Organisational Structure

Margaret AbbeyChief Executive Officer
Margaret Abbey

Margaret commenced the role of Chief Executive Officer at Murrindindi Shire Council in June 2010 and sees the long-term financial sustainability of the shire as being her top priority.

Margaret relocated to Murrindindi Shire from Nillumbik Shire as she believes that it is important to be part of the community she is serving.

Ms Abbey is originally from Lilydale, and her first council role was in the Southern Highlands of NSW. After first graduating with an Arts Degree with Honors at Monash University and then a Masters Degree in Town and Country Planning from Sydney University, Margaret then gained postgraduate qualifications in Management from Victoria University.

Michael ChesworthGeneral Manager Corporate and Community Services
Michael Chesworth

Michael was first appointed as Manager of Organisational Development in 1997. 

Michael’s role oversees a broad area of services within the Corporate and Community Division.

Michael provides leadership and management to Business and Community Services, Library,  Human Resources and Risk Departments.

Incorporated into these divisions are Finance & Rates, Governance, Procurement and Insurance, Records Management, Information Technology, Aged and Disability, Children’s Services, Recreation and Youth.


General Manager Infrastructure and Development Services

Elaine Wyatt

Elaine joined Murrindindi Shire Council in November 2014.

Elaine relocated to Australia from the UK seven years ago and became an Australian citizen in 2013. Elaine has over 22 years experience in the Highways and Infrastructure industry including over 10 years in local government roles. Elaine’s technical background is in Traffic and Transport and she holds a Bachelors Degree in Traffic Management and a  Masters in Transport Engineering & Planning. Elaine also recently completed a Masters of Business Administration at Deakin University.




Services Review

International accountant and auditor KPMG has presented Council with a Risk Assessment Modelling of Financial Assistance report. This report identifies and evaluates different funding options to assist us in meeting the ongoing cost obligations associated with the operation, maintenance and insurance of assets gifted following the 2009 bushfires.

Whilst the report will serve as a useful purpose in independently demonstrating how substantial is the financial sustainability issue faced by Council, as an organisation we have made significant changes to our operations as part of an overall service review

The report is one of a number of advocacy tools Council is using and demonstrates that we are taking a proactive approach to seeking external support for the costs of the operation, maintenance, insurance and depreciation of the novated and gifted assets


Services Review - Council's action plan for a financial future

Council's Services Review looks at options to address the Shire’s increased financial commitments following the February 2009 bushfires, while limiting rate increases to 6 per cent or less each year for 10 years.

The resulting Four-Point Action Plan is expected to achieve more than $1.6 million in savings every year over the next ten years, as well as a one-off capital injection of $4.5 million.

Measures to be implemented include:

  • Disposing of some land, buildings, plant and equipment considered to be surplus to needs, expected to raise a one-off capital injection of $4.45 million over four years.
  • Reviewing Council fees and charges to bring them into line with those of other comparable Councils, providing up to an additional $167,000 per year.
  • Introducing policies within Council that deliver cost savings.
  • Streamlining Council services and operations to achieve more than $1.5 million in savings each year.



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