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Shire chief executive officer Peter Brooks said the Northern Grampians dropped only one point in one category - waste management - which this year received a satisfaction rating of 72 out of 100 compared with 73 last year.Mr Brooks
said the community's satisfaction with the council rose in categories including local roads and footpaths, recreational facilities, the appearance of public areas, the enforcement of by-laws, economic development and town planning policy and approvals.
"The staff of Northern Grampians Shire
should be proud of the results as it really reflects the work and dedication they contribute to the organisation," he
said this was an excellent improvement for a small rural shire and was one he
was sure the organisation would improve on next year.
Shire CEO Peter Brooks.Shire
loses CEOTuesday, 25 May 2004Northern Grampians Shire Council will be without its chief executive officer Peter Brooks from June, with Mr Brooks having announced his resignation.Mr Brooks
resignation to council last Thursday night, announcing that he
would be moving to Griffith in New South Wales.He has accepted a position as General Manager (chief executive officer) with Griffith City Council in south central New South Wales.His
final day at the Northern Grampians Shire
Council will be June 18.Mr Brooks
had enjoyed the challenges and achievements during his
four and a half years with the council and would miss the professionalism, dedication and support of shire staff.Mayor Karen Douglas said Mr Brooks had achieved a lot during his four and a half years at Northern Grampians, taking the council from an organisation plagued by serious financial problems to the viable and well-run council it is today.
Cr Douglas said Mr Brooks
had been thrown many large challenges during his
time at Northern Grampians, including the proposed mining of Big Hill, the Stawell Main Street revitalisation project and the St Arnaud secession issue.
"The councillors and staff wish Peter
all the very best in his
endeavours and thank him for his
hard work and dedication to Northern Grampians Shire
," Cr Douglas said.
has helped restructure the organisation and he
has turned the financial situation of the council around, and he
has overseen enormous changes and improvements during his
time with us."Cr Douglas said the council greatly appreciated Mr Brooks' initiative in establishing the Economic Development and Planning Unit and his passion and enthusiasm for improving telecommunications through the shire.
will be greatly missed from the community of St Arnaud," she
said.Mr Brooks started at Northern Grampians Shire Council in January 2000, just as the proposed mining of Big Hill in Stawell had become an issue.His
contract with the council was due to expire in January next year and he
had been approached by his
Cr Douglas said she
fellow councillors were sorry Mr Brooks
was leaving the council, but congratulated him on his
new appointment with Griffith.She said the council would now look forward and would start the process of appointing an Acting CEO and undertake the recruitment of a permanent replacement for Mr Brooks.Mr Brooks
was proud of a number of his
achievements including the Central Park upgrade, the revitalisation of Main Street, Stawell, the St Arnaud Children's Precinct and the establishment of eight local town committees that work with council to advance their communities.Mr Brooks
also identified a major improvement in the role council takes in Economic Development, with the adoption of an Economic Development Strategy and a structure that combines planning with economic development.He
said that the long running and bitter issue of the St Arnaud library had been a disappointment.
"I would love to see building start on the St Arnaud Library extension before I leave," he
Griffith City Council 2011 :: Council Management
Council's senior management team is made up of five group managers and two senior managers and is headed by General Manager Peter Brooks.
General Manager - Peter Brooks
Peter Brooks was born in
in 1982 as Administration Manager of Grace Removals and Storage (part of the Brambles Group).
had risen to State Manager,
by the time he
resigned and took over as Company Secretary/Office Manager of Tasco Transport
His move into Local Government began in 1989 when he became Secretary/Facilitator Small Business Development with the Huon Municipal Association, followed by a two year stint with the Municipal Association of Tasmania before becoming Director Financial Services with Burnie City Council in 1992.
He was appointed Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of Burnie in 1995 and took the role of Chief Executive Officer of Northern Grampians Shire Council in 2000.
is married to Liz and they have four sons.
Shire chief executive officer Peter Brooks said the economic development and planning manager was a new position created as part of a restructure of the economic development and planning departments.Mr Brooks said the new position would pull the council's resources together to ensure potential developers could access all the information they needed from one central contact point.He said Ms Linley had the experience and enthusiasm needed to ensure the economic development unit delivered what the business community needed."The Council has a very strong commitment to economic development and currently has more than 60 related projects in progress," he said.
Shire chief executive officer Peter Brooks said informal discussions on the proposal and the extent to which council and other agencies and service providers may be involved, had occurred in recent years.He said this included discussions on the most appropriate location for such a precinct."Council met with representatives of Stawell Regional Health to discuss a range of issues and at that meeting, council was invited to partner Stawell Regional Health in undertaking the feasibility study," Mr Brooks said."In preliminary discussions, potential benefits have been identified in the development of a precinct from which services such as those proposed may be able to be delivered, particularly if related medical, testing and support services can be located at a central point."Convenience to service users and the ability to more efficiently provide services would be likely to be greatly enhanced."Mr Brooks said there was potential to include the provision of specific council services, directly related to and supporting other health and community services.He said this would further enhance the ability to provide greater efficiencies for service users.Mr Brooks said the anticipated cost to council to undertake the study would be $17,000.Council still retains a balance of $20,000 in grant funds associated with rehabilitation works at the former Lady Brooks pre-school site.The site was transferred to Stawell Regional Health to be used as part of the Helen Schutt Nursing Home development.Mr Brooks said the study would assist in assessing the most appropriate means of addressing community health service needs, which in itself was a key component of risk management.