Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

Welcome to the end of September, and a bumper edition of Leaders Connect!

This week, we celebrated an exciting milestone – of 3,000 LG Professionals SA Members. The association has come a long way since the launch of its new membership model in 2020 and we are thrilled to have the privilege of supporting more and more local government professionals to be the best version of themselves.

This is an exciting and busy time of the year for the team as we plan and launch our various flagship offerings for 2024. As always, we welcome your feedback – if you have unmet training needs please feel encouraged to reach out – as your professional association we would love to hear from you and explore how we can support you through the provision of relevant development opportunities.

Our Executive Leaders Program will kick off the launch of our Leadership Programs for 2024, with registrations opening this week. Should you be a current or aspiring local government executive and are looking to expand your leadership impact, I encourage you to register for the upcoming Virtual Information Session to learn more.

Finally, we recently launched the Call for Nominations for the LG Professionals SA Board. If you are a Member of LG Professionals SA and interested in sharing your passion for the sector and supporting the development of local government people, I encourage you to consider submitting a nomination. Information has been sent to all Members however if you’d like to discuss what’s involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Please save the date for our Annual General Meeting – to be held on Thursday 9 November 2023.

We have a busy run to the end of the year with a range of events and courses open for registrations, including a brand-new short course ‘Speaking with Influence’ - please see further information below.

Enjoy this sunshine – I hope to see you soon.

Best wishes

September 2023
Edition 144



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

Learn more about what LG Professionals SA Membership offers you. 

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Nominations are currently open for the LG Professionals SA Board, with nominations called for one position as President, and five positions as Board Member. To nominate please complete this nomination form and return to executive@lgprofessionalssa.org.au by 12 noon, Wednesday 4 October 2023.

Interested but have questions? Please email Rhiannon Grebenshikoff, Chief Executive Officer on executive@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for a recording of the recent Prospective Board Member Virtual Information Session.


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. 

Thursday 9 November 2023 - LG Professionals SA Annual General Meeting 

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

Friday 3 November 2023

The LG Professionals SA Women’s Network Conference is an annual event for local government women at all levels, from all job roles, from both the indoor and outdoor workforce. The Conference program has been designed to help you flourish in your career and motivate you with stories of success and inspiration to support your personal and professional development.

This year’s Conference theme is ‘Connect, Discover, Soar’. The insights provided by a range of engaging speakers from within and outside the local government sector will support you to connect with yourself and your peers, and to soar in your local government career - whether you want to lead teams or inspire from your current role.

Registrations are selling fast - secure your place or table of 8 today!

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The LG Professionals SA Leadership Excellence Awards continue to shine a light on outstanding achievements in local government and showcase the fantastic work of our member councils and subsidiaries. Ahead of the 23rd Annual Leadership Excellence Awards, which will be presented at the Gala Dinner on Friday 10 May 2024, we have some exclusive opportunities for organisations wishing to partner with us on the Rural Management Challenge, Excellence in Community Partnerships, Excellence in Infrastructure or Excellence in Community Services and Development awards. Should there be an alignment between one of these categories and your organisation, and you’d like to find out more about the extensive range of benefits afforded to Award Sponsors, we invite you to connect with Megan Down, Manager – Events and Partnerships.

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Kristy Noakes

This month we spoke with Kristy Noakes, Customer Experience Lead at City of Charles Sturt, about her role, professional development and what's next for her. 

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

I've been in local government for two decades now. My journey began in 2003 as a trainee at the City of Adelaide, and over the years, I've held various positions. Currently, I serve as the Customer Experience Lead at the City of Charles Sturt. I love the diversity you get working in local government and find the impact on the community rewarding. Read more...

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.

Facilitated by Gary Edwards
As a lawyer, magician, negotiator, comedian and speaker, Gary is an expert in the art and science of influence – the key ability that businesses will need to navigate a future where nothing is quite as it seems. Gary has been a facilitator with LG Professionals SA for many years and delivers numerous short courses, with exceptional feedback from participants.  

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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.

Facilitated by Debra Sarre
With a Bachelor of Psychology and 20 years corporate experience Debra brings current knowledge and practices from the fields of Organisational Psychology and contemporary leadership and management. Debra delivers our Performance Coaching short course and has also been a key facilitator for our Emerging Leaders Program.

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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.

Facilitated by Lisa Twyford
Lisa is a highly motivated professional with extensive business improvement and project management experience. Her passion for these areas equips her with the expertise to deliver both the Introduction to Project Management and Advanced Project Management short courses. These courses sell out very quickly and feedback received is always excellent.

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Monday 20 November 2023

Whether your retirement is approaching or is in the distant future, there are a few important things to consider to help enjoy a quality lifestyle now and to plan for the retirement you are working towards.

Suitable for anyone who is keen to set goals and work towards a balanced lifestyle now and into their retirement. 

Facilitated by Rick Mason
Rick is passionate about assisting people to work with their values to achieve personal, retirement and business goals. He has worked extensively with people from all walks of life, in the capacity of coach, career transition counsellor, personal coach/counsellor, group worker and trainer.

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Last month the Business Performance and Improvement Network held their second forum since relaunching at the start of 2023, hosted by City of Unley.  

Attendees in person and online had an opportunity to hear from keynote speakers Katrina Lazaroff, CEO and Artistic Director of The Mill and Damian Carter, CEO of District Council of Streaky Bay.

Katrina provided insights into her role at The Mill and how she balances the creative and innovative thinking styles of their clients, with the need to also provide more management and administrative oversight – and the challenges that come with combining these two styles of thinking. It was great to hear her speak to the transformative work being done and how they focus on connection, creativity, innovation and being contemporary. 

Damian shared insights from a recent trip to Japan where he visited the City of Kitakyushu. He specifically focussed on how the City of Kitakyushu transitioned in the past 50 years from an industrial metropolis to a green and sustainable City.

Key learnings shared included encouraging citizen driven initiatives, data driven decision making, transparent reporting, and the use of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals.

The hot topic conversation was an energetic group discussion where we explored the topics of collaboration, strategy and policy, the political nature of our environment, how transparency can limit creativity and innovation, being bold, honest and authentic and human centred design. 

This Forum left attendees with some key ideas on how creativity, innovation, risk taking, changing our thinking and working with our community can inspire our workplaces to think differently! 

Michael Mallamo
Business Performance and Improvement Network Chair

We caught up with one of this year's Emerging Leaders Program participants, Egon Loh, Community Development Officer at Mount Barker District Council to find out how he is enjoying the program so far. 

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?

I was new in the local government sector (less than a year), and I saw the Emerging Leaders Program as a great opportunity to understand and develop my leadership style, help me understand my strengths and weaknesses, and build valuable connections with fellow peers undertaking the program.

A recent module focused on the ‘Political Context’ – what were some of your takeaways from this module?

I was fascinated by Clinton Jury, Chief Executive Officer, LGA SA presentation about the complexity between the three tiers of government (local, state and federal), and I remembered the exact words Clinton said the crossover between the three tiers is where the magic happens.”

Alison Hancock, Executive Manager, Mount Barker District Council, also shared about the uniqueness and different working relationships between the administration and the Elected Members, and their separation of roles is quintessential to how local government operates.

This module enabled me to gain a deeper appreciation of the intricacies of working in local government.

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

I am looking forward to the last module of the program (Integration) where I will review the learnings and reflect on my personal growth over the past 5 months in the ELP and I am excited to apply them in my work area.


Egon Loh
Community Development Officer
Mount Barker District Council

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The 2023 LG Professionals SA Community Managers Network Conference was held on Friday 25 August at UCity Function Centre. More than 100 attendees representing 35 councils and subsidiaries from across South Australia came together for a carefully curated day of learning and networking.

This year’s theme was ‘Community Development: Getting it Right'. Speakers from both within and outside the sector inspired us with fantastic case studies of their work, examples of successful collaborations with and for the community, and demonstrations of how to work effectively with those that you serve. A huge thank you to Joshua Stokes, Shannon Swart and Cathy O’Loughlin for filling in at such short notice!

Becky Hirst was a standout with her exploration of the concept of community, reflecting on the journey that society has been on in recent years, while Stephanie Harvey outlined the approach that is needed in community development and aligning more closely with First Nations’ people’s ways of knowing, being and doing. Carolyn Curtis shared how SA initiative ‘Our Town’ looks to support people by building on strengths to create inclusive cultures of awareness, connection and the promotion of wellbeing. Suhit Anatula touched on what community intelligence and assets we are connecting with. And keynote speaker Ally Nitschke rounded out the day, sharing her three pillars to leading courageously in the modern world – clarity, communication, and change.

Kylie Fergusen from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield did a fantastic job of weaving the day together as conference emcee, providing insights and humour for delegates throughout the day. 

Thank you to the LG Professionals SA Community Managers 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.

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

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

Community Managers Network Open Meeting
Friday 27 October 2023

Further information will be released soon.

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

Further information will be released soon.

Business Performance and Improvement Network Forum
Thursday 23 November 2023

Further information will be released soon.


Welcome to our 68 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.

The Mill is South Australia’s leading multi-disciplinary arts organisation, located on Angas Street in Adelaide CBD.

The not-for-profit not only presents a vibrant artistic program for the general public to engage with, it also boasts more than 57 affordable studios for artists - keeping creatives in South Australia and contributing to the state’s thriving arts culture.

The Mill also offers affordable space for hire:

  • The Meeting Room Perfect for board meetings, workshops or team training sessions. Available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Prices start from $90 + GST for 2 hours.
  • Upstairs Studio A one-of-a-kind creative space, perfect for your next photo shoot, video production or intimate workshop. Available 7 days a week, 9am-7pm. Prices start from $90 + GST for 2 hours.

When you book your meeting or photo shoot at The Mill, you’re directly supporting and helping to create opportunities for South Australian artists. For more information, contact venue@themilladelaide.com or visit www.themilladelaide.com

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.


The Norman Waterhouse Lawyers Local Government Conference has been South Australia's leading law conference for local government since 1989.

Take your learning to the next level as our experts delve into the unique challenges facing local government today with sessions curated with up-to-date and relevant content specific to your area of work, including:

  • Planning, Development & Environment
  • Construction, Contracts & Property
  • Employment, Governance & Regulatory Services

We look forward to welcoming you to what will be an invaluable day for local government.

Register now

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  I 148 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000  I  Phone: 08 8224 2080

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