New team structure unveiled

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 disestablished.

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.''


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