Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Welcome to the August edition of Leaders Connect.

Earlier this month we farewelled Morgan Potter, Port Pirie Regional Council from the LG Professionals SA Board - we thank her for her valuable contribution and wish her all the best on her new career journey.

If you have a passion for the sector and supporting the development of local government people, I encourage you to consider submitting a nomination for the Board – information will be sent to all Members in September. However, if you’d like to discuss what’s involved in being a Board Member in the meantime please don’t hesitate to reach out.

August has been an exciting one for LG Professionals SA – we’ve held several Network Meetings, supported the delivery of important state and Australasian sector events and have been working closely with our partners, preparing the launch of all leadership programs for the coming year – keep an eye on your inbox as all our leadership programs will be launching soon.

To those of you interested in broadening your leadership skillset through any of these programs, make sure you register for the Virtual Information Sessions – details will be released in the coming weeks. Often the fear of the unknown may hold us back from pursuing opportunities - join us in these informal sessions and ask any questions you may have. I’m also available to chat through the options for you on an individual level, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Speaking of leadership, we have a range of opportunities open for registrations now including a new short course ‘Speaking with Influence’ so I urge you to read on for further information.

I’m so excited to share that we have 13 teams registered for this year’s Rural Management Challenge, to be held in October. Best wishes to all teams as you commence your preparation – I so look forward to supporting you on this development opportunity.

As always, please feel free to reach out if you would like to discuss your professional development needs – we are here to support you to be the best version of you.

Hopefully see you soon.


August 2023
Edition 143



Our Networks help you create lasting connections with peers who share a common idea or experience. Information, support, awareness and defining the future of your area starts here.

Learn more about what LG Professionals SA Membership offers you. 

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Please save the date for the following LG Professionals SA events for 2023/24. If you are planning a local government event, we invite you to contact us to avoid date clashes. 

Friday 3 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Women's Network Conference

Thursday 9 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Annual General Meeting 

**NEW DATE** Friday 10 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Economic Development Conference 

Friday 22 March 2024 - LG Professionals SA Annual State Conference

**NEW DATE** Wednesday 10 April 2024 - LG Professionals SA Management Challenge

Friday 10 May 2024 - LG Professionals SA 23rd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner


A huge congratulations to the City of Marion 'Marion At First Sight' team who were crowned national champions at the Australasian Management Challenge Final earlier this month! Such a fantastic achievement – we are so proud. 🥳

Congratulations also to Central Highlands Regional Council (Queensland) who took out second place and Ku-ring-gai Council (New South Wales) for taking out third.

What a great few days of learning, networking, camaraderie, challenges and fun! Well done to all teams.

Thank you to Principal Challenge Partner JLT Australia for your support and passion for developing local government people.

Left to right: Shannon Swart, Dayton Tahuri, Gary Okely (JLT Australia), Isabel Telfer, Jacque Opie, Tom Richardson and Emma Dignon.

Thursday 31 August 2023 - Two spaces remaining!

Exclusive Masterclass with International facilitator – Dr Barry Bales

Do you have a continuous learning mindset and are open to challenging your own perspectives to become an even more impactful leader?

Make the most of this rare opportunity to join Dr Barry Bales, in person!

This masterclass will introduce systems thinking skills that will enable you to effectively define and address organisational challenges. To make this program as practical as possible, participants will practise using their new systems thinking concepts in addressing a real organisational challenge they currently face.

This Masterclass will be held in person on Thursday 31 August 2023 from
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM at LG House.

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Friday 1 September 2023 - Still time to register!

The Community Managers Network are pleased to offer bimonthly ‘Open Network Meetings’ in 2023, providing the opportunity for local government professionals of all levels working in the community services or community development space in council to come together to hear from topical speakers, and provide the opportunity for community managers and practitioners to connect, gain insights, share ideas and discuss common areas of interest. 

Join us as we welcome Hamilton Calder, CEO, Volunteering SA and representatives from the Volunteer Managers Network, Nigel Jordan, Coordinator, Volunteer Services, City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters and Alison Wall, Community & Volunteer Programs Coordinator, City of Prospect to speak at our next Open Network Meeting.

This Open Meeting will be held in person at LG House and via Zoom on Friday 1 September 2023 from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. 

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Wednesday 6 September 2023

Join us for the upcoming People and Culture Network Forum 'Psychosocial Safety: Aware and Prepared' and hear from guest speakers Susan Corbett who will explore enneagram personality typing and Kelly Bennetta who will share a presentation on managing psychosocial risk and how to get prepared..

This Forum will be held in person at Salisbury Community Hub and via Zoom on Wednesday 6 September 2023 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. 

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Friday 22 September 2023

We’ll be joined by Ruth Morgan, who will challenge attendees to widen their career toolkit, encouraging them to take the plunge into the next stage of their career.

Katrina Head, Manager Community Connection – Projects at City of Mitcham, will share her story and shine a light on one of her greatest personal and professional learnings about vulnerability, rethinking fate, and making meaning.

The forum will also feature a panel of four inspirational local government women; Jacque Opie of City of Marion, Anna Provatas of City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Sarah Rose of Alexandrina Council and Jolyn Phillipps of City of Onkaparinga. Our panellists all participated in the 2023 LG Professionals SA Management Challenge and will share their experiences after taking the plunge into this incredible opportunity.

This Forum will be held in person at Marion Cultural Centre and via Zoom on Friday 22 September 2023 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. 

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Wednesday 11 October 2023

Influence others through clear and confident communication. 

Suitable for
Leaders and Managers who want to improve their ability to speak in public, negotiate mutually beneficial outcomes and influence others through clear and confident communication.

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Monday 16 October 2023

Develop skills in informal performance conversations and increase your leadership effectiveness through performance coaching skills.

Suitable for Coordinators, Team Leaders, Managers and Executives.

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Friday 10 November 2023

Explore project leadership and learn how to manage some of the challenges faced when managing big projects in a local government context.

Suitable for staff who have experience with managing projects.

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Member Profile - 
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Dayton Tahuri

This month we spoke with Dayton Tahuri, Arboriculture and Biodiversity Field Supervisor at City of Marion, about his role, winning the Australasian Management Challenge and what's next for him. 

How long have you been in local government and what is your role?

I started my first role in local government at City of Marion three years ago, starting as a Tree Maintenance Team Member and have recently moved into the Arboriculture and Biodiversity Field Supervisor role. Read more...

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We caught up with one of this year's Emerging Leaders Program participants, Kat McAteer, Operational Excellence Business Partner at City of Onkaparinga to find out how she is enjoying the program so far. 

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?

Participating in this program has been a long-term goal, I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to take part this year. It's the local government focus, collaboration opportunities with future leaders from other councils and exploring my leadership style that appealed to me. What makes this experience even more enriching is the practical, hands-on setting in which it takes place, with the invaluable support of LG Professionals SA and UniSA.

The program allows me to expand my knowledge of leadership concepts and practices, challenge my assumptions, explore innovative ways of thinking, and enhance my self-awareness and confidence. It also provides a networking environment with local government professionals, which facilitates not only real-life and tangible learning outcomes, but also offers a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences.

A recent module focused on ‘A Rural Perspective’ – what were some of your takeaways from this module?

The rural module marked the beginning of our participant-led content, and it was exceptionally well-organised and thought-out. It provided us with a comprehensive view of the 'rural perspective,' emphasising both commonalities and differences compared to metropolitan councils. Reflecting on a full day of great content, I particularly enjoyed the site visit to Summit Sports Park and learning about the Gather Round. 

My personal favourite was the panel discussion with Ritu Datta and Nigel Morris, as it provided valuable insights and perspectives, with key takeaways related to the distinct employment opportunities that rural councils can offer and their willingness to explore alternative employment arrangements.

What are you most looking forward to as the program progresses?

I look forward to every module within the program, as well as our weekly project and module team meetings. Each interaction offers a new opportunity for learning, whether through formal lectures or our exchanges with one another. The content is consistently well-suited to local government and is directly applicable to both my professional responsibilities and my personal growth and leadership development.


Kat McAteer
Operational Excellence Business Partner
City of Onkaparinga


On Friday 28 July, 80 people and culture professionals representing 30 councils and subsidiaries from across South Australia gathered at the Adelaide Convention Centre for the 2023 LG Professionals SA People & Culture Network Conference ‘Leading the Future’. The conference presented the opportunity for those in our sector with a responsibility for, or interest in, people and culture to invest in themselves and their development, connect with their colleagues, learn from each other, and gain valuable knowledge from a range of expert speakers.

Annie Harvey opened the day, and questioned what we could say when asked ‘How are you?’, apart from ‘Busy!’ which has become the default response for many. Matt Anderson had us questioning how we can become more innovative in our day-to-day roles, and Samantha Wilkinson provided an insightful presentation on the use of technology in HR. Mark Puncher from Employer Branding Australia reminded delegates that they are doing fantastic work, and it is important to share these great stories far and wide to ensure we are attracting the best talent to the local government sector. We heard an interesting perspective on HR investigations from leading South Australian expert Susan Sadler and a fantastic presentation on effective leadership from Deb Dickson. The day rounded out with an inspiring keynote presentation from Sophia Symeou on how to create the workforces of the future that we need.  

Ritu Datta, People & Culture Network Committee member, from City of Mount Gambier acted as the conference emcee for the day and did a fantastic job of weaving the day together, providing insights and humour for delegates all day long. The day wrapped up with informal networking, with delegates sharing their newfound knowledge and inspiration from the day.

Thank you to the LG Professionals SA People & Culture Network Committee for putting together such a fantastic day for their sector colleagues, and thank you to all who attended, taking important time out of the office to invest in your development.

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Network News

LG Professionals SA Members are invited to join one of our many Networks.

Networks are groups of professionals who share a common interest or experience. We run a comprehensive range of Network meetings and forums throughout the year, offering staff the opportunity to learn and develop whilst sharing and networking with peers from their own and other councils and subsidiaries, across the state.

Our Networks include:

Join a Network today

If you would like to know more about our Network offerings, or have a suggestion for a new Network, please contact Haylie Maynard, Membership and Networks Officer at haylie@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

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Business Performance and Improvement Network - Join the Network

If you have an interest in or role to play in planning for delivery, reporting on outcomes achieved or improving the way council services are delivered we encourage you to join the Business Performance and Improvement Network.

The Network recently launched a Yammer group, an initiative driven by the committee in which they will monitor and encourage you to share as much as you would like to. This Yammer is a friendly and engaging site where everyone is welcome to share and collaborate. Please share this with your peers if you believe they would be interested in BPIN. To join the group please follow this link.

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People and Culture Network Forum

Friday 17 November 2023

Further information will be released soon.

General Managers and Directors Network Forum
Friday 17 November 2023

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Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum
Thursday 23 November 2023

Further information will be released soon.


Welcome to our 59 new members! Click here to see the list.

We look forward to providing support and professional development and networking opportunities through every stage of your local government career.

LG Professionals SA Sponsorship and Corporate Partnership

Do you work for or know an organisation who would be interested in gaining exposure to local government professionals through sponsorship with LG Professionals SA? 

As a not-for-profit association, LG Professionals SA rely on the support of sponsors to be able to continue to deliver the range of high quality events and professional development programs that we are known for.

Partnering with sponsors also creates opportunities for our members to learn, build relationships and receive best value.

Please contact Megan Down for further details on corporate partnership opportunities.


Our Corporate Partner, LGRS, invite local government employees to attend their upcoming LGRS Risk Conference

The domino effect: Navigating interconnected risks in Local Government

The LGRS Risk Conference is dedicated to risk management for Local Government employees in South Australia, bringing together experts and thought leaders to explore the pressing risks facing the sector.

At the heart of this year’s conference is the concept of risk interconnectivity and how certain risks need to be considered more broadly and from multiple angles.

Attendance is free for Local Government employees.

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There is still time to book for the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia’s (IPWEAs) SA State Conference! The theme is 'Time to Move Forward' where you can hear how councils are operating in this new era, using digital transformation, sustainable solutions, and AI to deliver services more effectively and sustainably than ever before. By re-engaging with communities and embracing new ways of thinking, local governments can overcome challenges and achieve a better, more cost-effective future.

Following the conference is the IPWEA SA Excellence Awards Dinner, a chance to celebrate the great work going on in SA. It is a fun, energizing environment for all attendees, so IPWEA have brought in a fun, energizing MC for this year’s awards, Rebecca Morse! Rebecca Morse is an award-winning journalist, former Ten News presenter and co-host of SAFM’s breakfast radio show Bec & Soda.

We hope to see you at these events! 

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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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