ALL SMILES: North Burnett Regional Council CEO Gary Rinehart is retiring from the role to spend more time with his extended family.
ALL SMILES: North Burnett Regional Council CEO Gary Rinehart is retiring from the role to spend more time with his extended family. Jake Finnigan

Rinehart bids adieu to council

OUTGOING North Burnett Regional Council CEO Gary Rinehart may only have been in the role a short time, but the former construction man is well across his varied brief.

Mr Rinehart, who is retiring to spend more time with his extended family, will remain in the CEO role until North Burnett Regional Council finds a suitable candidate to fill the vacancy.

"I've got a heightened awareness of the risk that actually lives inside the organisation at all levels, particularly in health and safety and the environment,” he said.

Asked what his proudest achievement was during his time in office, Mr Rinehart pointed to the improved relationship between different council staff as an example.

"We've improved the relationship between internal staff and our field staff, with a strong emphasis on developing and implementing a visible leadership program,” he said.

"Prior to me starting we had a concept that we called One Team, but we didn't really have much in the way of elements of that and what it actually looked like, so we've been working hard to build that up,” he said.

Commenting on his wearing of personal protective equipment, unusual attire for a CEO, Mr Rinehart elaborated on what he meant by implementing a "visible leadership program”.

"We get around the depots at least once a month to spend time with the guys, and get to understand the issues from their perspective, what their needs are, and just to reinforce that their safety matters to us,” he said.


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