Gold Coast Council’s new CEO has officially started on the job, keen to get stuck into important projects around the city.
myGC was let into Mayor Tom Tate’s office this morning, as he officially welcomed David Edwards into the CEO position.
He replaces outgoing Dale Dickson who spent 18 years in the role and takes on a healthy pay packet somewhere north of $600,000 a year.
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Mayor Tom Tate is confident they’ve picked the right person for the job.
“I’m looking forward to working with David, I know his accomplishments in delivering major projects for the state government has been exemplary, and I would say in 12 months time when you look at some of the ideas that David and I will take to Council, it’s time for us to make our city resilient, broaden our economy and recover after Covid.
“We’re in a good spot but we’ve got to take it to the next level,” Mayor Tate said.
Mr Edwards has worked across both the public and private sectors and aspires to get the Gold Coast back on track after the hard year that 2020 was.
“I’ve got a history of delivering projects and I’ve got a history of delivering tourism-related infrastructure,” Mr Edwards said.
“But more importantly I think what I’ve done in the past is engaging effectively with stakeholders so one of the first things I’ll be doing is meeting up with stakeholders within the business community, the tourism industry or in the environment and community sector.
“But I think I’m here to implement the wishes of the Mayor and the council, but more importantly serve the people of the Gold Coast.
“For me, it’s all about lifestyle and amenity on the Gold Coast and to maintain that lifestyle and amenity, as the Mayor said, we need to grow the economy and diversify the economy,” Mr Edwards said.
Amongst the city budget and a bunch of other Council documents, Mayor Tom Tate made sure to hand over a Gold Coast Titans scarf.
“I declare an interest, I went to school with Kevvie Walters, we played rugby together at Ipswich grammar,” Mr Edwards admitted.
“So I did join the Titans on Friday night so I’ll be actively barracking for the Titans from now on.”
Mr Edwards wouldn’t be drawn on matters around an investigation that found that he’d committed misconduct in his former role.
According to the ABC, an internal departmental investigation found that Mr Edwards had used government resources for personal purposes and had not declared conflicts of interest late last year.
Mr Edwards released a statement on the matter last week, completely rejecting the allegations and the conduct of the investigation, and today, would not add further comment.
It’s understood this investigation was not disclosed to all Gold Coast Councillors before they voted on 14-1 on Mr Edwards becoming the new CEO.
“I think that’s been dealt with last week with the statement I made, and I won’t be making any further comment,” Mr Edwards said today.