Otago Regional Council – Media Release
ORC reshapes executive management team
Monday, 09 December 2013
The Otago Regional Council’s executive management team has been redeveloped to better align it with extensive work programmes being implemented over the next seven years. ORC chief executive Peter Bodeker announced that appointments had been made to two new positions created following a review of the council’s directorate structure.
Fraser McRae has been appointed to the position of Director, Policy Planning and Resource Management, and Dr Gavin Palmer has been appointed as Director, Engineering, Natural Hazards and Science. Mr Bodeker said Mr McRae’s position would incorporate the functions previously located in the Resource Management portfolio and Dr Palmer would take on the roles held within the Environmental Information and Science portfolio.
“With a good deal of work to be done to help the community implement new water quality (Plan Change 6A) and water quantity (Plan Change 1C) requirements in the Otago Water Plan, it is crucial to have better integration of the executive roles,” Mr Bodeker said. “This restructure will expedite and improve the delivery of these work programmes which already overlap within our current directorate structure.”
In addition a new position, Director, Stakeholder Engagement, would be advertised that would oversee the council’s communications and community liaison activities. Mr Bodeker said ORC delivered a huge range of services to the community.
“I want to ensure we strengthen our connection to our communities and deliver our programmes effectively to everyone using council services.”
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ODT 10.12.13 Two ORC directors’ jobs disestablished
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr
2 responses to “ORC restructures directorates”
There will be ‘Peace in the Valley’ with the prospect of the departure of one of these characters. He might as well have had a sign reading ‘Abandon All Hope all ye who enter’ on his office door. Just as in that song ‘When the Shearing is done for the Year’ – tonight there will be ‘Singing and Dancing and Beer’!!
### ODT Online Thu, 12 Dec 2013
Questions on triennial agreement
By Rebecca Fox
Just how much investigative work the Otago Regional Council is committing to under the triennial agreement between the region’s local authorities needs some clarification, Cr David Shepherd says.
The regional council was asked at a meeting yesterday to adopt the Otago region triennial agreement 2013-16. The region’s six local authorities were part of the agreement, which the Local Government Act required be signed by them all by March 1.
### ODT Online Thu, 12 Dec 2013
Council science losses of concern
By Rebecca Fox on Thu, 12 Dec 2013
Concerns the Otago Regional Council’s science-based capability, especially around water quality, may be curtailed by the organisation’s restructure, have been raised by Cr Bryan Scott.
Cr Scott challenged chief executive Peter Bodeker at a council meeting yesterday to explain how there would be no ”diminishment” of science following the disestablishment of the environmental information and science directorate held by Dr John Threlfall.