New council manager has come all the way from WA
MANSFIELD Shire Council has a new manager who is keen to bring his experience to the development and services department.
A Queenslander by birth, Ben McKay has been working in local and state government in Western Australia for the past 15 years and brings a wealth of experience to his new job.
He also spent time in Geraldton district working on main roads, on secondment through a global engineering company.
Ben and his family arrived in Mansfield only seven weeks ago, but the family has already settled in, with two of his three daughters settling in to school and kinder here.
The family enjoyed their time in Western Australia, but its remoteness prompted the move to the east.
“I wanted a job to make a difference,” Mr McKay said.
“Mansfield ticked all the boxes.”
His job description is a broad one, encompassing town planning, building, environmental health, economic development, local laws and the environment. Mr McKay also comes with experience of the issues that small towns have with development.
“Practically all councils have some sort of contention about development, differing from town to town,” he said.
“It is our job to look at a town strategically and to have an overarching vision for its development.”
Mr McKay believes in open discussion with the community around projected growth and town planning.
“I am pushing to open communications up from a development perspective,” he said.
“The earlier I see an application the easier it is to guide a beneficial outcome for the community.
“Development is a balancing act, because development provides employment as well as housing and increased population means a healthy town.”
Mr McKay and his family are finding life in Mansfield has lived up to their expectations and he looks forward to a long and happy association with the town.
I wanted a job to make a dif ference... Mansfield ticked all the boxes.
- BEN McKAY
A FRESH APPROACH: Ben McKay brings a fresh look to the development and services department at council and looks forward to the challenges ahead.