HUGE SHAKEUP AT COUNCIL

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SHOALHAVEN City Council has embarked on a major restructure that will see jobs go in a raft of new cost saving initiatives.
Nanjing Night Net

Council recently engaged management consulting firm Blackadder Associates to undertake an organisational review as part of a strategy to make a 5 per cent saving on operational costs.

The report provided by the consultants has been received by council, which has acted upon its recommendations.

The restructure will see council six groups reduced to four – Finance and Corporate Services, Development and Environment, Works and Operations and Shoalhaven Water – the job descriptions for the affected directors rewritten and their positions thrown open to an “open recruitment process”.

The directorship of Shoalhaven Water will remain unchanged.

Council is aiming to have the new Director positions put in place by June 1, 2013 subject to the recruitment process.

The reduction in the number of groups will see a reduction in personal assistant and section manager positions available under the new structure.

A Transformation Task Force consisting of the mayor, deputy mayor, general manager and a consultant has been established to implement the report and recommendations.

Redundancies will be the last resort if changes are not able to be made utilising existing vacancies, general staff turnover or retirements.

Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash said the organisational review had been undertaken in a bid to both streamline services and produce ongoing cost savings.

“Prior to the election the community told us they wanted a leaner and meaner council, to get the organisation’s finances in place and to undertake the backlog of capital works” said Cr Gash.

“This is exactly what we are doing after having engaged an independent consultant to totally transform the way council was operating.

“These changes are about positioning ourselves for the future and ensuring council’s long-term financial sustainability.”

“Council is also looking at ways to spend ratepayers’ money more effectively while also providing the community with the services they expect.”

General manager Russ Pigg said the restructure was being undertaken to ensure the organisation remained able to deliver a high level of services to the local community.

“All levels of government are undertaking cost reduction measures after being faced with deficit budgets,” said Mr Pigg.

“Shoalhaven City Council is not alone in facing a situation in which increasing expenditure is greater than the organisation’s revenue.

“The operational savings reform initiatives Council has implemented have been designed to deliver annual net savings of $6.5 million.”

“While this may not be achievable within the first year, I’m extremely optimistic of reaching these saving targets by years two or three.”

Council will also complete an organisational re structure for each group below section manager level, review procurement practices, investigate delivery methods and potential outsourcing, review its motor vehicle fleet, undertake service reviews, consider shared services opportunities and review fees and charges.

Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash said the organisational review had been undertaken in a bid to both streamline services and produce ongoing cost savings.

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