Helping you to write clearly and concisely about complex issues

Editing services vary depending on what you need. They can include:

  • working on the structure and rewriting text to make it easier to read (for work in progress)

  • picking up minor errors (for documents that are nearly ready for publication).

Benefits of hiring me to edit your council documents

√ Target audience

I understand your audience – and what they need to know to make an informed decision.

√ Fresh eyes

I provide a fresh set of eyes, which is particularly important for large strategies and plans!

√ Consistency checks

I know where to look to check for consistency with central government legislation and relevant council policies.

Examples of my work

Stormwater, water supply and wastewater AMPs

I helped an asset manager to complete three water-related asset management plans (AMPs) to inform the 2018 Long Term Plan. He started with the stormwater AMP, which I then edited to make as clear and concise as possible. 

Then I transferred the common elements of the stormwater AMP into the water supply and wastewater asset management plans. From here, I identified what content in the 2015 versions of the water supply and wastewater AMPs could be retained, and what needed to be updated.

My client wrote the new content (including new levels of service and updates to the improvement plan). Then I completed the editing process for these two asset management plans.

Client feedback:

“THANK YOU very much for all your help. It has been superb to have someone else to assist with this process.”

Mark Nelson | Asset Engineer

Marlborough District Council

Council report

This editing process involved:

  • reordering some paragraphs to focus on the most important information first
  • rewording subheadings as active sentences
  • improving the clarity of the text
  • deleting some unnecessary information
  • suggesting the inclusion of some additional information, including relevant community outcomes.

Client feedback:

“That’s brilliant to have your review & changes so quickly & it has made everything a lot more readable.”

Proofreading experience

I have proofread all of the following document types:

  • long term plans
  • consultation documents
  • financial strategies and funding policies
  • asset and activity management plans
  • annual plans and annual reports.


Client feedback:

A communications advisor in a government department provided the following feedback on the proofreading of an annual report: “She was so pleased with your work. There were some ‘real doozies’ picked up, and she was extremely grateful. The style guide was followed to a ‘t’ and she was very happy.”

This feedback was passed on to me by Sylvia Bauer | Clear Edit

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