What our members say

LGPro has a diverse membership made up of people working at all levels of Local Government in both metropolitan, regional and rural Councils. Our members have many drivers for choosing LGPro as their professional member association with many of our more experienced Fellow Members wanting to give back and share their knowledge with others in the sector, while our Young Professional Members can see that LGPro can open doors for them and helps them to progress their career.

Hear from some of our members and find out why they value their LGPro membership.


     Paula Jormakka
     Early childhood Services Community Liaison Officer
     Banyle City Council

What do you value the most about being a member of LGPro?
 Definitely the varied opportunities to connect with other Local Government professionals. I recently submitted a nomination to join the LGPro board and was contacted by a number of former and current colleagues who advised that they had voted for me, which was sincerely appreciated! 

What is your most memorable experience at an LGPro event?
Being embarrassed at my glasses fogging up because of tears listening to a key note speaker at the LGPro Women’s Conference a few years ago. She was truly amazing and inspirational. 

How has participating in our programs, conferences and Special Interest Groups helped you in your career? 
Participating in the LGMA Challenge as both participant and mentor has really taken me out of my comfort zone along with developing a number of skills to further enhance my understanding of the sector. The mentor part was more of a stretch for me as I had to hold myself back from waiting to pitch in and help out! Oh, and the no talking thing at the LGMA Challenge Day was the worst!

     Rory Neeson
Manager Community Relations
Corangamite Shire Council

The most valuable thing I value as an LGPro member is the networking opportunities and professional development sessions that I am able to attend.

How has LGPro helped your career? 
I completed the LGPro Emerging Leaders Program in 2012 which gave me the confidence to progress from a Coordinator to a Manager in a new Council. I also enjoy attending (and being on the organising committee) the Annual Conference where there is a wide variety of learning opportunities, inspiring speakers and networking available that is relevant to people across the sector.

What local issues are you passionate about? 
Being the Manager of Community Relations at Corangamite Shire, I really am passionate about communicating to and helping the community find out the information they require from Council. I also try to drive the importance of listening to our communities and ensuring they are involved in decision making that effects their lives.

What do you think is the key to creating positive change in your community, and how can Local Government play a greater role? 
Listening to our communities and our customers’ needs and then trying to provide services to meet these needs or advocate on their behalf.

What do you think Local Government does best, and what can it do better? 
Local Government is great at delivering services to the community. I think we can get better at engaging with the young generation to ensure they understand the varied role that local government plays and how they can engage/work with Council to ensure their needs are met both now and into the future.

   Jennifer Bednar
   Manager Innovation & Performance
   Yarra Ranges Council

LGPro provides amazing support to its members. As a professional development body, they are focused on creating better Local Government professionals – across all levels. My advice would be to get involved in as many networking and educational opportunities as possible, as these often open additional connections and opportunities to learn.

How has LGPro helped your career? 
As an Emerging Leaders Graduate, I cannot recommend more highly the great experience that being involved in a year long program provided. The people on the program were fantastic, and the monthly theme provided inspiration and learning that I could apply back in the workplace. As a group, many of us still catch up and share our Local Government stories, and it has been great to see many advance on to more senior roles within their career. Equally, my involvement in SIGs across the years as influenced my ability to collaborate across the sector, and learn from those who have experienced many of the challenges we all face.

What makes a good leader? 
Great leaders need to inspire change in others – both in their thinking and actions. They need to demonstrate a clear commitment toward their vision for the future, and use good humour and humility to establish connection with a broad range of people. A great leader is someone you want to know, someone you want to listen to and be around. Thankfully, we have plenty of great leaders within Local Government – and LGPro is there to help them grow.

    Bradley Thomas
    Acting Director Corporate Services
    Mount Alexander Shire Council

“There are a lot of networking opportunities within Local Government but I found that I was continuing to meet others within my own profession (finance). So I joined LGPro to network with individuals across all the industries that make up Local Government. LGPro provides fantastic opportunities for learning and development, which is delivered in modern formats and the content is relevant, especially to me as a younger executive in Local Government. One of my favourite LGPro moments was when I attended the Annual Conference earlier this year and met for the first time our group undertaking the Emerging Leaders 2017 Program, a fantastic night and great way to meet a bunch of strangers that I'm already calling good friends."