Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Happy end of June!

Over the past year we are thrilled to have supported local government professionals from 72 South Australian Councils and Subsidiaries who signed up for Organisation memberships with LG Professionals SA – thank you to each and every one of you for your commitment to developing your staff and providing them with a fundamental partner in their whole of career journey.

Our membership base is currently comprised of 2,776 professionals from a range of job levels across the South Australian local government sector and as we busily plan and program for another huge year in 2023/2024, we invite you to reach out with any ideas for events, themes, topics to ensure we are meeting your needs.

As your association we are here to support you – please take the time to ensure your Member details are up to date so that we can keep you informed of relevant opportunities.

As we rush towards the end of the financial year, if you have remaining professional development budget I encourage you to register for one (or more!) of the many upcoming development opportunities available through LG Professionals SA, or consider pre-purchasing investment in your staff for the coming year.

Not only are registrations for our 2023 People and Culture Network Conference open, but registrations have just launched for the 2023 Rural Management Challenge, and two exclusive masterclasses with International Facilitator Dr Barry Bales.

Finally, a reminder that we recently re-launched our Business Performance and Improvement Network –
I encourage you to get involved! Read more in the Networks section below.

Wishing you all time to reset, rest and reflect as we sprint into, and through July.

Keep warm and well!

Best wishes

June 2023
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It's membership renewal time! We look forward to continuing to support all staff in local government on their leadership journey in 2023-24 and have been in touch to provide information to those due for renewal on the process. For those not due for renewal we will be in touch soon to share information on how to make the most of your
LG Professionals SA Membership.


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 

Friday 24 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Economic Development Conference

Friday 22 March 2024 - LG Professionals SA Annual State Conference

Thursday 11 April 2024 - LG Professionals SA Management Challenge

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


We're thrilled to announce that the Rural Management Challenge will go ahead on Thursday 19 October 2023. Registrations are now open!

The Rural Management Challenge presents a great opportunity for regional councils to develop their staff through an accessible and cost-effective developmental program. The Challenge is designed to stretch comfort zones and expand skill sets, delivering many benefits to team members. As some tasks or issues may be outside the team members' usual role, it provides the perfect opportunity to broaden their understanding of different areas of the organisation. 

Key Dates
Thursday 19 October 2023 at The Terrace Hotel, South Terrace, Adelaide.

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Time is running out to register! If you are a Council General Manager or Director, or are in an equivalent role reporting directly to the CEO, join us as we welcome Greg Kavanagh and Kristie Johnson as guest speakers for the LG Professionals SA General Managers and Directors Network Forum: Your Brand, Your Culture. 

This Forum will be held in person at LG House and via Zoom on Thursday 6 July 2023 from 1:15 PM - 4:00 PM. 

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Friday 28 July 2023

Join us on Friday 28 July 2023 at the Adelaide Convention Centre as we unpack what it means to be a people and culture professional in local government today and equip you with the tools and knowledge to lead your organisation into the future.

This conference is also a fantastic opportunity to develop and strengthen connections and collaborate with like-minded local government people and culture professionals. Register today!

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Thursday 30 August 2023

Exclusive Masterclass with International facilitator – Dr Barry Bales

This interactive Masterclass will help you to understand what emotional intelligence really is, learn specific strategies for enhancing and managing your EQ, and practice applications for leveraging EQ in a leadership role.

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

Find out more

Friday 31 August 2023

Exclusive Masterclass with International facilitator – Dr Barry Bales

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.

Find out more

Friday 25 August 2023 - SAVE THE DATE

Meet the LG Professionals SA Team

Meet Eve Jackson

Excited to be stepping into a new industry, Eve joined the
LG Professionals SA team as Training Support Officer in April 2023. With a Diploma of Logistics and additional accreditation towards Chain of Responsibility, Eve brings transferable skills in stakeholder relations, complex coordination, and administration.

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.

Network Offerings

Women's Network Forum

Friday 22 September 2023

Further information will be released soon.

People and Culture Network Forum

Wednesday 6 September 2023

Further information will be released soon.

People and Culture Network Forum

Wednesday 16 November 2023

Further information will be released soon.

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.

Join today

Business Performance and
Improvement Network Forum

Thursday 10 August 2023

Further information will be released soon.

Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum
Thursday 23 November 2023

Further information will be released soon.

General Managers and Directors Network Forum
Thursday 26 October 2023

Further information will be released soon.

Community Managers Network
Open Network Meetings

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. 

Should you work in the community space and would like to attend, or have a colleague who would benefit from taking part, please email Haylie Maynard, Membership and Networks Officer at 
haylie@lgprofessionalssa.org.au to be added to future calendar notes.

Meetings will be held in a hybrid format, from 9:30AM – 11:30AM, with in person attendance at LG House, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide, or via Zoom.

Future dates are:

  • Friday 30 June 2023 - Youth
  • Friday 1 September 2023 - Volunteering

Youth Open Meeting - More information

Join us as we welcome Zac Cannell, Sexual Health Counsellor, Shine SA and Josh Stokes, Community Development: Youth Coordinator Community Capacity, City of Onkaparinga to speak at the upcoming bimonthly Open Network Meeting.

Zac’s insightful presentation will help us explore diversity and inclusion within the community development space, highlighting the importance of understanding the youth of today in our communities.

Josh will take us through a recap of the Community Changemakers Summit, sharing his findings and feedback received. Touching on information regarding youth civic participation specifically.  

We encourage you to attend to form strong new connections with your peers within the network and participate in discussions relevant to your role that you are passionate about. 

New Members

Welcome to our 39 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.

Member Profile - 
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We caught up with one of this year's Emerging Leaders Program participants, Jade Falco, Service Excellence Coordinator at EastWaste to find out how she is enjoying the program so far. 

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?

I have been wanting to sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program for several years and was so happy when the opportunity presented to participate. What interested me about the program is that it is an in-person course, providing an opportunity to meet and work with other Local Government professionals. Also, the Prospectus indicated that there is a great balance of personal development type work i.e. exploring personal behaviours mixed with practical development type work i.e. learning about change management and improving workplace culture.

What was your biggest takeaway from the opening retreat?

I had a mix of excitement and nervousness going into the opening retreat and my biggest takeaway was the confidence boost that it gave me. It showed me that I can do hard things and that the more I push myself out of my comfort zone, the more I can achieve and grow. I also really enjoyed the sessions delivered by UniSA, particularly the topics on the second day regarding leadership, beliefs and values.

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

I am really excited about working with my team to deliver an amazing module about Local Government Sustainability. I am also looking forward to expanding my knowledge, growing as an individual, and increasing my self-confidence throughout the program.


Jade Falco
Service Excellence Coordinator


We offer a range of short courses that have been curated to equip the sector’s staff with the skills essential to deliver on efficiency, performance and continuous improvement.

Our short courses are scheduled based on expressions of interest. If you are interested in attending any of the following short courses please complete an EOI through the link below and we will be in touch once we have adequate numbers to deliver that short course. 

All of our short courses can also be run in house at your council.
Please contact Eve Jackson, Training Support Officer at eve@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information. 

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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.

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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