Resignation of CEO Lenny Jenner

Thursday, 09 May 2019

Cr Merriman 2018 web 150

Resignation of CEO Lenny Jenner
On Wednesday 24 April, Borough of Queenscliffe Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lenny Jenner, advised the five Councillors of his resignation, effective on an agreed date before 30 September 2019.

We have delayed this announcement so that he can have adequate time to advise his loyal and well-respected officers of his decision.

At the April Council meeting, by unanimous resolution, the Council reluctantly and with sadness accepted Mr Jenner’s resignation and, in accordance with its obligation and consistent with the Local Government Act, passed the necessary resolution to seek a replacement.

Mr Jenner has served the Borough in this important role since October 2008. By unanimous decision of Council, his contract was extended in 2013 and 2018 on each occasion for 5 years – a clear demonstration of the high regard three different elected Councils have had for his commitment, skill and performance.

Mr Jenner has ensured that the Borough has remained in a strong financial position whilst meeting all the challenges of day-to-day operations. He has maintained an operation that has met all the requirements of the Local Government Act, whist ensuring Council has continually rated very high in the Victorian Government-conducted Community Satisfaction Survey. During his term in office, Council has continually received positive reports from the Victorian Auditor General’s Office through financial and performance audits. Similarly favourable comments have been received from other external and internal audit processes.

Importantly, Mr Jenner has developed an effective workforce who, under his guidance, have made vast improvements to the liveability of the Borough. This would not have been achieved without Mr Jenner’s ability to produce outstanding submissions to obtain project funding. His superior skill in understanding how governments operate at both a federal and state level has been a highlight of his success. His ability to network is an outstanding characteristic.

Naturally, all five Councillors acknowledge that we are about to lose someone special, and offer Mr Jenner and his family our best wishes for the future. We sincerely thank him for his very significant contribution to life in our unique Borough.

Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club funding gap set to be bridged
Council is glad to see both major parties committing to meet the funding gap for the upgrade of the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club. This funding will allow for the rebuilding of the clubhouse and an upgrade of the emergency outpost, and support local life savers in their activities to keep our community safe.

Outstanding fundraising efforts by the club and local community, alongside funding from the Victorian Government and the Federal Government through the Building Better Regions Fund, has secured the majority of the funding required to complete the project. We’re delighted that federal candidates from both major parties have committed the final piece of funding needed to get this project under way.

Borough of Queenscliffe improving roads and shared paths near Fisherman’s Wharf
The Borough of Queenscliffe is complementing the Fisherman’s Wharf redevelopment project with a range of land management activities in nearby streets.

These activities have four main elements:
1) A new shared path connection for the Bellarine Rail Trail,
2) A change in traffic flows from Larkin Parade,
3) Bollards and parking restrictions in Larkin Parade, and
4) New vehicle management arrangements, including parking, at the end of Bridge Street.

These works will improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists using the Rail Trail, increase neighborhood amenity to complement the upgrades at Fisherman’s Wharf, and create a safer traffic treatment for vehicles on Bridge Street and Larkin Parade.

Subject to funding from Regional Roads Victoria as part of the Fixing Country Roads program, the project should be delivered by 30 June 2019.

Council notes the key concern of local residents focuses on maintaining current parking arrangements at the northern end of Bridge Street. A key consideration of council officers is the safe operation of council waste collection trucks in this vicinity.

Council officers recently met with local residents to discuss the project on 24 April, and will continue to meet with local residents to achieve a positive outcome in relation to this project.

Have your say on the 2019 Queenscliffe Heritage Review
The Borough of Queenscliffe Council is encouraging residents and members of the wider community to attend a workshop regarding the 2019 Queenscliffe Heritage Review. The workshop will be held on Wednesday 22 May at 7:00pm in the Queenscliff Town Hall and is an opportunity for the community to provide feedback and generate discussion regarding heritage controls in the Borough.

As part of the review, Council plans to undertake a widespread audit of heritage controls in the Borough of Queenscliffe. We aim to develop a set of enhanced heritage citations that acknowledge new and upgraded heritage sites, such as the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and Shortland’s Bluff, and guide our understanding and implementation of heritage controls to preserve our social history.

Council is strongly committed to the preservation of history and heritage in the Borough of Queenscliffe and engagement with the community is key to the success of the Queenscliffe Heritage Review. We want to hear from the people who live in the Borough of Queenscliffe and people in the wider community about what is important to you, how we can improve our management of local planning and heritage, and better ways of activating our heritage sites.

Our goal is to work with the community to implement heritage guidelines in the Borough that protect the unique character of our region.

Cr Bob Merriman AM
Mayor, Borough of Queenscliffe