Horsham Rural City Council employs approximately 250 staff (191 equivalent full-time).
Council's goal is to provide a workplace with a strong customer service ethic, a healthy productive environment, high morale, a focus on innovation and quality services, and where diversity is valued. Staff are employed across a variety of occupations, with Council providing more than 100 different services to the community ranging from maternal and child health nurses, engineers, planners, urban designers, community safety officers, communications experts, events officers, aged and disability support workers, gardeners and facility officers. The Executive Management Team comprises the Chief Executive and four Directors. Each Director is responsible for a number of Service Units.
Chief Executive - Sunil Bhalla, B Eng (Civil), M Tech (Const), MBA, GAICD
Sunil started his career in the private sector and has worked in Local Government for over 25 years, including 13 years in senior executive roles delivering significant projects. He was previously Director Infrastructure Services at the City of Maribyrnong, where he had finance and operational responsibility for a large team and the delivery of services and programs to a rapidly growing community. Prior to this, Sunil worked at the Surf Coast Shire Council for more than 14 years in a range of management positions including General Manager Governance and Infrastructure, Director Corporate Services, Director Infrastructure and Infrastructure Manager. He was also with the Hume City Council for six years and the Shire of Bulla for over two years.
The Chief Executive is responsible for the overall management and performance of all Council operations including the $47 million budget and has direct responsibility for Council's four Directors, along with Governance and Communications staff.
The Local Government Act 1989 requires Council to appoint a person to be its Chief Executive Officer, to be responsible for ensuring that decisions of the Council are implemented, to provide advice to Council, and to ensure that the day-to-day management of Council's operations are in accordance with the corporate plan. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for appointing, directing, managing and dismissing Council staff, and for all other issues relating to Council staff.
Director - Graeme Harrison, B Econ, CPA, GAICD
Graeme commenced with the Horsham Rural City Council in November 2012. He has worked in a variety of corporate services and finance roles across a broad range of industries. Graeme has also worked in a private accounting practice, manufacturing, the TAFE sector and for the Local Government Grants Commission.
The Corporate Services Group ensures that Horsham Rural City Council delivers quality and efficient services to our community. Services include: customer service, finance management, information technology, organisational development, property management, and records management.
Corporate Services organisational chart(PDF, 224KB)
Director - John Martin, BE (Agric)
John commenced with the Horsham Rural City Council in March 2012, bringing 28 years of engineering experience in infrastructure development, major project and natural resource management to the role. Prior to joining Council, John was responsible for managing multi-million dollar water infrastructure assets for GWMWater.
Technical Services is responsible for managing, maintaining and enhancing Horsham Rural City Council's infrastructure assets including roads, drains, footpaths and parks. This department is also responsible for waste, emergency and fleet management and some enterprise services. Services include: emergency management, engineering, environmental management, fleet management, Horsham Aerodrome, Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange, infrastructure, road construction and maintenance, sport and recreation and waste management.
Infrastructure - Indoor organisational chart(PDF, 202KB)
Infrastructure - Outdoor organisational chart(PDF, 220KB)
Director - Angela Murphy, B Bus (Acc), B Bus (Local Gov), ASA
Angela Murphy commenced with the Horsham Rural City Council in 2001 and was appointed as Director Planning and Economic in early 2016, having previously held the role of Director Community Services. Angela worked for several rural and regional Councils prior to joining Horsham Rural City.
The Planning and Economic Group comprises two departments. The Business and Economic department provides economic development and business support services including major projects such as the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal and precinct, industrial estates, Wimmera Business Support (small business support), Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre, economics, business and tourist promotion, lobbying and major events promotion. The Planning and Regulatory department provides strategic and statutory planning services, building surveying and inspection, building asset management and community safety services including parking, domestic animals, fire, litter and public nuisance.
Development Services organisational chart(PDF, 215KB)
Director - Kevin O'Brien, B Theol, Assoc Dip Arts, Dip Man, Grad Cert Man
Kevin commenced at the Horsham Rural City Council in early 2016, having previously worked in Local Government for 18 years, including 11 years in senior management positions at the Southern Grampians Shire Council.
Kevin is responsible for the management of a broad range of community and human service programs. Services include: access and inclusion, aged and disability services, early years services, community development, cultural services, emergency recovery, environmental health and youth services. Kevin also has direct responsibility for the management of Council's business enterprises such as the Horsham Aquatic Centre.
Community Wellbeing organisational chart(PDF, 237KB)