Shire chief re­signs

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Sophia Con­stan­tine

The Shire of East Pil­bara has an­nounced chief ex­ec­u­tive Allen Cooper will re­sign from his role in De­cem­ber, leav­ing be­hind a legacy of ac­com­plish­ments.

Mr Cooper joined the Shire of East Pil­bara in 1994 as di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices and took over the role of chief ex­ec­u­tive in 1998.

He had pre­vi­ously worked as the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Pil­bara Re­gional Coun­cil and was the act­ing chair­man of the Pil­bara Area Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee in De­cem­ber, 2009.

Shire of East Pil­bara pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie said the com­mu­nity had con­tin­ued to flour­ish un­der Mr Cooper’s lead­er­ship de­spite the Shire’s var­i­ous eco­nomic phases.

She said Mr Cooper had steered the re­gion from an “out­back mu­nic­i­pal­ity” to a key re­gional cen­tre in the Pil­bara.

“I have had the priv­i­lege of serv­ing with Allen since I first joined coun­cil in 2002 and I be­lieve he is one of the most com­mit­ted and pas­sion­ate public ser­vants I have met,” she said.

“I am deeply grate­ful that Allen has de­voted the bulk of his pro­fes­sional ca­reer to serve our com­mu­ni­ties, which has re­sulted in enor­mous pos­i­tive gains for us all.

“While New­man was pros­per­ing from the re­sources boom, Allen en­sured that our smaller towns, Mar­ble Bar and Nul­lagine, al­ways re­ceived their fair share of the ben­e­fits gen­er­ated from this pe­riod.”

The suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the New­man Town Cen­tre Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Plan, which has trans­formed the town cen­tre into a vi­brant hub, has been high­lighted as one of Mr Cooper’s ma­jor achieve­ments.

Mr Cooper was one of the founders of the plan, which was com­pleted in late July with the open­ing of New­man’s Town Square.

He has also contributed to the suc­cess of the New­man Air­port, a fa­cil­ity owned and main­tained by the Shire.

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