THE City of Greater Bendigo will start recruitment for a new director of presentation and assets, as Debbie Wood takes on a new role.
Ms Wood has been in the role since March 2018. She is leaving to become the director of infrastructure and environment at the City of Whittlesea, in Melbourne.
City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann said Ms Wood had been a thoughtful and caring member of the executive management team and a sound advisor to council.
"We will miss her enthusiasm but wish her well in this exciting next chapter," Mr Niemann said.
Ms Wood has worked at the city for more than four years, starting as parks and open space manager in May 2016.
Achievements under her leadership included trialling the use of new materials in road and other construction projects, introducing a commercial organics waste trial and free green waste disposal, project managing the redevelopment of the Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute, and introducing a new speed limit in the city centre.
"Staff have also won a number of awards, including state and national recognition for playspace design, the restoration of Alexandra Fountain, a sustainability award for the Soldiers Memorial Institute project, and two Green Flag awards for Rosalind Park," Mr Niemann said.
Ms Wood considered achieving back-to-back Green Flag awards a highlight of her time at the city.
"This award sets an international benchmark in public open space and Rosalind Park is one of only two parks outside a capital city in Australia to have achieved this," she said.
"It was a very hard decision to move on, but I have really appreciated the opportunity to contribute to the development of Greater Bendigo and been proud to lead such a capable and talented team," Ms Wood said.
November 4 will be her last day in the role. Recruitment is expected to take place in the coming weeks.
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