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Realignment delivers more cost-effective service

Realignment delivers more cost-effective service

Christchurch City Council's Recreation and Sports Unit is to realign its
organisational structure to provide residents with city-wide access to
world-class sporting facilities, services and programmes and a more
cost-effective service.

Recreation and Sports Unit manager John Filsell today announced the
final decision, saying the new organisational structure would remove
duplication of functions, inconsistencies in service levels and blurred
accountabilities following the March merger of the Recreation Facilities
Unit, Recreation, Sport and Arts Team, and Leased Facilities Team.

He said the realignment would also strengthen leadership capabilities
and through the development of city-wide programmes promote the delivery
of a consistent, cost-efficient and high level of service.

"There was overwhelmingly support from staff for the new structure.
Their feedback was invaluable in helping to fine tune the proposal."

Under the new structure, Recreation and Sports Unit would establish a
matrix structure, with four positions responsible for the leadership and
delivery of the unit's customer experience.

Three are Area Recreation Manager roles, based on the delivery of an
integrated customer experience through Council facilities and in the
community, established on geographical locations: Northern
(Burwood-Pegasus and Shirley-Papanui wards); Southern (Hagley-Ferrymead,
Spreydon-Heathcote and Lyttelton wards); and Western (Riccarton-Wigram,
Fendalton-Waimairi and Akaroa wards).

The fourth position would be responsible for the city-wide sports
services function. "This team would focus on delivering the Council's
contribution to sports development, events, promotions, allocation of
grounds and funding," Mr Filsell said.

Three roles would deliver city-wide services and resources to the Unit.
These managers would be responsible for maintenance services, business
operations, and programmes and activities.

Under the new structure, 17 new positions will be created and 18
disestablished - 10 of which are currently vacant.

ENDS

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