CEO: ‘nuts and bolts first’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

DAIN­TREE res­i­dent Linda Cardew will of­fi­cially be­come the new chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil from March 10.

With more than 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence across all lev­els of govern­ment, Ms Cardew stood out from a strong field of 33 ap­pli­cants across Aus­tralia.

‘‘I am ex­tremely ex­cited,’’ she said.

‘‘Fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity is and will con­tinue to be a pri­or­ity. The budget is lean and we need to work with it to deliver value for money and an un­der­stand­ing on how to deliver ser­vices ef­fi­ciently – with­out a fi­nan­cial plat­form, other things can­not be achieved.

‘My role as the CEO is ini­tially to es­tab­lish the nuts and bolts of this coun­cil, which re­lates to those statu­tory re­spon­si­bil­ity that we have as an or­gan­i­sa­tion and it sounds in­cred­i­bly bor­ing but it’s es­sen­tial to plan for the budget 2014-15, to pre­pare the cor­po­rate plan and other statu­tory plans that the Lo­cal Govern­ment Act re­quires.’’

Ms Cardew and her hus­band along with their daugh­ter have had their Dain­tree property for eight years and lived in the re­gion for four. She ap­plied for the po­si­tion be­cause she ‘‘ab­so­lutely loves this com­mu­nity’’.

‘‘The people, place and en­vi­ron­ment, I am ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to it and was even be­fore the role ap­peared,’’ she said.

‘‘The role of CEO al­lows me to bring to bear more than 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in all lev­els of govern­ment. Of that I spent 15 years in lo­cal govern­ment.

‘‘Also the po­si­tion is unique – to be the first CEO of a new coun­cil is to cre­ate a new op­por­tu­nity to take Dou­glas for­ward un­der the di­rec­tion of the mayor and coun­cil­lors.’’

Mayor Ju­lia Leu made the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day morn­ing and said in her speech the rea­son why Ms Cardew was selected was be­cause of her per­sonal and ca­reer achieve­ments.

‘‘She re­ally stood out amongst the ap­pli­cants, and I know the coun­cil is very pleased to be able to ap­point Linda,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re also very for­tu­nate that Linda lives in the Dain­tree and has a very good un­der­stand­ing of what this com­mu­nity needs, and what are the com­plex­i­ties of our par­tic­u­lar area.

‘‘Linda has sig­nif­i­cant strate­gic man­age­ment and fi­nan­cial skills, which is ex­actly what we need in the first term of this coun­cil.’’

Ms Cardew com­mended act­ing CEO Jeff Tate on his role es­tab­lish­ing the new Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and said she will build on his good work.

‘‘He’s gone be­yond his role orig­i­nally pro­posed and taken Dou­glas to heart, im­ple­ment­ing sound prac- tices that I in­tend to con­tinue. He is a very ca­pa­ble and good leader and I be­lieve Dou­glas was lucky to have him,’’ she said.

‘‘The chal­lenges I know I’ll be fac­ing in the next weeks, months and years will re­ally be enor­mous. I will deliver and man­age an ad­min­is­tra­tion com­pris­ing a team (and) I hope the com­mu­nity sees this new ad­min­is­tra­tion as cre­ative, as com­pe­tent, as ac­ces­si­ble – we won’t be locked away in an ivory tower – we will be there.’’

Pic­ture: AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

HIGH ACHIEVER:

new CEO Linda Cardew with mayor Ju­lia Leu

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