Leaders Connect

A word from the Acting CEO

Happy end of October! I hope this month’s edition of Leaders Connect finds you happy and well.

One of the many benefits of LG Professionals SA membership is the opportunity to raise your profile. Whilst putting yourself forward for new opportunities can sometimes be scary, it can also be amazing!

I encourage you to put yourself forward for one (or more) of the many opportunities currently available to LG Professionals SA Members:

  • Register for our Women’s Network Conference – to be held on Friday 5 November – registrations closing soon
  • Register for our Economic Development Conference – to be held on Friday 12 November 2021 – an important event not to be missed
  • Vote for your new LG Professionals SA Board. Ballot information has been emailed to all Members - if you haven’t received please let us know
  • Register to attend our AGM – to be held on Thursday 11 November 2021
  • Nominate to represent LG Professionals SA on a Network Committee – see details below on current opportunities with our People and Culture and Women’s Networks
  • Apply to join our team! We are currently recruiting for a Network and Program Officer and Administration and Training Support Officer – find more information here 
  • Register for one of our many Leadership Programs – Ignite, Strategic Management Program or Executive Leaders Program

There are lots of exciting things happening at LG Professionals SA – I encourage you to get involved. Of course, if you have any questions at all about any of the above please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Wishing you a safe and productive journey to the end of 2021!


October 2021
Edition 121

Friday 5 November 2021 - National Wine Centre 

Final days to secure your place - register today!

The LG Professionals SA Annual Women’s Network Conference is an event for local government women at all levels, both indoor and outdoor workforce. The program is designed to build confidence, inspire you with stories of success and resilience and connect you with yourself and your peers, to support your personal and professional development.

This years theme ‘Grow and Thrive’ will support attendees to reflect on the past year, make sense of it and identify the growth opportunities to reset and take forward to the future, pushing through adversity and being brave with the unknown.

Download the full program or click the button below for more details.

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The Rural Management Challenge will be held on Thursday 18 November 2021 in the Adelaide CBD, with the winner announced at a dinner that evening.

The dinner is open for registrations to all local government professionals - if you are not participating in the Rural Challenge but would like to demonstrate your support of the event and the participating regional councils, please register to attend - we would love to see you there!

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We are your association, and we are here to support you on your career journey.

Not a member? Check here to see if your council or subsidiary is a member - if so, you can activate your membership for free!

We've put together a list of 10 great reasons to join as a member of LG Professionals SA - see the full list here.

Represent the association as a Board Member, Network Committee Member or Chair. 

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The LG Professionals SA Women’s Network aims to maintain and improve the role of women employed in local government, to celebrate their contributions, and identify and provide opportunities to network and/or access development and training.

If you have a keen interest in creating opportunities for female local government professionals to thrive, then please consider this excellent opportunity to get involved.

The Women’s Network Committee wish to invite nominations for:

  • 5 positions for terms commencing December 2021 and concluding December 2023
  • 2 positions for terms commencing December 2021 and concluding December 2022

We encourage all women in the sector to consider this opportunity, from both the indoor and outdoor workforce.

Nominations close 5pm Friday 12 November 2021.

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The People and Culture Network aims to create opportunities for local government people and culture professionals to connect, collaborate, influence and grow.

The People and Culture Network Committee meet a minimum of 4 but up to 8 times a year, and hold network catch ups every 6 to 8 weeks to discuss topical issues, provide the opportunity to ask questions arising within the network and to encourage and facilitate peer support. These meetings are held via Zoom with the option to attend face to face. During these meetings, the Network Committee progress the Network’s priority areas, focussing on the aims of the network described above. We encourage you to get involved!

The People and Culture Network Committee wish to invite nominations for:

  • 5 positions for for a two year term concluding 31 October 2023
Find out more

Member Profile -
Proudly sponsored by

Ritu Datta

This month we caught up with Ritu Datta, Manager Organisational Development at City of Mount Gambier to find about her new role, career background and why she thinks professional development is important.

What is your role and what does it entail?

I recently commenced a 2 year secondment with the City of Mount Gambier in the position of Manager Organisational DevelopmentThe position has a diverse portfolio. This role entails strategically partnering with the people leaders and workforce to have the right people in the right roles to enable the organisation to deliver outstanding customer experience.  Read more... 

New Members 

Welcome to our 138 new members! Click here to see the list.

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

We caught up with one of this year's Emerging Leaders cohort, Craig Mudge, Manager Corporate Services at District Council of Mount Remarkable to find out how he's finding the program so far.

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?

I had been interested in the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) for a couple of years, however it wasn’t until I was appointed to my current role that I took a proper look at the program. The opportunity to build on my confidence and further develop my leadership skills in a program tailored for the Local Government sector was one that I just couldn’t pass up.

I did have some reservations, in particular the time and travel commitment, but the feedback and encouragement I received from others from regional Councils who had participated made it a no brainer.

A huge shout out to my CEO and my amazing team for their support in me taking on this opportunity!

The most recent module focused on leading through change – what were some of your takeaways from this module?

The leading through change topic facilitated by Dr Marguerite Kolar focussed on change leadership, change management, the impact of change on people and their reactions, and how leaders can help all during periods of change.

We were given insights and aids into skills of change leaders, including how to take everyone on the journey and how to be enthusiastic, genuine and sincere about circumstances surrounding change.

My main takeaway was the importance of active listening, always keeping the communication lines open and persevere.

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

We’re getting towards the end of the ELP now, so I’m keen to work with my group on finalising our group project, as well as taking in the final modules on sustainability and integration.

On a side note – our Council has entered the Rural Management Challenge for the first time, and I will be the Team Mentor. I am looking forward to supporting the team as they navigate the challenge in November. Go Team Remarkable!


Friday 12 November 2021 - Adelaide Convention Centre  

Looking forward, Australia will be different. Demographics will change – Australia’s ageing population the biggest factor.  Inter-generational burdens will shift. Economies will change – as will communities. Long term challenges but also long-term opportunities. Local Government’s role will emerge and necessarily evolve – different Councils will require different capability and capacity.

This is an important conference not to be missed. Registrations are open with the full program to be released soon. 

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It's almost that time of year again. Have you worked on a project that is worthy of recognition? If so, make sure you keep an eye out for the 21st Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Call for Nominations - coming soon.

Find out more information on previous year's categories and criteria here.

Friday 19 November and Friday 26 November 2021 - held virtually

Beyond providing you with essential knowledge and skills to plan, manage and execute projects on time and on budget, this program takes a deeper dive into project management theory and looks at both operational and strategic elements of project management.

Best suited to those who have some project management experience behind them, and those that have completed the Introduction to Project Management course.

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We offer a range of leadership development opportunities for every stage of your local government career. 

Find the right program for you.

Our Ignite Program is tailored specifically to new supervisors, team leaders and coordinators. 

Program runs: February - December 2022

Registrations are currently open for this program.

Want to know more about the Ignite Program? Register to attend the information session on Thursday 28 October 2021.

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Our Emerging Leaders Program is for aspiring leaders seeking to increase their understanding of leadership concepts and practices and how to integrate these learnings into the workplace.

Program runs: June - December 2022

Want to know more about the Emerging Leaders Program? Register to attend the information session on Thursday 10 February 2022.

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Our Strategic Management Program, delivered in partnership with UniSA, is designed for mid-level leaders who want to broaden their thinking and understand where they fit in their organisation, to influence for maximum impact.

Program runs: February - August 2022

Registrations are currently open for this program.

Missed out on attending the Information Session? Please contact us on admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for a copy of the recording.

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Our Executive Leaders Program is for leaders who are seeking to expand their minds to new ways of thinking, delivering and managing as well as amplifying their leadership impact.

Program runs: February - April 2022

Registrations are currently open for this program.

Missed out on attending the Information Session? Please contact us on admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for a copy of the recording.

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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:

  • Women's Network
  • People and Culture Network
  • Community Managers Network
  • Continuous Improvement Network
  • General Managers Network 
  • CEO Network
Join a Network today

Below you will find all upcoming Network Forums and Meetings.

If you would like to know more about our network offerings please contact admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 8291 7990.

People and Culture Network Catch up
Tuesday 9 November 2021
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual via Zoom

For Network Members Only - contact us for more details

Community Managers Network Committee Meeting
Friday 12 November 2021
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LG Professionals SA Office, 5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood and via Zoom

For Network Committee Members Only - contact us for more details

Women's Network Committee Meeting
Tuesday 30 November 2021
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LG Professionals SA Office, 5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood and via Zoom

For Network Committee Members Only - contact us for more details


Annual State Conference 
Friday 18 March 2022

Australasian Management Challenge
Wednesday 4 May 2022

Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner
Friday 27 May 2022

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 Rhiannon for further details on corporate partnership opportunities.

Running for over two decades, the LGA Scheme Awards have awarded over $1.8M to Members since its inception.

Now open for nominations, including a new awards category!

  • LGAWCS WHS Best Practice Award
  • LGAMLS Risk Management Award
  • LGAMLS & LGAWCS Risk Evaluation Excellence Award

There are a lot of talented people across the sector, making a difference in improving risk to its community so be sure to encourage your organisation to put their minds together as it could be a successful entry!

Nominations close 3rd December 2021…. What are you waiting for? Nominate now!

Download flyer here

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.

LG Professionals SA   5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood SA 5063   Phone: 08 8291 7990

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