New face at the helm of Port Lincoln City Council

FRESH FACE: Former Karoonda East Murray Council CEO Matthew Morgan will take on the position of CEO at the Port Lincoln City Council.
FRESH FACE: Former Karoonda East Murray Council CEO Matthew Morgan will take on the position of CEO at the Port Lincoln City Council.

Port Lincoln City Council have announced a new top dog, three months after the seaside city parted ways with its former boss.

Matthew Morgan has taken the reigns from acting CEO Rob Donaldson, who assumed the interim position following the resignation of Stephen Rufus.

Mr Morgan and his family relocated to Port Lincoln after working and living in the Murray Mallee region for the past few years.

The former Karoonda East Murray Council CEO expressed his excitement regarding upcoming plans for the city's CBD, foreshore and marina projects.

"As a regional city, we have so much to offer both locals and visitors alike and I look forward to working extremely hard to further the interests of Council and community," Mr Morgan said.

"A key challenge in the short to mid-term will be about supporting the local economy, particularly the fishing and farming sectors, as well as tourism and hospitality and working to further capitalise on domestic tourism as we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions.

"Securing state and federal funding for key projects and initiatives will also be high on the priority list".

During his three year stint with the Karoonda East Murray Council, Mr Morgan helped deliver the Karoonda Early Childhood Centre and the Karoonda 'Day and Night' silo art project.

Port Lincoln Mayor Brad Flaherty welcomed Mr Morgan's appointment, touting his considerable knowledge of local government.

"He has extensive Local Government background and business experience that I believe will be translated into a well thought out, progressive approach to Local Government," Mr Flaherty said.

"I would also like to thank the outgoing Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Rob Donaldson for his logical, thoughtful and considered approach during his time with Council.

"He has achieved much in his short time in the acting position. It is now over to Matt to take the City into its next phase of progress."