Saturday, May 25, 2024

Gilgandra releases new strategic plan

Gilgandra Shire Council has developed a new organisation structure designed to support Council as it enters a period of growth and transformation.

GSC General Manager, David Neeves says that along with the requirement to review, the updated GSC Community Strategic Plan comes at an opportune time for the region.

“Following COVID-19, natural disasters, increasing technology reliance, changes in aged care and the emerging major infrastructure projects such as Inland Rail, we want to ensure Council continues to be resilient and progressive and focused on delivering essential services to our community, while also taking advantage of growth opportunities within the region,” Mr Neeves said.

Mayor Doug Batten says Council charged the General Manager with the responsibility of undertaking the review.

He said changes to the structure followed extensive planning and review, with consultation with staff, Councillors and the community through the development of the Community Strategic Plan.

External reviews were also conducted on specialised business areas including aged care, workforce planning, asset management and business systems that clearly showed common themes required to achieve strategic goals.

“It became clear that a review of Council’s resourcing was necessary to develop the aspirations of Gilgandra Region as a place to live, enjoy and grow,” says Mayor Batten.

The new structure comprises three Directorates:

  • Infrastructure;
  • Growth & Liveability and;
  • Aged Care & Disability.

These will also be supported by a new Executive Leadership position to deliver on Transformational Change, Council said in a statement.

“The structure is focused on delivering the key priorities of the Community Strategic Plan, progressing future growth opportunities, and delivery of essential services required in Gilgandra Region. The structure will see a number of new opportunities for careers and progression in Gilgandra,” it said.

The Council formally adopted the revised structure at a 5 July meeting, with changes taking effect today.

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