Council Team Achieves Top Three in Australasian Challenge

Revolutionary Thrillbillies

Charters Towers Regional Council has been successful in achieving a top three result with its entry into the 2015 Local Government Managers Association (LGMA) Management Challenge.

Council’s team, the Revolutionary Thrillbillies, consisted of Tracey Almond, Ashley Blokland, Dave Fletcher, Liz Sullivan, Nikki Urquhart, and Dallis Von Wald, with Cameron Scott as the team’s mentor.

The members, who volunteered from various departments across the organisation, produced a four minute video, ‘The Revolution of Value’, discussing Council’s value proposition to the community, through the retainment of dynamic employees to improve service delivery to the Region.

Council’s CEO, Mark Crawley comments

“A value proposition is a collection of reasons explaining why a person or company should engage with an organisation. It is extremely important that local government managers understand and develop strategies focusing upon this concept, which is why it has been chosen as this year’s theme for the National LGMA Conference to be held in Darwin.

“With its entry in the pre-challenge competition, Charters Towers Regional Council’s team was selected as a top three finalist from participants across Australia and New Zealand, with Murrindindi Shire Council (VIC) and City of Darwin (NT) listed as the other contenders,” he says.

LGMA will now sponsor one team member to compete in the final round, to be held at the Conference in Darwin on 29 April 2015. Dallis Von Wald, accompanied by Ashley Blokland, will represent Council in this final stage and Council wishes her luck.

“It is amazing to think that a team from a small council in regional Australia beat 109 other teams from across the country, and New Zealand, to have this chance to compete for the top spot” says Mr Crawley.

The Challenge focuses upon professional development with participants sharing ideas, advancing innovative concepts and improving community engagement approaches, all whilst representing the community they live in and work for.

Team members, Liz Sullivan and Dave Fletcher have also been invited to present to the State LGMA CEO’s Forum on 23 April 2015 in Brisbane.

Ms Sullivan, the Corporate Customer Service Officer, encouraged all Council employees to consider taking part.

“I would never have the opportunity to encounter the tasks that are thrown at us during the Challenge in my normal day to day job, so I really appreciated the opportunity to participate. Whether you are a gardener, a grader driver, or a garbage man, just have a go.  It is a pressure cooker of Council fun!

“What you achieve in such a short amount of time is inspirational, with the best part being the fact that you can use those new found skills when you get back to your day job,” says Ms Sullivan.