After more than 34 years in local government and five years as GM of Bellingen Council Mike Colreavy will hang up his shingle in November.
After more than 34 years in local government and five years as GM of Bellingen Council Mike Colreavy will hang up his shingle in November.

Bellingen council to get a new GM

THE search is about to begin for a new general manager for the Bellingen Shire Council.

Mike Colreavy has told the council he won’t renew his current contract when it falls due in November.

“I’m now 57 and it has always been my intention to retire at this time,” Mr Colreavy said.

“I think its time to relax and recharge the batteries.”

It is fair to say Mr Colreavy’s stamina has been well and truly tested particularly during the past 12 months.

“Last year’s floods certainly presented lots of challenges but we’re finally starting to get on top of all the work that needs to be done,” he said.

“Funding for flood repairs has finally started to flow and we’ve just put on 10 new staff to undertake the many projects that need doing.

“We’ve also gone through a lot of organisational change recently so it has been a particularly busy period.”

After stints as general manager at the Muswellbrook, Nymboida and Palmerston City (NT) councils, Mr Colreavy took the helm at Bellingen in November 2005.

He had his four-year contract extended by 12 months last November.

“The past five years at Bellingen have certainly presented many challenges but there have been lots of good times. This is a great community and it has been a pleasure working here,” he said.

“But the pace has been hectic and it sometimes seems like the five years have just flown by.”

When he vacates his desk in November, Mr Colreavy will have notched up more than 34 years in Local Government.

“I’m looking forward to living in Coffs Harbour and finding new interesting ways to keep myself occupied.”

An arm of the Local Government and Shires Association, Local Government Management Solutions has been engaged to recruit a new general manager. Advertising for the position is expected to cost around $18,000.

At today’s council meeting, councillors will be asked to endorse the establishment of a selection committee to shortlist potential candidates for interviewing by the council in September.



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