Council appoints new chief officer

Colac Otway Shire Council’s newly appointed chief, Peter Brown, says he’s really keen to start work on July 2, bringing more than three decades of local government experience to the top job.

Colac Otway Shire Council’s newly appointed chief says he’s really keen to start work on July 2, bringing more than three decades of local government experience to the top job.

Councillors voted on the appointment of former Horsham Rural City chief Peter Brown on Wednesday night, with council confirming his start date, which will be almost 12 months since former Colac Otway chief Sue Wilkinson resigned.

Mr Brown said he didn’t know Colac very well, having spent most of his life in the Wimmera, but he was looking forward to moving to Colac Otway.

The married father-of-four, has three of his adult children living in Melbourne and has already identified “lots of advantages” moving to Colac Otway Shire.

Mr Brown said Colac certainly had benefits including the highway duplication, a train service and its proximity to Melbourne, describing Colac Otway Shire as “a great part of western Victoria”.

“We can already see the increased demand for housing and there is potential for the whole shire to benefit from the visitor economy.

“Colac Otway Shire is highly regarded for its primary industries and value adding and well placed to take advantage of the increasing confidence in the future of agriculture generally, notwithstanding the current issues in the dairy industry,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown said he was looking forward to becoming a part of the greater Colac Otway community.

“I am keen to get around and meet people when I start and find out more about the shire from our residents,” he said.

Mr Brown grew up in the Wimmera and chose to return to the region after attending Latrobe University, taking a position with the former City of Horsham in 1982.

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