The daily running of Hornsby Shire Council is the responsibility of the general manager, assisted by the executive managers who each lead one of Council’s four divisions.
Acting General Manager and Infrastructure and Recreation Manager
As chief executive officer the general manager implements the decisions of Council’s elected representatives. He is also responsible for the day-to-day management of Council as a corporate organisation and provides the most direct link between the councillors and staff.
As well as Acting General Manager, Robert manages the Infrastructure and Recreation Division which is responsible for Hornsby Shire’s infrastructure, including roads, drains, community buildings and amenities. There are more than 1,300 local roads that fall under Council’s control, as well as 25 regional roads, more than 260 kilometres of footpaths and around 200 kilometres of foreshore. Another important task is the construction and maintenance of public buildings, including community centres, libraries, childcare centres, public toilets, bus shelters and aquatic centres.
Robert took over the acting general manager position in September 2016 when previous acting general manager, Gary Bensley fulfilled his 12 month secondment.
Robert, who is known by everybody as Bob, has worked in state and local government for more than 20 years. He has a degree in science and post-graduate qualifications in urban and regional planning.
Deputy General Manager and Corporate Support Division Manager
The Corporate Support Division is responsible for helping councillors and staff with a variety of services and facilities. Its duties include managing Council’s finances, human relations, customer service, administration, property services, information systems and communications.
Gary joined the public service in 1977, working for the NSW Department of Local Government, and joined the team at Hornsby Shire Council in 1990. He’s held a variety of roles since then and joined Council’s executive group in 2002. Gary has a degree in Economics obtained at the University of New England in Armidale.
Environment and Human Services Manager
The Environment and Human Services Division encompasses the human side of Council’s services, as well as environmental management of our Shire. As the Group Manager, Steve is responsible for overseeing the provision of a diverse range of services including libraries, garbage and recycling services, community services and the arts, and management of our natural environment.
Steve is responsible for the management our bushland and waterways, walking and cycling tracks and trails, bushfire hazard reduction and fire trail management and sustainability.
‘Human services’ encompasses community services and the arts including the management of Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby Mall and 26 community centres throughout the Shire; public event management; as well as providing community development services with focus areas extending from young people to the aged.
Council’s library network provides members of our community with the opportunity to borrow digital and print resources in English and other community languages as well as a range of programs to encourage literacy within the community.
Steve is also responsible for the delivery of essential services to residents including garbage and recycling and cleansing of public places.
Steve has a degree in Environmental Health and has worked for Hornsby Shire Council since 2011.
Planning Division Manager
The Planning Division seeks to strike a sustainable balance between the needs of Hornsby Shire’s growing population and the protection of our natural environment. Its main responsibility is helping to decide what developments are allowed to proceed and the standards they need to meet.
James has a degree in town planning and has worked at Hornsby Shire Council since 1997. He is eager to prepare for the future housing and employment needs of residents through a planning framework that attracts investment and promotes sustainable development.