Northern Rivers councils clash in management challenge

LOCAL councils will go head to head in a challenge of minds this week in Ballina as part of the Local Government Professionals Australia NSW Rural Management Challenge.

Competing for the opportunity to go to the Australasian Management Challenge in early 2015 will be five teams from the Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils: Lismore, Tweed and Richmond Valley Council will put up one team apiece while Ballina Shire Council will provide two teams in the challenge.

Which is the best council on the Northern Rivers?

This poll ended on 17 November 2014.

Current Results



Richmond Valley








Clarence Valley




This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The teams are given a range of tasks which simulate different scenarios and hurdles that local councils manage on a day-to-day basis and is part of the "fit for the future" initiative and upcoming reforms to local government, said chief executive officer of LG Professionals, NSW, Annalisa Haskell.

Lismore City Council's GM, Gary Murphy, described the rural management challenge as "a very practical way of learning on a whole range of subjects such as teamwork, strategic thinking, and presentation skills."

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