New City of Greater Bendigo presentation and assets director Debbie Wood.

THE domination of women in Bendigo’s leadership roles is being replicated in the City of Greater Bendigo’s executive team with three of four council directors being women.
The balance shifted this week when the council formally appointed Debbie Wood as its new presentation and assets director, replacing Craig Lloyd who has moved to become chief executive at Murrindindi Shire Council.
Ms Wood, formerly the council’s manager of parks and open space, had been acting in the director role since December when Mr Lloyd gave notice.
She has a career in local government spanning more than 20 years, first at City of Casey and then at the City of Hobart where she was manager of parks and recreation.
In Bendigo, she will oversee management of engineering, parks and open space, property services, resource recovery and education and the project management office.
“This is an exciting opportunity and I am thrilled to have been officially appointed to the director role,” she said.
“The presentation and assets directorate delivers great outcomes for the community and I look forward to supporting the staff to continue their important work in enhancing the liveability of greater Bendigo.”
Chief executive Officer Craig Niemann said Ms Wood would commence in the role immediately.
“Debbie is passionate about the organisation, has a great ability to support staff, and continually looks for ways to develop her skills and knowledge,” Mr Niemann said.
“Her work ethic and character have shone through in the lead up to this appointment and I look forward to working with her.”
Bendigo’s mayor and deputy mayor, and five out of nine elected councillors are women.