Change flags better outcomes
The Harvey Shire Council will soon take over the management responsibilities for the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre as it transitions to a new management model.
The changes come after the council found anomalies with the governance arrangement, with the council performing some management functions and the management committee responsible for others.
The centre has been managed by the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre Management Committee since it opened in 1993.
This committee includes representatives from the council and the community.
A number of the centre’s operational functions were transferred to the Shire of Harvey in 2003.
The remainder of the centre’s day-to-day management will transition to the shire by June 30, 2020.
During the changeover shire chief executive Annie Riordan said it would be “business as usual”.
“One of the main reasons the centre has been so successful and delivered so many wonderful programs and events is due to the passion and volunteer contributions from the community,” she said.
“The shire will be working very closely with the management committee to ensure that strong community input is maintained under the new model.”
Management committee president Craig Maughan said the committee was supportive of the change and believed it would provide a number of positive benefits for the staff and the community.
“The new management model would provide a better governance structure, allowing the anomalies to be fixed while maintaining that intangible benefit of the local community having input to the management and future development of the centre,” Mr Maughan said.
“The management committee will be working closely with the shire to develop terms of reference for the new governance model to ensure a smooth transition and no disruption to the centre’s activities.”
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