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Council appoints new director Jess Howard

The Mount Alexander Shire Civic Centre is located on Lyttleton Street in Castlemaine

Welcome to our new Director Infrastructure and Development, Jess Howard.

Monday 6 April 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is pleased to welcome Jess Howard as its new Director Infrastructure and Development.

Ms Howard is a long term resident of Castlemaine and served as a shire councillor from 2012 to 2014.

She has recently worked as a strategic advisor to the Victorian Government, including five years as Chief of Staff to Jacinta Allan MP, Minister for Transport Infrastructure and Minister for Public Transport/Major Projects.

“I’m really looking forward to working on local issues and being more connected to the community,” said Ms Howard.

“We’re a small council but we are lucky to have a very involved and engaged shire with a strong community spirit,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to working with staff to deliver some of our most essential and visible services such as road maintenance, waste management and looking after our parks and sporting facilities.”

The Infrastructure and Development Directorate includes the maintenance and improvement of the shire’s infrastructure such as community buildings, roads, bridges, parks and sporting facilities, along with land use planning, development and building controls, environmental health, climate change and waste management.

Ms Howard replaces Phil Josipovic who finished with Council in February after accepting a role at Golden Plains Shire Council.

“This is an important role and I am so pleased to have Jess join our team,” said Darren Fuzzard, Council’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Phil did a terrific job in the director role and I’m confident that Jess will be a fantastic asset for our organisation,” said Mr Fuzzard.

“In addition to her exceptional mind, she is passionate about working with and supporting her community.

“We can’t wait to make the most of her many skills and expertise,” he said.

Ms Howard has had a number of roles drawing on her qualifications as a lawyer including working in the Federal Court, lecturing at Melbourne University and developing policy in relation to land rights in Cape York.

She begins at Council today.

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