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About the Divisional Manager Strategy & Sustainable Growth

Liz Rankin

Liz Rankin is Council’s Divisional Manager Strategy and Sustainable Growth.

As Divisional Manager, Liz is responsible for the delivery of the organisation’s strategic land-use, coastal and floodplain management, natural resource management, heritage planning, tourism and events, business development, and reporting programs so that informed decisions can be made on Council functions within legal and financial constraints.

In total, there are 15 positions (including full time and part time) in Council’s Strategic Services division.

In 2017-18 the Strategic Services budget is $1,466,672.

Previous employment experience

Liz is an experienced strategic planner and manager whose career has primarily occurred in rural and regional areas of NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. Liz has also spent considerable time in the US and Canada where she researched tourism planning and development issues, including rural town revitalisation through tourism, social and economic impacts of tourism, and scenic highway and byway planning.

As a professional planner, Liz has pursued this interest and passion for tourism planning by working in regional areas where tourism and visitation is a key driver of the local economy, working on projects such as recreational trails, town centre revitalization plans, heritage tourism projects and coastal and other public land-use and management plans.

Liz believes that in order to create great places for people to live, work and visit, planning needs to be integrated across all social, economic and environmental aspects of a community. This means working with all areas of the community and government to determine the best land-use solution to deliver on a shared vision.

Liz has spent the majority of her career in local government, however, she has worked at a State government level in the private sector. Most recently, she has been working on major projects such as WestConnex and the Epping town centre land-use options analysis.


Liz has a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Urban Geography from the University of Tasmania, and a Master of Arts in Planning from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Liz has also completed a Certificate IV in Project Management, in addition to Workplace Training in Applied Management.


Liz is new to the Eurobodalla Shire community, however, has been actively involved in the communities of her previous locations including: the strategic planning committee for St Augustine’s Primary School, Wodonga; President of the Snowy Mountains Child Care Centre, Jindabyne for three years; and more recently, member of the school council for Sacred Heart Primary School in Wagga.

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