Justine Linley has been appointed Director Sustainable Development at Corangamite Shire.
Ms Linley has a long career of working in local and state government.
She was the CEO of Northern Grampians Shire and more recently, City of Ballarat CEO. She will lead a team of 57 staff across three departments at Corangamite – planning and building; environment and emergency; and growth and engagement.
Ms Linley said she had a career-long interest in sustainable industry and community development.
“I feel very privileged to be working here,” she said.
“My first impressions of Corangamite are that it is truly a land of milk and honey: golden grain, plump cows, woolly sheep, a wild stunning coast, jewel-like lakes and picture postcard towns.
Ms Linley said the Director Sustainable Development role encompassed areas that she had long-held experience, including economic development, planning, building, emergency management, tourism, communications and engagement, local laws and waste.
“Over the next few years I hope to be able to work with Council, officers, residents and businesses to deliver on community priorities and aspirations, and to celebrate the best that Corangamite has and is.
“I strongly believe it is possible to encourage a thriving, prosperous local economy while still preserving and maintaining those things in the built and natural environment that make a community unique,” she said.
“While the environment is idyllic, it is the people who are the real gems.” Corangamite Shire Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mason said Ms Linley started in early November and had been settling into the role alongside the newly elected Council.
“It is an exciting and challenging time with major projects such as the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan and Port Campbell town centre improvements,” Mr Mason said.
“We are looking forward to capitalising on Justine’s expertise in economic and community development, as well as managing our sustainable development area,” he said.