Interim administrator appointed for Ipswich City Council

Interim administrator appointed for Ipswich City Council

A team of six experts has been given control of Ipswich City Council, with planning and development expert Greg Chemello taking the lead.

Greg Chemello has been appointed Ipswich City Council administrator.

Greg Chemello has been appointed Ipswich City Council administrator.

On Wednesday it was announced Mr Chemello had been appointed as interim administrator of Ipswich City Council, after the council was dismissed by the state government following a unanimous vote in Queensland Parliament on Tuesday.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Mr Chemello's appointment would take effect on Thursday.

"Greg Chemello brings a strong set of capabilities to his role as interim administrator," Mr Hinchliffe said.


"Mr Chemello is currently the general manager of Economic Development Queensland and has 35 years' experience in the public and private sectors.

"He's vastly experienced in governance, change management and commercial negotiations - all vital attributes needed to lead Ipswich in this challenging period."


Mr Chemello's LinkedIn profile said he managed the redevelopment of the Gabba for almost three years from 1998.

In 2000, while employed by Brisbane City Council, he negotiated the sale of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the Sleeman sports complex and the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre to the state government.

Ipswich City Council chief executive Sean Madigan said he accepted the state government's decision to appoint an interim administrator and welcomed Mr Chemello to that role.

"As CEO, my first thoughts will be with the welfare of staff who drive this organisation to a position whereby we can make Ipswich a wonderful place to live, work, learn and grow," he said.

Ipswich City Council chief executive Sean Madigan.

Ipswich City Council chief executive Sean Madigan.

"As council, our primary goal is to provide the people of Ipswich with the highest possible quality of services.

"This is an opportunity for us to look forward as an organisation, and we trust the people who live here will stand by our 1300-plus staff as we endeavour to further improve the way we deliver great outcomes for the city."

The interim management committee is a team of five experts with a blend of skills in governance, business, finance and community engagement.

Stan Gallo, a current KPMG partner and a former Crime and Corruption Commission employee, will lead the internal investigation of the Ipswich City Council.

Barrister and former high-ranking public servant Simone Webbe will cover governance and ethics. She recently undertook a strategic review of the Office of the Queensland Ombudsman.

Community engagement will be managed by Jan Taylor, who has served two terms on the Queensland Competition Authority and has experience in complex community consultation on private and public sector projects across Australia.

Steve Greenwood, who has an extensive background in urban planning and the property sector, will take on a business engagement role. Mr Greenwood is the founding chief executive of the Queensland Futures Institute, a former chief executive of Canegrowers Australia and former Queensland executive director of the Property Council of Australia.

Former chair of Queensland's KPMG practice Robert Jones will manage future financial practices. Mr Jones was the partner in charge of KPMG's audit practice for 10 years.

Ruth McCosker is an urban affairs reporter at the Brisbane Times, with a special interest in Brisbane City Council