Growth plan key, says CEO

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

The City of Rock­ing­ham’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive has said the chal­lenge of man­ag­ing the sub­urb’s pop­u­la­tion growth in a sus­tain­able man­ner was his ma­jor mo­ti­va­tion in ac­cept­ing the role.

Michael Parker re­places An­drew Ham­mond, who has stood down af­ter 10 years in the role.

Mr Parker has been the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Shire of Har­vey for the past 15 years and was pre­vi­ously in a sim­i­lar role at the Shire of Wa­gin.

He told the Tele­graph he had faced chal­lenges in his pre­vi­ous roles that would stand him in good stead.

“Sus­tained pop­u­la­tion growth in a large num­ber of di­verse com­mu­ni­ties across the Shire — the di­ver­sity of that and man­ag­ing the growth that has oc­curred has been a chal­lenge,” he said.

“I think there is a sim­i­lar chal­lenge in Rock­ing­ham.

“The bush­fire event in 2016 , that event and the sub­se­quent re­cov­ery project was also a ma­jor chal­lenge.”

Mr Parker, who has signed a fiveyear con­tract and will start on Au­gust 6, said he was look­ing for­ward to mov­ing to Rock­ing­ham.

“Rock­ing­ham is an at­trac­tive place to be — it is a beau­ti­ful part of the world,” he said.

“I think first and fore­most I will lis­ten and look to see what is oc­cur­ring and what is not oc­cur­ring to get a feel for the place and the cul­ture of not just the or­gan­i­sa­tion but the com­mu­nity.

“I don’t pre­tend to know all those an­swers from the out­set but I know there are a lot of good peo­ple in the or­gan­i­sa­tion that have done a lot of good work over long pe­ri­ods.

“In the ini­tial stages it will be a steep learn­ing curve but I am look­ing for­ward to start­ing that.”

Mayor Barry Sam­mels said Mr Parker was the stand-out can­di­date of the 67 ap­pli­ca­tions.

Michael Parker

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