Issue 068
April 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
  • Nat Traeger

  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

Local government knows how to dance! 

The DJ at our Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner remarked that he has never seen so many people dancing at a corporate event. Well, we certainly had cause to celebrate and you can read more about the winners below. 

A special congratulations to the City of Adelaide for winning the Management Challenge. We wish you the best of luck as you go on to compete in the Australasian Management Challenge in Tasmania on 23 May.

Speaking of celebrating, I am thrilled to announce that I have appointed Francess Cricelli to the role of Membership and Network Coordinator. 

Francess highly values relationships and in addition to possessing solid administration skills, she is a real people person and has extensive not-for-profit and membership experience.

In her role as Membership and Human Resource Officer at the Joanna Briggs Institute, she assisted the membership base to grow from 3,500 to 7,500 over her eight years there. She managed member communications and supported various member committees via the preparation of agendas and minutes and execution of projects and initiatives including events and forums. 

More recently at Riding for the Disabled, she supported 250 volunteers and 13 committees and implemented a new membership management system.

Francess has a Masters of Marketing and applied for this role because she “enjoys the connection and culture that comes from working within a community and for an organisation that equips individuals with leadership skills to give back to communities.”



News Flash!

Congratulations to the 2017 Leadership Excellence Awards Winners and Finalists!

Outstanding contribution to the Sector
This Award recognises and acknowledges a local government professional who, over a minimum of ten years, has made an outstanding contribution to the local government sector in South Australia.  The recipient is nominated by their peers and determined by the Executive of LG Professionals, SA.
Winner: Jane Trotter

Leadership in Strategic Financial Management (sponsored by LGFA)
Winner: City of Charles Sturt Budget Bid and Project Reporting Team
Finalists: City of Mitcham’s Long Term Budgeting Team & Rural City of Murray Bridge – Achieving an Operating Surplus/Financial Sustainability

Excellence in Local Economic Development (sponsored by Norman Waterhouse Lawyers)
Winner: City of Adelaide – Welcome China Project
Finalists: Mid Murray Council Sustainable Prosperity Team & City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Food Secrets of Glynde Team

Emerging Leader of the Year (sponsored by LGA SA)
Winner:  Stephanie Coughlin, Renmark Paringa Council
Finalists: Tracey Strugnell, Coorong District Council, Aly McGregor, City of Charles Sturt and Cassie Tuck, Alexandrina Council

Excellence in Risk Management (sponsored by LGRS)
Winner: Alexandrina Council Community Safety Team
Highly Commended: City of Onkaparinga Building Maintenance Team
Finalist: City of Prospect – Risk Management Yields Results

Leadership in Community Services (sponsored by Statewide Super)
Winner: City of Salisbury Community Health and Wellbeing Division
Finalists:  Coorong District Council – Coorong Healthy Highways, City of Port Adelaide Enfield Community and Cultural Development Team and City of Burnside Community Support and Wellbeing Team

Excellence in Environmental Leadership & Sustainability (sponsored by LG Professionals, SA)
Winner: Alexandrina Council and Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority Fortnightly Kerbside Collection Workgroup
Highly Commended: City of Onkaparinga Nature Conservation Team
Finalists: City of Unley Environmental Strategy & Videos Project Team and Rural City of Murray Bridge Stormwater Management and Reuse Scheme

Innovative Management Initiatives (sponsored by Solo Resource Recovery)
Winner: Coorong District Council Accidental Art Gallery Team
Finalists: The City of Onkaparinga Business Performance Improvement Team and The ARC Campbelltown Team

Community Partnerships and Collaboration (sponsored by Office of Local Government)
Winner: Victor Harbor Schoolies Festival Team
Finalists:  City of Adelaide Social Ventures Incubator Program Team and Mid Murray Council Family Connections Network

Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration (sponsored by Office of Local Government)
Winner: Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project Steering Group – a collaborative undertaking by the Cities of Adelaide, Burnside, Mitcham, Unley and West Torrens
Finalists: Rural City of Murray Bridge and Mount Barker District Council Shared Volunteer Graffiti Removal Management and Eastern Region Supported Residential Facilities Program Team (Cities of Unley, Burnside and Prospect)

Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure & Asset Management (sponsored by Tonkin Consulting)
Winner: Coorong District Council Unsealed Road Project Team
Finalists: Campbelltown City Council Asset Planning Team and Adelaide Hills Council Montacute Road Reconstruction Project

Congratulations everyone and a special thank you to our valued Corporate Partners and Award Sponsors. 

Further details about the award winners, finalists and photos from the evening can be found on our website.  If you would like a printed copy of the finalist booklet please contact Rhiannon at

Message from our Diamond Partner, LGFA

When the LGFA was established in 1984, it wasn’t long before we realised that the various local government networks operating at the time could do with some financial support. LG Professionals, SA (formerly IMM), was one such group.

The Finance Authority has always been keen to back winners. We have been a major sponsor of LG Professionals, SA since the mid 1980’s and the Diamond Partner for the past several years. Our contribution, or our investment (as we like to regard it) is fast approaching $500,000.

The recent Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner was a massive success for the LG Professionals, SA team and Board. Almost 500 attendees is a true reflection of how effective and successful this group has been. Congratulations to all of the winners and contributors.
We appreciate the excellent work done by LG Professionals, SA and recognise their very real contribution to the sector.

As the Diamond Partner, we also sponsor the Leadership in Strategic Financial Management Award. We were very impressed with the quality of submissions this year and I would like to thank our Money Market Manager, Davin Lambert for his role on the judging panel.

Finally, thank you to all of our clients for your loyalty and support. This tremendous ongoing support ensures our success which in turn ensures that all Councils and Prescribed Local Government Bodies receive the very best outcomes from your financial dealings with us.

Paul Slater

2017 Management Challenge

And the winner is...


The City of Adelaide team ‘Six in the City’ took home the spoils at the Awards Night being named the 2017 Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Management Challenge Winners!

The ‘Bay Fever’ team from City of Holdfast Bay were pipped at the post by just half a point and came in second, with the ‘Shady Bunch’ from City of Tea Tree Gully taking out third place.

Other participating teams were:
•    City of Port Adelaide Enfield – Blue Heat
•    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 Burnside - #Burnside2.0
•    City Marion – JERCOA
•    City of Salisbury – CosMania
•    City of Charles Sturt – Diamond Explorers
•    City of Playford – Smart City Royals
•    City of Prospect - ProspectUS

And the 2016 Rural Management Challenge Winner was:

The Rural City of Murray Bridge’s team ‘Muzza Bizza’s’. 

This was the first time that the winning team of the Rural Management Challenge has been recognised at the Gala Awards Dinner, something we will continue to do.

Please click here to view a short video of the 2017 Management Challenge or click here to view a short video of the Rural Management Challenge.

If you or your council would like to register your interest to participate in this year’s Rural Management Challenge (to be held on 12 October in Mount Gambier) or next year’s Management Challenge, please contact Rhiannon at



Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by


Natalie Traeger

This month we speak with Nat Traeger, Director Community and Corporate, Coorong District Council.

Nat talks about what still motivates her after 30 years at the council and also highlights Coorong's recent recognition though the LG Professionals awards - and what those awards mean to the council staff and the community.

Hi Nat - thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
Director Community & Corporate, portfolio includes community development, arts & culture, community health & well-being, libraries, youth, customer service, information management, finance, IT, media & communications, organisational development & governance.
Where were you before? (i.e. what is your work background/career path so far)?
May 2017 will see me celebrate a 30 year career with the Coorong Council, undertaking many of the operational roles contained in my portfolio.
What attracted you to local government, and your current role?
My grandfather was an elected member and the opportunity to obtain a job in the local community was my initial motivation for applying for a role with Council.

read more..



Industry Trends - learning from awards - Rochester BookBike

Winner of Minnesota Local Government Innovations Award, City Category 2015

One of the most important outcomes of awards for local government  - around the world - is the opportunity to share and learn from other's success and innovation.

Awards are made public and usually require a summary of the program or project to be developed. Countless award winners are listed on a multitude of websites along with a summary of the program, how they developed it and why.

A recent award winner in the USA - the Rochester Public Library - developed an innovative program to promote and share their resources - in a very low impact, environmental way.

Watch a short video of the Rochester Public Library BookBike program here.


Sponsor Insight - McArthur

Have you got a satisfied workforce?

Chances are you probably think you have a good idea, but wouldn’t it be better to be 100% certain?

McArthur Talent Architects has designed a simple, affordable and easy to use app that measures staff engagement in real time and gives Management the information and feedback needed to identify and correct potential concerns before they become genuine issues.

Tailored to the specific needs of local government, ‘Life’ is changing the way the sector manages its’ workforce, keeping them focused and productive. It helps leaders connect, listen and respond to the needs of their staff and is already encouraging regular and meaningful dialogue in Councils across Australia.

Click here to find out more or contact Rebecca Hunt on (08) 8100 7000 or


Network News


Community Managers Network

The Community Managers Network is looking for people to participate in their Valuing Social Outcomes Workshop in order to inform the development of a tool to better quantify the value of community services. 

If you are a CEO, GM or practitioner, we would love your input. The session is on 9 May at Campbelltown.

Register here.


Events Network

We are very pleased to welcome the Events Network to LG Professionals, SA.  Their next session is on Creating and Producing Great Public Events and will be held on 4 May at the new ARC in Campbelltown.

Register here.


HR Network

On 12 April our HR Network gathered at the Mount Barker District Council to participate in a workshop run by Valerie Caines on the topic of ‘The Future is Now: Challenges and Opportunities for Managing Diversity and Inclusion.’

The committee are seeking expressions of interest for two working parties: one to develop a cross council mentoring program and another to develop a cross council mobility program. 

If you are interested, email


Women's Network

Local government was well represented at the International Women’s Day breakfast on 10 March with a table comprising our Network members. 

Julia Gillard was the keynote speaker and our members left inspired to plan for the year’s events.

One of the strategic goals of our Women’s Network is to raise the profile of local government professionals: by celebrating women’s achievements, successes and learnings in local government.

So let’s make 2017 the year that women in local government shine!

Nominations are now open for the following Awards:

2017 South Australian Women’s Honor Roll
Nominations close 5.00 pm Friday 9 June 2017. Nominate here.

2017 Telstra Business Women of the Year
Nominations close Thursday 16 June 2017. Nominate here.


Tips and Ideas

Why should local government recognise achievement?

Recognising and celebrating achievement through industry awards is more than just a collective pat on the back.

Awards, such as the LG Professionals, SA Excellence Awards can be a strong motivation for your teams, as well providing broader recognition for the council.

But these aren't the only benefits.  This article from TEC (The Executive Connection) suggests there at least five reasons why you should be involved in celebrating success through awards:

Here are five benefits of entering business awards.

1) Recruitment and retention

As a business, one of the best ways to put yourself in front of potential employees is recognition on the highest stage. Even if you don’t win, the simple fact you’re among the top players in your industry should suggest to high-quality candidates that the company is a good option for their career.

Of course, being part of a business award also does wonders for the morale of your current employees. The opportunity to dress up, have a night out and be social with the team in a relaxed environment can reaffirm dedication and passion for the business.

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
*This has sold out
Click here to be added to waiting list

Developing a Digital Strategy Workshop
Wednesday 14 June 2017 – Note new date
Location – Arkaba Hotel, Boardroom, 150 Glen Osmond Rd, Fullarton
9.30am – 5.00pm including morning tea, lunch and networking drinks
Register here

Engaging Citizens in Local Government Masterclass 2
Content is King: Creating interesting and relevant content to communicate your core messages
Wednesday 28 June 2017
Location – City of Adelaide
12.30pm – 4.30pm
Register here


Effective Change Management Program – 2 days
16 & 17 May 2017
University of Adelaide Executive Education
Facilitator: Lois Whittall
* Registrations close Friday 28 April
Click here for the flyer and to register

Project Management Program – 2 days
19 & 20 June 2017
University of Adelaide Executive Education
Facilitator: Alia Lebed
Click here for the flyer and to register

For more information on our programs 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

LG Professionals, SA 16th Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner

The 16th annual awards dinner was another glittering night full of stars, a worthy occasion to celebrate the achievements of local government in SA.

The awards night has grown in stature, reputation and, indeed, glamour since the first awards were held back in 2001. 

Nearly 500 people attended the 2017 awards, which got off to a great start with a rendition of “fly me to the moon” by the evening’s MC, smooth crooner (and Adelaide Hills CEO), Andrew Aitken.

This was somewhat of a surprise for most as he started the song from the rear of the auditorium unannounced, wandering among the tables, microphone in hand, like a seasoned troubadour.  One wonders how entertaining the council meetings must be at Adelaide Hills!

Andrew explained later the song was made famous by Frank Sinatra – but actually Andrew’s performance was probably more like this Peter Andre version – which you can view here.

The formal awards began with the presentation of the annual award for outstanding contribution to local government - to recognise an individual who has set exemplary standards in their professional career, contributed significantly to the sector and acted as a role model to many aspiring leaders.  This year’s very worthy recipient was Jane Trotter. 

An experienced General Manager, Jane left City of Salisbury in late 2016 to establish her own consulting business.  It was very satisfying to see Jane recognised by the sector for her long and valuable service to the sector.  She had been a board member of LG Professionals, SA for more than ten years (including a term as President and later, Treasurer) and also served on the National board for six years.  Jane also established the General Manager’s network for GM’s in local government to regularly meet and discuss issues and learn from each other.

In her acceptance speech Jane spoke about being a female leader in local government and recognised the great support she has received over the years from her mentors and managers.

A very well deserved and popular win, Jane is the first female to win this award.

The final award to be presented – the winner of the 2017 Management Challenge, was the most anticipated.  Most of the 15 teams were in the audience, with every team member hanging on every word from MC, Andrew Aitken.

With the appropriate pauses for excitement and effect, Andrew finally announced the winner - City of Adelaide, which was met with much whooping and applause.  The team proudly took to the stage to receive their award in front of nearly 500 of their peers.

The evening is such a great event for local government – it not only recognises and celebrates success, it promotes innovation and leadership through the awards and also provides a great platform for local government managers and staff to network and socialise.
So, make a note now to be a part of the 2018 event!




A fresh perspective on leadership for the local government of today and tomorrow.
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 Member
  • Gareth Gann, The Barossa Council
Welcome Gareth!

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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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