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In the knowledge that excellent nance systems will contribute to the
achievement of better outcomes this organisation wishes to appoint a Senior
Finance Executive to lead the nance function.
As a part of the Executive of the organisation, you will work closely with the Board
and other stakeholders to deliver strategic advice that will enable the business
to achieve its objectives. One of your initial responsibilities will be a review of
current systems and the development of forecasting and budgeting tools to improve
reporting accuracy and planning.
You have a small team in place and a Finance Manager who will manage the day to
day functions enabling you to focus on the strategic. You will be accountable to
ensure the completion of the annual nancial statements.
We are seeking a visionary nance executive who has the capacity to inspire and
drive business excellence. You will be recognised for your capacity to contribute
at the Senior Executive and Board level. Technically competent, you will possess
strong leadership skills and take the time to develop your people. We assume you
possess tertiary accounting quali cations and are highly computer literate.
Driven by your capacity to shape and in uence you will relish the opportunity
of heading the nance function of a business making a difference. A salary circa
$100,000 is on offer and consideration would be given to candidates wishing to
undertake the role on a less than fulltime basis.
Send your resume in Word format quoting Ref: 2287 to
firstname.lastname@example.org Your telephone call to Joanne Blackman or
Allison Ashby is welcomed on 08 8228 3800.
Whilst applications close on 12 February 2010 we request an early response
from interested candidates.
LEAD THE FINANCE
February 5 - 11, 2010 people & places
Each year the Tour Down Under
highlights a major design
roadblock to Adelaide s goal of
becoming a sustainable city in the
The Tour juggernaut revealed the
enormous number of recreational
riders on Adelaide streets. It was
great to see.
But why do these closet cyclists
only come out when Lance is in
town and why aren t they riding to
work each day?
The major issue is safety. Many
riders just don t feel safe in sharing
the road -- and it s a design conun-
drum for our City.
The State Government s draft
30-year plan for greater Adelaide
outlines 14 major urban renewal
precincts located around existing
transport corridors, commonly
known as Transit Oriented
Developments or TODs.
As part of the planning process,
we must be looking at ways to
maximise the "ride-ability" of
these soon-to-be revitalised TOD
precincts and existing suburbs.
Bike lanes are a good start. A
designated one metre of road
real estate for a bike sounds like
a good solution. However, many
riders don t feel safe in bike lanes.
Riders are often forced to leave the
perceived safety of a bike lane due
to parked cars, obstructions or the
bike lane simply ending.
A bike lane creates an assump-
tion for a motorist that a rider
will remain in their lane. This
assumption can cause problems
and ultimately result in rider-car
conflict and safety issues.
Perhaps sharing the road in a
more equitable way is a safer and a
more sustainable solution.
I have seen overseas models,
particularly in the Netherlands and
Germany, which allow bikes to take
more ownership of certain roads. By
increasing the bike lane into more
of a bike road, up to four metres
wide and reducing the road real
estate designated for the car, it starts
to create a shared road which also
encourages slower vehicle speed.
This then prompts a road
environment that is equitable,
efficient and safe.
I m not advocating for every road
to be shared, but such roads could
be linked with existing off-road
bike paths between each of the 14
TOD precincts to create a safe and
desirable riding network across
■ David Cooke is the Director of
Where have all
the cyclists gone?
David Cooke, one
of Adelaide's top
has a challenge
for planners and
policy makers --
make our roads
safer for cyclists.
Braking point: Cyclists on road safety
Bike parking garage in Amsterdam, a city more attuned to bikes.
"I don't really feel safe in bike
"You have to be very defensive
and expect the unexpected,
otherwise you'll end up in
"Don't take anything for
David also believes the bike
tracks could be wider, but that's
easier said than done.
"There is barely enough room
as it is for cars and a bike lane,
so it would be difficult to widen
the bike lane.
"That said, I think that as we
plan future roads and future
developments we should allow
for wider and more separated
"Any extra room would be
David Wilkins, 49, Kent Town
"I feel quite safe but there's no
doubt that it would be better if
the lanes were wider.
"There are still quite a few
roads where there is no bike
lane at all and the area where
you would ride is also not
Corrie hails from Holland
where bikes have a much
higher profile for planners and
"There is nothing here like
"The bike paths there are
wider and in most cases are
separated from the road with
a small concrete barrier or
Corrie Van Der Hoek,
54, Port Willunga
Not long after the shift to a
model HP swallowed up EDS,
Commander merged with Volante
and then folded and the jobs were
starting to drift out of town.
A long delay in CSG establish-
ing any strong presence in
Adelaide led to concerns in the
IT industry that the jobs that had
been lost would never be replaced.
CSG s head office is in Darwin
and its service centre is in
Steve Adcock, CEO of the SA
branch of Australia s Technology
Industry Association said this
week the IT industry had evolved
into a three-tier sector with local
small to medium enterprises
struggling at the bottom.
"At the top level there are the
multinationals, and they are
getting fewer in number and
larger in size as one merges into
"Next are the national
Australian companies, including
"Then at the bottom are the
state-based companies who are
suppliers to the national and
multinational companies," he
Mr Adcock believes local
companies need to get a bigger
bite of the pie.
"Government is a dispropor-
tionately large player in the IT
contracts business and ideally
we d like to see more focus on
"I know they have to achieve a
best-price result, but there is the
wider economic impact of local
"We ll be making submissions
along those lines in the near
One former IT worker, who
preferred to remain anonymous,
said her colleagues were
concerned that IT jobs were being
"There should be more work
locally, but we keep seeing jobs go
overseas and interstate."
CSG s Brian Lee is more bullish
in his outlook.
"We are advertising now for
project managers, IT engineers
and solution architects.
"Our senior service delivery
manager Michael Horsfall is
moving to Adelaide permanently
as from next week."
The company is keen to lever
off its experience in supplying
remote areas of the Northern
Territory with IT services.
can do it anywhere," he said.
"Remote services are expensive,
but the more you have, the
cheaper the services become."
Mr Lee believes an office in
Alice Springs could service com-
munities that cross the SA/NT
border while an office in Adelaide
can handle the work in the bottom
half of the state.
CSG started as a small outfit
in Darwin in 1988. A major
slice of Territory and Federal
Government contracts has seen
it grow to having 800 employees
and offices across Australia. It
is the only stock exchange listed
company in the NT.
New kid on the block
From Page 13
Government is a disproportionately
large player in the IT contracts business and
ideally we d like to see more focus on local
suppliers. I know they have to achieve a best-
price result, but there is the wider economic
impact of local jobs.
-- Steve Adcock
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