New structure for Burdekin Shire Council

An organisational restructure focusing on improved coordination of separate functions across Council has been adopted by Burdekin Shire Council.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the new structure would be based on a two director model, similar to what was in place at Council prior to the last restructure.

“The new organisational structure is a positive step in the right direction and will enable Council to better undertake strategic planning and to identify and progress long-term goals and opportunities,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The restructure does not involve any job losses and endeavours to place inter-related functions together to maximise efficiency and effectiveness.”

Under the new model, two directors will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer instead of eight managers. Other areas of change include all governance activities being grouped together into a single work group and the Assets and Geographical Information System sections being combined into a work group.

Tourism will be transferred from Community Development to Economic Development, shifting the focus to the enhancement of economic activity in the Shire through tourism.

Burdekin Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Terry Brennan said the changes would improve Council’s ability to address strategic issues and progress opportunities in the Shire.

“The new structure will provide higher level support to Council’s Managers on operational and strategic issues and improve the coordination of separate functions across Council,” Mr Brennan said.

“When you look at what most similar size councils in Queensland are doing, the majority have three of four directors within their organisational structure, but there are also some that have a two director model, similar to what was in place at Burdekin Shire Council in the past.

“Council is committed to working with the community to ensure our Shire continues to be an inclusive, welcoming and healthy environment that offers a high quality of liveability for residents that is underpinned by a productive and diverse economy. I believe these changes will better enable Council to build on these commitments into the future.”

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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