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Published Tuesday 30 June 2020
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New Mitchell CEO Brett Luxford

Meeting the challenges of Victoria’s fastest growing municipality has seen the appointment of Brett Luxford as the new Chief Executive Office of Mitchell Shire Council.

A strong leader with experience across economic development, planning and environment and revitalisation Mr Luxford will join Mitchell Shire Council from his current role as Director Economy Investment & Attraction at Greater Geelong Council.

He has been successful in executive leadership roles across a range of Councils with strong experience working in growth areas, peri-urban and rural areas. He also has a strong knowledge of our region having held senior roles with Hume City Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Swan Hill Rural City Council.

His achievements have included leading the development of a partnership with the Victorian Government to revitalise Central Geelong resulting in significant investment into central Geelong; business support and development in regional and peri-urban Councils resulting in investment and job creation; and activating land development for long-term employment opportunities.

Mr Luxford is regarded for stimulating investment and participation while developing strong networks that create a strong foundation for economic and community success.

Employment in growth areas has been a real passion for Mr Luxford, particularly opening opportunities for families to remain localised within a municipality.

Council looks forward to welcoming Mr Luxford, his partner Kristina McMennemin, and his three children Connor, Archie and Wynnie on 24 August.

Comments from Mayor David Lowe

“Brett’s passion with innovation and seeing communities grow and prosper were strong qualities that will continue to drive the vision of our Council in creating a shire that supports families and deliver a strong quality of life for those who call Mitchell home,” he said.

“His expertise in economic development and planning around the growth of peri-urban Councils as well as respecting the needs rural areas will serve us very well across our shire. He is well aware of the need for sensible planning and having the infrastructure in place to meet community needs a decade on from now.

“Importantly he will come to Mitchell with a solid foundation for opportunities because of the work led by former CEO David Turnbull and his team.

“It is important to acknowledge the work of the Council staff over the last 12 months. The organisation has been well-led by our executive leadership team who have steered the organisation during the passing of Mr Turnbull as well as the response and recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Mr Luxford joins a highly capable team who is serving its community with maturity and professionalism.”

Quotes from Brett Luxford

“Mitchell has so many opportunities that it can capitalise on and I look forward to continuing to build a strong and connected community that is well supported by a highly functioning organisation," he said.

“I am excited and honoured to lead the Mitchell Shire Council.

“Growth Councils have their challenges, but they are exciting. I look forward to joining the Mitchell team and continuing to build on the hard work that has already taken place to position the Council to meet future population growth and needs.”

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