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"Exciting time" .. Mackenzie District Council chief executive officer Suzette van Aswegen says the changes will ensure enhanced service levels. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

STAFF REPORTER

The Mackenzie District Council is set to bring several of its contracted services back.

The changes, announced last week, are expected to be in operation from May 1.

Council chief executive Suzette van Aswegen said it was “an exciting time” for the council, which had been prompted to change its operations model to provide more effective and efficient services.

The changes included bringing some of the services at present outsourced to organisations outside the district “back in house”, which would ensure service levels to ratepayers were enhanced and delivered more cost-effectively, Ms van Aswegen said.

While this change would provide more opportunities for job seekers within the Mackenzie district, it would also enable the council to retain ratepayers’ money over the medium and long term by developing its human resources and expertise within the district.

Other contracted services would also be reviewed under the move, she said.

The savings resulting from the dissolution of the old structure would “contribute positively” towards the creation of new roles based in both Twizel and Fairlie.

The new structure would reflect the development growth occurring in the Pukaki ward and make it possible to establish a managerial presence in Twizel, she said.

The council endorsed the changes at its extraordinary council meeting last Thursday.

Advertisements for the new roles were expected to begin last Wednesday.

Vacancies can be viewed on the Mackenzie District Council’s Facebook page or via the “Vacancies” page on the council website.