A recent meeting of the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) workforce was held to recognise long service to the organisation and to allow General Manager Ron Van Katwyk to bring those in attendance up to date on Council reorganisation that has taken place and ongoing efforts to meet the requirements of Fit for the Future for local government in the longer term.
Mr Van Katwyk said that amongst initiatives being undertaken is the appointment of Cate McMahon as an internal ombudsperson to assist in demystifying processes for staff, to assist them where necessary with policy and procedural paperwork and to ensure due process.
“Best practice human resources management can at times be quite involved and Cate’s appointment is to assist in making things equally accessible to all employees and to provide an arm’s length, in confidence person, external to the organisation, to help employees be aware of the processes available to them and assistance in those areas,” Mr Van Katwyk said.
Mr Van Katwyk also reported on a staff survey undertaken recently and actions that would result from findings as well as introducing LPSC’s new Workplace Health and Safety Officer, Larry O’Dea.
New WH and S Officer Larry O’Dea, GM Ron Van Katwyk and ombudsperson Cate McMahon. Larry grew up in Central Victoria, the son of a commercial builder. He has worked in all three level of government; Local, State and Commonwealth, including the Dept. of Defence. He chose a safety career 14 years ago following his brother becoming a workplace fatality. Larry is a passionate lawn bowler.