January 2022  


Expressions of Interest are now open for the Emerging Leaders Program: a unique professional development opportunity for current leaders and those who aspire to positions of leadership within the local government sector in Tasmania.

The two-day intensive program focuses on equipping emerging leaders with an understanding of the key challenges facing local government in the future and the competencies to develop leadership abilities.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from officers to attend the course in May/June 2022. 

Read more about the Emerging Leaders Program.

Register your interest below before the 3 February.

Expression of Interest


Registrations are now open for the new virtual Introduction to Local Government Program for Tasmanian council officers. 

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.

Date + Time 
Tuesday 22 March, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Register here


Challenge yourself today and register your Tasmanian council for the 2022 Australasian Management Challenge. It is the premier professional development program for local government officers and emerging leaders.

The Management Challenge:

• Develops leaders - especially emerging leaders

• Builds corporate knowledge and increases staff skills

• Boosts pride in the organisation

• Creates strong teams and team spirit

• Builds networks and breaks down silos

• Develops and strengthens relationships across the organisation

• Build confidence

Early Bird pricing is ending this week - enter your team now! Your council may also qualify for the small councils subsidy or you could partner with neighbouring councils to form a composite team.

Register here


Registrations are now open for the Community Services SIG meeting being held on Tuesday 22 February at the Recreation Ground Complex, Campbell Town.

Register today to connect with your peers from across Tasmania to broaden your knowledge base and increase your network of support.

Hear from:

  • Brigid Wilkinson, COTA Tas | Ageism - What is it and how can we take a stand?
  • Sarah McCormack, City of Launceston | Building Local Communities through ABCDE Learning Sites
  • Rob Soward, UTAS | The CAPITOL Project - Building community capacity to improve and enhance health and wellbeing
  • Ben Hirst, Relationships Australia | How Community Actions Plans can support LGAs to promote positive mental health and help prevent suicide

Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Please pass this onto any one in your council who could benefit from attending.

Date + Time + Venue
Tuesday 22 February, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Recreation Ground Complex, Campbell Town

Member: $33 inc GST
Non-Member: $66 inc GST

Register here


This month we have interviewed Jeff Griffith, Deputy General Manager from Devonport City Council

Jeff, what do you do in your role and how long have you been doing it?

I joined Devonport City Council in February 2018 so approaching four years. I joined in the role of Executive Manager Corporate Services and transitioned in 2020 to Deputy General Manager. I have quite a diverse portfolio that includes planning, building, plumbing, environmental health, risk, safety, customer service, parking, community services, information technology, business systems and records. Having had a background in a large corporate focused on process and systems, I have been driving substantial organisational change and transformation leveraging improved processes supported by digital transformation.

What made you want to work in Local Government?

Much of my career has been in business working for Caterpillar dealers starting in the US. I was hired by WesTrac in Perth Western Australia in the late 90’s and enjoyed a 15-year career with them. My wife grew up in Burnie, so we saw an opportunity to move to Tasmania about 7 years ago. I needed to explore all opportunities and diversify my experience. Leaving WesTrac, where I was Chief Information Officer and moving to Tasmania taking on a role as General Manager at Shearwater Resort is substantial career change. After Shearwater Resort, I took on a role as General Manager for a Tasmanian technology company. I had the opportunity to connect with many in local government and could see that council operations were in need of modernisation. Government is often seen as slow moving with a lot of red tape. I have found over my career that I enjoy those opportunities that allow me to leverage my skills and experience to drive substantial organisational change. Devonport City Council has provided that opportunity and over the past 4 years an incredible level of change initiatives have been undertaken resulting in a council that has modern processes and systems and a dynamic organisational culture.

What made you join LG Professionals Tasmania?

I am big believer in the power of collaboration and LG Professionals Tasmania provides an excellent opportunity to connect and network with peers in the sector. We are better when we work together and learn from each other.

What interests do you have outside of work?

I have two teenage boys that keep my wife and I quite busy feeling like a combination of chauffer and bank. We loved to travel and did so extensively prior to COVID two years ago and hope that we might get that opportunity again in the near future. Other than that, we enjoy spending time with family and friends and trying new restaurants.

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

Enjoy life, don’t be so serious and worry less.

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

Most people can place my accent as North American, but most do not know that I grew up in Little Rock Arkansas and that I went to Louisiana Tech University and after graduating started my career working as a manager for what we now know as EB Games. My love of technology began early at a time when there was very limited use in business.

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

Attracting a younger generation into local government will continue to be a challenge. Modernising operations and using digital platforms to improve service delivery will be a challenge for many Councils but doing so may make local government more attractive to a younger generation.

There will always be pressure to deliver more services to the community and improve service delivery while maintaining or reducing costs. This can be done by modernising council operations and leveraging digital platforms to deliver more services. Unfortunately, councils struggle to secure the skills and resources needed to drive this necessary change. Disruption, more substantial than Covid, is likely to occur within the next 5 years which will force councils to take action to remain relevant.

Biggest regret outside of work in the past 10 years?

Bitcoin was $1 in 2011. $1000 of bitcoin purchased in 2011 would be around $60m dollars today. Huge regret!!!


The Tasmanian Government has commissioned a Local Government Board Review into the Future of Local Government. The Terms of Reference for the Review are found here

A new board was appointed in December 2021:

  • Ms Sue Smith – Chair
  • Ms Pam Allan
  • Mr Ric De Santi
  • Ms Kym Goodes
  • Mr Paul West
  • Mr Mathew Healey – Director of Local Government

The review will commence in January and include a broad range of community engagement and consultation. Further details will be available soon. 

Read more


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

Special Interest Groups

  • Community Services SIG – Tuesday 22 February
  • HR SIG – Thursday 3 March
  • Innovation & Digital Transformation SIG – Thursday 24 March
  • Risk, Legal & Property SIG – Thursday 7 April

A warm welcome to Nikki Long, who has joined LG Professionals Tas to bring the SIGs together in 2022. Nikki may be contacted by email here.

Branch Meetings

  • Cradle Coast Branch Meeting & Networking Event – Wednesday 16 February
  • Northern Branch Meeting – Wednesday 16 March
  • Southern Branch Meeting – Thursday 17 March


  • Introduction to Local Government – Tuesday 22 March
  • Emerging Leaders Program – May/June 2022

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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