It's staggering to think such an important branch of our community has remained the same for more than 33 years. The City of Launceston council has not had an organisational transformation since amalgamation in 1985.
Departments have changed but the overall structure of the council has not been examined. This is staggering considering the important role the council plays in Northern Tasmania and the fact the council is one of the biggest employers for the region.
The changes proposed are revolutionary for local government. The complete overhaul of the departments and leadership structure, in theory, would offer development opportunities for staff, and streamline services for ratepayers and community outcomes.
A big change sits with two key assets in Launceston - QVMAG and UTAS stadium.
Launceston ratepayers should not be solely responsible for these key assets. The benefits of the stadium and museum extend much further than the 7250 postcode. The ownership and operation by the council also restricts the future possibilities connected to these assets. But caution must also be applied to UTAS Stadium, particularly in the context of exploring an AFL team in Tasmania.
Change is an interesting concept - everyone reacts differently. Immediately the prime concerns regarding this proposal are with the many staff who will be affected by the change. Some staff will have current titles changed and about 20 will find their position does not fit with the vision suggested within the comprehensive document. However, overall the changes will add about nine FTEs to the council.
The change for the community will also need to be fully explained and feedback provided to the council. What's important to note is that this first document is a working document. Feedback will be provided and further additions could still be made.
Until we have the final plan, the overall picture is that the council will be undertaking a huge transformation. This change is long overdue not only for the council but for local government Australia-wide.