Commission recognises gap in post-quake co-ordination

8:38 am on 10 February 2011

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commission says it will employ a co-ordinator to pull together work being done by various groups to rebuild Christchurch.

Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend says many well-intentioned groups are implementing initiatives to help get the city back on its feet.

However he is worried no-one is co-ordinating the work and says that means there is a risk of duplication and precious resources being wasted.

The commission admits it has not been visible enough and says the gap has been recognised.

It is engaging a communications firm to get its message out as well as a project management company to coordinate efforts among different groups.

Commission chair Murray Sherwin told Morning Report he is confident the changes will give Christchurch people a better picture of what is going on.

He says the new set-up will enable the commission to better monitor the performance of different groups and identify gaps in the response effort.