Coun­cil wins ru­ral man­age­ment chal­lenge

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

SOUTH­ERN Downs

Re­gional Coun­cil has taken out first place in the South­ern Queens­land Ru­ral Man­age­ment Chal­lenge for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Man­agers Aus­tralia Queens­land held the chal­lenge with host Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil in Dalby. SDRC won against five other teams rep­re­sent­ing lo­cal coun­cils from across the south­ern Queens­land re­gion.

The Ru­ral Man­age­ment Chal­lenge is a de­vel­op­ment pro­gram that chal­lenges teams made up of lo­cal coun­cil staff to work to­gether and come up with prac­ti­cal yet cre­ative ways to solve prob­lems fac­ing lo­cal coun­cils.

South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive

David Keenan said the Ru­ral Man­age­ment Chal­lenge pro­vided a unique op­por­tu­nity for coun­cil staff to de­velop and hone their skills while also show­cas­ing their tal­ents.

“Win­ning the South­ern Queens­land Ru­ral Man­age­ment Chal­lenge two years in a row high­lights that coun­cil ben­e­fits from hav­ing some of the re­gion’s best and bright­est em­ploy­ees,” Mr Keenan said.

“I am proud of what our staff mem­bers have achieved over the past two years and the amount of skill and tal­ent they have dis­played in win­ning these chal­lenges.”

SDRC placed ahead of teams from Mur­weh Shire Coun­cil, Quilpie Shire Coun­cil, South Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil and two teams from Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil to take first place.

Chal­lenge judges score each team’s skills in com­mu­ni­cat­ing, pre­sent­ing, ne­go­ti­at­ing and how they man­age time and re­sources.

Teams are also judged on team­work and the qual­ity of the prod­ucts pro­duced.

The Ru­ral Man­age­ment Chal­lenge is held in three ar­eas around Queens­land dur­ing Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber each year.

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