council-realignment-brings-changeBass Coast Shire Council’s new structure is designed to help the organisation better meet the community’s needs.

THE organisational structure of Bass Coast Shire Council will undergo a major change for the first time since amalgamation.
With the process beginning in April this year, staff were informed last week of the new structure, which will put the organisation in a better position to achieve what it set out to do in the Council Plan 2013-2017.
Council CEO Paul Buckley said the realignment brings new opportunities and a reinvigorated focus for the council.
“This process will help the council deliver the best outcomes for the community by achieving the strategic objectives in the Council Plan – Natural Environment, Economic Development, Sustainable Development and Growth, Healthy Communities and Effective Governance,” Mr Buckley said.
“It will also give us the opportunity to refresh, re-energise, and refocus, as well as build on the good work we have achieved.”
Mr Buckley said a major change in the council’s structure will also improve its ability to deliver on three key principles critical to establishing a positive and high performing culture.
The key principles are:
• Performance Management: Deliver what you promise, when you promise it.
• Financial Management: Deliver what you promise, when you promise it, within financial parameters that have been set – i.e. budget and long-term financial plan.
• Relationship Development and Management: Appreciate the stakeholders and understand their roles and responsibilities.
“This realignment will not only instil confidence that our structure is financially sustainable, and contribute to ongoing improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, but provide transparency and accountability both within the organisation and to the community,” Mr Buckley said.
“The changes we have made are a positive new direction for council and the community, and will enable us do our jobs most effectively, understand our roles and responsibilities, and be able to better respond to changing community needs and meet community expectations.”
Recruitment of the three vacant General Manager positions – Sustainable Development and Growth, Healthy Communities, and Governance and Organisation Development – will commence late August.