Federation Council has welcomed its new Interim General Manager Adrian Butler, who commenced on the December 2, to lead the organisation whilst council recruits for a permanent General Manager.
The former Acting Director of Infrastructure and Environment at Federation Council expressed his excitement to be back at Federation Council following a four-month stint as the Acting Director of Commercial Development at Wagga Wagga City Council.
“It is a great time to be returning to Federation Council with so many exciting projects underway,” Mr Butler told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“The councillors are a new team, with a great mix of experience and new councillors who are all passionate and determined to make a real difference for their communities.
“I am honoured to be appointed in the acting role and I am looking forward to working with the councillors, staff and residents of Federation Council while recruitment for a new permanent General Manager takes place.”
Mr Butler, who is 43, resides in Urana with his wife Rebecca and four young children.
They have lived in the area since early 2013, where Mr Butler held the position of General Manager at Urana Shire Council until the merger of the former Urana and Corowa Shires in May 2016.
Mr Butler is originally from the Balranald area, and has an extensive career in Local Government spanning over 20 years.
He commenced his career as an outdoor staff member at Balranald in 1997, progressing through senior roles at Balranald, Bourke, Lachlan, Urana and Federation councils during this time, including most recently at Wagga Wagga City Council.
Mr Butler has tertiary qualifications in Environmental Health, Building Surveying, Planning, and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration.
Many years prior to moving to the area, Mr Butler said, he and his wife Rebecca always intended to move to the region in the future, and even made the decision in 2007 to be married at All Saints Winery in Wahgunyah.
“We love this region that we have called home for several years now and have settled here with our family for the long term,” he said.
“We have been fortunate enough in our time here to make many friends and connections across the former Urana and Corowa Shire areas, and across the broader Riverina Murray region as well.
“These connections have enabled me to understand the beautiful area we live in and listen to the priorities of our communities advancing into the future.”
Mr Butler’s return to Federation Council comes with speculation in relation to the circumstances surrounding his exit from Federation Council as Director of Infrastructure and Environment in May 2017.
Following the merger on 12 May 2016 Mr Butler continued at Federation Council for a 12-month period to assist the new council in the merger process, and loved this time, meeting many new staff and community members, and continuing to live and work in an area he is passionate about.
“Unfortunately the terms of a mutual and confidential deed preclude me from elaborating on the details of the past but I am extremely passionate about the new council moving forward,” Mr Butler said.
“The new council have publicly come out and said they are here for the people, to listen and be transparent in their decision making and I stand proudly beside them in this direction, that’s my style.
“The merger process has not been without its difficulties as expected, but with the new council we really have the opportunity to continue to build on this great organisation for the benefit of our communities and keep moving forward. We owe it to our hard-working staff as much as anyone.”
Mr Butler said in the 12 months he was at Federation Council, he was fortunate enough to form many relationships throughout the new council area and said he looks forward to building on those through the interim period and assisting the council in leading an organisation that the communities of Federation Council can all continue to be proud of.