2015 Restructure: Statement from CEO

2015 Restructure: Statement from CEO

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SEQ Catchments is well progressed with our restructure which is aimed at streamlining our business and building our capacity to deliver for our community, governments and investors.

For some years we have been dealing with a shift in how Natural Resource Management is funded and delivered in Australia. We have also seen change in expectations of our community of a Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Body in South East Queensland (SEQ).

We have been modifying the way we run our business for some time to reflect these changes within our current structure. We have recently announced the required changes to reflect the challenges and opportunities that face us now and in the future.

We are of the view that with the right framework in place we can continue to be an effective Regional NRM Organisation and respond to the growth in demand for, and reliance upon, the services we currently provide and new innovative services we intend to provide. 

SEQ Catchments is a social enterprise with our core regional NRM business being supported by contributing activities aligned to our goals and areas of expertise. The lessons learned in other front line delivery sectors are helping shape our response to our environment. 

SEQ Catchments remains a community Not for Profit organisation and our ownership will continue to be the SEQ Mayors and the Community. The corporate structure of the business has been set up to manage the new environment in particular the risk and needs of new clients and will subtly change over time to meet the circumstances that we find ourselves in. However the core of the business will continue to have the same strategic goals and ethos.

To drive the changes in the business we are altering the staff structure. To this end we will be replacing the existing structure with four divisions: Government Program Funding and Delivery, Business Development and Support, Self-Generated Funding and Delivery, and Business Services. 

Earlier in the year we announced a new Management team:

  • General Manager Regional Body Operations: Louise Orr
  • General Manager Innovation and Business Development: Paul McDonald
  • General Manager Natural Asset Solutions and Delivery: Simon Brown
Unfortunately, as with many other businesses like ours, we have had to let some staff go as part of restructuring our costs and delivery of services in the business. Most of these staff have now left the organisation. We thank them for their contribution to both the business and the community during their employment with SEQ Catchments.

In reviewing our operational activities we came to the view that we needed to approach what we do differently in order to maintain or improve our service and delivery. In some cases this means using new systems and technology and in others it will be managing our workload differently. In regard to our Community Partnership Managers we needed to change these roles and the way they are structured to continue to maintain the support our stakeholders have told us is so important. The new structure has changed operational boundaries and utilises a different mix of roles to support our important onground stakeholders. As this structure is put into place we will make sure individual stakeholders are informed. 

We will continue to provide extension and technical support to our many community, government and industry partners as well as assist government and industry with new and innovation solutions which balance business and economic growth with the maintenance of our natural assets. 

I can assure you that we will continue to be an organisation focused on delivery and making a difference, as well as proudly being a community owned, not-for-profit organisation that works to protect and restore the natural resources of South East Queensland

As the changes we are making are rolled out we will provide information on our website and ask that you do not hesitate to contact myself or any of the new management team should you have any concerns or feedback.

Our goal remains - a sustainable future for our community.

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