Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Kempsey Shire set to restructure

Kempsey Shire Councillors yesterday endorsed plans for an organisational restructure and also voted to adopt a new sustainable procurement policy.

After reviewing its policy around procurement and contracts, Council says it adopted the new Sustainable Procurement and Contracts Policy to ensure that procurement activities are conducted in a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable manner while complying with legal and regulatory requirements.

The policy establishes guidelines and principles for sustainable procurement practices that:

  • consider the environmental impact of products and services;
  • ensure fair and ethical labour practices;
  • support local businesses, and
  • minimise waste.

The Council has also embraced an important recommendation regarding the organisation structure to ensure efficient and effective operations in the future.

“A new structure was endorsed that will establish a third directorate called Utilities, to include Waste and Water and Sewer operations,” Council said in a statement.

“This proposal was made for several reasons, primarily the impending major infrastructure program in this space, with over $300 million forecast in capital expenditure across Water and Waste in the next five years.

“There is a genuine need for additional executive level leadership to deliver a $300 million capital program, to ensure the right resources are in place to deliver the program of works required.¬†Additionally, providing sustainable waste services to the community is a significant challenge that requires executive focus and appropriate resourcing, especially considering current landfill site expenditure, the need for a circular economy, and regional waste solutions,” it said.

Currently, Council operates with a two directorate structure, consisting of Corporate and Commercial, and Operations and Planning. Waste Operations is serviced by Corporate and Commercial, and Water and Sewer is serviced in Operations and Planning.

Following the endorsement of Councillors, a legislated period of internal consultation will commence ahead of recruitment with the aim of having a new Director join Council in the new financial year.

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