Streaky Bay District Council appoints new chief executive officer

EXCITED: Newly appointed Streaky Bay District Council chief executive officer Damian Carter says he is eager to begin in the role. Photo: Supplied
EXCITED: Newly appointed Streaky Bay District Council chief executive officer Damian Carter says he is eager to begin in the role. Photo: Supplied

The Streaky Bay District Council has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer to replace Karina Ewer.

Damian Carter will start in the role on Monday, August 30, taking over from Ms Ewer who left the position in May after two years.

He will be joining the council from the Barkly Regional Council in the Northern Territory, where he held the position of director of corporate services.

The council said Mr Carter was an accomplished executive leader who had previous experience managing a workforce of more than 800 employees and an annual budget that exceeded $100 million.

Mr Carter brings to Streaky Bay managerial experience from both the private and public sectors across a variety of fields.

He previously worked in Cloncurry in Queensland, where he undertook a short stint as economic development and tourism manager, and prior to that Mr Carter worked for an extended period as a general manager in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr Carter is currently completing his Master in business administration, and holds a graduate diploma in strategic leadership and a Bachelor of arts, majoring in psychology and sociology.

He also holds diploma qualifications in leadership and management, human resource management, security and risk management, and workplace, health and safety.

Mr Carter, who has two young daughters and will be relocating to Streaky Bay along with wife Suzanne, said he was excited to be taking on the role.

"Working with regional communities is a passion of mine and I look forward to working with the community, council and its staff in achieving its vision to be the most livable community on the Eyre Peninsula," he said.

Mayor Travis Barber said Mr Carter would be a "great fit" for the council.

"I think Damian will be a great fit for us, his broad experience really appealed to us, working in remote communities and we hope that the community welcomes Damian and his family," he said.

The council's manager of community and economic development, and acting chief executive officer, Penny Williams said Mr Carter's experience would be an asset.

"We are looking forward to working with Damian, his experience in remote communities, economic development and people management will be a great asset to what we have been working towards," she said.