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Leadership series focuses on organisational growth

Friday, 10 August 2012

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The Mayor of the fastest growing city in Australia was the guest speaker for the third Perth Graduate School of Business (PGSB) Leadership Seminar Series at ECU.

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts JP spoke to alumni, staff, industry and community members at the Mount Lawley Campus event, which was organised by Program Director of MBA and Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Maryam Omari.

Representing not only the fastest-growing city but the fastest growing state in Australia, and drawing from her extensive experience in local government, Mayor Roberts focused on organisational growth, looking at the challenges and opportunities for the local community and its economic development.

Mayor Roberts shared her personal leadership journey. She also shared her vision of involving the community on a journey that requires adaptive leadership, quickly responding to issues of communication and crisis management.

“I can say with all sincerity that we are committed to building inclusive connected communities and to achieve this, the community, governments and the City of Wanneroo need to work together,” Mayor Roberts said.

“In addition, it involves showing leadership by communicating the City’s position effectively with other tiers of government both State and Federal.

“Our meeting with the Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek two days ago regarding ECU’s new GP super clinic at Wanneroo is a perfect example. This will be a wonderful boost for Wanneroo, and we certainly appreciate ECU’s significant involvement in this venture.

“We are providing leadership to the community in that the decisions we make now will shape our future to our City for future generations.

“I consider myself privileged and honoured to be in such a leadership position and will continue to inspire the community to become involved in their community and even consider local government as a satisfying and challenging career.”

Figures confirm that Wanneroo is growing faster than any other town or city in WA, welcoming more than 8000 new residents each year.

By 2021 Wanneroo will have the largest population in WA, as in only 11 years Wanneroo’s population has doubled from 80,000 to 160,000. By 2026 the population is expected to be around 300,000.

“I am proud of our City of Wanneroo as a ‘powerhouse of growth in WA’ and the leadership challenges involved in steering the City into the future.

“No matter what path you choose, set aims for yourself, set goals and strive for them. It is about having vision and striving to achieve that vision, never losing sight of your dream.”

Approachable and always willing to offer advice to residents and organisations, Mayor Roberts has qualifications in business management and was one of the first recipients of a local government scholarship in 2010.

She is also a Justice of the Peace and works closely with local police in support of safer communities.

The session had an enthusiastic response and was well attended by both staff and students. The topic was also well received with open discussions afterwards during the networking session where guests also enjoyed drinks and a light supper.

The next PGSB Leadership Seminar is Thursday, 20 September 2012 on ‘Getting your dream job’. Be sure not to miss this one!

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