THE Bass Coast Shire Council has a new boss – and she’s bringing a wealth of experience to the organisation.
Ali Wastie started as the shire’s chief executive officer yesterday (Monday, February 18).
But that’s her official start date. Ms Wastie’s been spotted attending briefings in the past few weeks to get an idea of local issues.
Previously, Ms Wastie was the director of city communities at the City of Melbourne; and before that, director of social and economic development at the Yarra
Her education varies from graduate diploma to masters qualifications.
Ms Wastie was also a teacher during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Her predecessor, Paul Buckley PSM, has long been credited for helping to turn around the shire’s finances since taking on the role in 2014.
Since 2014-15, there’s been a reduction of more than $6 million in operational costs – meaning more money for projects.
Buckley farewells Bass Coast
BASS Coast Shire Council farewelled CEO Paul Buckley PSM on Friday after five years in the top job.
Mr Buckley introduced many new initiatives and successfully delivered millions of dollars’ worth of operational efficiencies which have been redirected into much needed capital works projects and services.
This period also saw the council focus on improving its community engagement, which was successfully delivered through the development of its current and award-winning Council Plan and Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21.
Under his leadership, the council saw the creation of its first Long Term Financial Plan and Advocacy Strategy.
Recent advocacy from the council under Mr Buckley’s watch has resulted in record investment of $150 million into the community including the redevelopment of Wonthaggi Hospital, a new senior campus for Wonthaggi Secondary College, intersection upgrades for Phillip Island Road and 24-hour health care services for Phillip Island.
He said the past five years at Bass Coast have been some of the most rewarding and enjoyable of his career.
“I have had the pleasure of working with a great group of people – councillors, staff and community and I thank you for welcoming me into your community and responding to the plan I brought to the table,” Mr Buckley said.
“I am very proud of what we, as an organisation, have achieved. The organisation has responded well and I am confident that it is well-placed to meet future challenges.
“I wish the council,
(incoming CEO) Ali, the organisation and the community all the best for the future. Bass Coast is a great part of the world and I will leave with fond memories and confidence that the shire will continue to develop and prosper.”
Mr Buckley’s plans for the future include a holiday, the possibility of some board roles and a lot more time spent outdoors and with family and friends.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said Mr Buckley was amazing to work with and that his incredible knowledge across a broad spectrum of subjects really lifted the organisation.
“Mr Buckley has played a huge role to get the organisation to where it is today – in a fantastic position to support all of the intergenerational projects we have coming up,” Cr Tessari said.
“And while it is sad to see Mr Buckley go, it is with great excitement that we welcome incoming CEO Ali Wastie to Bass Coast.”