Director Sustainable Development - Geraldine Christou

Geraldine was appointed to the position of Director Sustainable Development in January 2018, after 7 years leading the Economic Development team at Council.

Geraldine’s role oversees the Building and Planning Department, comprising Strategic and Statutory Planning; the Economic Development Department, comprising tourism, events, business and industry attraction and development, business incubation, grants, international relations and visitor experience and the Environment Department encompassing Environmental Health and Sustainability and Environment.

Having grown up in Shepparton and raised a family here, Geraldine is very passionate about the community in which she lives. Geraldine has extensive experience in local government, having worked in the sector for over 16 years, following 12 years in the private sector ensuring a thorough understanding of the challenges that business and industry face and has subsequently developed strong connections with the sector, working with them to facilitate new investment, growth and implement sustainability measures and maintain global competitiveness.

Geraldine has strong links to our community, representing Council on a number of boards and committees including La Trobe University Regional Advisory Board, Shepparton Show Me, Higher Education and Skills Working Party and the Food Bowl Inland Rail Alliance and has been a strong advocate on a number of key regional issues including passenger, high speed and inland rail, CBD revitalisation, water security and works actively with the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project on engaging youth in education.

Geraldine is working hard to ensure that the level of infrastructure and services for our community support sustainable growth of the municipality and that we are effectively marketing our key attributes both domestically and internationally to increase inbound tourism and open up export markets for business and industry.