Council merger pro­gress­ing well - Gil­lard

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.