The man charged with overseeing the Toowoomba region’s water supply, sewerage and waste management services has announced he is retiring from local government.
Water and Waste Services General Manager, Kevin Flanagan boasts a local government career spanning more than 40 years, first joining Toowoomba City Council in 1989.
Kevin was promoted to Director of Engineering Services at Toowoomba City Council in 1999, before being appointed as the General Manager of Water and Waste for the newly amalgamated Toowoomba Regional Council in 2008.
Mayor Paul Antonio, who first worked with Mr Flanagan, as Water and Waste Portfolio Chair, in the initial term on Toowoomba Regional Council, says Council owes a debt of gratitude to the accomplished engineer.
“Kevin leaves a range of legacies for this community but front of my mind will always be the way he oversaw Council’s water operations during one of the most difficult periods in history for this community. We can never forget that during the first ten years of this century, Toowoomba and the surrounding region was in the grip of a severe drought and at its worst, we saw our water reserves dwindle to just over 7 %. During this time our residents were subjected to the most severe water restrictions experienced anywhere in Australia. It was Kevin Flanagan’s steady hand that guided Toowoomba City Council, and later Toowoomba Regional Council through that journey.”
Kevin was always ready to find practical solutions and embrace innovative technology to ensure Council kept ahead of the game in providing these most essential local government services.
In 2008 Mr Flanagan led negotiations with the State Government, for the delivery of the Wivenhoe Pipeline securing 10,000 megalitres of water per year for our community. This was catalytic in sustaining our region’s future and growth,” Mayor Antonio said.
Council CEO, Brian Pidgeon, who has worked alongside Kevin since 1991 says Kevin’s expertise, as well as his sense of humour will be greatly missed.
“As well as his wealth of experience in local government infrastructure provision, Kevin was valued by the executive team for his skills in strategy and forward-thinking about the projected needs of the region,”
Mr Flanagan sees leading the delivery of major projects such as the Restoration of the Empire Theatre, the construction of the Wetalla Water Reclamation Facility and the major upgrades of Water and Sewerage Infrastructure across the region following amalgamation as some of his greatest achievements in Local Government.
“I’ve seen some remarkable changes not only in Local Government and Engineering, but in the Toowoomba Region since I arrived in 1989,” Mr Flanagan said.
“It has been a privilege to be part of the Executive of Council and it has been an honour to lead the Engineering Department in the former TCC and the Water and Waste group since amalgamation.
I particularly want to thank my talented, energetic, committed and solutions-focused colleagues at Council who have stepped up to the plate to improve the delivery of Water, Sewerage and Waste services across the region.
Together we have met many challenges and found solutions and with the way our region is forging ahead there will be many more challenges to come.”
“I am looking forward to spending more time with my family,” Mr Flanagan concluded.
An Acting General Manager will be appointed before a national search for a new General Manager commences.