Welcome to the first edition of 'FOCUS' for 2016. Although we have been away for a while doing some very exciting things, we are pleased to be back on board and delivering professional Local Government news to you.
President’s Message Firstly members, I apologise for the long gap between newsletters. As most of you would be aware, we have been in recruitment mode for a new Executive Officer following the resignation of Pamela Crawford.
Following Pam’s resignation, LG Professionals Tas determined to enter into an agreement with LGAT regarding the employment of an Executive Officer and I’m delighted that Alyce Jordan has commenced full time employment for LGATand seconded to LG Professionals Tas.
I recently attended LG Professionals Australia’s National Congress which was held on the Gold Coast from 4-6 May. There was a broad range of speakers with the theme of Congress being “A new agenda – the changing face of local government”. I also attended the President's Summit, which was a very worthwhile session with all President's of the Federation working with the incoming National President to set the strategic direction for the year ahead.
CONGRATULATIONS to fellow State Board member Andrew Wardlaw on being announced as the National President at Congress. Andrew will hold this position for one year and I have every confidence he will represent Tasmania with distinction at the national level.
By now you should have received a survey from our Executive Officer regarding the Targeted Review of the Local Government Act 1993. I urge all members with an interest in the Act to please take some time to complete the survey. Due date is the 3rd of June.
LG Professionals TAS President Karen Hampton
New National President Burnie City Council’s General Manager, Andrew Wardlaw was announced as the National President of Local Government Professionals Australia at the National Congress held at the Gold Coast recently. Andrew has been a Director on the National Board since 2011 and has been on the National Executive Committee for the past three years.
It was further announced that next years national Congress will be held in Hobart.
Some of the Tassie crew celebrating with the incoming National President Andrew Wardlaw at the Conference Gala Dinner
Local Government Excellence Awards An Awards event was held in Launceston on April 14 2016 where three Awards were presented in the following categories:
Management Excellence Award (sponsored by Tasplan - Michael Irwin)
Michelle Neasey, Burnie City Council
Well done Michelle!
Innovative Management Initiatives (sponsored by Technology One - Richard Metcalfe)
Cory Robson, Malcolm Prior and Jo Devine, Launceston City Council
Excellence in Risk Management (sponsored by JLT - Andrew Ralph)
Garry Thorp, Circular Head/Waratah-Wynyard Council
Well done Garry!
Raymond West Scholarship recipients Jonathan Harmey from Meander Valley Council and Sean Johnson from King Island Council were the recipients of the Raymond West Scholarship which enabled them both to travel to the Gold Coast to attend the National Congress. The Raymond West Scholarship enables young emerging leaders under the age of 35 years who may not have an opportunity through their Council to attend the Congress.
Australasian Management Challenge
The winner of the regional final of the Management Challenge was also announced at the awards luncheon.
Three teams participated in this year’s Regional Final of the Australasian Management Challenge, Burnie, Kentish-Latrobe and Dorset Councils. Congratulations to Burnie City Council on winning the Regional final. The team will now represent Tasmania at the National final to be held in Melbourne on June 23/24.
The Challenge was sponsored by JLT.
Australasian Management Challenge - Burnie City Council Team members
Front L-R: Fiona Gardam (Team Leader), Janine Phillips
Back L-R: Michael Foster (Mentor), Sandy Loring, Karina Rose, Carolyn Harris, Mitchell Smith, Andrew Ralph JLT representative.
This year’s State Conference will be held at Cradle Mountain Hotel from 12-14 October and the Organising Committee are working hard to ensure it is a must attend event. Please note that if you going to attend the conference, you should book your accommodation prior to the 31st August.
Introducing the New Executive Officer Alyce Jordan has successfully been appointed the role of LG Professionals Executive Officer. Alyce commenced on the 16th of May 2016 and is slowly finding her feet and has commenced reinvigorating the Special Interest Groups and planning for the 2016 Annual Conference.
You may have already seen some communications coming through from Alyce, however, you may wish to contact her on the details listed below.
Executive Officer's Message
I would firstly like to say that I am very excited to be on board with LG Professionals Tasmania as well as the Local Government Association of Tasmania. I feel the new role will be both challenging and rewarding.
Coming from a strong community services background means that I have a lot to learn about the LG sector, however I feel that in many industries the challenges and rewards are similar. Please feel free to contact me anytime should you have any questions, ideas or comments on the details listed below.