Council merger progressing well - Gillard
It has been eight months since Federation Council was formed and Federation Council General Manger Chris Gillard says he is delighted in the way the merger is progressing.
Mr Gillard told the Free Press that in a busy eight months council staff had completed more than 75% of the 365 tasks included in the merger plan, with significant achievements in creating streamlined financial and co mmunications systems.
“Our staff has done an amazing amount of work in a relatively short period of time, while taking the opportunity to take the best of both previous organisations and implement new productive ways of really making it work for our new organisation,” he said.
“One of the biggest administrative tasks is about to kick off with the two previous financial systems about to be merged into a single system and direct networked communication between all offices and depots across the new local government area will also be established as part of this process.
“Although an administrative function, this is one of the most important elements for ensur- ing we have a strong foundation for customer service and responsiveness to our community across the whole council area and I commend the work put into this process by staff.”
Mr Gillard said a lot of effort behind the scenes was also being put into developing council’s new website which is being built on a modern platform that will enable improved information flow between council and the community.
“Going through an amalgamation is a very disruptive and uncertain time for staff, so I have been delighted that large scale redundancies have been avoided at Federation Council and that our staff’s willingness to work together has resulted in great outcomes,” he said.
“This has all been possible because of collaboration with staff and unions.
“I am really pleased to see the way in which our shire is going and something we are really focused on is new business plans and reviewing the ways of working to benefit our wider communities.”
Mr Gillard said a good example of this was the continued innovation at the Corowa Saleyards sponsored by staff.
“Staff input saved the community over three million dollars and importantly local agents have saved significant time bringing their own equipment to the sale,” he said.
“The sale times have reduced and volumes are at high levels of approximately 600,000 per annum, a fantastic achievement.
“Other staff achievements include the modernisation of water metres, automation of watering systems, a very well attended Australia Day event and modernisation of information systems.”
Federation Council Administrator Mike Eden also pointed to the great co-operation between the merged communities, citing the events of the Australia Day weekend as a great example of community groups working with council to build economic and social benefit.
“I would like to applaud every community member and volunteer group for their community contribution over the Australia Day weekend and throughout the year,” he said.
“The end result of hours of volunteer work was a great event and enjoyed by so many.
“This kind of volunteer work has been un- dertaken by community leaders who are eager to develop community through their ideas and actions and selfless hard work.”
Federation Council General Manger Chris Gillard has complimented his staff who have achieved more than 75% of the 365 tasks included in the merger plan since Federation Council’s formation eight months ago.