July 2021


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Registrations are now open for the Cradle Coast Branch Meeting, AGM and Networking event. 

Date: Tuesday 17 August

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Venue: Waratah-Wynyard Council, 21 Saunders Street, Wynyard

Speaker: Dana Hicks, Project Officer, Waratah Wynyard Council will speak about the Integrated Council Environmental Plan (iCEP) that recently won the LG Professionals Tas  2021 Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award.

A networking event follows the presentation.

Proudly sponsored by Cradle Coast Authority.

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Save the date! Registrations open soon for the Northern Branch Members Meeting and AGM.

Date: Wednesday 18 August

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Venue: Riverside Olympic Football Club, Windsor Community Precinct


Registrations are now open for the Southern Branch Members Meeting and AGM. 

Date: Thursday 19 August

Time: 11:30 am  – 1:30 pm

Venue: Glenorchy City Council


  • Dion Lester, Local Government Association of Tasmania will provide an update on current activities.
  • Dr Samantha Fox, Director Strategy and Development, Glenorchy City Council will speak on their Economic Development Project.
  • Marina Campbell, Manager Community & Andrea Marquardt, Coordinator Community Planning and Inclusion, Glenorchy City Council will speak about Community Engagement.
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This month we have interviewed Peter Porch, Director Works & Infrastructure from the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council.

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

I’m Director of Works and Infrastructure at Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and have been here for six months. In my role I mentor more junior staff in their specific roles and provide a framework for successful delivery of our shared accountabilities.

What made you want to work in Local Government?

I have a good friend who asked me to consider applying for a role where my skills were transferable. What keeps me here is the desire to improve on what we do and to work closely with others to help them achieve the best they can. Cake seems also to be an integral part of LG culture and I tend to like cake.

What made you join LG Professionals Tasmania?

Other like-minded people drew me into LGP initially and I recognise the benefits the organisation provides in developing LG people. The LGP Challenge is a super program and Leadership programs in their various forms are also extremely beneficial in developing, nurturing and empowering people to engage and excel in this unique working environment.

What interests do you have outside of work?

I like words. I have written a bit, a book and a half, poems, songs. I like choirs and appreciate the importance of singing as a means for overcoming fear of public speaking. I love the bush, beaches and the raw Tasmanian beauty.

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

Always look for the good and promote it.

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

I like broccoli. Most people don’t admit it but I’m not ashamed to say it.

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

The pace of digital change, particularly for smaller councils. The decline of journalism professionalism and the rise of social media misinformation are challenges we need to be on the front foot with to tell the good stories we have and provide a fair representation of the determinations we are charged with implementing.

Biggest regret outside of work in the past 10 years? 

Not getting a kayak sooner.


Local Government Professionals Australia has released the ‘Gender Balance Toolkit’ to assist in achieving gender balance in senior leadership positions in local government.

The toolkit contains a range of resources, case studies and key data on the current status of gender balance in our sector.

In December 2020 Local Government Professionals Australia announced that they would push for a gender balance of 40 percent women, 40 percent men, and 20 percent of any gender in local government leadership roles by 2025, as part of the wider need to increase diversity in our ranks.

Click below to access Local Government Professionals Australia’s Gender Balance Target Toolkit for Senior Leadership.

Download the Toolkit


Dobson Mitchell Allport is a full-service legal practice with the expertise and specialist knowledge to provide effective legal advice which is practically focussed. We recognise that business clients need a lawyer who is a facilitator rather than an obstacle and that clients need rapid attention given to their affairs.

Through a tailored approach to client service, Dobson Mitchell Allport work responsively to meet our clients’ business needs. We recognise that unique solutions deliver far greater results than ‘off the shelf’.

Dobson Mitchell Allport clients know they are dealing with real people, experts in their field, who are committed to helping them achieve success.  Our lawyers are carefully chosen for their legal expertise and their ambitious, curious natures. Through their personable manner and plain-English approach, Dobson Mitchell Allport people build successful partnerships with business, their customers and employees throughout Tasmania and nationally.


LGATASSIST (formerly the LGAT Welfare Fund) provides local government employees with support and assistance during times of health, financial and general personal difficulty.

The services offered by LGATASSIST are to provide:

  • Low interest loans to local government employees who are employed on a permanent basis
  • Access to financial counselling to assist with household management
  • Non-refundable grants may be approved for cases of extraordinary financial hardship.

Mr Geoff Dodge, Life Member, represents LG Professionals Tasmania on the LGATASSIST Board.

Read more here


Registrations open soon for the: 

Annual Conference
28-29 October
Eastcoaster Tasmania, Orford 

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

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