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New manager for Central Darling

Wednesday, 20th July, 2011

Tim Drew, who spent four years as Chief Executive Officer of the largest rural council in South Australia, is the new general manager of the Central Darling Shire Council.

Mr Drew (42) is scheduled to commence duties in Wilcannia on September 12 and said yesterday he was “excited” by the challenge ahead of him.

“It is no secret there are quite a few pressing issues confronting the Central Darling Shire at the moment and I am looking forward to the challenge,” Mr Drew said from Adelaide.

“The financial sustainability of the shire is a key issue, while the delivery of services in the region is another area that needs significant improvement.

“Obviously the usual concerns that come with all large, rural and remote councils are going to take up most of my time initially,” he added.

Born in Geelong but raised at various other country Victorian locations including some eight years living in Mildura, Mr Drew believes his previous experiences will hold him in good stead for his role with the Central Darling Shire, which is the largest Local Government Area in NSW.

“I spent four years with the Coorong District Council up to January 2010 and have broad experience with projects aligned with the Murray-Darling basin,” Mr Drew said.

“During my tenure at the Coorong Council I spent almost half of all my time on water-related issues.”

A Certified Practising Accountant who graduated from RMIT University in Melbourne, Mr Drew said he had conducted internal audit work with the Central Darling Shire late last year.

“I know there is plenty of work ahead of me but I enjoy a challenge,” Mr Drew said.

The Mayor of Central Darling Shire Council, Paul Brown, said that Mr Drew had been selected from a strong list of candidates for the position of general manager.


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