Bailey departs after 14 years
Peter Bailey will no longer have sleepless nights when he hears heavy rain.
Porirua City Council’s general manager of asset management and operations departed last month after 14 years in the role.
He said his priorities right now were ‘‘jobs around the house’’ and a family holiday in Twizel, before taking up a position with engineering consultancy firm Resolve Group.
‘‘There’s exciting work out there for an engineer like me, and I’m up for the challenge,’’ he said.
Bailey, who lives in Kapiti, said he came to Porirua City Council in 2002, when the utilities and parks groups were coming together.
He said much of his work involved things the public didn’t see, such as improving wastewater and stormwater in the city.
Community engagement was a big part of the council’s philosophy that he enjoyed.
‘‘Getting that feedback was important and you always had that in places like Cannons Creek and Plimmerton,’’ he said.
‘‘When doing the village planning work in Steyne Ave [when speed bumps were put in], the public was outspoken, but you have to be prepared for that.’’
Bailey is the second general manager to depart the council in five months, after David Rolfe left in November.
He said he leaves with no bad feelings or regrets and at least now heavy rain won’t keep the 60-year-old awake at night.
‘‘The flooding [last May] and some of the other weather events have been stressful. But I’m proud to say that when I started there were 300 sewer overflows a year and in the last nine months we had two.
‘‘We’ve had no major breaks in the water supply this financial year. There’s still work to be done but the council is on the right path.’’
Bailey said seeing the old Todd Park land being used, less graffiti in the city, and watching the Aotea and Whitby developments come on were satisfying.
He was especially pleased to see Transmission Gully begin under his watch.
Peter Bailey was a general manager at Porirua City Council for 14 years.