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Investigating faults before review
27 Nov 2015
Council are currently investigating the need for a review of a resource consent, after residents in Moana Road complained last month about overhead Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) cables installed by Chorus. Read more >>
First in the country for innovation
27 Nov 2015
Council has been awarded the prestigious 2015 ALGIM Excellence in Innovation award for developing a smart financial management system called Financial Business Intelligence (FBI). Gisborne had 2 projects nominated in the final group of 6 nominations from councils across the country, including Auckland and Hamilton. Counci's operations group manager Barry Vryenhoek, accepted the award on behalf of the Council at the 2015 Annual ALGIM Awards held at SkyCity Auckland. “I am ecstatic. This is amazing recognition for the team, the organisation, as well as Gisborne’s reputation on a national stage. I couldn’t be prouder right now, said Mr Vryenhoek, immediately after the win. The award recognises and celebrates best practice, innovation and technical leadership within local government information and communication technology. Chief executive Judy Campbell said she was very pleased and proud of the team effort here. "This project is one of a suite of changes that is transforming the way that GDC works. It brings Council's financial management into the 21st Century. This is a key mechanism for ensuring we hit our rates rise containment targets". The judges noted that the project had a clearly defined scope and the Council’s processes have significantly improved by using this system. Led by project manager Marianne Gillies, and business intelligence developer and system designer Steve Neshausen, staff collaborated with the software owner to adapt existing products with no significant additional costs. “In developing the system we focused on the desired outcomes, we weren't led by the constraints of the software. “Ultimately FBI provides managers better understanding and ownership of their financial data. It allows for consistent statutory financial reporting and supports them to make better financial decisions with easy access to financial key indicators and trend information,” says Mr Vryenhoek.FBI was designed for the local government environment and is already now used by other councils. “I said last night how immensely proud I was of the team. “Our talented and committed staff are making a difference to the way we operate as an organisation. We are making things smarter and easier, and making it happen. “But it’s bigger than that, it really is our organisation showing there is a benefit to be gained from looking at things with a fresh set of eyes, not taking systems and processes as being that way, ‘just because’. “We’re striving every day to improve the way we operate, ultimately for the benefit of the community we proudly serve,” said Mr Vryenhoek. We were also a finalist for our “Lync” project - a digital communications tool similar to Skype which replaced Council’s telephone network. “It's a significant piece of technological infrastructure and the roll-out was completed without disruption to our day-to-day operations.” Read more >>
Council to sign historic agreement
6 Nov 2015
The signing of an historic Joint Management Agreement (JMA) between Council and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou will take place at Tikapa Marae on Saturday 7 November at 10am. Read more >>
Midway Beach the place for Guy Fawkes bonfires
2 Nov 2015
If you're planning a bonfire on Guy Fawkes night, then head to Midway Beach. Read more >>
Traffic diversions at Quay intersection
30 Oct 2015
Traffic will be diverted and parking spaces will be closed while work is carried out to replace the sewer manhole at the Gladstone Road and Reads Quay intersection. Work will start Monday 2 November and will take approximately one week weather permitting. There may there be some tidy up work the following week. “Due to the location once we start digging it up, traffic won’t be able to get around the excavation to turn left out of Reads Quay onto Gladstone Road,” says water utilities manager Neville West. “It’ll also be difficult for two big trucks coming towards each other in Gladstone Road to pass in the area of the works.” “For the safety of everyone we’re requesting that heavy vehicles divert along The Esplanade to Ormond Road and Lytton Road during the works.” In addition, traffic coming off the bridge will not be able to go straight ahead up Gladstone Road. This is to ensure there is enough room for vehicles to pass each other around the works. There will be a diversion in place along Customhouse Street into Childers Road. The whole of the river side lane of Reads Quay from Lowe Street to Gladstone Road will be closed for the duration of the work. This includes parking spaces on that side of the road. The other lane will remain open. There will be a diversion in place along Lowe Street into Gladstone Road. Mr West says one lane in Reads Quay will remain open and all of the businesses on that side of the road are open for business as normal during the works. “If you normally park on the river side of that part of Read’s Quay you will need to make alternative arrangements that week. “We appreciate your patience during and cooperation with contractors on site.” Read more >>

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