LG Manager : CHRISTMAS EDITION 2013
KAren HAMPton GOVERNANCE COORDINATOR, DEVONPORT CITY COUNCIL, TASMANIA; LGMA NATIONAL DIRECTOR I’ve been team captain for the ‘Mountaineers’ Relay for Life team for the past six years, and being involved in Relay for Life fundraising reinforces that there is always someone doing it tougher than you. Be grateful for the life that you have and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way, professionally and/or personally. In 2014, I will continue to work towards achieving positive outcomes and improvements in my organisation, as well as continuing to personally challenge myself physically with the aim of completing my first half marathon. As changes occur within any organisation, I believe such change should not be viewed negatively or sceptically, but rather as an opportunity to improve or move forward. (I keep telling myself this every time there are changes within my beloved Collingwood Football Club!) And most importantly, remember to keep smiling. Happiness and positivity do rub off on people... eventually! Karen (second from right under banner) and her fellow Mountaineers, named highest Relay for Life fundraisers for the North West of Tasmania for the past four years, having raised more than $100,000 from the small community of Sheffield. JoHn rAVliC LGMA NATIONAL CEO Local government is the closest form of government to the people. In many countries it was also the first form of local governance. Village communities came together to deal with local issues in a way that was responsive and sustainable, long before provincial and national governments were established. Somewhere along the way we outsmarted ourselves with the science of efficiency and effectiveness and created systems of local government that were neither local nor sustainable. But recently we’ve seen Queensland respond to de-amalgamation calls, New Zealand move to take pressure off local government by reducing its mandate to align with funding, and the UK revisit the sector’s role ahead of the next wave of austerity measures. Funds for Australian local government are unlikely to increase any time soon. The next round of reforms need to follow international trends and review the role and function of our local government. dAVid o’louGHlin MAYOR, CITY OF PROSPECT, SA Every vote counts. At the recent 60th jubilee celebrations for our local, and my old, Blackfriars Priory School, there were a number of parents, teachers and former students present for the obligatory formalities. My mayoral congratulations to them was just one of my 11 events and four meetings for the weekend. Like priests I think we should get Mondays off! On Council for 10 years, seven as Mayor, I am now running for State Parliament. One thing I have learnt is to never ignore a constituent, no matter how they are dressed. This dog votes, believe me! David and his canine constituent paws for the camera. dAVid o’louGHlin MAYOR, CITY OF PROSPECT, SA this year dAVid o’louGHlin neXt year John and his three boys have been selected to represent Australia at the World Taekwondo Championships in Rome in 2014. 11 LGManagerChristmasEdition2013 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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