New office timeline

Wattle Range Council has set the construction timeline of its proposed $9.2m office in Millicent as one of the four key performance indicators in the coming year for its chief executive Ben Gower.

The council is looking for Mr Gower to achieve the awarding of a construction contract for the office by June 30, 2023.

Furthermore, council is looking for Mr Gower to implement key aspects of the Datascape computer programs, evolve the council’s community engagement strategy and achieve significant improvement and also enhance council’s reputation as an employer of choice in order to attract and retain quality people.

The four KPIs for Mr Gower were set during an hour-long confidential portion of the June monthly council meeting and formed part of his annual performance review.

A sub-committee prepared a confidential report for council about Mr Gower and it was assisted by a specialist Adelaide-based human resources company.

Its findings were tabled and endorsed by the council.

Council has stated that Mr Gower has performed his chief executive’s role in a manner that meets the requirements of his contract and has approved an increase to his annual base salary by 2.5%.

This pay rise will be backdated to his 12-month anniversary of April 4, 2022.

Mr Gower took the administrative helm of the council in 2016 after serving with the RAAF and working in the private sector.

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