February 2022  


Mary Frost is stepping down from her role at the end of March after three years with LG Professionals Tas. 

We are seeking a part time Executive Officer to deliver on the strategic objectives of the association.

For further information read the advert here and a detailed position description here

Applications close on Friday 11 March 2022.

Kind regards

Paul Jackson



Due to the level of interest for the new online program, an extra workshop has been scheduled on Tuesday 7 June.

Developed by LGPro Vic specifically for the Tasmanian market the online 3-hour workshop is designed for people who are new to local government or those who wish to improve their knowledge of council governance. 

The program covers structure, roles, functions, decision-making processes and includes case studies that demonstrate common issues that officers may be required to navigate.

For LG Professionals Tas members wishing to attend, please initially email Emma at emmaj@lgpro.com with your full name, job title, email address, membership status and the preferred method of payment so that the applicable member rate can be set up for you. For non-members please register below. 

Date + Time
Tuesday 7 June, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Register here


Registrations are closing this Friday for the HR SIG.

Hear from:

  • Dave Dilger, Edge Legal - COVID-19: What the Courts and Tribunals have decided so far and what Councils should be doing now to comply
  • Tim Ashlin, WorkSafe Tasmania - The impacts on flexible working arrangements and the associated health and mental health of workers.
  • Kristen Desmond, George Town Council - Kristen’s experience moving from a regulator to a local government.
  • Ekaterina Skalidis, Dobson Mitchell Allport - Drug and Alcohol in the workplace – Policies, Training and recent case updates.
  • Sonya Buckley, Spirit Super - Fund Updates and Industry Insights

Date + Time + Venue

Thursday 3 March, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Tamar Function Centre, Riverside


Member: $33 inc GST

Non-Member: $66 inc GST

Proudly sponsored by

Edge Legal | CouncilJobs | e-Raw

Register here


Registrations are now open for the hybrid I&DT SIG.

Hear from:

  • Matt Gray, City of Launceston | Virtual Team - Intranet replacement project
  • Michael Craig, Harbour Software - Doc Assembler Agenda and Minutes Solution as an Agent of Change - O365
  • Michael Glazer, Huon Valley Council - Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Apple Business Manager
  • Samara McIlroy, Office of the State Archivist - It’s not just an IT project: Why trusted tech requires good recordkeeping
  • Amelia Buchanan, Red Piranha - Navigating Cyber Security – Now and for the future

Date + Time + Venue

Tuesday 29 Thursday, 9:45 am – 3:15 pm at the Aberdeen Meeting Room, Devonport City Council or via Teams


Member: $33 inc GST

Non-Member: $66 inc GST

Proudly sponsored by

AvePoint | Day One Digital | Harbour Software | Hewlett Packard Enterprise | Red Piranha

Register here


The Local Government Professionals Australia National Leadership Summit (formerly Canberra Behind the Scenes) provides an exclusive opportunity for council CEOs, general managers and senior executives to meet with federal political leaders, senior departmental officials and industry experts to discuss issues that matter to you.

Ahead of the upcoming Federal election, the next Leadership Summit will be held in Canberra from 22-24 March 2022. This is a rare opportunity to engage directly with the officials and decision makers behind the funding decisions, programs and policies that will directly impact your council and your community.

Speakers include the Local Government Minister Kevin Hogan and shadow minister Jason Clare. We will have three expert speakers addressing infrastructure resilience: Infrastructure Australia’s Peter Colacino, EY’s Partner Blair Comley, and Infrastructure Sustainability Council’s Ainsley Simpson.

Register here


The first Women in Local Government Future Leaders Webinars is coming up on Tuesday, 1 March. 

Presented by Local Government Professionals Australia with the support of the Commonwealth Government's Office for Women, this new webinar series will provide practical professional skills tailored especially for women in local government and will showcase success stories from across the country.

The first webinar topics topic is Communicating with credibility, confidence, and influence, with guest speaker Dr. Neryl East, a specialist in local government leadership communications.

Research by Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government has proven that skilled communicators have more job opportunities and take home significantly higher wages. This is a fantastic professional development opportunity for women and men in local government to support and engage in improving diversity and inclusion in local government. We look forward to seeing lots of faces on the day.

There is no cost to attend.

Register here


Register for the dedicated Women and super webinar to learn steps you can take now to help secure your financial future.

Topics include:

  • Women and super – the facts
  • Why is super important?
  • Taking control of your super - 7 super tips
  • Planning for retirement
  • How to get help with your super.

Please share this poster with your colleagues.

Tuesday 8 - Wednesday 9 March

Register here


Karen Hampton, Community Services Manager from the Devonport City Council has been seconded to DPAC for a 12 month period to support the ongoing recovery efforts of the Hillcrest Primary School tragedy.

Karen’s role will concentrate on liaison with the families’ case managers to ensure ongoing support is provided as well as wider community recovery support for the recently established Hillcrest Affected Area Recovery Committee.


This month we have interviewed Paula Gudgeon, Senior Advisor Strategic Planning, Thriving Capital, Policy Lab from the City of Hobart 

Paula, What do you do in your role and how long have you been doing it?

My role involves coordinating organisational strategic planning across the City of Hobart and development of the Council’s Annual Plan and Annual Report. I also provide advice to officers on strategic alignment and undertake research to support strategy and policy development.

I have been in the role now for three and a half years but previous to that I was the Executive Officer for the Community Development Division.

What made you want to work in Local Government?

I have previously worked in the Civil Service in United Kingdom and for the State Government in Western Australia. After working at these levels of government I wanted to work in an organisation that was closer to the community I live in. Local government was the ideal fit for me due to the community connection and the many interesting opportunities and career choices available.

What made you join LG Professionals Tasmania?

I joined LG Professionals Australia for a number of reasons. I wanted to get to know other people working in local government in Tasmania and learn more about the challenges facing the sector and how other councils are tackling them.

What interests do you have outside of work?

I’ve turned into a real home body over the last few years and I love spending time at home looking after my rabbits, tending my veggie plot (without much luck the last two years) and doing cross stitch. I also enjoy singing with and organising performances for the City of Hobart choir. (If anyone is interested in singing with the choir please drop me a line! You don’t need to be able to read music or have any singing experience).

If you could give your 12-year-old self 1 piece of advice what would it be?

When I was 12 years old I had to make choices of what subjects I would study. I would tell myself ‘not to worry about the choices just enjoy what you are studying. You will have many opportunities in your life and what you choose to do now as a 12 year old won’t stop you from being able to do them’.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

That I trained as a chef and baker when I left school and worked in the hospitality industry for three years. My dream was to work on the QE2 and other Cunard Ocean Liners but after spending a gruelling three years in hospitality I decided to change direction.

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing the sector at the moment?

Local government is facing many challenges at the moment with higher and higher expectations from the community. I think some of the biggest challenges are climate change and community and economic recovery from COVID-19. As a Council we can work to make sure we are sustainable but there needs to be a clear strategic approach to the challenges with a collaborative approach taken by all levels of government, communities and the private sector.

Biggest regret outside of work in the past 10 years?

That I haven’t travelled more particularly in Europe. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to do a tour of the best patisseries in Paris, eat Sachertorte in Vienna and go to the Christmas markets in Germany. I guess I’ll have to plan a fitness regime starting now!


Linda Wells is a certified workplace trainer, has awards in customer service, is certified in mental health and nutrition and the retail food sector enhancing health. Linda is on multiple Boards, delivers many speaking sessions, works on projects across Australia, NZ, Switzerland, USA to encourage people to get healthy again, via food/drinks consumed.

She has a career spanning multiple sectors: management with Qantas, Principal Trainer at Goulburn-Murray Water, Marketing Manager for a milk company, National Franchise Manager for Constellation Hotels, her own Customer Service training business and for more than a decade her own training business spreading the message of Healthy Eating in the Workplace.

Linda’s passion is encouraging people to learn what is in food/drinks and how to make better choices. Linda delivers the message in a humorous way, delves in deep into the ingredients in ultra-processed foods, but laughs and let’s go of the past, focussing on the future.


A key role of the RDA Tasmania Committee is to improve Commonwealth regional policy-making by providing intelligence and evidence-based advice to the Australian Government on regional development issues.

RDA Tasmania is seeking responses to their second 6x6 survey that takes about five minutes to complete. Your voice is important and they would like to hear from you.

Take the survey


Check out our upcoming events page to keep up to date and to register for our meetings, SIGs and programs. 

Special Interest Groups

  • HR SIG – Thursday 3 March
  • Innovation & Digital Transformation SIG – Tuesday 29 March
  • Risk, Legal & Property SIG – Thursday 7 April

Branch Meetings

  • Northern Branch Meeting – Wednesday 16 March
  • Southern Branch Meeting – Thursday 17 March


  • Australasian Management Challenge Regional Final - Wednesday 4 May
  • Introduction to Local Government – Tuesday 7 June

All LG Professionals Tas events are delivered in a covid-safe manner under state regulations and as outlined in our 2022 Covid Event Safety Plan.

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