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Hoare’s up for challenge

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October 04, 2017

Greater Shepparton City Council's new city engineer Phillip Hoare.

About four months after the last infrastructure boss departed Greater Shepparton City Council, a new one has taken up the post.

The council’s new city engineer, Phillip Hoare, started in the executive role last week.

It is a return of sorts, with Mr Hoare having worked in the former City of Shepparton during the 1980s and ’90s.

Mr Hoare returns to local government following more than two decades in the water industry, in particular with Goulburn-Murray Water.

‘‘I have a strong affinity and connection to the region and a passion to ensure it is an enjoyable, safe and prosperous place to live,’’ Mr Hoare said.

‘‘I am committed to ensuring the infrastructure directorate is vibrant, forward thinking and customer focused and that the team are proud of the services they provide to the community.

‘‘These services need to be innovative, effective and efficient and meet the community’s expectations.’’

In late May it was revealed former infrastructure director Steve Bowmaker was no longer with the council.

But the council had provided little detail on the circumstances around his departure.

Mr Bowmaker had been infrastructure director since 2012, when he replaced current chief executive Peter Harriott in the position.

Mike Freeman had been serving as acting infrastructure director.

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