Coun­cil wel­comes Adrian But­ler

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil has wel­comed its new In­terim Gen­eral Man­ager Adrian But­ler, who com­menced on the De­cem­ber 2, to lead the or­gan­i­sa­tion whilst coun­cil re­cruits for a per­ma­nent Gen­eral Man­ager.

The former Act­ing Di­rec­tor of In­fra­struc­ture and En­vi­ron­ment at Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil ex­pressed his ex­cite­ment to be back at Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil fol­low­ing a four-month stint as the Act­ing Di­rec­tor of Com­mer­cial De­vel­op­ment at Wagga Wagga City Coun­cil.

“It is a great time to be re­turn­ing to Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil with so many ex­cit­ing projects un­der­way,” Mr But­ler told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“The coun­cil­lors are a new team, with a great mix of ex­pe­ri­ence and new coun­cil­lors who are all pas­sion­ate and de­ter­mined to make a real dif­fer­ence for their com­mu­ni­ties.

“I am hon­oured to be ap­pointed in the act­ing role and I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the coun­cil­lors, staff and res­i­dents of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil while re­cruit­ment for a new per­ma­nent Gen­eral Man­ager takes place.”

Mr But­ler, who is 43, re­sides in Urana with his wife Re­becca and four young chil­dren.

They have lived in the area since early 2013, where Mr But­ler held the po­si­tion of Gen­eral Man­ager at Urana Shire Coun­cil un­til the merger of the former Urana and Corowa Shires in May 2016.

Mr But­ler is orig­i­nally from the Bal­ranald area, and has an ex­ten­sive ca­reer in Lo­cal Govern­ment span­ning over 20 years.

He com­menced his ca­reer as an out­door staff mem­ber at Bal­ranald in 1997, pro­gress­ing through se­nior roles at Bal­ranald, Bourke, Lach­lan, Urana and Fed­er­a­tion coun­cils dur­ing this time, in­clud­ing most re­cently at Wagga Wagga City Coun­cil.

Mr But­ler has ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tions in En­vi­ron­men­tal Health, Build­ing Sur­vey­ing, Plan­ning, and is cur­rently com­plet­ing a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Many years prior to mov­ing to the area, Mr But­ler said, he and his wife Re­becca al­ways in­tended to move to the re­gion in the fu­ture, and even made the de­ci­sion in 2007 to be mar­ried at All Saints Win­ery in Wah­gun­yah.

“We love this re­gion that we have called home for sev­eral years now and have set­tled here with our fam­ily for the long term,” he said.

“We have been for­tu­nate enough in our time here to make many friends and con­nec- tions across the former Urana and Corowa Shire ar­eas, and across the broader Rive­rina Mur­ray re­gion as well.

“These con­nec­tions have en­abled me to un­der­stand the beau­ti­ful area we live in and lis­ten to the pri­or­i­ties of our com­mu­ni­ties ad­vanc­ing into the fu­ture.”

Mr But­ler’s re­turn to Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil comes with spec­u­la­tion in re­la­tion to the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his exit from Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil as Di­rec­tor of In­fra­struc­ture and En­vi­ron­ment in May 2017.

Fol­low­ing the merger on 12 May 2016 Mr But­ler con­tin­ued at Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil for a 12-month pe­riod to as­sist the new coun­cil in the merger process, and loved this time, meet­ing many new staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers, and con­tin­u­ing to live and work in an area he is pas­sion­ate about.

“Un­for­tu­nately the terms of a mu­tual and con­fi­den­tial deed pre­clude me from elab­o­rat­ing on the de­tails of the past but I am ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about the new coun­cil mov­ing for­ward,” Mr But­ler said.

“The new coun­cil have pub­licly come out and said they are here for the peo­ple, to lis­ten and be trans­par­ent in their de­ci­sion mak­ing and I stand proudly be­side them in this di­rec­tion, that’s my style.

“The merger process has not been with­out its dif­fi­cul­ties as ex­pected, but with the new coun­cil we re­ally have the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue to build on this great or­gan­i­sa­tion for the ben­e­fit of our com­mu­ni­ties and keep mov­ing for­ward. We owe it to our hard-work­ing staff as much as any­one.”

Mr But­ler said in the 12 months he was at Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil, he was for­tu­nate enough to form many re­la­tion­ships through­out the new coun­cil area and said he looks for­ward to build­ing on those through the in­terim pe­riod and as­sist­ing the coun­cil in lead­ing an or­gan­i­sa­tion that the com­mu­ni­ties of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil can all con­tinue to be proud of.

Adrian But­ler, work­ing for Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil and com­ments on his ear­lier de­par­ture.

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