Council approves contemporary corporate structure
  • Tuesday 30 September 2008

Sunshine Coast Council today resolved to accept the recommendations presented by the chief executive officer for the new corporate structure for the organisation’s operation.

Mayor Bob Abbot said the new structure aligns the organisation to allow the necessary flexibility and integration to meet the needs of the community.

“It provides strong connections with Council’s vision to make the Sunshine Coast the most sustainable region in Australia,” Cr Abbot said.

“We went all out to avoid a top-heavy structure, while being mindful of the size of the organisation and the need to have realistic reporting relationships.”

“I believe we’ve achieved that with input from councillors and the chief executive officer.”

Chief Executive Officer John Knaggs said the new structure provided for an increased strategic focus which will be critical to achieving Council’s regional vision and the organisation’s aspirations.

“This new structure will achieve a combined management of functions without losing performance, accountability, leadership and service delivery at a local level,” Mr Knaggs said.

“Today’s approval sets the executive level of the corporate structure with six identified departments and a new sustainability and innovation unit.

“It also gives an indication of the focus areas and responsibilities that may be aligned with those departments.

“The next steps are to fill the director positions, with their input confirm structures within each of the departments and confirm appointments under the new arrangements for all our staff.”

Deputy Mayor Councillor Tim Dwyer said good internal attitudes within our culture will provide the key to a successful organisation.

“If we can walk the talk inside the organisation and get it right, then we’ll get it right with the community,” Cr Dwyer said.

Councillor Thompson said we want to have an organisation that is very capable in these challenging times and takes up the opportunities ahead.

“I believe this corporate structure will put us in good stead to achieve dynamic capabilities into the future,” Cr Thompson said.