City of Greater Bendigo has promoted Andrew Cooney to the role of CEO, succeeding Craig Niemann.
Mr Cooney joined the City in 2018 as Director Corporate Performance and he was appointed Council’s director of the now defunct Commonwealth Games last November.
During his time with Bendigo he led the City’s involvement in the development of the Galkangu-Bendigo GovHub.
Mr Cooney has also held senior roles with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, regional water corporation Coliban Water, Ganawarra Shire Council and Loddon Shire Council.
Mayor Andrea Metcalf said Mr Cooney was a highly regarded executive and a dedicated local with experience working across the Loddon Mallee region.
“Andrew brings a community-focused leadership style, strong advocacy, and a commitment to delivering outcomes that support our local communities,” she said in a statement.
“We are delighted that amongst such a strong field of candidates was someone local who is familiar with Greater Bendigo and all it has to offer.
“Andrew is well-versed in all areas of the organisation, and his skills in financial management, governance, advocacy, and community engagement will ensure Greater Bendigo and the wider region continues to prosper.”
Mr Cooney, who starts his new role on December 18, said he was excited by what the future held for the City, with a growing region, the expansion of Bendigo Airport terminal and the Bendigo Regional Employment Precinct.
He said he would also continue to advocate for state and federal funding for the Bendigo Art Gallery expansion.
“There are also community-focused projects underway to improve everyday living,” he said.
“I look forward to leading the City as we continue to support our community and aim to leave an enduring and positive legacy for Greater Bendigo.”
Mr Niemann announced his departure in August, saying he was seeking new opportunities after leading the City for 16 years.
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