The Tasman District Council has adopted a new governance structure aimed at promoting a more cohesive way of working and greater collaboration across the Council’s many and varied activities.
Mayor Tim King, with the support of councillors and senior Council staff, proposed the new committee structure, which was adopted by the Full Council at a meeting yesterday.
The new structure sees the traditional Engineering Services, Community Development and Environment and Planning committees replaced by Regulatory, Strategy and Policy and Operations committees.
Tim says the change is intended to reflect the functions the Council performs, rather than the departments from which work originates.
“That’s going to allow councillors to focus on what’s important and enable staff to work together to further improve the way we serve our communities.
“It will give councillors a better overview of our strategic direction and of our functions as the regulator of various pieces of Government legislation, as well as of our day to day work serving our communities. That day to day work ranges from maintaining parks and facilities, to building and maintaining our transport network, our water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure, monitoring swimming water quality, processing resource consents, supporting community and volunteer groups – to name just a small number of our work streams.”
Tim said the new structure would promote greater collaboration between Council departments, which currently all report to separate committees.
“Our staff are committed to working together and they recognise that the diverse nature of their work and the current committee structure makes that challenging sometimes. The new reporting structure will give them even more opportunities to collaborate and improve the links between departments that are needed to ensure we provide a more cohesive service to our communities.”
Leading the new committees are:
- Cr Dana Wensley as chair and Cr David Ogilvie as deputy chair of the Regulatory Committee
- Cr Kit Maling as chair and Cr Chris Hill as deputy chair of the Strategy and Policy Committee
- Cr Stuart Bryant as chair and Cr Christeen Mackenzie as deputy chair of the Operations Committee