Council appoints new Director Regional Activation

Published: 15 Jul 2019 3:44pm

Wagga Wagga City Council’s new Director Regional Activation Michael Keys is enthusiastic and excited about the city’s growth and development initiatives.

Mr Keys started in the new role of Director Regional Activation on Monday 15 July and quickly turned his focus to current and potential developments set to take the city forward.

“There is so much opportunity and potential in Wagga Wagga just waiting to be tapped in to across many areas,” Mr Keys said.

“I am certainly impressed with the direction Council wants to take the city. The Special Activation Precinct at Bomen is a massive coup for the city and will generate investment and employment opportunities, and will attract new and support existing business to fuel economic development.

“We need to take the next steps to ensure Wagga is a thriving business hub which can capitalise on the inland rail, with a focus on freight and logistics, manufacturing and agribusiness.

“There’s exciting times ahead for Wagga.”

Mr Keys also recognised the Health and Knowledge Precinct master plan, Active Travel Plan cycleway network, the levee bank upgrade and the Pomingalarna Multisport Cycling Complex as some of the projects set to help drive economic benefit and lifestyle opportunities in the city.

General Manager Peter Thompson welcomed Mr Keys into the new role which he said was important in driving the delivery of economic initiatives and projects.

“These projects will establish Wagga Wagga as a future focused, thriving and recognised regional centre,” Mr Thompson said.

“We are pleased to have secured the services of Michael Keys to lead our regional activation and city development initiatives.

“Michael stands out as having both the experience and the professional acumen to deliver the best outcomes for Wagga Wagga.

“These include our special activation precinct, digital connectivity and regional growth programs that we are pursuing in partnership with the NSW State Government.”

Mr Keys joins Council with more than 25 years’ experience working in Local Government within economic development and strategic planning.

He previously held the positions of Director Planning and Environment and Acting General Manager at Albury City Council. Michael holds extensive qualifications in Planning, Environmental Health and Business Administration and is an A1 Accredited Building Certifier.