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December Round Table Dinner - Making BOLD decisions

12 Dec 2013

The Committee for Ballarat held their Round Table Dinner on Thursday December 5th at the Ballarat Lodge for members and guests featuring guest speaker, Janet Dore.

As CEO of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), in 2008 Janet Dore was responsible for organising its relocation to Geelong where it now employs over 750 people.

Committee for Ballarat CEO, John Kilgour stated, “The parallels for Ballarat are immense in terms of making bold decisions that stimulate investment and create sustainable employment opportunities”

The Round Table Dinner was sponsored by the Victorian State Government through the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation.

“It’s fantastic to have a guest speaker such as Janet who understands Ballarat, the Ballarat community and the impact transitioning a State Government Department, such as the TAC, can have on the local economy and in revitalising the CBD” Kilgour said.

Janet Dore has held an array of senior positions within the public sector. She started her career in Australia in local government as an urban planner working in several Melbourne councils. In 1994 Janet was appointed as the first CEO of the newly amalgamated City of Ballarat and in 1999 she was appointed General Manager (CEO) of Newcastle City Council.

Janet has held directorship positions on the NIB Health Funds and Newcastle Airport Ltd Boards. She is currently a Director at the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), is a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Board and is Deputy Chair of Committee for Geelong. She is also a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Committee Chair, Judy Verlin, stated, “With the release of the State Government’s Plan Melbourne strategy in October supporting Ballarat’s anticipated population growth to 200,000 by 2050, Janet is well placed to share her experiences on what benefits the decentralisation of the TAC has meant to Geelong and the lessons we can draw from this to support the projected population growth here in Ballarat”.