, the Riverland Community Transport and generally all things tourism & transport in the district.

Where were you before? (i.e. what is your work background/career path so far)
I started out at council in 2008 in what was supposed to be a gap year after finishing high school. It was supposed to be a casual tourism officer job doing a few days a week at the visitor information centre. Local government quickly took a hold of me and I moved around the organisation quite a bit until this role came up which has been fantastic for me.

read more..



Industry Trends

Doing more with less - resource sharing in Tasmania

What’s the best way forward for councils when they are expected to do more with less?

With pressure to drive efficiencies and economies, often with constrained income levels, councils need to be creative about how to simultaneously achieve savings and improved service levels.

While State government policies across Australia have been focusing on council amalgamations,  two sets of councils in North West Tasmania have been able to demonstrate efficiencies and increased strategic capacity through resource sharing.

read more..

Sponsor Insight - McArthur

What is Local Government LIFE App? 

McArthur has been developing a mobile app for measuring staff engagement/satisfaction throughout the year (monthly), rather than just on an annual or bi-annual basis. We have decided to launch a Local Government Pilot of our Version 1 product.

How does it work?  
  • Council staff download the free App
  • They initially provide basic non-identifiable demographic information i.e. Years of service, gender, age range, department, job classification etc.
  • Each month they answer 7 questions using a five point rating scale via the App – we estimate this will take staff 2-3 minutes.
  • The questions are based on the research around staff engagement i.e. recognition; progression; feeling supported etc.
  • The process is completely confidential and reporting is aggregated.
  • In real time, a report is generated each month for Council (e.g. the GM/Director and People & Culture) providing an index for each domain/question regarding how staff are feeling.
  • Reporting will provide a chart tracking progress each month and can be sliced and diced by the demographic information. E.g. if the index shows up a problem in a domain (e.g. recognition for staff in their first two years of service), Council can focus their efforts on that area to try and work out what is happening and how it can be rectified.

Please click here to read more.


Network News


Women's Network

The Women’s Network Committee is pleased to note that nominations for the Women’s Network are currently open until early December.

Please visit the Women’s Network page here for further details of events and committee nomination details.


Out and about in SA

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

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters ‘Beulah Road Bicycle Boulevard’ Project has received the Hard Won Victory accolade and a commendation from the Minister for Planning, in the 2016 Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) SA Awards for Planning Excellence.

The annual PIA Awards for Planning Excellence demonstrate leading practice, leadership and achievement in planning and the planning profession. The Hard Won Victory category award is conferred to a planning initiative, effort or leadership that has resulted in positive planning outcomes in the face of difficult circumstances.

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria, said the Council was proud to be acknowledged in the prestigious annual PIA Awards for its efforts in planning a major infrastructure project for broad community benefit.

Click here to read the full media release.

A big congratulations to all PIA (SA) Commendation and Award Winners! To see the full list please click here.

South Australia was also represented at the National PIA Awards earlier this year, with City of Onkaparinga receiving the Hard Won Victory Award for the Frank Hilton Landfill Remediation Project.

Once used to store unsightly landfill, Maslin Beach’s Frank Hilton Reserve is now a picturesque play space favoured by families.
The council project that managed its transformation was awarded the ‘Hard Won Victory’ prize at the 2016 Planning Institute of Australia’s annual awards – a nod to the innovative problem-solving it required.

City of Onkaparinga Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg said council overcame a range of environmental and economic issues over seven years to deliver an outcome that enhances the area.

Click here to read more.

Appsolutely great Apps for you to try

Think outside the box - train your brain with some smart thinking apps

Train your brain to seek creative solutions to problems.  Like exercising your body, exercising your brain can keep it 'match fit'.

Here's a short list of some great apps for you to use to keep your mind sharp.

read more..


Movers and Shakers

Campbelltown City Council have 3 staff who have joined them recently:

• Willie Wong, Design Engineer. Willie was formerly employed at City of Mitcham.
• Jasmin Strickland, Library Team Leader, Children and Youth Services. Jasmin was previously at City of Onkaparinga.
• Amanda Akers, Development Support Officer. Amanda was previously in the private sector in the building industry.

The District Council of Loxton Waikerie have a new Waikerie District Visitor Information Centre in their Waikerie Branch Office and have recently appointed the following staff members:

• Jayme Koch, Tourism Coordinator. Jayme was working as a journalist for a local newspaper (Murray Pioneer/Taylor Group newspapers) and with her knowledge of the district and passion for Waikerie and tourism she is the perfect fit for this position.
• Katrina Webber, PPT Tourism Officer. Katrina is currently employed at Council as a part time Library and Customer Service Officer and has now taken on some additional duties as a Tourism Officer. Katrina has years of CS experience and is a great addition to this area.
• Katherine Stanley, Casual Tourism Officer. Katherine has recently moved to the area and was looking for some casual work so with her customer service and travel experience this position suits her well.
• Scott Perry, Casual Tourism Officer. Scott has always lived in Waikerie and was looking for some extra exciting work in this area. Scott is a member of the local Historical Society and has been a volunteer in the tourism industry so was keen to join the Tourism team.

The District Council of Yankalilla has welcomed Andrew (Andy) Baker, Chief Operations Officer who started with them in October 2016. Andrew was previously with Advam trading as Equard Pty Ltd as Group Manager of sales and engineering team.

The District Council of Karoonda East Murray has welcomed Katrina Fromm, Manager Corporate Services who started with them in October 2016. Katrina was formally the Senior Finance Officer with the Coorong District Council.

Best of luck for your new roles!



Tips and Ideas - Inputs, Outputs and Outcomes

These terms are widely used when describing the business of local government. 

Annual reports, business plans and grant applications are all required to illustrate the impact of various council programs and activities on the community. But often the terms used to describe these impacts get mixed-up.

Here's a quick guide to help you with your next document.

Click here to read more.

Emerging Leaders Program

As part of the Emerging Leaders Program participants undertake a module on sustainability in local government.

Jayne Preece, City of Mitcham from the module organising group shares her thoughts on the day.

You were recently part of the ELP Sustainability module organising group, responsible for the planning, development and implementation of a session 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?

Please click here to read more.


Professional Leaders Program

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Professional Leaders Program which will once again be co-delivered with the University of Adelaide’s Executive Education.

This program is the next step from the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) or for local government professionals wanting to move forward in their leadership career.  

The Professional Leaders Program is designed to develop analytical capabilities through four modules in the areas of:

  • Strategic Management – presented by Steve Nayda
  • Operational Excellence – presented by Max Zornada
  • Finance Management – presented by David Murphy
  • The Context of Local Government – presented by LG Professionals, SA

”A reinforcing, enlightening and educational experience that anyone aspiring to executive level should attend”.  

“I really enjoyed the course, particularly meeting people from rural councils and understanding their issues.  I am also really happy to have made friends that I will keep in contact with even now that the course has finished”. 

Applications close 5.00pm on Tuesday 20 December unless capacity is reached earlier. 

Please click here for prospectus.

Have questions? Please contact Melanie Winter on 8291 7994 or



Upcoming Events and Programs

GM / Directors Network Forum and End of Year Lunch
Wednesday 30 November 2016
The Edinburgh Hotel, 1-7 High Street, Mitcham
Click here for more information.

Engaging Citizens in Local Government 2016/17 Series
Do you want to expand your communication skills and engage with residents and communities online?

Click here to download brochure.

First in the series: two workshops to be held on 1 December 2016

Workshop 1 (9.30am to 12.30pm)
Engaging Citizens in Local Government:
Communicating the value of the local government cause.

Workshop 2 (1.30pm to 4.30pm)
Going from Opinion to Ownership:
Designing online engagement for decision making.

“Worthwhile and provided a broad, new approach toward community engagement”

“Interactive, intelligent, inspirational”

“Great! Felt inspired and more confident to lead change in this space at work”

2016 Emerging Leaders Program Presentation and Graduation
Friday 9 December 2016
Ibis Hotel, Think Tank Room, Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Click here for more information and to register

Annual State Conference- Outside the Box
Friday 24 February 2017
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Click here for more information and to register.

2017 Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner
Friday 7 April 2017
Adelaide Entertainment Centre

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
  • Stephanie Millard, City of Mitcham
  • Grant Waldron, LGA SA
Please make them feel welcome!

  LG Professional Magazine

LG Professional digital magazine.

Click here to view the latest edition.



National Congress and Business Expo

A fresh perspective on leadership for the local government of today and tomorrow.
Registrations now open!

LG Professionals Australia is pleased to announce that the Australasian Management Challenge Finals will be held in conjunction with the LG Professionals Australia National Congress & Business Expo in 2017.

The carefully curated program will combine two of local governments’ most anticipated annual events in the one city, providing a fresh perspective on leadership, both within and beyond the local government sector.

Please click here for program.

For more information please click here.


Recent Events

Community Managers Network Event: Hand Up not a Hand Out – Local Government Enabling Communities

The 2016 Community Managers Network Conference was held 25 October at the Thebarton Community Centre.

The 55 participants learned how councils are reducing inequality through building resilient and engaged communities.

At the close of the day each participant made a commitment to action through writing a letter to themselves that detailed what they would do differently, what they would stop and what they would keep differently.

Click here to read more.

Working with Communities Workshop

Our second one day Induction Workshop, held on 10 November at Adelaide City Council attracted 17 new and long term, rural and urban senior managers and practitioners.

"It was great to learn how Community Development theory is applied through different projects and contexts”…."Guest speakers made it all real – with honesty about the trials and tribulations…", "it was totally relevant to my role..."

This exciting program drew on resources including e-links and videos in the Working with Communities in Local Government e-kit, available on our website.

Click here to read more.

Women’s Network Conference 2016: Stand Out from the Crowd

The Women’s Network presented the 7th Annual Women’s Conference on Friday 28 October, welcoming a record 200 local government professionals to the event at Morphettville Racecourse.

The conference was titled ‘Stand out from the Crowd’ and guests experienced a day of inspiration, networking and learning, hearing from speakers including Dr Niki Vincent SA Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, Jules Allen, Mia Handshin, Alison Hancock, Emmah Money and Donny Walford.


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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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