Craig Niemann stays put

Craig Niemann
Craig Niemann

CITY of Greater Bendigo chief Craig Niemann hopes to further grow the city and attract new investments to benefit central Victoria.

Mr Niemann’s five-year contract ends in December and the CoGB has announced its intention to reappoint him.

“I have indicated my intention to pursue a further contract,” he said.

“You start a job and you want to finish that job.

“We are in a good place now. Where else would I want to be?”

The Bendigo Advertiser published a public notice in Saturday’s paper that stated the CoGB planned to reappoint Mr Niemann.

The notice stated councillors would formally decide the matter at a meeting on July 4.

“The result of this resolution is that the position will not be publicly advertised,” the notice stated.

The window to reappoint Mr Niemann is between June 18 and December 18. But the council will be in caretaker mode for a month before the October municipal elections. The council is unable to reappoint Mr Niemann or appoint a successor during the caretaker period.

Mr Niemann joined the CoGB in 2005 and was a director before assuming the top job. He has more than 25 years’ local government experience, which includes stints at the Loddon Shire Council and the former Borough of Eaglehawk and the Shire of East Loddon.

Mr Niemann and City of Greater Bendigo mayor Alec Sandner will today return from Canberra after attending a local government conference. The CoGB representatives met with Nationals leader Warren Truss and Regional Development Minister Simon Crean’s office.

Mr Niemann said the success of the Grace Kelly: Style Icon had filtered to local government representatives from across the country.

“Federally, I think the Bendigo Bank has put Bendigo on the map and people have been conscious of some of the things we have been doing,” he said.

“Even Grace Kelly has gone well beyond Victoria – people have been talking about us and how Bendigo is going.”