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