Yar­loop fo­cus for new CEO

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Gibbs

The Har­vey Shire Coun­cil’s in­com­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer An­nie Rior­dan will of­fi­cially start on Mon­day and hopes to put her ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in lo­cal gov­ern­ment to good use.

A big item on Ms Rior­dan’s list is re­build­ing the Yar­loop com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the 2016 Wa­roona-Yar­loop bush­fires.

“I was in­volved with the Mar­garet River bush­fires back in 2011, it’s just not an im­me­di­ate fix in bring­ing a com­mu­nity back,” Ms Rior­dan said.

“It’s not just the in­fra­struc­ture, it’s help­ing sup­port the com­mu­nity.”

In ad­di­tion to her role as direc­tor of cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity ser­vices at the Shire of Augusta-Mar­garet River, Ms Rior­dan has also worked for the City of Port Lin­coln in South Aus­tralia and the Shire of Cook in Far North Queens­land.

“This is my first CEO role, but I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to act as CEO at the Shire of Augusta-Mar­garet River,” she said.

Ms Rior­dan said she wanted to re­pay the faith of the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil in ap­point­ing her to the role.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s a very di­verse re­gion and there’s lots of chal­lenges but also lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties there,” she said.

“I’ve worked un­der dif­fer­ent State leg­is­la­tion but I think my ex­pe­ri­ence in cor­po­rate ser­vices and also my com­mu­nity ser­vices ex­pe­ri­ence has given me some great skills to bring into this role.

“Ob­vi­ously com­ing to a new or­gan­i­sa­tion and a new com­mu­nity there’s a lot to learn to get up to speed.

“There’s some fan­tas­tic staff mem­bers who have been here for a long pe­riod of time and I’m sure that they’ll fill me in and help me in my tran­si­tion into the role.”

Ms Rior­dan said she was look­ing into her ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, with a par­tic­u­lar fond­ness for Bin­ningup.

“I love to go swim­ming and it looks like a fan­tas­tic lit­tle com­mu­nity down there,” Ms Rior­dan said.

“I’m keen to live in the com­mu­nity and learn about the com­mu­nity and I think be­ing a res­i­dent in the re­gion will def­i­nitely aid in my learn­ing of the com­mu­nity needs.

“I hope that I can serve coun­cil and the com­mu­nity and de­velop on the projects and the as­pi­ra­tions of the com­mu­nity in their strate­gic plan.”

Pic­ture: Sam Gibbs

In­com­ing Har­vey shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer An­nie Rior­dan is keen to be part of the com­mu­nity when she be­gins in the role on Mon­day.

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