Further DCC restructuring proposed

Sue Bidrose.
Sue Bidrose.
Creating a new city promotion team within the Dunedin City Council looks set to have ramifications for the way the council's commercial property investments are managed.

The Otago Daily Times understands the council is proposing two management positions be disestablished and three new positions created under a new council structure.

Two new groups with new group managers would be created and the council's commercial property investment portfolio split off from operational property and moved into the finance team.

A commercial property investment manager position would be created with responsibility for overseeing such investments across the whole council family, including by council-owned and controlled companies.

One of the new groups would include the economic development, city marketing (separate from council marketing) and i-Site teams under a new group manager.

The other new group would bring the operational property team and the customer services agency into one group under a new group manager.

The three new positions would be open to applications.

It is understood the existing positions of economic development and property group manager, held at present by Robert Clark, and customer services agency manager, held by Adrian Blair, would be disestablished under the proposed changes.

It was announced several months ago that Tourism Dunedin, including the position of chief executive Hamish Saxton, would be disestablished and its functions subsumed into a city marketing agency.

The new agency will co-ordinate tourism, events, investment, skills and migrant and attraction efforts.

Chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose yesterday confirmed affected staff were being consulted on a proposed restructure, and had until April 4 to give their feedback.

The restructuring would mean little change for staff roles other than the management positions, but would change some reporting lines, she said.

The primary objective of the proposed new structure was the need to accommodate the city marketing agency, which was deemed to fit closely with economic development work, she said.

That meant a knock-on effect on the property team, which at present was structured within a group with economic development.

It was also felt the council's $97 million commercial property investment portfolio would sit better in the finance team, where it would be aligned to the council's financial strategy and a commercial property investment manager could also give advice and support to council-owned companies and the city treasury.

It was also an opportunity to bring the customer services agency within it.

''It is really the last stage of (previous chief executive Paul Orders') council-wide restructure.''

Once staff feedback was considered and changes were approved it was hoped they would be implemented by July 1.

In the first instance, existing Tourism Dunedin staff would become part of the city marketing team, with a long-term structure for that team to be resolved subsequently, she said.

Mr Clark and Mr Blair declined to comment when contacted yesterday.


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