CEO and Executive

Council has three divisions reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Eric Braslis. The divisions are; Community Wellbeing, Infrastructure and Development and Corporate Services. Each of these divisions is made up of individual units, each led by a senior officer. The Chief Executive Officer is directly accountable to the Mayor and Councillors, who are elected by Gannawarra Shire ratepayers.

Chief Executive Officer Eric Braslis

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Eric took up the position of CEO as Gannawarra Shire Council in July 2015. He has previously held the positions of General Manager City Infrastructure and Director of Growth and Development at Ballarat City Council, General Manager of Planning and Development at Stonnington City Council and Director Planning and Environment and Director of Community Services at Hobsons Bay City Council.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Arts, Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Canada and a Masters of Business Administration from Deakin University

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Human Resources, Economic Development, Council Planning and Performance and Councillor Support

Director Community Wellbeing

Previous Director Mandy Hutchinson recently left Gannawarra to take up the CEO position at Northern District Community Health. An appointment for the Director Community Wellbeing will be made soon.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Community Care Services, Maternal Child Health, Community Health, Children and Youth Services, Immunisation, Community Transport, Libraries, Arts and Culture, Community Engagement, Grants, Recreation.

Director Corporate Services Tom O'Reilly

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Tom joined Gannawarra Shire Council in the role of Director Corporate Services in March 2016. Prior he was an Associate with the CT Management Group undertaking local government assignments with the Shire of Buloke, Latrobe City Council and King Island Council. Tom was employed with the Greater Shepparton City Council for eleven years – 6 years of that time as Director Business and Finance.  He has also worked in the private sector with 4 years as CEO of  Metzke+Allen Chartered Accountants based in Shepparton. His career in Northern Victoria is extensive given he also worked with Goulburn Murray Water for 11 years along with 7 years with Goulburn Valley Water.

Tom has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and also a Fellow of the Goulburn Murray Community Leadership Program Inc.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Finance and Budget, Audit, Rating and Valuation, Information Technology, Rates, Governance, Records Management, Customer Service, Emergency Management, Strategic Asset Management

Director Infrastructure and Development Geoff Rollinson

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Geoff's earliest qualifications and experience are in agriculture. He gained extensive experience and knowledge in Local Government when working with both the former Borough and Shire of Kerang and then the Gannawarra Shire upon amalgamation in 1995. He has a Diploma of Civil Engineering and held the positions of Works Engineer and Manager of Operational Services with Gannawarra Shire from 1995 until he started in his current role in 2011.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Major projects, Operational Services, Engineering, Waste Management, Landfill and Transfer Stations, Local Laws, Flood and Fire Management, Building and Planning.


For more information about the Gannawarra Shire Council's organisational structure please refer to the attached link:


Gannawarra Shire Council Org Chart 2017(PDF, 130KB)