Maxine Dowley is a Director on the Board of Local Government Professionals Australia NT.
An event coordinator with the City of Palmerston, Maxine started her LG career in 2001. Interestingly, Maxine competed in the Australasian Management Challenge in Alice Springs in 2013.
'I competed in the Australasian Management Challenge in Alice Springs in 2013. I initially felt out of my comfort zone working on the pre-challenge subject – which I knew very little about. But it made me think strategically and work on building trust with my team members.’
I spent 13 years in the SA Police Department; owned a busy Hotel at Semaphore in South Australia; worked for Confederation of Australian Motor Sport; and then Rowing Victoria in Melbourne. A sea-change brought me to Darwin, and I started as an events coordinator with City of Darwin, before joining City of Palmerston in 2011.
What was your first job in local government?
Coordinating the 60th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin for City of Darwin, in 2001. On the 19th of February 1942, WWII was brought to the shores of Australia, when Japanese dropped bombs over Darwin and surrounds. Over 1,500 veterans and their families returned for the four day commemoration.
My most rewarding challenge with Local Government was coordinating the nine Anniversaries of the Bombing of Darwin between 2001 to 2010. This attack was a significant event for Australia; more than 243 people, both armed forces and civilian lost their lives. I was privileged and honoured to meet and host men and women who were here in Darwin, who fought for our country, and to hear their stories and memories first hand. I have made many friends with the veterans and their families, and continue to meet with them each year.
What do you think is the most important attribute of a leader?
A good leader is honest, communicates, committed, confident and remains calm.
Have you done further education while working in LG. Was it related to your role at the time?
Earlier on in my employment I studied and obtained Executive Certificate in Event Management at the University of Technology Sydney. Last year I obtained a Diploma of Project Manager with the Institute of Technology in Brisbane. It broadened my knowledge of project management and how to manage larger projects other than events.
What is the most rewarding part of your current position?
My role involves coordinating events for the City of Palmerston. You obtain and build strong relationships with contractors, vendors, performers and community members including multi-cultural organisations. I like to work hard at planning an event to make it successful. It is very rewarding to see prosperous events with happy members of the community. This makes all the long hours and planning worthwhile.