From the CEO's Desk 15 October 2018
The Shire is aware that there is strong community sentiment regarding the Old Jetty. While we appreciate the social value of the Jetty to the community, we also recognise that the cost to repair it and make it safe, estimated at approximately $15million, is prohibitive, given the many other competing priorities such as coastal protection works, managing paper wasps, maintenance of core infrastructure such as housing, community buildings and roads.
Two Positions Vacant
Position Title: Plant Operator
Section: Road Construction & Maintenance
An exciting opportunity exists to join the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. We are seeking applications from suitably skilled and experienced people who are highly motivated and interested in joining our West Island Road Construction and Maintenance crew.
From the CEO's Desk - 4 October 2018
Eco-Resort: Despite the best efforts of Hender Property Group (HPG) and the Shire to negotiate a mutually agreeable position, it is with some regret that I advise that HPG has notified the Shire that they are withdrawing from the Eco Resort project. While we recognise that for many this may be very disappointing news, we respect HPG’s decision and acknowledge their efforts over the past year.
Works - 4 October 2018
New Works Supervisor: The Shire would like to welcome Pak Ainul (Halim Musa) to his new position as Works Supervisor. He recent commenced his new position on Monday 1st October.
Works - September
As you may have seen on West Island the Shire undertook a contract with the Department of Infrastructure to replace the sand bags that were dislodged through the swell event that wreaked havoc on West Islands in early July.
From the CEO's desk - September
I am delighted to advise that Ian Evans, our hard-working and dedicated Works Manager, received a Community Service Award from the Administrator for Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Mrs Natasha Griggs during Natasha’s visit to Cocos last week. Ian was surprised and very humble about it but to his colleagues it was well-earned and much deserved recognition of his tireless efforts. Congratulations and thank you Ian from all of us.
Works - August
Since my last update, the following works are currently being undertaken by our outside workforce.
Completion of the final stage of the back lane way fencing on Home Island.
Works - July
In addition to general maintenance and upkeep, other works for the month of July have included:
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Delegation - Canberra June 2018
Community members would be aware that the Shire President, Cr Seriwati Iku recently led a delegation to Canberra which included Cr Tony Lacy, Acting CEO Joanne Soderlund, incoming CEO Andrea Selvey and the Territory Controller Anna Swain.
From CEO's Desk
My first month in the role of CEO for the Shire and on island has been wonderful. I am excited by the opportunities and challenges of living and working in such a remote and interesting location and to working with the dedicated and professional team at the Shire. I would like to particularly acknowledge Jo Soderlund for her great work as Acting CEO.