Another five years for Anderson

Eurobodalla Shire Council has voted to renew general manager Paul Anderson’s contract for another five years but says it is unable to provide details of his total remuneration package until it appears in the annual report.Asked to provide details of his new pay package, a council spokesperson said “the only changes to the general manager’s package will be an increase in his contribution towards his vehicle, in line with the 2.5 per cent increase he will receive under the Statutory and Other Offices Remuneration Tribunal determination (which takes into account CPI and other national economic factors) under his NSW Local Government standard contract for general managers”.A further inquiry as to the salary package in monetary terms was met with the response that: “Paul has advised me we don’t have those details yet. The general manager’s total remuneration package for 30 June 2012 will be reported in Council’s Annual Report”.Council’s media release said council had recognised the work and commitment shown by Mr Anderson by supporting a motion to renew his contract for another five years.Mayor Fergus Thomson said Mr Anderson had demonstrated his professional commitment to the council and to the people of the Eurobodalla Shire.“Paul’s first term as general manager saw council become a billion-dollar organisation,” Cr Thomson said.“Over four years council has achieved in excess of $6 million in savings and efficiency gains through his introduction of a continuous improvement approach to council’s services and facilities.”He said, since his appointment in 2008, Mr Anderson had overseen the development of council’s first Community Strategic Plan and positioned the organisation so it could deliver on its objectives through the new integrated delivery and operational plans.The mayor credited Mr Anderson with the extensive review of the organisation last year that has seen the number of senior management roles halved and the creation of a new communications team.“Council is now in a position to move into the area of social media and develop its website to improve the way it gets its messages out to the community,” Cr Thomson said.He also praised Mr Anderson’s management of council’s investments following the global financial crisis.“It was a very stressful time but Paul has very competently overseen our investments since then and managed the legal actions council has been involved in to recover some of the funds we lost.”He said Mr Anderson has also overseen council’s campaign to improve the Kings and Princes Highways and played a role in the creation of the South East Regional Organisation of Councils (SEROC) that now includes the ACT, an important contributor to the Eurobodalla economy.“As a member of the executive and chair of the general managers’ group, Paul has been actively involved in assisting SEROC to raise the profile of the south-east region of NSW and in reducing council’s costs through resource-sharing activities,” Cr Thomson said.Council also endorsed Mr Anderson’s May 29 annual performance review when it met on Tuesday.“Council recognises and greatly appreciates Paul’s performance and the commitment he has shown to the Eurobodalla community,” Cr Thomson said.Mr Anderson said he and his young family were now very settled in the Eurobodalla and he regarded the next five years as a great opportunity to guide staff as they work in the organisation’s more efficient structure and to support the new council following the local government election in September.“It will be great to see the new structure fully implemented and also to follow through our plans to introduce best practice across council,” Mr Anderson said.“I am looking forward to rolling out the delivery program and operational plan so council can deliver on the objectives of the Eurobodalla 2030 Community Strategic Plan.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.