Issue 068
March 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
  • Alan Harvey

  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

Another Management Challenge has come and gone - this one saw 15 teams gather at Morphettville Racecourse to battle it out.

I am so proud of all participants for pushing themselves out of their comfort zones, maintaining energy until the end and clearly appreciating the real purpose of learning and growth.

It was also especially pleasing to see so much inter-team networking during the lunch break and post event drinks. This event always fills me with so much pride to be part of the local government sector. The breadth of roles and experience coupled with the total unification of purpose in serving our communities is not celebrated enough.

We will do our best to address that by celebrating our many achievements while also finding out which team will reign supreme at our 16th Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner on 7 April. 

In other news, we farewell Melanie Winter as she takes up an exciting opportunity at the University of Adelaide. I thank Mel for her contributions to growing our networks and membership and will miss her warmth, considered perspective, ability to connect the dots and dependability. Congratulations Mel, you will be missed.

Finally, I’d like to highlight our new Effective Change Management and Project Management Programs. You can read more below. 

Hope to see you all at the Awards and Happy Easter!



News Flash!

Special Announcement

One place left for this year’s Emerging Leaders Program.  Due to unforeseen circumstances there is now one place available – don’t miss out, get in quickly. 

Contact us by email


Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by


Alan Harvey  - Manager Engineering Services, Alexandrina Council.

This month we speak with Alan Harvey, Manager Engineering Services at the Alexandrina Council.

Alan explains the key challenges he faces in the upcoming 12 months in this role. Alan is also a mentor for Alexandrina's team in the Management Challenge - so he shares his experience in mentoring the team and also speaks about the benefits of involvement in the program.

Hi Alan, thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
I look after Engineering Services at Alexandrina Council, which maintains, renews and builds the majority of the Council’s assets.

This includes roads, footpaths, stormwater, parks, reserves, buildings, biodiversity areas and coastal and riverfront.

read more..



What makes a great leader?

Two curious staff members (Adrian Hill and Scott Reardon) from City of Holdfast Bay asked this very question, “How does a CEO get to their position?” So they set upon a quest to explore the journeys of 21 CEO’s from a variety of industries and unlock the secrets to their success. The CEO’s included those from local government, such as Mark Withers (Port Adelaide Enfield) and Justin Lynch (Holdfast Bay); State Government eg. David Swan (SA Health); non-profit organizations such as the RSPCA and Sammy D Foundation; and the private sector such as Maggie Beer and Phil Hoffman.

The path to the top was different for each person. None of them planned to be a CEO; however, they were all very passionate about their career choice and with this passion, the position of CEO was inevitable.

Some of the lessons learned were that:
• people skills are important in any leadership position,
• you must seize opportunities because new experiences develop your character and make you a better CEO.

The book, ‘21 Secrets to Success’, is full of inspirational quotes and advice from our community leaders. Part proceeds go to the Sammy D Foundation to help inspire troubled youths and help point them in the right direction, perhaps all the way to the top to become the next CEO.

We will leave you with one of the inspiring quotes from the book.

“There are only three types of people in this world. First, those who will never recognize an opportunity because they are happy to pursue life at their own pace. Second, those who recognize an opportunity but do not seize it or take a risk out of fear. Third, those who recognize an opportunity, completely and utterly seize it, then go with it regardless of what the result is.”

You can purchase the book via amazon here.


Industry Trends

Who is the woman in the first of the new gender-equality pedestrian crossing lights? Victoria's first female councillor!

Last year VicRoads and the City of Yarra installed the silhouette of Mary Rogers at a new pedestrian crossing in Bridge Road, Richmond.

On 5 November 1920 Mary Rogers was elected to Richmond City Council at a by-election, becoming the first woman councillor in Victoria, and the second in Australia (after Susan Benny).

Now, pedestrian traffic lights depicting female figures (more generic than the silhouette of Mary Rogers shown here) will be installed in Melbourne's CBD as a part of a push for gender equality.

The Committee for Melbourne – a non-profit organisation representing more than 120 Melbourne business and community groups – is behind the move.

read more..

Sponsor Insight - Statewide Super

3 hot tips to build your wealth faster

We know super isn’t always on your mind – in fact, super is probably something you may rarely think about. But read on. We have three simple super tips that can make all the difference to your future.

Tip 1: Knowledge is key

Making informed decisions about your money is one of the most important things you can do. We all have different personal skills, attitudes, behaviours and knowledge in relation to money. But spending just a few minutes a day can make all the difference to your financial independence now and in the years ahead.

So what can you do to kick start your financial freedom?

Statewide Super is committed to increasing financial literacy and we do this by offering a variety of fun and interactive tools to help you on this journey. Check out our complementary learning resources today!

Click here to read more.


Regional Tourism Summit

Up and coming SA Regional Tourism Summit

We chat with Ella Winnall, Community Services Coordinator, Berri Barmera Council, about an idea that was fostered during her participation in the ELP and PLP - which has now culminated in the first ever SA Regional Tourism Summit. (16-18 May 2017).

Hi Ella - please tell us about the Regional Tourism Summit.
The Riverland Tourism Industry and the South Australian Tourism Commission are inviting representatives of local government (both staff and elected members), visitor information centres and tourism businesses to come together for the first ever SA Regional Tourism Summit.

It is a diverse three-day program of high calibre speakers and professional development opportunities, off-site study tours and networking sessions.

For all the details head to to download a program.

What do you hope to achieve through the summit?
We hope to bring together all parts of the tourism industry to foster better collaboration and understanding in the industry, especially for local government delegates.

We have lots of events in the tourism world which are delivered to just one part of the industry and we felt it important to have business owners, senior managers, visitor information centre coordinators and elected members in the same room to cross pollinate ideas.

We have chosen to keep our content realistic and practical for councils who want to get better value from their tourism investment. 

read more..

Network News


Community Managers Network

We are pleased to announce that work is underway for the Valuing Social Outcomes R & D Project and the Flinders University Australian Industrial Transformation Institute (AITI) has been selected to commence research in support of our Valuing Social Outcomes (VSO) project. The head of AITI is Professor John Spoehr and he will directly guide and inform the research stage. AITI are very enthusiastic about being involved in the project and we anticipate a very practical, academically informed outcome.

The network will host its third ‘Working with Communities Workshop’ on 2 May at Balyana Conference Centre, featuring a range of guest speakers from the local government sector.

Registrations are now open, please click here.


Events Network

LG Professionals, SA are excited to have the Events Network join us as our newest local government member network.

We are working with the committee to create forums to assist professional development and knowledge building for those working in events and are pleased to announce the first network meeting

Event Network Meeting - Thursday 4 May 2017

City of Campbelltown’s new ARC Leisure Centre.

The topic will be Curating and Producing Great Public Events.

Registrations are now open, please click here.

For those working in events who wish to be included on to the Events Network database please send your name and details to


HR Network

The HR Network is pleased to announce the next forum will be held on Wednesday 12 April at Mount Barker District Council on the topic ‘The Future is Now: Challenges and Opportunities for Managing Diversity and Inclusion’.

Registrations are now open, please click here.



Movers and Shakers

  • Rebekah Kuehn has commenced with City of Holdfast Bay as Strategic Planner.
  • David Collins moved from Mount Barker District Council to Adelaide Hills Council as Manager Sustainable Assets.
  • Robert Dabrowski left City of Charles Sturt on 7 March to take up a new role as Executive Officer to the CEO and Mayor with the City of Burnside.
  • Louise Miller-Frost has left the City of Burnside to take up the CEO position at Catherine House.

Congratulations to all!


Tips and Ideas

Assumptions and attention to detail

'Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.' - Isaac Asimov

Many job descriptions include a requirement of 'attention to detail'.

But what does that mean?

Essentially it means the job role is ideally suited to someone who has the patience and care to research and read thoroughly, fully understand what is required and to produce quality work inclusive of the correct level of detail, in all aspects of the role.

Often we speak about attention to detail in writing reports – ensuring there are no spelling errors for example.

But it also extends to understanding the issues at hand – taking the tim
e to investigate thoroughly all the requirements and acting accordingly. A good example in local government is community engagement - where a detail-focused person will take the time to consider all the impacts and therefore seek input from all the relevant stakeholders – rather than assuming.

Here’s an example. What do you see here? (right)

read more..



Upcoming Events and Programs

Working with Communities Workshop
Tuesday 2 May 2017
Location – Balyana Conference Centre, 46 Strathcona Ave, Clapham
9.00am – 4.30pm

Click here to register

Engaging Citizens in Local Government Masterclass 2
Wednesday 28 June 2017
Location – Adelaide City Council
Masterclass 2 – 12.30pm
Content is King: Creating interesting and relevant content to communicate your core messages

Click here to register


Effective Change Management Program
BE QUICK – Limited places left – Registrations close in 2 days (on 30 March 2017).
Change Management is an essential skill for anyone in a management role. As the pace of change in Australia and globally accelerates across government and in the corporate world, effective change agents are increasingly sought after.

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.

Click here for the flyer and to register.
For more information please email

Project Management Program
Effective managers and team leaders recognise the value of well-developed project management skills.

Registrations are now open 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.

Click here for the flyer and to register.
For more information please email

Want to know what exciting events are coming up with LG Professionals, SA?  Please click here for a copy of our full 2017 Events and Program Calendar.



Recent Events

Local Government Professionals Australia Management Challenge

Congratulations to all 15 teams who competed in the Management Challenge on Wednesday 15 March at Morphettville Racecourse. 

There was a buzz in the air with teams displaying a great level of energy, humour and team work, expanding their skill sets and ability to Think, Lead, Communicate, Negotiate, Analyse, Decide and Engage.

We look forward to announcing the winning team at the upcoming Gala Awards night on Friday 7 April! Thank you to the major Management Challenge sponsor LGRS.

This year’s teams were:
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Blue Heat
  • City of Holdfast Bay, Bay Fever
  • City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, The Jacaranda Cosmo’s
  • City of West Torrens, TEAM AWESOME!
  • Rural City of Murray Bridge, Murray Bridge Magic
  • City of Onkaparinga, Curious Geronimo
  • Alexandrina Council, Alexandrina Steam
  • City of Tea Tree Gully, The Shady Bunch
  • Adelaide City Council, Six in the City
  • City of Burnside, #Burnside2.0
  • City of Marion, JERCOA
  • City of Salisbury, CosMania
  • City of Charles Sturt, Diamond Explorers
  • City of Playford, Smart City Royals
  • City of Prospect, ProspectUS

To view the teams opening presentations from the day please click here.

‘Outside the Box’ State Conference

Please click here to view a short video of 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.

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program launched

We are pleased to advise the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, today released guidelines for the $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.  

The program will support projects that apply innovative smart technology solutions to urban problems. It will encourage local governments, the private sector, research organisations and not for profit bodies to work collaboratively to improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of our cities, suburbs and towns.

Applications are open now and will close 30 June 2017. For more information and to download a copy of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program guidelines, visit
The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is supported by the Future Ready incubation series assisting councils to build smart cities know-how.

To find out more please click here.


New Members
  • Matt Harris, City of Salisbury
  • Pippa Webb, City of Salisbury
  • James Roberts, City of Unley
Please make them feel welcome!

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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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