Hindmarsh Shire Council CEO to Leave in October 2023

Published on 27 April 2023

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Hindmarsh Shire Council Chief Executive Officer, Mr Greg Wood, has written to Council to notify of his intention not to seek a further extension to his Chief Executive Officer contract which expires on 15 October 2023.

Mr Wood said “I have enjoyed my time working with Hindmarsh Shire since commencing in September 2016.”

Mr Wood highlighted some of the significant achievements during his term as CEO including:

  • Construction of the dual lane Albacutya Bridge, replacing the single lane no longer fit for purpose bridge.
  • Establishment of Hindmarsh Shire Libraries, including new and updated library spaces in each of the four towns.
  • Successful implementation of the Local Government Act 2020, including stronger governance and procurement practices.
  • Construction of skate parks in Dimboola, Nhill and Rainbow.
  • Extensive works widening and upgrading of two strategic freight routes - Nhill Rainbow Road and Antwerp Woorak Road.
  • New female friendly change rooms at Dimboola and Rainbow.
  • Significant upgrades to Caravan Parks including adoption of the Rainbow Caravan Park Master Plan, new amenities for Rainbow Caravan Park, upgrading amenities at Nhill Caravan Park, new all abilities bathroom at Dimboola Caravan Park, and construction of new cabins at all four caravan parks in Hindmarsh Shire.
  • Funding and commencement of Wimmera River Discovery Trail.
  • Dimboola Civic Hub and Visitor Node, including associated landscaping and construction of new amenities.
  • Jeparit swimming hole precinct upgrades including the construction of a new retaining wall and decking, installation of a new camp kitchen and new amenities, and associated landscaping.
  • Funding and commencement of the Llew Schilling Silo project, a very exciting variation to the Silo Art projects completed to date as this project includes a viewing deck at the top of the silo.
  • Extension of the Silo Art Trail into Hindmarsh Shire with completion of the painting of the Albacutya and Arkona Silos.

Mr Wood continued “I would like to acknowledge and thank the hard-working staff and councillors at Hindmarsh Shire for their support. Hindmarsh has a lot to offer for community members and visitors, and projects currently will further attract people to our region.”

Hindmarsh Shire Council Mayor, Cr Brett Ireland said, “I respectfully accept Mr Wood’s decision not to seek a further term as Hindmarsh Shire Chief Executive Officer. I am sure I can speak on behalf of all councillors, in saying that, in the 7 years under Mr Wood’s tenure the shire is indebted for the wealth of local government expertise he has displayed, the strong financial position in which he is leaving our shire, and his list of infrastructure achievements.”

“Mr Wood, along with his staff, have pursued many grants for our communities and have put the many policies in place now required under the Local Government Act 2020. One of these has been used as a statewide example of a good procurement policy. I believe Mr Wood has always had the interests of our community at the forefront in making decisions,” Cr Ireland continued.

“I personally wish Mr Wood the very best in his future endeavours and believe he will be an asset to any organisation that employs his services” said Cr Ireland.

Mr Wood concluded “I wish staff, council and the community all the best in the future.”

Recruitment for a new CEO will begin in the near future in line with Council’s CEO Employment and Remuneration Policy.

Greg Wood
Chief Executive Officer