Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) Director of Culture and Economy, Natasha Comber, has been successful in obtaining the role of the Director of Council’s new division of Strategy, Engagement and Partnerships, effective 5 June 2022.

The new division has come as a result of the restructure lead by CEO Murray Wood. Mr Wood was required by legislation to establish a new structure for the organisation following the election of the Council. The new senior staff structure was endorsed at the March 2022 Ordinary Council Meeting.

Mr Wood said the new senior staff structure has a strong focus on improved engagement, “Since returning to Council it’s been a priority of mine to restore relationships that have been strained over the last few years. It’s extremely important that DRC have the community and our relationship to our residents and businesses, alike, at the forefront of each decision we make. I’ve asked all the staff to have a rethink regarding strategic delivery of Council services, now and well into the future, and this new focus on strategy and engagement will hopefully be the missing piece of a very large puzzle,” said Mr Wood.

“I’d like to congratulate Ms Comber on obtaining the role and have every confidence that her history and investment into the organisation and the community will make her a great fit for the leader of this new and exciting area,” said Mr Wood.

With prior experience in the private sector, Ms Comber has worked at Dubbo City Council, then Dubbo Regional Council for a combined 14 years. Working across a diversity of portfolios in that time, including destination development, corporate business and regional experiences, Ms Comber is excited at the new appointment.  

Ms Comber said I’m thrilled to be leading a directorate centred on building relationships to improve services, strengthen our community strategic planning processes and supporting regional growth.

“Effective collaboration with community, industry and government is critical to understanding and addressing challenges, creating shared solutions and realising new opportunities for our region,” said Ms Comber.

DRC’s new structure will maintain the 5 divisional areas, however some divisions will change scope as of June 5.

  • Director of Organisational Performance
  • Director of Community, Culture and Places
  • Director of Infrastructure Delivery
  • Director of Environment and Planning
  • Director of Strategy, Engagement and Partnerships

DRC has recently advertised for the role of Director of Infrastructure Delivery and Director of Community, Culture and Places. The recruitment process has progressed to interview stage. More information about the successful candidates will become available in the coming weeks.

Last Edited: 18 May 2022

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