The remaining pieces of the latest round of restructuring at
the Dunedin City Council fell into place yesterday.
It was revealed on Thursday that the council is to create a
new team bringing together the council staff responsible for
economic development and marketing of the city in an agency
called Enterprise Dunedin.
The agency will comprise the economic development unit,
i-SITE and Tourism Dunedin staff and be led by a new
director, to be appointed.
The change is the result of a proposal released to staff by
council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose about a month ago
outlining potential changes to part of the council structure.
Following the consultation with staff, a final organisational
structure was announced to affected staff on Thursday and to
all council staff yesterday.
The proposal included separating the council's operational
and commercial investment property portfolios, but, following
consultation the decision was made to retain property staff
as one team, Dr Bidrose said.
A new property manager, in a lower level management position
than previously, would oversee the team and report to
infrastructure and networks general manager Tony Avery.
However, ownership, and therefore any final decisions, of the
investment property portfolio would sit with group chief
financial officer Grant McKenzie.
The position of economic development and property group
manager, formerly held by Robert Clark, whose last day with
the council was yesterday after he decided to leave the
organisation as a result of the restructuring, was
There would also be no change in the customer services
agency, as previously proposed.
Change was stressful and she appreciated the input of staff
and their professional and constructive contribution to the
process, Dr Bidrose said.
''I think the new structure will deliver great results for
the council and the city as a whole.''