PORT Macquarie-Hastings councillors will implement a portfolio structure in an effort to advance some of the biggest and most important issues facing our community.
The structure, tabled at Wednesday’s council meeting and supported unanimously, aims to create a hands-on approach for the councillors to build relationships and expertise on specific issues.
Each councillor will chair one of the nine portfolios that will focus on communication, future planning, major projects, commerce industry and higher education, events and tourism, Glasshouse, organisational efficiency and IT, and roads and infrastructure.
Mayor Peter Besseling believes that the structure will give councillors a more hands-on way of providing leadership and guidance to the community.
“By directing additional attention to specific areas, councillors can concentrate on forming effective and results-focused partnerships between councillors, staff and community,” Cr Besseling said.
The portfolio structure will achieve improved engagement processes, a better information flow and, ultimately, better decision making.
“As chair of a portfolio, each councillor will be the key point of contact for industry, community groups and associations. They will also participate in topic-specific engagement and provide guidance to the decision making process in order to advance council’s identified areas of priority,” Cr Besseling said.
WHERE THEIR ENERGIES WILL BE DIRECTED
The councillor portfolios adopted are
Communication, Government and Community Relations Peter Besseling
Future Planning Trevor Sargeant
Commerce, Industry & Higher Education Rob Turner
Events and Tourism Mike Cusato
Glasshouse Adam Roberts
Major Projects Justin Levido
Roads and Infrastructure Lisa Intemann
Organisational Efficiency and IT Sharon Griffiths
Finance and Governance Geoff Hawkins