The Ashburton District Council has appointed its first Community Development Advisor, a role designed to further develop and support the work of the Council's Community Relations Team.
Fleur Mulligan, who has been working at the Council for the past year as a Senior Policy Advisor, started her new role in August.
According to Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante, the new role has been established to increase community awareness of Council processes and decisions. The Community Development Advisor will also work alongside and empower groups and organisations to be more involved with the Council.
The creation of this role has resulted from feedback during the recent Long Term Plan consultation that Council needed to improve its engagement and communication with the community.
Miss Mulligan says, that having grown up on a local sheep and cropping farm, she understands the importance of Ashburton District Council having good connections with the community.
"I have a solid understanding of the Council and what key agencies and individuals are looking for," she says. "My role is important in engaging people in a meaningful way and I am ready to work hard to achieve the best outcomes for the Ashburton community."
Jackie Girvan, Mid Canterbury Regional Manager Presbyterian Support Upper South Island, says "Fleur is very clear and very fair. She is also an old Ashburtonian, so she knows her community. She has a nice manner with people and works in a respectful way".
Ms Billante says, "These qualities are what Council determined was needed in the Community Development Advisor role, and Fleur will be a great link between Council and the community on important local issues."