Friday, July 8, 2022

Director named for new Dubbo council division

Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) Director of Culture and Economy, Natasha Comber, has been appointed to the role of Director of Council’s new division of Strategy, Engagement and Partnerships.

The new division was created as a result of an organisational restructure lead by Council CEO, Murray Wood.

Mr Wood said the new senior staff structure has a strong focus on improved engagement.

“Since returning to Council it’s been a priority of mine to restore relationships that have been strained over the last few years,” he said.

“It’s extremely important that DRC have the community and our relationship to our residents and businesses, alike, at the forefront of each decision we make.

“I’ve asked all the staff to have a rethink regarding strategic delivery of Council services, now and well into the future, and this new focus on strategy and engagement will hopefully be the missing piece of a very large puzzle.

“I’d like to congratulate Ms Comber on obtaining the role and have every confidence that her history and investment into the organisation and the community will make her a great fit for the leader of this new and exciting area,” said Mr Wood.

With prior experience in the private sector, Ms Comber has worked at Dubbo City Council, then Dubbo Regional Council, across a range of portfolios, including destination development, corporate business and regional experiences, for a combined 14 years.

“I’m thrilled to be leading a directorate centred on building relationships to improve services, strengthen our community strategic planning processes and supporting regional growth,” Ms Comber said.

“Effective collaboration with community, industry and government is critical to understanding and addressing challenges, creating shared solutions and realising new opportunities for our region.”

DRC’s new structure will maintain five divisional areas (listed below), however some divisions will change scope as of June 5.

  • Director of Organisational Performance
  • Director of Community, Culture and Places
  • Director of Infrastructure Delivery
  • Director of Environment and Planning
  • Director of Strategy, Engagement and Partnerships

DRC has recently advertised for the role of Director of Infrastructure Delivery and Director of Community, Culture and Places. The recruitment process has progressed to interview stage. Council says more information about the successful candidates will become available in the coming weeks.

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