John Tanner ready to fill Peter Lewisky’s shoes

New Brimbank council administrator John Tanner is likely to be sworn in at a meeting tonight.

A small-business owner in Benalla for more than 30 years and the National Party’s federal president for six years until 2006, Mr Tanner was confirmed as the municipality’s third administrator last Wednesday following the recent resignation of Peter Lewinsky.

Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell said Mr Tanner would draw from his extensive experience in local government, small business and regional development.

“Mr Tanner served as the local government commissioner in the shire of Delatite from 1994 to 1997 and his expertise in community engagement, management, governance and strategic planning will enable him to bring considerable skills to Brimbank City Council,’’ Mrs Powell said.

“This appointment will further embed good governance practices, effectively manage strategic local projects and continue to restore community confidence in the council’s ability to govern.”

Mr Tanner has served as a delegate on the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Australian Small Business Association state executive, and as chairman of the Timber Industry Road Evaluation Study.

Council chairman John Watson welcomed the appointment.

“Myself and fellow administrator Jane Nathan, as well as CEO Bill Jaboor and all executive and staff, are pleased to hear John will be joining us,” he said.

“Together with John’s input and experience, we are in an even stronger position to continue to build community capacity and deliver needed capital projects in preparation for the return of councillors in March 2015.”