May 2021


Registrations are now open for the 2021 Annual Awards Ceremony & Luncheon on Thursday 3 June, 12 noon - 2.00 pm at the Launceston Golf Club, Kings Meadows, Launceston.

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of your local government colleagues.

The winners of the Annual Awards, Regional Management Challenge and Raymond West Scholarships will be announced during the ceremony:

Emerging Leader Award
Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award
Innovative Management Initiative Award
Community Service Delivery Award
Partnerships and Collaboration Award
Raymond West Scholarships
Regional Tas Winner - Australasian Management Challenge

All the best to the nominees!

Date: Thursday 3 June
Time: 12 noon - 2:00 pm
Venue: Launceston Golf Club, Kings Meadows
Investment: $55.00 inc GST
RSVP's close: Thursday 27 May

Proudly sponsored by:
JLT Public Sector  -  Spirit Super  -  RDA Tasmania  


LG Professionals Tasmania in partnership with Page Seager Lawyers and the Local Government Association of Tasmania presents Masterclasses on procurement, tendering, contract management and work health and safety.

Join Georgia Palmer (Southern Tas) and Deb Leisser (Northern Tas), Local Government Association of Tasmania and Kathryn Speed, Brett Cassidy and Joe Mullavey from Page Seager Lawyers as they cover the following topics.

  • Procurement  
  • Tendering
  • Contract Management
  • Work Health and Safety

Read the full agenda here.

Wednesday 26 May: 9.45 am - 1.00 pm
RACT House, Level 2, 179 Murray Street
Registrations close: 21 May

Tuesday 1 June: 9.45 am - 1.00 pm
Tamar Function Centre, 1 Windsor Drive, Riverside
Registrations close: 27 May

$33 inc GST - Members
$66 inc GST - Non Members

Proudly partnered with:
Page Seager Lawyers  -  Local Government Association of Tasmania


The Regional Management Challenge took place at UTAS Stadium on Wednesday 5 May.

Congratulations to the teams from Kingborough Council, City of Launceston, Derwent Valley Council and Waratah Wynyard Council who all worked strategically to problem solve the tasks in a time pressured environment. Well done to all.

Thanks to our terrific facilitation team of Paul West and Andrew Wardlaw.

The regional winner from Tasmania will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 4 June in Launceston and will go on to compete in the Australasian final being held in conjunction with the Local Government Professionals Australia National Congress in Canberra in August.

Good luck to the teams!

Thanks to JLT Public Sector for the support of the Management Challenge. 

Kingborough Council: Kingborough Raptors
Derwent Valley Council: Get Smart
Waratah-Wynyard Council: Diversity Inc
City of Launceston: Go Launnie


This month we have interviewed Kylie Lunson, Development Services Manager from Devonport City Council.

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

I’ve been the Development Services Manager at Devonport City Council for the past three years. The role includes, planning, building, environmental health, risk safety and compliance. I tell people it’s the ‘serious side of Council’. I’ve really enjoyed working at the Devonport City Council for almost 13 years - starting as the Works Manager at the Depot, before moving into the role of Infrastructure and Works Manager and now as the Development Services Manager.

What made you want to work in Local Government?

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work in the engineering office at the Burnie City Council on a contract through my previous employer. I really enjoyed the opportunity, and it gave me a taste of what Local Government was about. The Works Co-ordinator position at the Burnie Works Depot was advertised shortly after and I was successful in gaining that position – the rest is history!

What made you join LG Professionals Tasmania?

I joined the Local Government Managers Association (now known as LG Professionals) about 16 years ago as a result of being selected to attend the National Congress. I have been a member ever since and gain great value from the professional development opportunities and networking through the organisation.

What interests do you have outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, going camping with friends and family, cooking morning tea for my work colleagues and knitting.

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

Don’t assume or jump to conclusions, ask more questions and listen.

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

I’m a keen Western Bulldogs supporter and I make a mean caramel slice, according to my work colleagues.

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

Unfortunately, the biggest challenge for public sector workers is the lack of respect that some members of the public have for Council and the role that Council plays. The evolution of social media has taken this lack of respect to a whole new level. We have a great team at Devonport that works hard to engage with the community through various platforms, to ensure we provide services effectively to our community.

Biggest regret outside of work in the past 10 years? 

I really try not to have regrets; however it would have been good if my husband and I brought more property 5 years ago instead of just talking about – we could retire now! But that’s life.


The Tasmanian Spatial Information Council (TASSIC) is the key forum for increased collaboration between public, private and community sectors in the collection, maintenance and use of spatial information in Tasmania. The Council reports to Tasmania's Minister for Primary Industries and Water.

Emily Brown, Local Government Representative for TASSIC is setting up a local government spatial information group for local government officers working in this space. 

Please reach out to Emily for further information by email

Registrations are closing soon for the program that will put you in the room for a series of meetings and briefing with officials behind the policies and budgets that directly affect your councils and communities.

LG Professionals Australia invites you to meet with Ministers and Federal Department chiefs to draw insights on programs that can support your communities and the important post-Budget policy pivots at Parliament House from 25-26 May.

This is a strictly limited capacity, small-group event. The program includes a networking evening at Parliament House the evening before a full day of interactive discussions with Federal Government Department officials, linking you directly with the people behind the programs, funding, and policies that affect your community.

Please note that this apolitical event is open strictly to council executive staff.

Find out more


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How do local governments rebuild their communities while continuing to deliver services in this ever-changing environment?

From severe drought and flooding to bushfires, compounded by the effects of the pandemic, the past twelve months have been like no other. LG Professionals Australia is partnering with the infrastructure experts at DM Roads to measure our sector's resilience and what is changing in the way we serve our communities.

This survey seeks to understand the challenges facing Local Governments operating in a post-Covid environment. 

Insights from the survey will be made available as a downloadable report, highlighting the most common shared challenges facing local governments across Australia and potential changes to financial investment in key community services.

Results from the survey will form the basis of an open forum discussion with industry professionals in our upcoming webinar, “Local Government Resilience Survey – Industry Professionals Discuss the Results” in June.

The survey will take about 7 minutes to complete and closes on Wednesday 2 June.

Take the survey

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