New chief’s cre­den­tials ‘per­fect fit’

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Shire of Ex­mouth has ap­pointed a City of Al­bany se­nior of­fi­cer as its new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

City of Al­bany ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of com­mer­cial ser­vices Cameron Woods was an­nounced the Shire’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive at a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing held last Thurs­day.

Mr Woods has 22 years ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in lo­cal government in com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment roles, in­clud­ing man­ag­ing ma­jor recre­ational and tourist fa­cil­i­ties in re­gional WA.

He will start the five-year ap­point­ment in early June.

The news comes af­ter former Shire of Ex­mouth chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Price was sum­mar­ily dis­missed by coun­cil­lors in De­cem­ber last year and coun­cil was sus­pended for six months af­ter a Cor­rup­tion and Crime Com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion into allegations of mis­con­duct at the Shire.

Shire of Ex­mouth com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher said Mr Woods’ ap­point­ment was a pos­i­tive and ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment for lo­cal gov­er­nance in Ex­mouth.

“If you look at where Cameron’s been and what he’s done, and where Ex­mouth is at this point in time, it’s a per­fect fit,” he said.

“Ex­mouth is clearly driven by tourism, that’s the ma­jor plank of the econ­omy here. “If you look at what Cameron’s been do­ing in re­cent times, he’s the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of com­mer­cial ser­vices at the City of Al­bany. That role in­volves the Na­tional Anzac Cen­tre, the Al­bany Vis­i­tor Cen­tre, the Al­bany Re­gional Day Care cen­tre, the Al­bany Leisure and Aquatic Cen­tre and the air­port.”

Mr Fletcher said Mr Woods’ work in re-en­er­gis­ing Al­bany’s Na­tional Anzac Cen­tre, which was rated Aus­tralia’s num­ber one mu­seum by TripAd­vi­sor last year, and han­dling the Amaz­ing Al­bany tourism cam­paigns were par­tic­u­larly strong points in his favour.

“The Na­tional Anzac Cen­tre be­came the fo­cal point (for Al­bany) and it brought the whole com­mu­nity to­gether,” he said. “That’s what we’re go­ing to do with the Nin­ga­loo cen­tre in Ex­mouth.” Forty-six ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived in­clud­ing some from in­ter­state.

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