Koenig to keep balanc­ing du­ties

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Hor­sham coun­cil­lor Josh Koenig is con­fi­dent he can con­tinue to bal­ance pro­fes­sional and mu­nic­i­pal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties af­ter his of­fi­cial ap­point­ment as Unit­ing Wim­mera’s ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

Mr Koenig said de­spite tak­ing the reins of one of the re­gion’s largest com­mu­nity-ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions he re­mained com­mit­ted to a full term with Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil.

His four-year term ends in Septem­ber-oc­to­ber next year.

“While the ap­point­ment is ex­cit­ing, it doesn’t change a thing. It is busi­ness as usual,” Mr Koenig said.

“That I’ve been able to find that bal­ance, through the sup­port of Unit­ing and the coun­cil, has been great.”

Mr Koenig has been Unit­ing Wim­mera’s act­ing ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer since the res­ig­na­tion of his pre­de­ces­sor Wendy Sturgess in Septem­ber last year.

Unit­ing Vic.tas western Vic­to­ria and Tas­ma­nia gen­eral man­ager Sil­via Al­berti said she was de­lighted to an­nounce Mr Koenig’s ap­point­ment.

“Josh has been with Unit­ing, for­merly Wim­mera Unit­ing­care since 2009,” she said.

“Dur­ing this time he has worked across var­i­ous pro­grams and has deep knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of com­mu­nity-ser­vice de­liv­ery and the needs of peo­ple in the Wim­mera.

“Josh holds sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity roles, in­clud­ing on the coun­cil, and is a mem­ber and par­tic­i­pant on a range of sec­tor and com­mu­nity committees.

“He has had a long­stand­ing com­mit­ment to the Wim­mera and is pas­sion­ate about en­sur­ing the best pos­si­ble out­comes for the com­mu­nity. He is a highly re­spected Unit­ing and com­mu­nity leader.”

Unit­ing pro­vides com­mu­nity ser­vices to help and sup­port vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple try­ing to deal with is­sues as­so­ci­ated with age­ing, dis­abil­i­ties, youth, fam­i­lies, new-ar­rivals, men­tal ill­ness and al­chol and drugs.

Unit­ing Wim­mera’s head­quar­ters are in Hor­sham but its reach across the re­gion ex­tends as far north as Tempy, west of the South Aus­tralian bor­der, and south-east be­yond Stawell.

Across the re­gion, in­clud­ing an­nexed ser­vices, it has an ex­tended work­force of about 150.

Mr Koenig said he was ex­cited to take on the chal­lenge and proud to lead Unit­ing’s work across the Wim­mera.

“I have a re­ally good se­nior man­age­ment team backed up by an in­cred­i­ble work­force,” he said.

“I’m in a for­tu­nate po­si­tion to be tak­ing over Unit­ing Wim­mera with such a com­pe­tent group of peo­ple in place through­out the or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

Mr Koenig also ex­pressed his com­mit­ment to the Wim­mera and wel­comed com­pe­ti­tion from other ser­vice providers in the re­gion.

“I am fo­cused on mov­ing for­ward and con­tin­u­ing our high level of sup­port to our ser­vice users,” he said.

“I am also com­mit­ted to build­ing on our cul­ture and col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ships with ex­ter­nal stake­hold­ers.

“It’s all about achiev­ing the best pos­si­ble out­comes for the peo­ple we sup­port and do­ing our best to meet the needs of our com­mu­nity.

“When it comes to com­pe­ti­tion I wel­come it and look for­ward to work­ing with all in­volved.

“We’re all rid­ing in the same race in sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties. It’s a good space to be in.

“Seek­ing sup­port early be­fore a sit­u­a­tion es­ca­lates is re­ally im­por­tant.

“If we are un­able to pro­vide the sup­port you need at Unit­ing, we can help you link in to a ser­vice that can. There is no wrong door.”

Ms Al­berti said Mr Koenig would tran­si­tion into the role im­me­di­ately.

Mr Koenig re­minded peo­ple need­ing sup­port that they could call Unit­ing Wim­mera on 1800 195 114.

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