Executive management team

Robert Dobrzynski, Acting Chief Executive OfficerRobert Dobrzynski

Robert’s career to date has provided him with extensive experience in executive management and leadership in running complex organisations where he has delivered positive results against a “triple bottom line”. Robert is a values driven person who is also innovative and results oriented. Robert works hard to build consensus, develop a positive workplace culture, and deliver the requisite business results. Robert possesses a breadth of expertise, specifically in: business development; government relations; community/stakeholder engagement; change management; project and financial management; and strategic planning.



Tony McGann, Infrastructure and Leisure General Manager

Responsibility areas
Asset management
Port of Apollo Bay
Building maintenance
Strategic property management, including leases, licenses, committees of management and airfields
Parks and gardens
Road construction and maintenance
Bridge maintenance
Plant and equipment maintenance
Bluewater Fitness Centre
COPACC (Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre)
Arts and culture
History Centre
Recreation and open space
Project management
Capital works
Technical works
Major projects

Tony is a Civil Engineer with three decades of experience leading the design, delivery and maintenance of infrastructure.

Prior to joining Colac Otway he managed Infrastructure Services at Yarra Ranges Shire, a role which saw him re-connect with local government after 11 years operating a civil engineering consulting firm. He also previously worked as a General Manager with Colac Otway and played a key role in the delivery of COPACC.

Tony has significant experience in civil engineering, project management and asset management as well as in leading teams toward higher performance. He has a passion for engaging with communities and for activating the skills of his teams to deliver the assets, and through those, the services that people need.

He has a degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.


Errol Lawrence, Corporate Services General Manager

Errol Lawrence

Responsibility areas
Training and development
Corporate development
Council and business planning
Compliance reporting
Information technology
GIS mapping
Strategic financial planning
Financial management and reporting
Accounts and payroll
Customer service
Service improvement
Governance and corporate functions
Grant management
Contract management
Waste management
Human Resources
Risk Management


Gareth Smith, Development and Community Services General Manager

Gareth Smith

Responsibility areas
Statutory and strategic planning
Emergency management and fire prevention
Local laws and compliance
Planning enforcement
School crossings
Visitor information centres
Economic development
Family day care and Maternal and Child Health
Older persons and ability support, rural access
Social policy

Gareth has extensive leadership experience in local and state governments. Gareth was previously CEO with Corangamite Catchment Authority where he was well regarded for his ability to develop strategic partnerships and positive relationships to enhance the Authority and sector.

Prior to joining the Authority, Gareth was CEO of Adelaide Shores, a national award-winning tourism and recreation precinct in South Australia established by the state government to develop and manage state signifi cant tourism, leisure and sporting facilities.

Gareth has significant experience in enhancing customer experiences and operating environments, increasing benefi ts from community assets and services, seeking new investment, driving change to better align resources and culture to organisational strategy and supporting boards to achieve their governance and strategic imperatives.