Gawler 2013-14 Annual Report - page 7

Town of GawlerAnnual Report 2013/14
Page 7
introduction •
summary
• strategic directions • statutory information • index
Theyear startedwith the implementationof aneworganisationstructure.The reconfigurationof our businessmodel has
resulted inmorestreamlineddecisionmakingandmore responsiveoutcomesachieved.Theestablishment of anew
‘LeadershipTeam’ has reconfiguredkey roles throughout theorganisation, providingopportunities for greater valueadding to
occur relative tobothbusinessneedsand individual professional development opportunities.
The2013/14year proved tobeanother busyperiod forCouncil.Aprimary focus for theyearwascontinuing to improve the
organisation’sfinancial performancewhilenot compromisingcustomer serviceexperiences.
Council’soverall financial position improved frompreviousyearswith theCouncil achievinganunderlyingoperatingsurplus
of $169,000 (after allowing for anon-cashfixedassetwrite-downof $9.083M). This is thefirst time thatCouncil has realiseda
underlyingoperatingsurplussince the2006/2007financial year.
Council embarkedupona journey toengagewith thecommunityand formulatea roadmap for the future in the formof anew
CommunityPlan2014-24.Anticipated tobecompleted inAugust 2014, thePlanwill establisha refreshedvision for theCouncil
areaandarticulatekeyobjectives tobeachievedover thecomingdecade.
Both theElectedMembersandStaff haveworked together toprogress the reviewof several servicedeliveryareaswhichhave
resulted inchangeandefficienciesgained. Theapplicationof new technology to increaseserviceefficiencyandeffectiveness
was further pursuedwithanumber of businessareasestablishing improvednewcustomer serviceplatforms. Furthermore,
Council engaged theservicesof an independent specialist toundertakeadiagnosticanalysisof theorganisation to identify
andpriorities further areasof improvement in regards tobusinessprocessesandoutputs.Thisworkwill be further progressed
next year.
Project deliveryhasalsobeenapriorityduring theyearwithseveral keyprojectseither completedorwell on theway. Such
projects includeClonleaParkSkatePark,AlternativeHeavyVehicleRouteUpgradeandMurrayStreet FootpathUpgrade.
I’msureasyou read the informationprovided in thisyear’sAnnual Report youwill appreciate thediversityof outcomes
achievedwhichwill benefit thecommunityover thecomingyears.
MrHenry Inat,Chief ExecutiveOfficer
Chief ExecutiveOfficer’sReport
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