Kyabram and Tongala were among the first towns visited by Campaspe Shire’s recently appointed Acting Chief Executive Tim Tamlin last week, with Kyabram Deakin Ward Councilor Daniel Mackrell acting as a tour guide for the newcomer in the county.
Mr. Tamlin undertook a series of city tours with members of the nine elected local authorities, allowing councilors to give first-hand insight into their hometowns.
Kyabram’s tour agenda included Mangan St and Allan St, and Mr Tamlin said Mr Mackrell’s long history – his late father Neville was a butcher and businessman respectively – made it one instructive experience.
Mr Tamlin has been in the role at Campaspe Shire for over a month and said he hoped to have a better understanding of the county by the end of July.
And while his tenure on the county’s ‘hot seat’ will end in October, he plans to give the new CEO a significant head start – the search for who is in his infancy after consultants were appointed to create a short listing.
The Campaspe Shire role hasn’t exactly been a poisoned gift, but there have been a handful of local government experts in the CEO role over the past decade.
Mr Tamlin, who was also hosted by Councilor Adrian Weston in Rushworth (Waranga Ward), Leanne Pentreath in the West (in Torrumbarry) and will be spending time with Rochester Ward Councilor Paul Jarman this week, said the Mr. Jarman’s “territory” was next. the list.
He expects to get a glimpse of the hotel business owner’s dreams for his region at the meeting.
Mr. Mackrell was born and raised in Tongala, but also has extensive knowledge of Kyabram and Echuca operations through his coffee roasting business across the region.
“I was hoping to have spent time in each of the advisers’ hometowns by the end of the month,” Mr. Tamlin said.
Mr Tamlin had his job interview at Rushworth, but since then his time on council (just over a month now) has been spent in the company of Mayor Chrissy Weller and Cr Gates – who acted as as Deputy Mayor while Cr Weller was on Pars.
The interim CEO also participated in a national general meeting with councilor Rob Amos.
Mr Tamlin said he loves being on the go, but with a job as CEO of Campapse there was always an element of being “chained to the office”.
He suggested that people could expect to see him at community events by the end of his time in Campaspe.
Mr Tamlin said his attendance at two council meetings, as well as early county visits, gave him an appreciation for councilors – and their goals.
“It’s a diverse group and they all bring something to the table,” he said.
“I plan to enjoy my time working with them.”