Issue 066
December 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
  • Jane Fetherstonhaugh

  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

This month there is much to recognise. 

A big congratulations and heartfelt thank you to Julie Siebentritt, our Finance Officer who will retire on 16 December.  Julie has managed our finance function reliably for six years and we will miss her caring nature and wonderful sense of humour, not to mention her baking.

One of our longest standing members, David Hitchcock, has also announced his retirement after serving local government for 40 years.  Personally, David was a great support to me in his role as Treasurer when I commenced and has always demonstrated a passion for supporting the regions and connecting our members through friendship and networks. David, you will be missed and we wish you well.

Congratulations to the 2016 Class of Emerging Leaders who graduated on Friday 9 December.  We wish them all the best over the holidays and in their careers and look forward to following their leadership journeys.

A fond farewell to Mayor Dave Burgess who concludes his term as LGA President this month. We have enjoyed our working relationship and shared aspirations for the future of the sector. Welcome Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg as incoming LGA President. We look forward to working together.

Don’t forget to take the time to consider nominating for a Leadership Excellence Award. The process of reflection and discernment about your successes is enriching in itself.

Finally, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All. We look forward to seeing you at one of our many events in 2017.



Merry Christmas from the LG Professionals, SA team!


News Flash!

Emerging Leaders Program

The Prospectus for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program is available here, with registrations opening on 23 January 2017.


Leadership Excellence Awards 2017

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

Entries close Friday 20 January 2017.

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.  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.

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

Don’t let them get a head start- register your team today! The Pre-Challenge Task will be released on Thursday 15 December and early bird registrations close on Friday 16 December 2016!

13 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
  • Adelaide City Council
  • City of Burnside
  • City of Marion
  • City of Salisbury 
  • City of Charles Sturt

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.



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by


Jane Fetherstonhaugh, Deputy CEO at the District Council of Grant. 

This month we speak with Jane Fetherstonhaugh, Deputy CEO at the District Council of Grant. 

Jane tells us about her role at the District Council of Grant and also provides some insight into the program that won the LG Professionals, SA Award for Leadership in Community Services in 2016, the Geared2Drive program.

Hi Jane, thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?

My role as Deputy CEO at the District Council of Grant is fairly diverse, being a smaller council it means there is plenty of variety.

My role covers most of the corporate service functions including customer service, rates, payroll, records, finance and ITC.  I also look after community services including youth, tourism, events, sport and recreation. As part of my role I oversee the management of the Port MacDonnell Community Complex which encompasses a library, visitor information centre, gallery, museum, banking, rural transaction centre, Service SA and other government services.

read more..



Industry Trends

Benchmarking of major cities coming in 2017
The Commonwealth has announced that it will evaluate the performance of Australia’s major cities to improve decision making on city development.

Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor said that a new National Cities Performance Framework would be developed in 2017 to assist the Federal Government to target smart cities policy and allow the public to see how cities were progressing.

In an address to the Committee for Sydney, Assistant Minister Taylor also announced the formation of a new Cities Reference Group to assist with inquiries on City Deals and the publishing of feedback on the Government’s Smart Cities Plan launched earlier in the year.

“The new year will see a continuing strong focus by the Federal Government on improving the functioning of our cities – our capitals, outer suburbs and our regional cities."

read more..

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

100 years of Local Government in Paringa

On Sunday 20 November Paringa celebrated 100 years of local government at the Renmark Paringa Community Museum in Paringa. The Museum itself is interactive and allows visitors to move around at their own leisure with many stations set up with interesting facts about the Region.

The event, although hot, (40 degrees) was a great success.

District Council of Paringa staff and elected members attended and shared their stories from their time on the Council and more than 400 guests attended. The event included live entertainment and treasure hunts for kids.

The District Council of Paringa was amalgamated with Renmark in 1996 to form Renmark Paringa Council and the last General Manager of the Paringa District Council, Neil Martinson, is now Renmark Paringa Council’s Mayor. 


Sponsor Insight - Statewide
Merry Christmas from your local industry fund

Statewide Super has had a big year. Not only has our default MySuper option ranked 1st in Australia over the three years to 30 June 2016 with an investment return of 10.42%pa*, but this year we also celebrated our 30th birthday!

It is amazing to think that from our humble beginnings in 1986, the fund has grown to manage over $6.5 billion in funds under management for our 140,000 member accounts. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We sincerely thank LG Professionals, SA for their support and loyalty over the years and we wish all of our Statewide Super members a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

*SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.


Network News


General Managers Network

25 members of the General Managers / Directors Network met for their closing forum of the year on Wednesday 30 November at the Edinburgh Hotel.

They explored the challenges and opportunities of corporate planning which was followed by a facilitated network session where they highlighted key areas of focus for GM’s in the new year.

Thank you to all who contributed to the session and throughout the year.


Community Managers Network

NDIS – are you ready for the reform?

Save the Date - 8 February 2017

LG Professionals, SA Community Managers Network are presenting a once off opportunity to assist SA councils inform their decision making around how they will deliver services for people with a disability under the NDIS.

The program will include speakers presenting the experiences of Victorian councils and local area coordinators who are now delivering services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. With the 2016 roll out very close for South Australia this is the time to get an update from councils and provider from interstate and also from speakers covering both the State and Federal Government perspectives.

The full program will be circulated shortly with registration details – save the date, this will be a popular event.


HR Network

On Tuesday 29 November the HR Network held a forum hosted by Alexandrina Council, centred on the theme of workforce planning. We heard from a range of guest speakers on topics such as the benefits of trainee programs, managing older workers and transition to retirement as well as workforce planning strategies. This was followed by group discussion on improving workforce planning strategies in our own councils.

Recently calling for nominations for the committee, the newly formed HR Network Committee met for the first time and voted in the Chair and Vice Chair positions. Congratulations to Sallyann Shearer, Adelaide City Council, the new Chair and to Sarah Kay, Alexandrina Council, the new Vice Chair. Congratulations and welcome to our new committee members Anne Pett and Michelle Mayger. If you have any questions about the HR Network forums or committee, please contact Sallyann on


Leadership Capability Framework

A Leadership Capability Framework has been developed to enable councils to work collaboratively and have a common understanding of the capabilities and the behaviours that support and develop those capabilities, required at all levels of leadership.

A resource for engaging with the different categories of leadership within a council it provides a transparent framework with the types of capabilities and behaviours that would be reasonably expected of a person within each of the leadership categories.

The Framework has the potential to link to broader human resource and organisation development objectives including employee attraction, recruitment, development, performance assessment and retention through the articulation of specific behaviours and performance outcomes.

This framework was developed by Executive Education, University of Adelaide on behalf of Local Government Professionals Australia, SA and was financed by a grant from the Local Government Association.

Click here for further information and to receive a copy.


Appsolutely great Apps for you to try

Track Santa on Google!

Use Google Santa Tracker to follow Santa Claus on Google Maps as he makes his journey around the world.

read more..


Movers and Shakers

  • Celine Luya has commenced as Manager Community Services at City of West Torrens. Celine was previously at City of Unley. 

  • Jason Kuchel has commenced as Chief Executive Officer at Wakefield Regional Council.
    Best of luck for your new roles!



Tips and Ideas

Some tips to chill out at Christmas

So you’ve put up the Christmas tree and lights, bought all your presents and now it's time to kick back and relax at Christmas.

However as we all know, it’s always a hard time trying to unwind as there’s so much to do and so much to think about.

Check out Lifehacker's guide to the perfect Christmas.

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Upcoming Events and Programs

Professional Leaders Program
Register now 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

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

Masterclass: Responding to Community Feedback- The Art of Risk Communication
Thursday 23 February 2017
City of Charles Sturt

This workshop is part of the Engaging Citizens in Local Government 2016/17 Series. Click here to download Brochure.

Click here to register.

Annual State Conference- Outside the Box


DON'T MISS OUT! REGISTER EARLY- This conference will sell out!
Friday 24 February 2017
Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Earlybird Promotion - register by Wednesday 18 January 2017 to be entered into the draw to win one of three free registrations to the event (either be reimbursed or bring a colleague- your choice!)

Book a table of 8 and save $’s!

Click here for full program and to register.

Workshop: Engaging Citizens in Local Government- Communicating the value of the local government cause
Wednesday 29 March 2017
City of Mitcham

This workshop is part of the Engaging Citizens in Local Government 2016/17 Series. Click here to download Brochure.

Click here to register

Workshop: Going from Opinion to Ownership- Designing online engagement for decision making
Wednesday 29 March 2017
City of Mitcham

This workshop is part of the Engaging Citizens in Local Government 2016/17 Series. Click here to download Brochure.

Click here 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.



Recent Events

Ultimate Life Planning workshop
24 women attended the Ultimate Life Planning workshop on 24 November at the Monastery. The day was full of goal setting and sharing. The workshop was very motivating amongst supportive women, leaving most feeling uplifted and ready to tackle new goals in 2017.

Engaging Citizens workshops- December 2016
1 December saw our Engaging Citizens in Local Government series kick off at City of Prospect.  The group gained an understanding of key trends in social media and online and were provided with some interstate examples of where councils had successfully engaged their communities using new principles and thinking. The second workshop for the day expanded on the first, with participants provided with strategies for framing issues and how to communicate online.

Not only was it great to hear from Matthew Gordon, the facilitator, but also the participants from various councils who shared feedback on their community engagement practices.

“Thought provoking, informative, relevant and practical” were just a few of the words used to explain the day. If you haven’t yet registered for the workshops in March do so quickly as they will sell out!



Register Now!

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.


Emerging Leaders Program

On Friday 9th December, a special event was held at the Ibis to celebrate the conclusion of the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program. 

CEOs, General Managers, LG Professionals SA Board Members and special guests joined the Class of 2016 to listen to their presentation on the topic ‘Local Government, Efficient Enough?’

A graduation ceremony was then followed by celebratory drinks.  This year’s cohort comprised of 28 Emerging Leaders from councils large and small, near and far. When reflecting on their program year, Emerging Leaders identified that through the program they have learned to:
  • Appreciate the value of diversity
  • Challenge their perspectives of what leadership is
  • Be mindful of different personalities
  • Suspend judgement
  • Trust others
  • Take a rational perspective and be aware of their assumptions and interpretations
  • Be aware of social systems and their role in them
  • Start experimenting with the tools and strategies they have learned.
We thank all senior management who support their people to do this program and we congratulate the Class of 2016 and wish you well in your leadership journey.  The sector is in good hands.

The 2016 graduates of the Emerging Leaders Program are:
  • Ashleigh Atze, Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Jaimi Bradshaw, City of Onkaparinga
  • James Brennan, City of Burnside
  • Andrew Chown, Light Regional Council
  • Stephanie Coughlin, Renmark Paringa Council
  • Leanne Davis-King, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Jon Leif Dy, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Morgan Ellingham, City of Campbelltown
  • Gene Fong, City of Prospect
  • Lauren Grant, Adelaide City Council
  • Ben Grant, City of Burnside
  • Daniel Griffin, Yorke Peninsula Council
  • Mark Huxtable, City of Charles Sturt
  • Tim  Jarrett, Alexandrina Council
  • Anthony Kalogerinis, City of Burnside
  • Sheridan Kempton, Alexandrina Council
  • John Mason, City of Onkaparinga
  • James Mitchell, City of Onkaparinga
  • Amber Nancarrow, District Council of Yankalilla
  • Jayne Preece, City of Mitcham
  • Heather Schinckel, Kingston District Council
  • Jo Smith, City of Holdfast Bay
  • Kate Staples, City of Burnside
  • Nicholas Tallerida, City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Sean Teelow, City of Playford
  • Thuyen Vi-Alternetti, City of Salisbury
  • Emma Watkins, City of Onkaparinga
  • Anthony Zollo, City of Charles Sturt
The Emerging Leaders program for 2017 has now been launched, and details are available here.


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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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