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Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Senior Staff Structure

Council’s General Manager, Leanne Barnes is responsible for the implementation of Council’s policies as well as the administration and management of all Council day-to-day business. The General Manager reports to the Council (Councillors).

The General Manager is supported in the role by four group managers and an executive manager. These managers report to the General Manager and form the Leadership and Executive Group. The group is fondly referred to as LEG by staff.


  • Leanne Barnes
    General Manager

    Key Responsibilities: Leadership group; Strategy; External liaison; Secretariat; Civic functions; Councillors; Governance; Probity; Conduct; Internal audit.

  • Nina Churchward - Executive Manager Organisational Development & Governance

    Key ResponsibilitiesGovernment Information & Privacy Act (GIPA);  Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA); Public Officer; Records; Policies & Procedures; Local Emergency Management; Councillor support & Civic Functions;  Elections; Organisation development; Work Health and Safety (WHS); Enterprise Risk & Internal Audit; Insurance.

  • Anthony Basford
    Director Community, Relations & Leisure

    Key Responsibilities: Communication & Media; Customer Service; Libraries; Regional Gallery; Community Development; Brighter Futures; Ageing & Disability; Volunteering & Cemeteries; Bandara Children's Services; Eden Preschool; Eden Child Care Centre; Mobile Preschool; Sapphire Aquatic Centre & Pools; Lifeguards; Sports Facilities & Infrastructure.

  • Image of Terry Dodds, Direcgtor Transport and Utilities for Bega Valley Shire Council.

    Terry Dodds
    Director Transport & Utilities

    Key ResponsibilitiesAirport; Bus Shelters; SES / RFS Services; Wharves, Boat Ramps & Jetties; Plant & Fleet; Quarry; Depot; Private Works; Public Amenities; Roads; Waste & Recycling; Water & Sewer.

  • Andrew Woodley
    Director Planning & Environment

    Key Responsibilities: Land Use Policy & Planning; Heritage Conservation; Development Assessment; Building Certification; Environmental Health; Rangers; Environmental Policy & Planning; Environmental Audit; Biodiversity & Vegetation.

  • Lucas Scarpin
    Director Strategy & Business Services

    Key Responsibilities: Integrated Planning & Reporting; Property Services; Rates & Charges; Pay & Conditions; Supply; Financial Management; Business Growth; Information & Communications Technology (ICT); Workers Compensation; Recruitment; Training coordination.

What we do:

Provide and maintain community facilities such as:

  • Parks and sportsgrounds
  • Playgrounds and skate parks
  • Sapphire Aquatic centre Pambula and swimming pools throughout the shire
  • Sports and recreation facilities throughout the Shire
  • Local libraries in Bega, Bermagui, Eden and Merimbula
  • Preschools and Childcare centres in Bega and Eden, and our Mobile service for Candelo and Bemboka
  • Merimbula Airport, Bega Saleyards and Cemeteries throughout the Shire We care for the environment by:
  • Managing and enhancing bushland areas
  • Providing environmental and waste education and recycling services
  • Responding to pollution incidents and prosecuting polluters
  • Monitoring the water quality of the Shire’s estuaries
  • Planting trees and controlling noxious weeds
  • Beneficially recycling and reusing treated effluent

We create a safer place to live by:

  • Maintaining and improving roads, footpaths and stormwater drains
  • Working with emergency organisations such as the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service, NSW Police and NSW Surf Life Saving
  • Managing the keeping of companion animals
  • Inspecting food premises
  • Treating and supplying drinking water to our community
  • Treating sewage to a high standard to protect human health

We enhance our community by:

  • Listening to community views
  • Holding citizenship ceremonies, Australia Day Celebrations and the Seniors week luncheon known as the Golden Gig
  • Offering services for seniors, young people, new migrants and people with a disability
  • Providing grants to community organisations
  • Supporting local community groups such as sporting clubs, arts, migrant groups and charities
  • Encouraging and promoting volunteering in our communities

We plan for the future by:

• Planning and managing the urban environment
• Preserving heritage sites
• Consulting with the community about its needs
• Developing long term strategic plans for Council and the Shire


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