Bur­nett to lead Su­bi­aco

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

FOR­MER Gold­fields-Boul­der chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett will re­place City of Su­bi­aco in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Hill in early Oc­to­ber.

Coun­cil­lors voted to ap­point Mr Bur­nett as new chief ex­ec­u­tive at a meet­ing last week.

Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said Mr Bur­nett had al­most two decades of ex­pe­ri­ence as a chief ex­ec­u­tive, at the Gold­fields-Boul­der coun­cil and the Town of Northam.

Mrs Hen­der­son said Mr Bur­nett’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment ex­per­tise would pro­vide “strong and sta­ble lead­er­ship” for the next five years.

“His ca­reer path and strong un­der­stand­ing of both re­gional and metropoli­tan coun­cils place him in a great po­si­tion to lead Su­bi­aco to a bright fu­ture,” she said.

“These are ex­cit­ing times for Su­bi­aco and I look for­ward to see­ing the City’s ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tinue its de­vel­op­ment path un­der his lead­er­ship.”

Mr Hill said he would con­tinue to work on “re­fo­cus­ing and reimag­ing” Su­bi­aco ahead of Mr Bur­nett’s ar­rival.

“This week, we are hold­ing a fo­rum on al­ter­na­tive ap­proaches to our com­mit­tee and coun­cil meet­ing ar­range­ments,” he said.

“Coun­cil can trial changes be­fore the elec­tions in Oc­to­ber, so the tim­ing is per­fect.”

Mr Hill said it was im­por­tant to con­tinue mak­ing im­prove­ments to the town cen­tre, fol­low­ing re­cent $100,000 up­grades, in­clud­ing pot plants, parklets and tree fairy lights.

“There was a feel­ing among the busi­ness com­mu­nity that we hadn’t paid enough at­ten­tion to the signs of a de­cline in vis­i­ta­tion and foot traf­fic,” he said.

“In my mind, it was look­ing unloved and un­cared for, so we were in a bit of catch-up mode, and in fact still are.”

Mr Hill said the city was also work­ing on big­ger projects, such as chang­ing Hay Street to two-way traf­fic by 2017.

Don Bur­nett.

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