West Tamar Council’s new general manager Rolph Vos says he hopes to take an open-minded approach to his new role, as local government faces sweeping changes.
With more than 20 year’s experience working at the council, Mr Vos said the most satisfying project in his career was the development of the Windsor Community Precinct.
“I was involved in the development of those plans from the outset, and I was fortunate enough to actually project manager the construction of that,” he said.
Mr Vos said his previous roles included working as a trainee building surveyor, manager of the building control section, and most recently development services manager for eight years.
"I've enjoyed all my roles with council, what I've found is that council gives you a genuine ability to contribute to the community and I really value and enjoy that.”
He said his immediate goals as general manager are to see extensive projects through to completion, including the implementation of the Legana Structure Plan and the Exeter Structure Plan.
“I want to see the Northern part of the municipality continue to develop and flourish, more and more we're in a community society.
“And we have people who make their homes in the North of the municipality along the river and I want to see that those things can be built on and be improved.”
Mr Vos said a pragmatic approach to his new role would help steer West Tamar through possible challenges, as councils in the South look at voluntary amalgamation.
“I think we need to be willing to evolve and ensure we remain contemporary and that would be my biggest single challenge,” he said.
He said he believed there was further room for resource sharing, but as far as a boundary adjustment went he would need to see the evidence.
“We’ve been at the front of that (resource sharing), entering into contracts with Flinders Island and our neighbouring councils to provide services.”
“I don't see that there is a benefit to the residents of West Tamar in a boundary adjustment, but I certainly wouldn't rule out that as a possibility.”