New role: Chris Chapman will move from Wakool Council to become Coffs Harbour City Council’s new health and development director.
New role: Chris Chapman will move from Wakool Council to become Coffs Harbour City Council’s new health and development director. Submitted

New director for Coffs council

CHRIS Chapman has been appointed as Coffs Harbour City Council’s new Director of Land Use, Health and Development.

Mr Chapman is the former general manager of Wakool Shire Council, a small rural shire in the South Western Riverina with its headquarters at Moulamein, the oldest town in the Riverina.

Mr Chapman has worked in the public and private sector in both NSW and Queensland.

Before going to Wakool Shire Council, Mr Chapman worked as the manager for both the Planning and Urban Design business units for UPS Brisbane, the largest land development consultancy in Queensland and one of the largest in Australia.

Earlier in his career, he was the manager of development assessment for Brisbane City Council.

A spokesperson for Coffs Harbour City Council said Mr Chapman had also held other leadership roles within Brisbane City Council, as well as working for Connell Wagner (Queensland), Logan City Council and Sydney’s Pittwater Council.

“We are delighted to welcome Chris on board,” said Coffs Harbour City Council’s general manager Steve McGrath.

“He comes to us with a very broad range of experience in the commercial and local government fields, which will be a very valuable addition to the organisation’s existing expertise.

“Chris completes a relatively new team of senior staff at Coffs Harbour City Council.”

Mr McGrath took up his own post less than two months ago (November 15) after leaving Morrison Low Consultants where he was NSW manager.

The Director of City Services, Ben Lawson, took up his post on May 10, 2010, after moving from Tumut Shire.

The Director of Corporate Business, Craig Milburn, joined Coffs Harbour City Council in September 2008 from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

Mr Chapman said he was looking forward to becoming part of the Coffs Harbour community.

“I’ve gained a great deal of knowledge and experience at the helm of a wide range of teams in a number of very diverse organisations and geographical regions in the past,” Mr Chapman said.

“Each community, workplace and region is different and I’m very keen to get to know the staff and councillors at Coffs Harbour City Council and, most importantly, the community.

“I am looking forward to this opportunity to use the knowledge and experience I’ve gained elsewhere to benefit the Coffs Harbour region in the future.”

Mr Chapman is expected to take up his appointment in mid February .

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