Issue 067
February 2017

  • 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
  • Beth Davidson-Park

  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2017. I hope you all enjoyed some time off over the holidays.

Now school is back, traffic is back and our events season has just kicked off!

We had 300 people registered for our ‘Outside The Box’ conference- this is an all-time record and makes this the biggest LG Professionals conference in Australia!

We have also received an equal record number of award nominations which has set quite the task for our judging panel. Some categories had over 15 nominations! Congratulations to all the nominees - we are very excited about all of the fantastic projects and initiatives happening in our sector. Best of luck to all finalists!

I am also pleased to announce the launch of two new programs – Effective Change Management and Project Management. We have worked closely with the University of Adelaide and our members to ensure the content of these programs are tailored to the local government environment.

Lastly, thanks to the nearly 100 of you who attended our recent NDIS Forum – more info below. A special thanks to the Community Managers Network for all their work and vision in planning the event.

We are planning a short sharp and shiny follow up event for senior management to help you effectively navigate the roll out of reforms. Watch this space.



News Flash!

Gala Awards Dinner

Friday 7 April 2017
Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Don’t miss out – Register before Friday 10 March 2017.


Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by


Beth Davidson-Park, Director Operations, City of Adelaide. 

This month we speak with Beth Davidson-Park, Director Operations, City of Adelaide.

Before joining City of Adelaide in 2016, Beth worked for the City of Onkaparinga as General Manager for City Services followed by Corporate & Community Services.  She has also worked in the not-for-profit sector as General Manager Community & Housing for AnglicareSA and Director Strategy for Southern Cross Care (SA & NT). 

Beth has successfully applied and negotiated for federal and state funding for capital works and open space projects and negotiated partnering agreements with private, non-government and public sector agencies to deliver greater efficiencies and improved outcomes in a range of areas including capital development, aged care, graffiti management, youth development and community enterprise services.

Beth was also recently appointed to the board of Local Government Professionals Australia, SA as the President-Elect. (She will become the President at the next AGM in October 2017)

Hi Beth, thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
My current role is Director Operations for the City of Adelaide. This includes the planning, design and delivery of a range of large and complex projects throughout the city as well as the annual program of capital works and public realm maintenance regimes.

read more..



Industry Trends

Biblo Toyen - an 'Out of the box' Library
The Oslo youth library, Biblo Tøyen, is an incredible example of 'Out of the box' thinking.  Developed solely for young people it incorporates a whole range of innovative ideas, such as:
  • A desk made out of an old Tuk-Tuk?  Check.
  • A large wooden Elk?  Check.
  • Old Ski Lift Gondolas as a meeting spaces?  Check.
  • Oh – and a drone that flies over the book racks every night to read the RFID tags so the books can be easily located the next day?  Check.
And guess what - no Dewey Decimal system here.  Books are arranged by themes – so a book about real robot engineering could be right next to a science fiction book about robots.

Dewey would be horrified!  And Huey and Louie wouldn't be too happy either!  ;)

If you want to read about 'thinking outside the box' in a local library – here it is, in spades.  This library, developed solely for youth patrons (no adults allowed!) is an incredible piece of innovative thinking.

Read more here or view the short video here.

Sponsor Insight - Local Community Insurance Services

Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS) is a division of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Pty Limited.

For 10 years Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS) has worked closely with thousands of community groups and not-for-profits in Australia to manage their specific insurance needs.

LCIS believes communities thrive when people have the confidence to do what they love and live like they should. As a specialist insurance provider they protect the passions of community groups and not-for-profits with sounds advice and a selection of insurance covers to suit most groups.

This year LCIS have launched into 2017 with a new look and website which features:

read more..

If you have any questions about community insurance contact the LCIS Team on 1300 853 800 or via


Network News


Community Managers Network

The NDIS – ‘Is your council ready for the reform? Forum’ was held on Wednesday 8 February and attracted around 100 guests from local government.

During the forum, participants gained a greater understanding of a vast range of issues to be considered during the 2017 - beyond roll out of NDIS in South Australia. Many felt they walked away understanding a bit more about their role in the NDIS rollout.

Six guest speakers, four from interstate where NDIS is already rolled out spoke to the audience. Keynote speakers including Steve Ward from the City of Whittlesea (Victoria) and Evie Naufal from Disability Services Consulting, provided invaluable insight to the considerations for local government within the reform.

Their presentations are available online here.

We received excellent feedback about the forum and are working towards bringing further workshops to the sector to build on the learnings from the forum.

We thank all the guest speakers, guests, and the Local Government Access and Inclusion Network for inviting us to facilitate such a forum for the sector.


Women's Network

Happy New Year! The Women’s Network congratulates the new members of the committee who were appointed in December; Lauren Grant, Sheridan Kempton, Merissa Decelis, Erin Findlay, Sally Guy, Jo Smith and Colleen Higgins who join eight remaining members of the committee. 

The Committee will be working hard in 2017 to continue to facilitate opportunities for local government women to share, learn and grow.

To find out more about the Network’s aims, you can find the Strategic Plan and other documents here:

We are also keen to highlight the upcoming International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March, this year’s theme is Be Bold for Change.

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2017.

Bobbi Pertini, Chair 


HR Network

The HR Network is pleased to advise the dates of the upcoming Forums in 2017:

  • Wednesday 12 April
  • Friday 23 June
  • Wednesday 27 September

The committee will announce the theme, topics and locations in the coming weeks.



Movers and Shakers

  • Matthew Rechner has commenced in the role of Manager Active Communities at the City of Holdfast Bay.
  • Jo Cooper has commenced with City of Salisbury in the role of Manager Community Capacity & Learning.  Jo has most recently worked at City of Prospect as Manager Library Services, as well as past roles at City of Charles Sturt and City of Playford.
  • David Barrett has commenced as Manager Business Enterprises and Communications with the Town of Gawler.
  • Ben DeGilio has commenced with the Town of Gawler as Acting Team Leader Engineering Services.
  • Scott Reid has commenced as Manager Assets and Engineering Services with Campbelltown City Council. He was previously with the Town of Gawler.

Congratulations to all!



Tips and Ideas

Necessity - or frustration - is the mother of invention - and often leads to 'Out of the box' thinking.

At the recent LG Professionals, SA conference, Eyal Halamish (CEO and co-founder, OurSay) spoke about innovation and invention - and how frustration with the status quo often leads to entrepreneurs developing a new approach to solve problems.  He cited recent examples such as UBER, which responded to a market need for fast, reliable and cost-effective transport.

However, innovation, out of the box thinking and rapid prototyping is not a recent phenomenon.

Two examples come to mind from the past:

1. Apollo 13.  One of the most incredible stories of adversity and out of the box thinking in history, from 1970. 

After a catastrophic failure that left the Apollo 13 command module with very little power, little oxygen and failing systems, the task fell to the ground team in Houston to work out how to save the astronauts.

read more..



Upcoming Events and Programs

State Management Challenge
Wednesday 15 March 2017
Location – Morphettville Racecourse

Good luck to all teams!

Engaging Citizens in Local Government Workshops

Wednesday 29 March 2017
Location – Balyana Conference Centre, City of Mitcham

Workshop 1 - 9.30am – 12.30pm
Communicating the value of the local government cause

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

Working with Communities Workshop
Tuesday 2 May 2017
Location - Bedford, 615 Goodwood Rd, Panorama
9.00am – 4.30pm

Click here to register.

Professional Leaders Program
The 2017 Professional Leaders Program kicked off with the largest cohort in the program’s history (27 participants) on Thursday 9 February and we look forward to seeing the group throughout the next four months of the program.

Emerging Leaders Program
Registrations are open now for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program.


Effective Change Management Program
Registrations are now open for a two day course in effective change management being led by Lois Whittall at the University of Adelaide Executive Education on 16 and 17 May 2017.

For more information please contact Melanie Winter on

Project Management Program

Registrations open soon for a two day course in project management being led by Alina Lebed at the University of Adelaide Executive Education on 19 and 20 June 2017.

For more information please contact Melanie Winter on

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

LG Professionals, SA State Conference ‘Outside the Box’

With a record attendance of 300 people, the LG Professionals, SA ‘Outside The Box' Conference was held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Friday 24 February 2017. It was a positive and inspiring day for those who attended, with speakers delivering content to encourage attendees to think outside the box.

Positive feedback was received from delegates with many remarking that this was the best conference yet!

It was a very engaging day starting with keynote speaker, magician and entrepreneur Vinh Giang. (2013 South Australian Young Entrepreneur of the year)  Vinh cast a spell on the audience as he weaved magic, motivation and achievement together to deliver his powerful key message. 

And the excitement didn't abate as the day wore on - with an array of inspirational and educational speakers that equally entertained and informed the large audience.

The fun 'great debate' in the afternoon between Sean Keenihan and Stuart Moseley was particularly amusing, the range of creative but good-natured insults traded between the two delivered more than a few belly laughs!

Congratulations to Belinda Paterson (Adelaide City Council), David Collins (Adelaide Hills Council) and Alex Cortes (City of Prospect) who were the winners of the Conference Early Bird Promotion.

Many thanks to everyone who attended, our guest speakers, corporate partners and event sponsors. A special thanks also to Cate Hart for being our wonderful emcee for the day.




A fresh perspective on leadership for the local government of today and tomorrow
LG Professionals Australia is pleased to announce that the Australasian Management 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. 

For more info and to register please click here.


New Members
  • Hannah Bateman, City of West Torrens
  • Damian Brennan, Adelaide City Council
  • Kathrin Davidson, City of Onkaparinga
  • Natalie Davis, Mid Murray Council
  • Allison Down, Town of Walkerville
  • Cherry Getsom, Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • Colleen Higgins, Adelaide City Council
  • Aaron Hillier, Tatiara District Council
  • Jamie Hosking, City of Charles Sturt
  • Amy Matthews, City of Playford
  • Michelle Mayger, Port Pirie Regional Council
  • Sheridan O'Brien, Coorong District Council
  • Tim Pride, City of Mitcham
  • Jamie Quilliam, City of Onkaparinga
  • Barry Rayner, City of West Torrens
  • Justin Sexton, City of Mitcham
  • Georgina Shirley, District Council of Kimba
  • Matt Strapps, Adelaide Hills Council
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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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