THE contract of Bathurst City Council’s general manager Phillip Perram has been renewed for a further three years.
With a staff of more than 300 and a budget of $70 million, Mr Perram took over from Chris Pitkin in 1998 after being offered an initial five- year contract.
Council decided to renew his contract, albeit for a shorter period, after a formal appraisal process late last year involving a panel of mayor Ian Macintosh, deputy Kath Knowles and councillors Kaye Stapleton and Paul Haysom.
Their recommendation went to the full council meeting in December for ratification with only Cr Les Wardman asking his vote be recorded against the appointment.
Happy with the new deal, Mr Perram said there are plenty of challenges ahead.
“Three years is sufficient time to achieve a number of goals I believe will further enhance Bathurst as one of the best regional destinations in Australia,” he said.
“The development of Mount Panorama, the building of our new Visitors’ Centre, new saleyards, aquatic centre, Hall of Fame for the National Motor Racing Museum, more recreational facilities for Ben Chifley Dam, developing an information technology centre for the city and improvements to the waste management centre are all on the agenda.”
As for his performance over the past five years, Mr Perram said the raising of Ben Chifley Dam wall and completion of the Memorial Entertain-ment Centre ranked as highlights.
“The dam project involved the largest grant [$15 million] ever for Bathurst City Council,” he said.
“We can say now it was the best decision we could have made and has been fully justified as showing foresight and vision.
“Securing a $10 million grant from the State Government for Mount Panorama was the second largest grant in council’s history and a huge break through for the city.”
Mr Perram said he was privileged to lead a clever and articulate staff, and work with a team of dedicated councillors.
“It’s nice to know that having a clean and ample water supply for 30,000 ratepayers and having your garbage collected every week are things we can take for granted thanks to council’s hard work,” he said.
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