Director Sustainable Development - Geraldine Christou

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

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

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. Geraldine 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 the La Trobe University Regional Advisory Board, Shepparton Show Me, the Rail Freight Alliance and the Food Bowl Inland Rail Alliance. She 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, and is a member of the Shepparton Central Rotary Club.

Geraldine is working hard to ensure that the level of infrastructure and services for our community supports sustainable growth of the municipality and allows capitalisation of our many unique attributes.

As the Director Sustainable Development Geraldine is responsible for:


  • Environmental Health
  • Immunisation
  • RiverConnect
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Local Laws & Animal Management

Parking Enforcement

Investment Attraction

  • Business Centre
  • Business and Industry Development
  • Business and Industry Promotion
  • Events and Tourism
  • Grants Facilitation and Co-ordination

Planning and Building Services

  • Building Approvals
  • Building Enforcement
  • Statutory Planning
  • Strategic Planning