Introducing Gary Reinhart, Chief Executive Officer

Sep 6, 2018 | Mayor's Blog

Extract from the Central and North Burnett Times, 6 September 2018.

This week I’ve turned the tables and have become the journo for just a brief moment in time, to interview our new CEO (on your behalf). Gary Rinehart started as our new CEO only last Thursday and I thought it was important that our community hear from the person who is charged with helping Councillors continually improve the community we live, work and play in.

Gary, why the North Burnett?  I’ve spent a large part of my working life in Local Government in the Wide Bay Burnett region and have a love for the area, the North Burnett in particular. In recent years I’ve worked for organizations like APLNG (Major Gas Project) and BHP (Large scale rail project), those experiences have honed my commercial acumen and I have a desire to bring my learning from those experiences to Local Government. The North Burnett were looking for someone to take the organisation in a new direction
and my experience fits with the direction Council wants to take.

What do you think we need to focus on within Council? Being efficient as we can. Money is tight everywhere and we have to get the best possible value for every dollar. Being ‘One Team’ and living the values that we collectively agreed guide our behavior. Looking out for each other, health and safety is much more than a work system, it’s a way of life. Being outcome focused, we need to be able to explain not only what we do but why we do it and what value it adds to the community. Having courageous conversations. Open, honest and frank conversations allow continual improvement. Becoming an effective partner in developing our community, we don’t know everything and we need to harness community ideas and expertise to succeed.

What do you think we need to focus on in community? Building on our agricultural base. To understand and be involved with, but even more so to be the leader in the R&D and technological changes in that sector. Building a tourism experience that is different to anywhere else, something that really sets us apart and gives people a reason to come here and stay for a while. To understand what the future economy looks like and to make sure our kids are trained in the jobs that will be available in that economy; and more importantly to do all we can to ensure that we have those jobs available here, in our region.

And finally, (even we asked this one…) Are you any relation to Gina Rinehart?
I could be, but as far as I know I’m not.

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