Executive management team

Robert Dobrzynski

Robert Dobrzynski, Acting Chief Executive Officer

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

Robert Dobrzynski

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


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.