News

David Keenan is new council GM

David Keenan is the Tweed Shire Council's new general manager.
David Keenan is the Tweed Shire Council's new general manager.

TWEED Shire Council has announced its new general manager after a unanimous decision in a confidential meeting on Monday.

David Keenan will take the reins on April 30, following the retirement of the current general manager Mike Rayner on April 27.

Mr Keenan, 46, is the current CEO of Mitchell Shire Council, on the northern outskirts of Melbourne in Victoria.

He has multiple masters degrees in business administration and a postgraduate diploma in planning and the environment and has also served on the Hume Shire Council as a city sustainable development director.

"I am looking forward to the challenge of achieving sustainable development in the Tweed shire," Mr Keenan said.

"Ensuring that there are strong economic development opportunities that can be accommodated in a manner that do not impact the local environment and are supported by an engaged community, is an outcome I will be seeking to achieve."

Adding to his list of achievements, Mr Keenan is the former inaugural chair of Economic Development Australia, a board member of Environs Australia and is involved with a number of not-for-profit organisations.

Tweed mayor Barry Longland has welcomed the appointment.

"David brings a range of skills and a varied background to this important role and I'm confident his skills will translate well to a NSW setting," Cr Longland said.

"He is coming to us from a shire with similar growth pressures, with a significant agricultural sector and this background is particularly relevant to the challenges he will face in Tweed.

"He has a strong interest in this part of the world and has holidayed here many times and has always found this area very attractive."

Mr Keenan is married to Jane, a family lawyer, and the couple has two children, Charlotte, 14 and Harry, 11.

Topics:  tweed shire council



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Upmarket beach townhouse

Real Estate: 4/45 Kingscliff Street, Kingscliff NSW.

Take a look inside this stylish Kingscliff townhouse conversion

Neil Diamond tribute show to draw Kingy crowd

PARTY TIME: The Neil Diamond Super Hits Show will play at Kingscliff Bowls Club on Saturday night.

Neil Diamond spectacular to be hosted at Kingscliff Bowls Club.

Police investigate suspicious Tweed River death

Police are investigating the suspicious death of Michelle Lord after the car she was in crashed into the Tweed River east of Tumbulgum in October 2015.

Police are investigating the death of a woman in the Tweed River

Latest deals and offers


British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Broncos prepare for Sharks

Defensive training session at the Broncos

Tough defensive session in preparation for Sharks game.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances