Gary is the General Manager at Kingborough Council, and is based in Kingston. Although the handover stage is a busy one, Gary took some time out recently to have a quick chat. We look forward to hearing more from him soon.
I actually celebrated my twenty first birthday (decades ago!) not long after commencing my first job in local government at the Shire of Melton in Victoria. I’m now in the twilight of my career, still enjoy going to work every day, and still in local government. Local government seems to get into the blood system.
Yes, I think it is one of the best professional development opportunities available for anyone working in local government. I was delighted that our Kingborough team created their piece of history last year by becoming the first Tasmanian team to win the challenge. Whilst that was as exciting as it was unexpected it also enabled them to make new local government friends in a demanding but invigorating learning environment.
What do you hope to achieve in your two year term as President?
Initially I hope to build on the great results that Karen achieved during her term of office. She has been a driving force in the role and one of the main reasons that the Board has a real sense of camaraderie. My main focus will be to do everything possible to ensure that we remain relevant to our members and genuinely listen to their voice.
What is your main interest outside of work?
My wife, Anita and I have one daughter (Olivia) living in America and the other daughter (Tara) living on the mainland so skype and travel immediately come to mind.