New Director Sustainable Communities and Environment appointed

Tweed Shire Council

Naomi Searle has been appointed to the key position of Director Sustainable Communities and Environment at Tweed Shire Council, following a competitive recruitment process conducted by an external agency.

Ms Searle brings more than 17 years’ local government experience across two states. She is currently Director Community and Commercial Services at the City of Busselton in Western Australia.

The role is a key member of Council’s Executive Leadership Team, working with General Manager Troy Green and three other directors.

She will lead many critical Council functions including parks and active communities, resource recovery, inclusive and creative communities, sustainability and environment, holiday parks and community care.

Ms Searle said she was excited by both the challenges and opportunities facing Tweed Shire Council. 

“Having a passion for local government and regional communities, I’m looking forward to relocating my young family to one of the most magnificent regions in Australia,” Ms Searle said.

“Busselton is located within the South West Australia International Biodiversity Hotspot – recognised for its high number of rare and endemic plants and animals – and is located on one of the most vulnerable coastlines in Western Australia.

“Similar to the Tweed Shire, I am acutely aware of the need to protect the natural environment our community so richly enjoys. 

“This role at Tweed enables me to expand on my experience in community development and services, emergency recovery, infrastructure masterplans, environmental management plans and approval processes, commercial services and sport and recreation facility planning.

“I’m looking forward to becoming one of the Tweed Shire Council team and contributing to the future of a sustainable community.”

Ms Searle replaces long-serving and well-respected Council employee Stewart Brawley, who will be retiring after almost 33 years of service.

General Manager Troy Green welcomed Ms Searle’s appointment.

“I look forward to welcoming Naomi to the Tweed and to her contribution as we work towards achieving Council’s strategic objectives to fulfil the community’s vision and aspirations in the Community Strategic Plan 2022-2032,” Mr Green said.

“I believe Naomi has the experience and leadership skills to successfully deliver on the key priorities of this key role, including significant environmental outcomes.

“I’d like to thank the current Director, Stewart Brawley, who will be farewelling Council to enjoy a well-earned retirement with his family at Pottsville. His vast experience, knowledge, calm approach and friendship will be greatly missed.”

Ms Searle will start work with Council on 17 April 2023.

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