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