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About Director Community, Arts and Recreation Services

Kathy Arthur

Kathy manages a range of services aimed at helping residents to remain independent and well supported, participate in the community, develop and achieve their potential, and enjoy active, healthy activities, facilities and social events. This is achieved through advocacy, partnerships and direct quality service delivery.

Services include Community Care (aged care, disability), Community Development (children's, youth, arts and library services), and  Recreation (planning, spots participation support, swimming centres, professional lifeguards and facilities management and bookings).

Programs and services are delivered from a range of locations, including the three libraries and Out of School Hours Care facilities, the Dr Mackay Community Centre, supported accommodation properties, community transport, community centres and across the general community. On average the Directorate provides 6,500 occasions of service to the local community each week.

The Directorate supports a number of advisory and general committees including:

  • Disability Inclusion Access Committee
  • Youth Committee
  • Aboriginal Advisory Committee
  • Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Police Liaison Committee

In total, there are over 140 staff employed in Council's Community, Arts and Recreation Services Directorate, supported by approximately 125 community volunteers.

In 2018-19 the revised Directorate expenditure budget is just under $26 million, offset by a revised revenue estimate of $13 million, generated via grants, fees and charges - actively pursued to reduce costs for our local community.

Employment experience

Kathy has extensive local government sector experience spanning nearly 30 years. She has worked for Sutherland, Rockdale and Liverpool Councils before joining Eurobodalla. Throughout her career the focus has been on good planning, delivering quality customer service, managing business operations effectively to achieve value for money and improving community outcomes.

Kathy has worked in a number of roles at Council prior to being appointed to her current position in 2013. These include the Library Manager, Social Planner, Coordinator Libraries, Social Planning and Youth, Community Services Operations Manager and Business Services Manager in the Community Wellbeing Directorate. She joined Council in 1997.

Qualifications

Kathy holds:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (Sydney)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Sydney)
  • Graduate Diploma, Library and Information Sciences (Charles Sturt)
  • Advanced Diploma of Management
  • Certificate IV in Frontline Management
  • Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment

In addition to formal qualifications Kathy has participated in the Aurora Leadership program (Aurora Leadership Foundation Inc) for Library professionals in Australia and New Zealand.

Community

Kathy is an active member of the local community and has participated on a number of community based committees over the past 20 years.