Issue 071
July 2017

  • A word from the CEO
  • News Flash
  • Membership Renewals
  • Vale Bill Cossey
  • Performance Excellence
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Training and Development
  • Movers and Shakers
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Change Management
  • Upcoming Events
  • About Us
  • Russell Peate

  • Rural Management Challenge
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

This month we turn our thinking to planning for the year and beyond and in particular are focusing on thinking more deeply about how we can support rural local government professionals.

Here’s what we are currently doing:

  • Rural Management Challenge – read all about it below;
  • One Board meeting a year held in a rural location;
  • New video conferencing facilities, so rural members can join network committees;
  • Emerging Leaders Program includes ‘rural perspectives’ day trip;
  • Consideration given to all event timings to facilitate rural involvement;
  • Networks all aim to hold a regional meeting or event per year;
  • Feature rural members in our Member of the Month feature;
  • Look for stories of success and innovation in regions to share.

If you have ideas to feed into our planning, or if you are an existing or potential sponsor with a particular interest in supporting the regions, please let me know. 



Membership Renewals for 2017-2018

Don’t miss out - pay your membership renewal by COB on Monday 1 August to automatically go in the draw to win a free registration to our Annual Conference valued at $420!

Everything that we provide for members is developed to teach new skills, inspire bigger thinking, grow personal networks and form supportive relationships. A full list of membership benefits can be found here on our website.

If your council hasn’t already taken out a bundle membership, you might like to think about it.

For more information download the flyer here.

We look forward to your continuing support and membership in the coming year.


News flash

Rural Management Challenge - get involved!

Have you ever wondered about taking part in the Rural Management Challenge but felt unsure of what it entailed then click here for more information and to view the video now!

Share it with your colleagues.

Stop Press! Attention Rural Councils!
Kangaroo Island Council has already registered a team for this year – don’t let them get too big of a head start. Register your team now!

Vale - Bill Cossey

It is with great sadness, that LG Professionals, SA mourns the loss of former Chair of our Leadership Excellence Awards Judging panel, Bill Cossey AM on Friday 7 July 2017, following a short battle with illness.

Bill was a true leader in South Australia and his contributions ensured that our Leadership Excellence Awards Program maintained a strategic connection to the benefit of the South Australian community.

Bill was a pleasure to work with and a brilliant man.


Performance Excellence Program

Congratulations to these 17 foundation councils of the Performance Excellence Program.

It is wonderful to see the geographical spread of this program - click here to see a map of all participating councils.

We look forward to supporting you on the journey and to welcoming many more next year. For more information click here.

  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • Alexandrina Council
  • Port Pirie Regional Council
  • City of Prospect
  • Mount Barker District Council
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
  • Yorke Peninsula Council
  • Flinders Ranges Council
  • Copper Coast Council
  • City of Charles Sturt
  • Wakefield Council
  • Adelaide Hills Council
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • City of Victor Harbor
  • City of Adelaide
  • District Council of Mount Remarkable
  • City of Salisbury


Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by


Russell Peate

This month we speak with Russell Peate, CEO of Mid Murray Council.

Russell speaks about his long career in local government, the exciting initiatives underway at Mid Murray and the innovative approach that can be found in many regional councils.

Hi Russell, thanks for speaking with us.

What’s your current role?
My current role is Chief Executive Officer of Mid Murray Council. The council covers a large geographic area of around 6,500km2 from near Murray Bridge to the Riverland and across to the Barossa.

We have the second largest road length of 68 Councils in the State (3,500km of roads; 3,200km of which are unsealed), 220km of the Murray River, 50 shack areas on the river, 28 boat ramps, 28 Community Wastewater Management Schemes and 16 small towns. Our population is only 8,500.

We are about an hour to an hour and a half drive from Adelaide; with the largest town being Mannum on the Murray River.




Industry trends

Rural innovation - the 'smart cities' approach works for country areas too

Victoria's Southern Grampians Shire Council was the winner of the 2017 National Awards for Local Government, Digital Innovation in Local Government category, for its Digital Transformation of a rural community—a journey project.

Southern Grampians Shire Council's ‘Digital Transformation of a Rural Community’ project aims to ensure that the community takes advantage of the opportunities that digital transformation provides.

Their project brief explains the concept:

A Smart Southern Grampians Community is a place that improves quality of life, prosperity and sustainability for its people, by using technology in optimising processes, solving challenges proactively, building intelligence and productivity, and facilitating proactive and meaningful engagement between all stakeholders.

Southern Grampians Shire has developed a framework document for the delivery of 'smart communities' technology - and it's a document that has application to many regional and rural communities.

Read more…


Sponsor Insight


Network News

Exciting news for our networks and rural members!

LG Professionals, SA is pleased to announce that our conference room is now fully equipped for video conferencing allowing our rural members to join network meetings.

If you haven’t been able to participate before and are interested in finding out more about our network committees which include - CEO Network, GM Network, Community Managers Network, HR Network, Women’s Network, Events Network, please contact us on 8291 7990 or by email


Training and Development

I’m thrilled to now be on board as Manager Training and Development with Local Government Professionals Australia, SA.

As part of my role I am reviewing our current programs and developing new programs for the future and I’m pleased to say we have some exciting things coming up for this year and the years ahead.

We recently hosted two workshops with members of our HR Network to explore new programs to both mobilise and mentor professionals across the sector to further develop skills and experience for career progression. Keep an eye out for more updates about this soon.

If you would like to be part of shaping our programs and making an impact - please get in touch with me at to discuss any program feedback and/or opportunities.

Our programs are developed for the sector with the sector, to support local government professionals across the state. When we get the programs right, it ultimately helps our professionals deliver better outcomes. Watch this space!

Kate Staples


Emerging Leaders Program 2017

As part of the Emerging Leaders Program, participants undertake a module on Leadership in Context. This year’s participants were asked to nominate and explore burning questions about change and leadership which are set out below:

James Kelly from the City of Tea Tree Gully shares some insights from the day:

“We learnt that Organisational Culture is often the product of what has worked well in an organisation in the past and is often assumed as the best way of doing things, summarised by the saying: ‘this is the way we do things around here’.

However, it isn’t until we dig down into the underlying values, beliefs and assumptions of the people in an organisation that we begin to truly understand what Organisational Culture really is. As leaders we need to better understand the culture in our workplaces by looking past the norms of policies, procedures and processes and starting to understand the core values that people desire in their work environments.”

To read more thoughts from the day and follow the journey of this year’s Emerging Leaders cohort, head over to the Emerging Leaders Program blog.


Movers and Shakers

  • Diane Priestley has commenced with Wattle Range Council as HR & Risk Officer.
  • David Stevenson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Council of Goyder.
Congratulations to all!

Tips and Ideas

Decision Making - it's not as clear cut as you may think

How do people make decisions? Why do some people seem to approach decision making very differently?

Do you gather the facts quickly and make ‘gut feel’ decisions? Or do you analyse everything ad nauseum.....before you can decide on the best course of action?

There's an interesting psychology behind decision making - and why we approach things differently.

Emotions play a surprisingly large role...




Upcoming Events and Programs

HR Network Forum: Positive Culture Change and Employee Engagement
Wednesday 2 August 2017 – 9.30am to 12.30pm, City of Charles Sturt
Register Here

Leaders Alumni Network Event: Local Government’s Got Talent
Thursday 17 August 2017 – 4pm to 6pm – The Robin Hood Hotel, 315 Portrush Road, Norwood
Register Here

The Ultimate Life Planning Workshop – for both men & women
Thursday 24 August 2017 - 9am to 5pm - The Highway, 290 Anzac Hwy, Plympton
Register Here

Rural Management Challenge
Thursday 12 October 2017 - Commodore on the Park, Mount Gambier

Visit our Rural Management Challenge page to:
•    find out all about the Rural Management Challenge
•    download the brochure and team recruitment poster
•    Register your team

Women’s Conference
Save the date! Join us on Friday 3 November 2017 at the Morphettville Racecourse for our Annual Women’s Conference.

This year’s event is named ‘The Power of You’ and will feature the Adelady’s sharing their big ideas about success. More speaker announcements and full program coming soon.

If you would like to know more about any of our events please contact Rhiannon on 8291 7990 or by email

If you would like to know more about any of our programs please contact Kate on 8291 7996 or by email

Want to know what exciting events are coming up with LG Professionals, SA?
See our full 2017 Events and Program Calendar.


Rural Member Interview - Pamela Lee, Mount Gambier

With the 2017 Rural Challenge on the horizon, we speak with Pamela Lee, General Manager, Council Business Services at the City of Mount Gambier. 

Pamela has long background in successful change management and she speaks to us about her experiences in running change management projects within a metropolitan council as well as in her current role, at Mt Gambier.

Hi Pamela - thanks for sharing your experiences and ideas with us.

What is your current role and what does it involve?
General Manager, Council Business Services responsible for leadership and driving change and improvement across finance, customer service, strategic and business planning and performance reporting, rates, governance, administration, property, IT and knowledge management.

You’ve been involved with quite a few change management projects. What are your top tips for leading through change?
As is reported in case studies, courses and change management literature, an unhealthy percentage of change projects and projects involving change don’t succeed.

In my experience, change management success is contingent upon a clear and shared vision and scope, aligned and actively supportive leadership, resilience, accountability,
the right people/subject matter experts, strong project and change (people side of change) management, comprehensive risk management, stakeholder engagement and communications.



New Members
  • Debbie Bough – City of Adelaide
  • Damian Brennan – City of Adelaide
  • Skye Browne - City of Adelaide
  • Lok Chiu - City of Adelaide
  • Rudi Deco - City of Adelaide
  • Paul Heairford - City of Adelaide
  • Samantha Hourigan - City of Adelaide
  • Rick Hutchins - City of Adelaide
  • Leandro Lopez-Digon - City of Adelaide
  • Mark Lukowicz - City of Adelaide
  • Dahaab Nganga - City of Adelaide
  • Tracey Powell - City of Adelaide
  • Lauren Schleibs - City of Adelaide
  • Ashley Stuart - City of Adelaide
  • Richard Toomer - City of Adelaide
  • Emma Wilksch - City of Adelaide
  • Stephen Zaluski - City of Adelaide

Welcome to all!


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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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