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About the Director Infrastructure Services

Warren Sharpe

Warren is responsible for:

  • Advocacy for infrastructure funding including upgrades to NSW Government infrastructure such as the Princes and Kings Highway, and marine infrastructure
  • Asset management for Council infrastructure
  • Infrastructure planning, design and construction and maintenance of transport (roads, bridges, pathways, car parks, bus facilities), streetscaping, sewer, water, stormwater and flood control infrastructure
  • Maintenance, design and construction of parks assets, including fire mitigation on Council controlled lands
  • Emergency management

Warren has a strong interest in developing people and has been heavily involved in innovative training programs for existing workers, particularly in the operational areas. He has also been responsible for setting and promoting targets for cadetships, traineeships and apprenticeships both at Eurobodalla and across NSW to ensure skilled personnel are available to deliver services to NSW communities and to offer opportunities for local youth, particularly in regional areas. Warren is also a strong advocate for improving diversity in public works and engineering including through the Pocket Sally campaign (www.pocketsally.com).

Warren also has a strong interest in influencing government policy, guidelines and funding frameworks related to infrastructure provision to enable improved social equity, community safety and economic growth across NSW and Australia.

Warren is the current President of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (NSW) and an Australasian IPWEA Board member. IPWEA NSW’s mission is to enhance the quality of lives of NSW communities through excellence in public works and engineering.

Employment Experience

Warren has over 30 years experience in Local Government, holding a wide range of engineering positions in development assessment, infrastructure planning, asset management, design, construction, maintenance and associated people management.

Since 1996 he has held senior management positions including Technical Services Manager, Works Manager, Group Manager Roads & Recreation Services, Director Roads and Recreation and now Director Infrastructure Services.

Qualifications

Warren graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil - 1st Class Honours). He then undertook the Graduate Certificate qualifications in Local Government Engineering and subsequently Environmental Engineering & Management and an Advanced Diploma in Management.  He has also undertaken a series of short courses including Management, Leadership and the Australian Institute of Company Directors qualification.

Warren was named NSW Public Works Leader of the Year 2011 and the National Public Works Leader of the Year 2011.

Warren received the Order of Australia Medal in May 2014 'for services to engineering, and to the community' in recognition of the many volunteer hours he has contributed outside of his normal day to day activities at Council.

Community

Warren is active outside of his normal Council role volunteering many hours to contribute to the following:

  • Executive Committee - NSW Roads & Transport Directorate (since inception in 2005 including Chair 2012-14)
  • Institute of Public Works  Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) – enhancing the qualities of lives of NSW communities through excellence in public works and engineering
    • IPWEA NSW President since 2014
    • NSW Board member since 2011
    • Australasian Board member since 2014
  • South East Australian Transport Strategy Inc – member representative since 2009 and  Executive Committee 2011-2012
  • Local Emergency Management Officer and Chair of the Local Emergency Management Committee since 2006