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CEO reflects on first hundred days

Posted on: Friday, 28 April 2017 at 8:32:56 AM

Improving the standards of town services in the midst of difficult economic circumstances is the key challenge identified by Town of Port Hedland Chief Executive Officer David Pentz during his first hundred days in the job.

Despite the downturn in the local economy a number of opportunities for service improvements have been identified to enhance the Town and build the community.

Areas such as renewal of ageing infrastructure, enhancements to maintenance programs such as mowing and road reseals, and delivering more effectively targeted community programs will be the focus on upcoming budget deliberations.

Town of Port Hedland CEO David Pentz said although there were challenges, it was an exciting time to be in the role, with a number of opportunities to make major improvements to community services and infrastructure.

“Having been in town for more than three months now, it’s clear that we are in a difficult financial situation, both within the organisation and in our community. Around Town I see that businesses and individuals are feeling the downturn, despite record exports going through our Port.” Mr Pentz said.

“We clearly need to have a look at how we are delivering services to find efficiencies and deliver our ratepayers and residents value for money. Over the next few months, we will be having a conversation with the community to review our Strategic Community Plan which will identify the community priorities for the next five years,” he said.

“We have already started finding efficiencies through an organisational restructure and am committed to working with the Council and the community to improve both our financial situation as well as the quality of the services we are delivering.”

The CEO also highlighted a number of the positive stories around the community as well as the green shoots in the local economy that signaled the likelihood of a return to growth in the new future.

Record iron ore exports, proposals for port expansion and new industries like lithium mining have all been identified as reasons for confidence in the local economy.

“We know there are a lot of upcoming projects that are going to help boost the local economy but in the meantime the Town needs to look at ways to improve conditions for small businesses until this happens.

“After 100 days I feel very welcomed by the community and I am excited at the future possibilities for the Town.”

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