Alpine CEO staying on to support recovery

Chief Executive Officer Charlie Bird will stay on in his role, to help lead the Alpine Shire through a challenging period of recovery.

05 February 2020
Community

Mr Bird submitted his resignation to Council late last year with the intention to return to private enterprise.

The recent bushfire emergency has had a significant impact on the Alpine Shire community, with 25% of the Shire burnt, including 2,000 hectares of pine plantations, and an estimated $90 million loss of tourism income.

Mayor Peter Roper said Council requested Mr Bird reconsider his resignation in light of the long road to recovery now faced by local communities.

“Our residents have been affected by evacuations and uncertainty, with many people spending much of the first few weeks of the year unsure of whether they were safe, preparing themselves and their families for evacuations while dealing with smoke, stress and unpredictable weather,” he said.

“The Alpine Shire has been fortunate to sustain minimal infrastructure damage from the January bushfires, but the economic impact of losing so many visitors at what is traditionally the busiest time of year has been devastating.

“We are also aware that these bushfires are not yet under control, and we may yet find ourselves in another emergency situation before the season is over.

“We need confident, experienced leadership at this time, and Charlie is best placed to provide that leadership as we support community recovery and focus on a positive future for local businesses.”

Mr Bird said he was happy to stay on with an intent see out the remainder of his five-year contract.

“The social and economic landscape has changed dramatically since I submitted my resignation in December,” he said.

“We have months of work ahead to rebuild the economy, support our communities and attract visitors back to our stunning towns.

“It’s essential that we have continuity during this time, and I’m honoured that Council considers my leadership to be an important part of giving our communities the support and stability they need.”

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