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Byron Shire
September 17, 2021

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Reece Byrnes re-elected as Tweed Deputy Mayor

With many many local councils are juggling the elections timetable owing to COVID-19 restrictions, and last night the Tweed Shire elected their Deputy Mayor.

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Queensland passes voluntary assisted dying laws

Dying with Dignity NSW has welcomed the passage of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws in Queensland and is hoping that NSW Parliament resumes next month so that this issue can be addressed in NSW without further delay.

Local mum features in documentary about the impacts and possible solutions around suicide

Murwillumbah mum Ursula has lived every parents worst nightmare – her child, at the age of just 17, took his own life – and a lot of time and energy, questions and conjecture and finger-pointing can rumble around this, but at the end of the day Ursula’s precious boy is gone and he’s not coming back.

Lockdown cells

Michael Lyon, I understand you took the initiative to collaborate with neighbouring mayors in the Northern Rivers to address...

Planning staff back Wilsons Creek DA, residents’ concerns downplayed

Residents living near a proposed 15-lot housing development in Wilsons Creek say it will negatively impact a precious wildlife corridor on the site, exacerbate traffic safety problems on the surrounding roads, and damage the peaceful character of their quiet enclave.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 15 September, 2021

Inception – Byron Theatre’s first post-lockdown live event Cancelled twice owing to the local lockdown, Three Lords’ Inception and AV...

New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions

We’ve heard that rising temperatures will lead to rising sea levels, but what many may not realise is that most of the increase in energy in the climate system is occurring in the ocean.  

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads

Congratulations to David Lovejoy for his insightful editorial (4 August) about Byron Shire  Council (BSC). He is spot on about the leadership vacuum.

The yet to be elected councillors need to be aware that the main arrow in their quiver is the business plan they submit. Councillors can then ask the General Manager (GM) to implement that business plan and the organisation must follow it. If staff and the organisation do not follow that plan then the General Manager is accountable to the councillors.

Councillors cannot be involved in the day-to-day operation of the organisation, ie approaching staff or directors. This is the GM’s job.

People also need to be aware of the 1993 LGA (local government area) restructure and what that entails. The main issue that was identified when that restructure was put together was (a) civil engineers do not necessarily make good managers, (b) there were too many levels of management and (c) people who were competent in their positions did not require numerous managers above them; they only needed accurate direction.

The restructure went through and was implemented in BSC because of the then GM and the then qualified HR manager. The wages staff supported this restructure 100 per cent.

As part of the restructure a consultative committee had to be formed, and on which all sections of Council had to be represented. This system worked quite well at BSC until the then GM and HR were pushed out. Since then BSC has progressively returned to the days prior to that 1993 restructure where we have a depth of management positions, and accountability for their performance, and sections appears not to exist.

The newly elected Council needs to revisit the values of the 1993 restructure. One of the most productive things they could do is to bring in a qualified HR consultant to look at the existing structure and question if it is efficient, productive and functioning in the best interests of the ratepayers and community.


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