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10 June, 2021

IT leader recognised for outstanding work

AN IT leader at Douglas Shire Council (DSC) has taken out a state-wide award for his innovative efficiency transformation of the council’s systems.

By Rhys Thomas

Team Leader of Information Communication Technology at Douglas Shire Council Garry Mason has been recognised at a recent award presentation.

AN IT leader at Douglas Shire Council (DSC) has taken out a state-wide award for his innovative efficiency transformation of the council’s systems. 

A complete overhaul of the of DSC’s ICT systems from a cloud-based platform to in-house saw Garry Mason, Team Leader of Information Communication Technology, recognised with an award. 

Moving platforms reduced the costs for council and boosted productivity ensuring quicker and more fluid access of information and saw Garry be awarded with the Above and Beyond award at the Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Qld Awards for Excellence. 

Chief Financial Officer Tara Killeen said bringing the ICT system in-house was a mammoth task for the IT team. 

“The transition was swift, successful and seamless,” she said. 

“There were only very minimal issues for Garry and his team to iron out and the Council staff hit the ground running as if nothing had occurred. 

“We are all so proud of Garry who has gone above and beyond over the years to overcome even the most challenging circumstances.” 

This is not the first project of its kind that Garry and his team has undertaken with a similar project when DSC de-amalgamated from Cairns Regional Council in 2014. 

Council required its ICT systems to be newly designed and then implemented, a process which normally takes up to two years, Garry and his team did it in three months.  


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