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Bass Coast Shire Council begins search for new CEO as CEO Ali Wastie resigns as of 28 July 2023

Bass Coast Shire CEO for more than four years, Ali Wastie, resigns, her service ends on 28 July 2023.

By news@gippsland - 23rd June 2023 - Back to News

Bass Coast Shire Council will soon start a search for a new Chief Executive Officer following the resignation of Ali Wastie who has accepted a new role.
Ms Wastie, who has been CEO for more than four years, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the City of Greater Geelong. Her last day at Bass Coast Shire Council will be 28 July. Bass Coast Shire Council will move quickly to appoint an interim leader and begin a formal recruitment process to find a permanent replacement.

Bass Coast CEO Ali Wastie has resigned to take on a new position, her last day at Bass Coast will be July 28

Bass Coast CEO Ali Wastie has resigned to take on a new position, her last day at Bass Coast will be July 28

Acknowledging support

Ms Wastie said she was proud of the achievements council has delivered for the community during her tenure and thanked the people of Bass Coast, council staff and councillors for their strong support in helping lead one of Victoria's most progressive and dynamic councils.

"In particular I would like to acknowledge the Mayors I have been honoured to work with Councillors Brett Tessari and Michael Whelan; plus Deputy Mayors Bruce Kent, Geoff Ellis, Leticia Laing and Rochelle Halstead," Ms Wastie said.

Significant achievements

Ms Wastie said significant council achievements during the period included the population and economic growth of the region, critical infrastructure investment to meet community needs and aspiration, as well as managing the challenges of COVID. Other highlights include:

  • Council's landmark gender equality work that has included many firsts for local government, notably 12-months paid superannuation following the birth or adoption to reduce the super pay gap requirement
  • 16 weeks paid parental leave regardless of gender to minimise what is a financial decision for women to stay at home following the birth of a child
  • The partnership agreement with Hawthorn Football Club to promote women and girls' participation in sport
  • Equal prize money to be offered for men and women by sporting organisations wishing to use council grounds

The development of the Climate Change Action Plan including our Waste Strategy that will see council and community achieve net zero emissions by 2030. The soon to be opened new cultural centre in Cowes. Positioning Wonthaggi as a destination in its own right, through Wonthaggi Opportunity Unlocked.

Passion and inspiring leadership

Ms Wastie said, "But most of all, I am proud to lead our people who live our EPIIC values, who genuinely care for one another and practice shared leadership. It has been an absolute privilege and honour to work with you all to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities."

"I will always be grateful to have had this incredible opportunity. Bass Coast is a very special place and we are here but for a short time to make sure we can make a positive difference to all who choose to call Bass Coast home - and for future generations," she said.

Cr Whelan thanked Ms Wastie for her passion and inspiring leadership, particularly helping lead the region through the challenging pandemic and into strong recovery. "Ali's strong leadership has helped transform Bass Coast into a fairer, more dynamic and exciting region and positioned the community for continued strong growth in the future. It has been a privilege to work closely with Ali and I wish her well in her new role."

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