This month we speak to Gary Brinkworth, Manager, Environmental Services at Berri Barmera Council.
Gary talks to us about his experiences working for a rural council, and his memorable "brush with the law"....!
Hi Gary, thanks for talking with us.
What’s your current role, and what does it involve?
I am currently the Manager of Environmental Services at Berri Barmera Council. This includes the areas of Development Services, General Inspectors, Environmental Health, Property and Major Projects.
Where were you before and what attracted you to your current role ?
I was previously at Marion Council and was attracted by the variety of work that is provided working in a regional area.
In your opinion, how different is a rural council compared to metro, as a place to work?
Very different, both negative and positive. The distance creates some barriers; however the major positive for me is the ability to undertake roles that I would not be afforded in a metro council.
What is the most satisfying thing about working for a rural council?
The lifestyle that is attached to the work outside hours – golf, the river, fishing, sport are all the way of life.
What’s the longer term plan – where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Cashing in the winning lottery ticket! Or more realistically trying to progress and learn as much as I can within Local Government in roles that I enjoy doing.
What advice would you have for someone seeking a career in Local Government?
Find something you are passionate about and pursue that course.
What’s your most embarrassing Local Government moment?
Getting stopped directly out the front of the Berri Barmera Council office by a local police officer as I arrived for my interview, luckily not for an offence. Made the initial conversation a little interesting.
Are you known as having a favourite “saying” or term? What is it?
My most frequent saying would have to be to my assistant “Tracey, I need help with……”
How do you spend your leisure time outside of Local Government?
Enjoying the lifestyle that the Riverland has to offer through golf, the Berri Warriors Baseball team, or relaxing around the river. A lot of time travelling back to see my partner in Adelaide as well.