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Investment signals confidence in shire, says Moira head

Moira Shire chief executive welcomes Murray Goulburn investment

TONI BRIENT May 8, 2014 9:53am


Acting Moira Shire Council chief executive Peter Bertolus says private sector investment in the shire signals ‘‘confidence’’ in council’s ability to govern.

Speaking on ABC radio on Tuesday morning, Mr Bertolus highlighted Murray Goulburn’s $74 million investment in its Cobram plant as a win for the town.

He said the Murray Goulburn development coupled with GrainCorp’s $35 million upgrade of its Numurkah plant, announced in February, signalled big business trusted council’s governance in the region.

Mr Bertolus’ comments come after months of turmoil at the embattled council, including a Fair Work Commission hearing last month.

A raft of claims ranging from bullying to financial mismanagement emerged last year following the departure of multiple senior staff, including former chief executive Gary Arnold.

Mr Bertolus said he thought the organisation was ‘‘reasonably under control’’, but more work needed to be done.

He said incoming chief executive Mark Henderson, who starts work on May 19, would be well-positioned to lead the organisation.

Mr Bertolus said Mr Henderson was ‘‘more experienced’’ than him at managing councillors.

The Courier revealed last month claims against multiple councillors were being assessed by the Local Government Inspectorate, with one council source saying the organisation’s problems ‘‘stemmed from councillors’’.

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