My priorities: services, potholes, rubbish

New view: Liverpool Council's new chief executive, Carl Wulff. Picture: Simon Bennett

New view: Liverpool Council's new chief executive, Carl Wulff. Picture: Simon Bennett

LIVERPOOL Council's new chief executive says he is excited by the area's potential and upcoming growth.

Carl Wulff, who was chosen from 30 applicants for the job and started in the role on June 24, said he was excited to be working in a city which would be going through so much change.

"Liverpool's position in the south-west growth centre and the announcement of the airport at Badgerys Creek mean there's a lot in store for this area in coming years," he said.

Mr Wulff grew up in Penrith and has moved back to western Sydney after a seven years as chief executive at Ipswich Council in Queensland and three years as chief executive of Greater Dandenong Council in Victoria.

He also served as a deputy chief executive at Wollongong Council from 1993 to 2000.

"I can see some similarities between Liverpool and previous places I've worked and a lot of differences, too. Ipswich was also a large city, about 40 kilometres away from the centre of a capital city, Brisbane, but it was a more established area that wasn't seeing as much major growth as Liverpool will."

He understood the transition between the previous chief executive, Farooq Portelli, and himself had been difficult for some staff but he was eager to create a positive environment for staff immediately.

"What the community is most interested in is services, potholes fixed and rubbish picked up, so we'll focus on that first."

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said Mr Wulff had extensive experience in local government and in the private sector and a reputation for innovative solutions and an entrepreneurial approach to building social capital, infrastructure and services.

Outgoing acting chief executive Rob Noble had known Mr Wulff for years, from when they were chief executives of Queensland councils: "Having worked with over 400 of his staff I know he's an excellent leader with rare astuteness, commercial skills and ability to manage relationships."

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