Council appoints new chief of tourism and economic body

A VICTORIAN council manager has been appointed the new boss of the Fraser Coast Regional Council's economic development, marketing, events and tourism body.

David Spear, who has 15 years of experience in the public and private sector in Victoria, is the general manager of Fraser Coast Opportunities, the council announced on Monday.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said Mr Spear had a strong track record of creating jobs and economic development outcomes.

"He is a qualified and experienced senior management professional and has been awarded on several occasions at both a regional and national level for entrepreneurial and innovative business practices and projects," he said.

Mr Spear has been the executive unit manager for the Golden Plains Shire Council in charge of economic development.

He said he was thrilled to have been given the job.

"I see a new sense of vibrancy and energy emerging in the Fraser Coast region," he said.

"Strategically there is a real need to close the gap between population growth and the number of jobs available, as well as the value and sustainability of those jobs.

"As the general manager of Fraser Coast Opportunities, I have a critical role to play, bringing people together to capitalise on the new sense of vibrancy and confidence in the Fraser Coast that is driving organic economic growth."

Mr Spear is relocating from Victoria with his wife, who is an occupational therapist specialising in aged care and cognitive assessment and dementia management services, and their two children aged six and three.  

David Spear is the new general manager of Fraser Coast Opportunities which is the council's merged tourism, economic development, marketing and events body.
David Spear is the new general manager of Fraser Coast Opportunities which is the council's merged tourism, economic development, marketing and events body. Contributed


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