Barwon Water’s new Managing Director has officially commenced her role, after being appointed in October 2016.

Tracey Slatter began her duties on 16 January, 2017.

A highly qualified senior executive, Ms Slatter has more than 20 years experience in local government and the Victorian public service. Most recently, Ms Slatter was Chief Executive Officer at the City of Port Phillip.

Barwon Water Chairman, Jo Plummer, said Ms Slatter brought with her the skills and experience to lead the organisation into a new era of change and opportunity.

“This is a crucial role in guiding and leading the corporation through what is expected to be a challenging – but exciting – period,” Ms Plummer said.

“While customer affordability and customer service will remain priorities, there will be a stronger focus on climate change, further regional growth, liveability, environmental stewardship, community engagement and diversity in the workplace.”

Victorian Minister for Water Lisa Neville welcomed Ms Slatter’s appointment.

“Barwon Water is a key regional player in promoting liveability and economic growth and we look forward to working with Tracey as the organisation continues to deliver high quality, affordable services that benefit customers and the community,” Ms Neville said.

Ms Slatter said she was delighted to return to the Geelong region, having lived and worked here previously as Chief Executive Officer at Colac Otway Shire and Head of Claims at the TAC.

Ms Slatter said it was a particularly exciting time to be joining the organisation, with several key projects underway. They include the 2018 pricing submission, Colac water supply upgrade and Barwon Water’s $29 million head office redevelopment, which is scheduled for completion by mid-2017.

“One of the highlights of my first few days was touring the head office redevelopment in Ryrie Street,” Ms Slatter said.

“It will be a flexible, modern workplace, accommodate all of Barwon Water’s Geelong-based employees under one roof, drive efficiencies and improve environmental performance,” Ms Slatter said.

“I am looking forward to reacquainting myself with the greater Geelong and Otway regions, gaining an understanding of the business and its customers and leading the organisation as it continues deliver high quality essential services.” 

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