Douglas Shire Council has been recognised for its leadership in local government at the Local Government Managers Association (LGMA) awards held in Brisbane last Thursday night.
CEO Linda Cardew was in attendance at the LGMA 2015 Awards for Excellence in Local Government when Douglas Shire Council was announced as the winner of Queensland’s Women In Local Government 2015 award.
Mayor Leu said she was extremely proud for Council to be recognised for its leadership in supporting women in the workforce.
“Unusually for Local Government, our leadership comprises a female Mayor, female Deputy Mayor, female CEO and 50 per cent female representation on the Executive Management Team,” Mayor Leu said.
“Of 152 staff, 40 per cent are women, with many of these team members working within non-traditional roles within Civil Works and Public and Natural Areas.
“As Mayor it is a privilege to lead a Council that is so supportive of women in the workforce, from management level right through the organisation.”
Ms Cardew said Council has a strong emphasis on ensuring the work environment provides flexibility and encourages career advancement opportunities for all staff.
“Leave provisions include the opportunity for a mid-career break for 12 months to enhance skill levels, the utilisation of study leave, annual leave and long service leave to pursue tertiary study and flexible arrangements for parents to be home during school holidays,” Ms Cardew said.
“Staff have family-friendly flexibility with start and finish times, paid parental leave, part-time work arrangements for parents returning to the workforce, working from home and additional care and workplace flexibility where it is required.
“We have a parenting room for employees who are breastfeeding or are required to undertake other parenting duties during work time and there is a safe place within the administration building for children of employees who need to wait before or after school.
“Other initiatives include the Million Steps Marathon, a fitness challenge for outdoor staff where one female staff member clocked up a huge 340km during September 2014 to become Council’s overall winner for the challenge.
“Almost all Council staff have also completed training that may be used for community resilience in the event of a natural disaster, with our female staff participating in a range of courses that would normally be completed by their male colleagues including powerline awareness, 4WD recovery, chainsaw training and asbestos awareness.
“I’m very proud to be part of an organisation that recognises modern workplaces need this type of flexibility and encouragement to support their staff.”