Friday, April 26, 2024

Noosa names new CEO

Noosa Council has announced the appointment of Scott Waters to lead the organisation as its next Chief Executive Officer. 

Mr Waters (pictured), the current CEO at the City of Darwin, will take on the top job in late February next year after emerging the preferred candidate from a nation-wide search which attracted a field of 87 applicants.

Noosa Mayor, Clare Stewart said Mr Waters brings significant local government and financial experience to the role, coupled with a strong understanding of the private sector.

“During the interview process, it was quite evident that Mr Waters displayed great energy, passion and drive to deliver the vision for Noosa and the role Council will play in it,” she said.

“The selection panel was unanimous, as was the Council in endorsing the recommendation

“We are very fortunate to find such a capable, experienced and dynamic leader who will guide council and its staff as we continue to thrive in the wake of the pandemic and deliver on our strategic vision for the shire.”

Mr Waters has been Darwin’s chief executive for three years and was previously chief executive at Whitsunday Regional Council. He also guided the Whitsunday Airport for several years and was General Manager Regional Development and Aviation for Rockhampton Regional Council.

Mr Waters said it was an exciting challenge to be joining Noosa Council.

“I look forward to utilising my experience in tourism, economic development and leadership to serve council and the community to continue to deliver and enhance our core services and functions.”

“I’m very focused on delivery, performance and outcomes,” he said.

“Noosa Council is very much a leader in many areas of local government, so I want us to build on that with the staff and look to improve what we do for the community and local business.”

Having grown up in North Queensland, Mr Waters looks forward to returning warmer temperatures.

“I was born in Mackay and have a strong affinity with the Queensland lifestyle, so I can’t wait to get out with Mayor Stewart, councillors and staff to visit Noosa’s localities and community leaders to understand what council is currently doing and can do to help the shire to thrive,” he said.

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