The week kicked off with some really big job movements. None other than the premier of NSW has fallen on the sword of bad judgement if you listen to the bemoaning of her loss. One young woman on tele was even driven to tears.
Others said the problem was all of Gladys Berijiklian’s making and absolutely, there have been some bad decisions – the stadium demolition without a real cause, WestConnex, the trees on Anzac Parade, shall we go on?
But what nailed it was the person in the thick of Covid central who said, do we really have to lose our highly capable “slightly corrupt” premier? We know all leaders are pushed and pulled to help those around them who have the loudest voice (if only to make them shut up).
And especially if those requesting kindness or financial advances of some sort are factional buddies or voters. There is a massive treatise probably already written on what actually constitutes corruption and what is the difference between it and regular neighbourly “legs up” kind of help.
As one observer said on Tuesday everyone is human and everyone makes mistakes. But we pay our pollies to make decisions – especially the tough or nasty ones – so we don’t have to and can go about our business in the secure knowledge our character is unbesmirched by nasty calls we’ve been forced to make.
So how will Dominic Perrottet, this man of much youth, short experience, many children and strong religious convictions go as the new NSW premier?
According to our circle of political observers probably not too different from Berijiklian given that for his right wing leanings he will be flanked by moderates. In particular former energy minister Matt Kean who is now elevated to Treasurer and deputy Stuart Ayres.
They think Kean and the retention of Rob Stokes (who also vied for the top job) in the planning or transport portfolios will be good for both the environment and the urban environment.
And that NSW’s commitment last week to net zero by 2050, supported by Nats leader John Barilaro who also resigned, will be bolstered by the Kean’s ability to now add economic and financial underpinnings to the strategy.
Stokes is highly valued in his planning role and if he goes to transport it will enhance this critical portfolio with better understanding of the impact it has on the urban spaces.
But according to people who are close to political action, and who’ve been mightily impressed with the state’s swing to the green side there’s still a lot of puff in the eco sails. In this Kean role has been described as “exceptional”.
The consensus seems to be that the key thing for the new premier was to not mess with the vision already in place and well articulated. The super clusters and portfolios would also do well to be left in place given the huge cost of rearrangement (we can do without the ego boost to the new broom surely?) and because no-one right now is looking for a change in direction. This is change in leadership because of entirely other reasons.
“Gladys focused all of the government into a zero carbon agenda and people will be wanting to keep that,” one source said.
And Tim Williams, a keen observer of politics and urban issues summed it up well (we hope), “You may come from the left or you may come from the right but you govern from the centre.”
Our pick of the jobs
Sue Robinson will be “hitting the ground running” with civil engineering firm GHD as their new technical director social planning and sustainability
“Starting a new role which integrates my capabilities in planning and sustainability and is focused on enabling incredible sustainable outcomes for our communities is my dream job,” Ms Robinson said online.
Climate change and resilience expert Shauna Coffey has started a new role with Transgrid as sustainability manager, bringing with her experience in similar roles with IAG, the EEC and Deloitte.
Real Estate firm Harcourts has announced Clayton Treloar as the new chief executive for WA, at the same time as expanding its business by nine new offices in as many weeks.
Mr Treloar was formerly chief executive of global printing, courier and mailbox service, Mailboxes Etc.
Harcourts Australia chief executive, Marcus Williams said Mr Treloar’s appointment came at a pivotal time for the company, noting his rare experience both as a real estate franchisee and a franchisor.
Veteran architect Robert Goodliffe has retired after 40 years in the field, and is being honoured with a social impact award from design firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke.
“Robert’s industry impact, advocacy and mentoring have shaped our practice and industry so profoundly, it’s going to take all of us to continue his legacy,” practice director Courtney Smith said.
Mr Goodcliffe said he had found that architects have a unique opportunity to be part of the solution, rather than the problem.
“I think the impact I’ve had is about being able to look beyond the screen in front of you, the project you’re working on, to what else is possible. I’ve really enjoyed exploring that, and fortunately the company has allowed me to grow along that path,” he said.
Our pick of the jobs
Landscape restoration company, Greening Australia is looking for a partnerships manager as well as a new relationship development lead to help build philanthropic relationships and secure funding to support their goal of restoring large swathes of Australian natural habitat.
You will be expected to manage and grow a portfolio of existing supporter relationships, with a focus on organisational giving, such as business donors and brand affiliated partners, as well as major individual donors.
With almost 40 years of operational experience, the organisation is aiming high for the coming decade, with the goal of planting half a billion trees by 2030.
Proving that sustainability can be glamorous, GlamCorner is a fashion-tech company with a focus on circular economy and they are looking for a new sustainability and social impact lead.
As a young company they are looking for someone with the experience to take ownership of their sustainability mission which means everything from ESG reporting to marketing and packaging.
If you’ve got a passion for fashion as well as sustainability this could be the one for you.
And we just got word that Atelier 10 are on the look out for an environmental designer to help shape the sustainability vision for a “substantial swathes of metro Sydney” as director Paul Stoller said.
– Duncan Murray and Tina Perinotto send notes and tips to firstname.lastname@example.org