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New CEO reveals big plans

New SDRC CEO Andrew Roach and mayor Peter Blundell sign on the dotted line.
New SDRC CEO Andrew Roach and mayor Peter Blundell sign on the dotted line. Linden Morris

HE HAS been in his office for only one month, but Southern Downs Regional Council's new chief executive officer, Andrew Roach, has big plans for the region, including taking down the barriers left after amalgamation.

Mr Roach unveiled his plans at a networking breakfast with many Warwick business owners at the Warwick Golf Club on Tuesday.

The CEO said there were five main areas he wanted to work on during the next 12 months.

"The first is financial management and getting the council finances stable," he said.

The second area is advocacy.

"I want to make sure we are lobbying all government departments at both state and federal level," Mr Roach said.

"Third is governance, which is how we operate as a council."

Next on the list was economic development and fifth was communication.

"This relates to how we communicate internally and with the community," he said.

"We are looking to improve our customer service."

Mr Roach said there was one other goal he would like to achieve in the next 12 months.

"It is a big one," he said.

"But I would like to achieve one council by breaking the barriers that have remained in place since amalgamation.

"There will be lots of team-building activities."

The CEO said a similar breakfast would be held in Stanthorpe next week.




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