Natural environment lures new director
GLENELG Shire’s newly-appointed director of assets Robert Alexander says he accepted the position because of the natural environment of the Portland district.
“I had never been to Portland before, but I spent time driving around and it was the beaches, the coastal cliffs and the forests that attracted me – it is a beautiful place to live in,” he said.
“I love the outdoors, fishing and camping.”
Mr Alexander and his wife Lisa are expecting their first child at the end of January.
They have bought a property at Gorae West.
“Lisa was a lawyer and then became a yoga teacher … she has now taken an interest in beekeeping,” he said.
“I have an interest in cricket and definitely want to get out and do some surf boat rowing.”
He said the other thing he had really noticed as a new resident was the friendliness of people in the area.
“As a new resident, it is something I have noticed.”
Mr Alexander has previously worked in a variety of technical and business development positions for multinational corporations such as BHP Billiton and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
“I was involved in the major projects area for BHP Billiton in Perth – mainly iron ore mines,” he said.
Most recently he has held roles as the environment manager and the asset plant manager for Nyrstar Metal’s $650 million Port Pirie Transformation Project.
Mr Alexander said he was looking forward to entering the local government sector and working closely with the community to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes.
“I am really excited to join the senior leadership team here at the Glenelg Shire and helping to continue to make the region a great place to live, work, study and play in,” Mr Alexander said.
“I will be focused on ensuring a high standard of service delivery to residents and I will also continue to advocate for vital infrastructure improvements for the shire, such as road repairs and the implementation of the Portland Foreshore Masterplan.
“There are many exciting possibilities ahead for the Glenelg Shire and I look forward to bringing these opportunities to fruition.”
Shire Mayor Anita Rank said Mr Alexander would bring both enthusiasm and a wealth of experience to council.
“Robert has worked on projects right across Australia and will bring a fresh set of technical eyes to our key infrastructure projects,” she said.
Mr Alexander takes the director of assets position from Paul Healy who is working in the shire’s major projects area.