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Council Connections - 25 May 2023

25th May 2023

New Interim Chief Executive Officer Appointed and Submissions Extended for Draft Shoreline Erosion Management Plan

New Interim Chief Executive Officer Appointed for Hinchinbrook Shire Council

Council held a Special Meeting on Tuesday 23 May 2023 to appoint Michelle Webster as the new interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Hinchinbrook Shire Council, effective Thursday 25 May 2023.

Council is pleased to appoint Michelle, who will be sharing her 26 years’ experience as a Local Government professional. 

Over the past 11 years, Michelle has held a Senior Executive position with Central Highlands Regional Council.

This has seen Michelle living and working within several regional and remote communities of Central Queensland.

This experience has provided Michelle a broad understanding of the benefits and challenges of living and working in a regional community similar to Hinchinbrook.

From a professional perspective, Michelle has been successful as an Acting CEO and General Manager across various departmental portfolios of Local Government business.

Michelle has successfully delivered extensive capital works, commercial, corporate and community programs. 

Michelle has served as the Executive Officer of the Central Highlands (Qld) Housing Company Limited and Michelle holds tertiary qualifications in Commerce, Management, Local Government Planning and Project Management. 

She is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a Board Member of the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service.

Michelle recently retired from Central Highlands Regional Council to undertake interim CEO appointment.

Michelle has commented that she is, “very excited by the opportunity to relieve as Council’s Interim CEO as I am no stranger to the area having regularly holidayed in Lucinda”. 

Michelle will be relied upon over the next three month period to lead and support the team with its planned delivery of Council’s Capital Works program, 2023-2024 Budget and continuity of services to the communities, whilst the permanent CEO recruitment process is undertaken.

Council’s current CEO, Kelvin Tytherleigh has resigned to accept the role of General Manager at Moree Plains Council in Northern NSW.

Kelvin’s last day with Hinchinbrook Shire Council will be Friday 26 May 2023.

Council wishes Kelvin all the best with his future endeavours and thanks him for his service the past two and a half years.

Find Your Future in Hinchinbrook 2023 Wrap Up

On Tuesday 23 May 2023, Council hosted Find Your Future in Hinchinbrook 2023 at the TYTO Conference and Events Centre.

This event showcased local career and employment opportunities and training pathways available to residents in the Shire.

It was also a chance for parents and carers to support and encourage their child, and play a more informed role in their career planning process.

To view the images taken on the day, please visit Council's website, Photo Gallery page.

Feral Pig Aerial Shoot to Commence in June 2023

Council, in co-operation with the Department of Environment and Science and the Department of Resources, intends to conduct an aerial shoot to control feral pigs.

The areas covered during this program will include “The Orient”, Lamari’s on Suthers Road, “Mungalla”, Accornero’s on Abswold Road, and parcels of land that are under the management of participating organisations between and adjacent to Palm Creek to the North, and Insulator Creek to the South.

Weather permitting, this program will take place on Thursday 1 June 2023 and Friday 2 June 2023 between the hours of 5.30am and 6.30pm each day.

To ensure the safety of the public while this program is being conducted, access to the National Parks Estate, Bronte Road and the Halifax Bay Wetlands will be closed during these times.

Access to huts on Bronte Road will be permitted outside of the planned control times.

Should you require any further information or clarification concerning this matter, please contact Council’s Biosecurity Team Leader, Matthew Buckman on 4776 4740 for the necessary assistance.

Submissions Extended for Draft Shoreline Erosion Management Plan

After 12 months of investigations, community consultation, cost benefit analysis and expert advice, Council is pleased to release the final draft of its Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP) for Hinchinbrook’s coastal localities.

Council is seeking submissions from the public before considering the SEMP for endorsement.

Once adopted by Council, the document will be submitted to the Queensland Government for approval, where the actions in the SEMP will be assessed, making future application for any necessary works easier to obtain.

A copy of the draft SEMP is available on Council’s website, Hinchinbrook Shoreline Erosion Management Plan Community Consultation page.

Submissions are to be made in writing to council@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au by 11.59pm Sunday 4 June 2023.

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