WELLINGTON Shire Council has welcomed a new development general manager, Brent McAlister, to the team.
Mr McAlister comes to Wellington with more than 20 years' experience in local government at a senior management level, most recently at Tamworth Regional Council, where he was the planning and compliance director, and previous to that the sustainable development director at Lismore City Council.
Mr McAlister and his wife Del decided to relocate to Victoria to be closer to their daughters and grandchild.
"After exploring the region, we decided to settle in Sale because my wife and I love the streetscapes, the historic nature of the trees and the beautiful natural areas including Lake Guthridge and the botanic gardens," Mr McAlister said.
"I am an experienced town planner and have specific expertise in place-making, town centre revitalisation and economic development.
"I am very much looking forward to working with our Wellington Shire councillors and the community to enhance our town centres with the right mixture of lifestyle, business, events and tourism."
Council chief executive David Morcom said Mr McAlister was chosen from a strong field of candidates.
"We welcome Brent McAlister to the Wellington team, and I am pleased to say he has already hit the ground running, providing some very important strategic insights and previous experience that I have no doubt will have a positive impact on our work here at Wellington," he said.