Chief Executive Officer
Norm has 37 years of local government experience, working in Shire, City and Regional Councils throughout Queensland and in 2007 Norm won the ‘Local Government Managers Australia’ award for Leadership and Management Excellence. It seems that community service in local government runs in the Garsden family, with one of his Grandfathers serving as Mayor and Alderman of the South Brisbane Municipal Council for over 10 years and the other Grandfather serving for almost 20 years in the Brisbane City Council (as ‘Plan Custodian’). His father and mother both worked for Brisbane City Council (which is where they met) for 49 and 8 years respectively.
His experience is complemented by his qualifications, which include a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Governance, a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management and a Bachelor of Business. Norm is pleased that his local government journey has led him to Etheridge Shire, with a range of exciting challenges and opportunities to address and a variety of unique landscapes to explore.
Director of Corporate & Community Services
As Director of Corporate & Community Services, David brings over 23 years of Corporate & Financial Management to the Etheridge Shire with 15 of those years in a Banking & Finance environment. In his role, David looks after all of the accounting & finance, budgeting, financial planning, administration, building & town planning, tourism, childcare, student hostel, environmental health, community facilities and parks and gardens.
David was born and bred in Rockhampton and has lived and worked throughout Queensland both in large metropolitan cities and small rural western towns. Prior to joining Etheridge Shire in 2009, David was with the Isaac Regional Council and Broadsound Shire Council in Central Queensland where he held a similar position.
David was a former president of the Local Government Finance Professionals of Queensland and served on the Executive Committee for a total of 8 years, with three years as President, and is also a fellow member of the Local Government Managers Association of Queensland. David was awarded the 2016 Finance Professional of the Year through the Local Government Finance Professionals of Queensland.David is a keen golfer and in his past played representative soccer and cricket both in his junior and senior days.
Director of Engineering
Jeff is well qualified for his position with his qualifications listing: Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) - James Cook University Townsville; Graduate Diploma of Municipal Engineering – University of Southern Queensland; Chartered Professional Engineer - Engineers Australia; Registered Professional Engineer Queensland; Fellow of Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia.
Jeff is married with 3 children – 2 of which are currently studying at James Cook University in Townsville. Born and raised in Townsville, Jeff has lived and worked in Townsville, Hughenden, Herberton and for the past 20 years in Cairns prior to moving to Georgetown. He enjoys working in Etheridge Shire for a progressive community and living in an area with many natural features. Jeff also enjoys running and cycling, is a horse racing enthusiast and an avid supporter of rugby league.