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Council Team Wins Australasian Challenge!

Charters Towers Regional Council has been selected as one of three winners from across Australasia, in 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 commented that “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 entry was selected as one of three winning submissions, from participants across Australia and New Zealand, with Murrindindi Shire Council (VIC) and City of Darwin (NT) listed as the other contenders.”


LGMA is sponsoring one team member to present the winning video at the National Conference in Darwin on 29 April 2015.  


“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” advised 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!”

To view Counci's entry, please click here.


Revolutionary Thrillbillies - Team Members (l-r) David Fletcher, Liz Sullivan, Tracey Almond, Nikki Urquhart, Dallis Von Wald & Ashley Blokland

EJH 07 April, 2015

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