Ken Gainger, BSC General Manager.
I recently announced my retirement from the position of general manager with Byron Council to spend more time with my family and address some serious health issues that I have been confronted with over the past 12 months.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my five years at Byron Council and have had the privilege to work with a group of committed and highly professional staff and many equally committed and caring councillors. Council is indeed in excellent hands.
As to the reason for the timing of my retirement with three years still to go on my contract – I need major surgery in the New Year which will take a recovery period of six months. My doctors pretty much made this decision for me.
Through these pages I would like to acknowledge the many well-wishers who have contacted me over the past couple of weeks. The response has been overwhelming and I am most grateful.
I also say farewell to the small but loyal band of Council detractors who have regularly filled The Echo letters page with often self-interested, ill-informed half-truths based on their own longstanding predisposition towards Council, successive GMs and staff.
Some of these are former councillors who ruled the council during a period when finances were run down, infrastructure (roads) funding was slashed, and they left a mess which recent councils and staff had to clean up. Credibility zero!
As a Byron Council ratepayer of 16 years, when I accepted this job I was well aware that this community is articulate, feisty and critical, and as a GM of 25 years I have relished the opportunity to work closely with many community members and groups. Together we have resolved many longstanding legacy issues.
It is invigorating to see local media giving such a high profile to Council affairs – all that needs to change is a little fairness and balance in reporting (not creating) the news.
– The Echo thanks Ken Gainger for his leadership and service to the shire over the past five years and wishes him a speedy recovery and good health for his wel- earned retirement – Ed.