Council team is the best in Queensland
  • Friday 22 April 2016

A group of Sunshine Coast Council employees have earned the right to fly the maroon flag when they represent Queensland in the Australasian final of a local government challenge to be held in June.

The team of six employees recently competed in Local Government Professionals Australia Management Challenge where they beat 16 other teams from a variety of other Queensland councils to be crowned State champions.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Whittaker said the team represented the Sunshine Coast Council and the region with pride and distinction at the challenge in Brisbane last month.

“This is fantastic news and I would like to congratulate our team on their achievement as being named the best in the state,” Mr Whittaker said.

“Our team received feedback from other teams and mentors on the day that their energy, collaboration and fun were noticeable and contagious.

“The team worked together to use their talent and skills to demonstrate to the assessment panel what a high performing team can do.

“They have done our organisation and region proud, and our future is in good hands with employees of this quality.”

The announcement of the top three teams was made at the Local Government Managers Association QLD Awards for Excellence Gala dinner in Brisbane. In winning the management challenge, the Sunshine Coast team finished in front of Brisbane and Townsville City Councils.

Mr Whittaker said the team took part in the challenge on March 17 where the team had to work together to complete a series of tasks over the course of the day.

“This long running local government challenge allows teams from across Australia and New Zealand to tackle a series of projects and activities with a view to participating in state and national finals,” Mr Whittaker said.

“The challenge is an opportunity for the teams to take on the relevant issues facing local government and respond to them in a creative, fast-paced and highly collaborative environment.

Challenge topics included: 

  • Designing and developing a community engagement plan regarding a controversial shopping centre development.
  • Arguing affirmatively in a debate with the topic ‘that council meetings should be broadcast live online’.
  • Constructive coaching an employee who was disrupting team harmony.
  • Developing and presenting a process improvement plan on the team selected topic of ‘Engaging citizens to attend more community events’.
  • Designing a 90-minute induction workshop for newly elected council members.

 Having been assessed as the best performing team in the State, the Sunshine Coast Council team have been selected to represent Queensland in the Australasian Final of the Challenge. The 2016 Challenge Final will be held in Melbourne on June 23-24.

The Sunshine Coast Council management challenge team consists of: 

Anne Lawrence: Coordinator High Value Industries; Economic Development, Corporate Strategy and Delivery

Earl Hicks: Asset Quality Engineer; Civil Asset Management, Infrastructure Services

Jane Cowan: Governance Officer; ICTS, Corporate Services

Marc Cornell: Principal Development Planner; Development Services, Regional Strategy and Planning

Tim McGee: Team Leader Lake Kawana Community Centre; Community Facilities and Planning, Community Services

Yasmin Beavis: Senior Drainage Engineer; Transport Infrastructure Management, Infrastructure Services