40 jobs to go at Queenstown council

Adam Feeley
Adam Feeley
About 40 full-time equivalent positions will be "disestablished'' and more than 100 staff affected by the final report on the future structure of the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Council chief executive Adam Feeley said today he created a dedicated position to take responsibility for the implementation of the recommendations in the final report, which was informed by staff consultation.

"We have gone through a rigorous review process which has not ducked asking the challenging questions about council services, but the fact remains that in most respects QLDC and our [council controlled organisations] measure up very well to comparable local authorities,'' Mr Feeley said.

"However, we are not content with the status quo and are committed to lifting council's performance both in terms of quality of service and value for money.''

Key recommendations in the report included:

• Integrating the operations of Lakes Leisure Ltd and the Community Services team of QLDC.

• Integrating the operations of Lakes Environmental engineering team with the Infrastructure Services team of QLDC.

• Creating a new legal and regulatory team to manage all of QLDC's regulatory and enforcement functions.

• Bringing the consenting activities of Lakes Environmental and the planning functions of QLDC under the responsibility of a single General Manager.

 - Full story in tomorrow's ODT

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