CEO of the City of Victor Harbor, Victoria MacKirdy was endorsed as National President of Local Government Professionals Australia

LEADER: Victoria MacKirdy is president of the peak body representing local government workers in Australia.
LEADER: Victoria MacKirdy is president of the peak body representing local government workers in Australia.

Victoria MacKirdy has been appointed National President of the peak body representing local government workers in Australia. Victoria is only the second woman to hold the position.

The City of Victor Harbor CEO was endorsed as National President of Local Government Professionals Australia at a National Board meeting last month.

"I am proud to be taking on the role of National President from my fellow director Mark Crawley and would like to thank him for a year of dedicated stewardship of this organisation and his steadfast prioritising of our colleagues in local government," Ms MacKirdy said.

Ms MacKirdy comes to the role after five years as a National Director on the Board of Local Government Professionals Australia.

She is also a long-serving member of the South Australian Board, serving a decade at the LG Professionals State Association.

Ms MacKirdy has 27 years of experience in the local government sector and a proactive advocacy and governance background as a board member of organisations as diverse as Regional Arts Australia through to Chiefs for Gender Equity South Australia.

Ms MacKirdy will serve as National President until August 2021.

However, it is in the Victor Harbor district Ms MacKirdy is making an impact creating a positive culture in council and selflessly refused to accept a remuneration increase offered by council after a positive review of the CEO's performance.

"The review of my performance was really positive. However, I was very conscious of the current circumstances around COVID 19 and advised council prior to being offered any increase, that I did not want a pay increase," Ms MacKirdy said.

"I am extremely grateful to live and work in this community and I am proud of what the council has achieved over the past couple of years. The review showed that what I do is really appreciated."

The CEO Performance Review indicated that Ms MacKirdy was performing to a high level, particularly in the areas of leadership and culture, governance, operations, strategic planning and engagement.

Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in the review ranged from the delivery of the Annual Business Plan and Budget to the delivery of key projects.

"There is always room for improvement and this process allows an opportunity to reflect and look at what you would do differently in the future," she said.

"Being involved with Local Government Professionals Australia both at a State and National level is an opportunity for me to have a strong voice within the sector and also learn from colleagues right around the country.

"I am also involved with Country Arts SA and Regional Arts Australia. I have a passion and appreciation for the arts and the role the sector plays in developing strong and vibrant communities."

Ms MacKirdy is under no illusion of the challenges facing local government and the country in the short and long term.

"The most significant challenge ahead for us is the changing landscape as a result of the SA Government's planning and local government reforms. These two reforms will be significant for all councils to navigate through. Plus, we still have COVID-19 to deal with. There is a lot ahead of us to be prepared for," Ms MacKirdy said.

"I see a lot of opportunities ahead for the City of Victor Harbor. We are in a state of growth with significant investment in our community. This is not just the council's own investment, but the SA Government and private sector are seeing the potential of our city.

"One of the things I value most about Victor Harbor is that the community is highly driven and passionate about ensuring their home town is the best it can be.

"This provides some exciting opportunities for council to engage with the community on future plans and achieve great results."

In nearly three years as CEO there have been significant achievements such as securing $9.4 million in grant funding to assist with the delivery of major projects and services for the community

"I work with a highly skilled team and an elected body that has a clear vision for the city's future. We have delivered two ambitious Annual Business Plans with budgets worth in excess of $34 million each year," Ms MacKirdy said..

Some of the major projects delivered include the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade, upgrade of the George Fisher Playground, LED street light changeover - saving council an estimated $2.8 million over the life of the new lights and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 3200 tonne, established the Victor Harbor Horse Tram Authority and supported the Victor Harbor RSL and Football Club Development and delivered the car park around the main building.

City of Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins said Ms MacKirdy was a role model for women in local government.