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How Council Works

Introducing our management team

    General Manager Lester Rodgers

    Lester Rodgers

General Manager
· Communications of Council Programs and Services · Human Resources
· Effective Operation of Council · Integrated Planning and Reporting
· Executive Project Delivery · Payroll
  · Workplace Health and Safety 


   Alan Lawrance Acting Director of Engineering

Acting Ambrose Hallman 

Acting - Alan Lawrance

Director of Planning and Community Development Director of Engineering Services
· Biosecurity · Airports
· Building Asset Maintenance · Asset Maintenance of Water and Sewerage Assets
· Building Services · Asset Management
· Community Services and Facilities · Cemeteries
· Economic Development · Daily Water Testing
· Environmental Health · Depots
· Environmental Planning · Emergency Services
· Landfill Disposal Sites · Gravel Pits
· Liquid Trade Waste Regulations · Parks and Open Space
· Provision of Domestic and Commercial Waste · Plant Management (small)
  Removal and Recycling · Road Safety
· Tourism Moree · Roads and Bridges
  · Sewerage Transport and Treatment
  · Stormwater and Floodplains
  · Traffic and Street Lighting
  · Water Supply Services
  · Weight of Loads
 Scot MacDonald  

Scot MacDonald

Director of Corporate Services  
· Big Sky Libraries  
· Customer Service  
· Finance  
· Gwydir Day Care and Preschool  
· Information Services  
· Moree Community Library  
· Moree Plains Gallery  
· Plant Management (large)  
· Records  
· Risk Management  
· Shire Pools  
· Stores  

General Manager

Lester Rodgers

Lester Rodgers has been with Council for more than 30 years. He commenced the role as General Manager on 22 May 2015 and was formerly the Director of Planning and Development (now known as Planning and Community Development).

As the General Manager, Lester oversees the functions of the entire Council, with the support of the Executive Team, to ensure the objectives outlined in the Community Strategic Plan can be achieved.

Lester holds a Diploma in Applied Science majoring in public health, environmental health and building services. He also holds national accreditations as a building surveyor with the Building Surveyors and Allied Professionals Board (BSAP), the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS), and A1 level certification as an accredited certifier with the NSW Government Building Professionals Board.


Director of Engineering Services

Acting Alan Lawrance



Director of Corporate Services

Scot MacDonald

Scot MacDonald has government experience at both state and local levels. From 2011 to 2019, he served as a Member of the NSW Legislative Council. In the role, one of his positions was Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter where he was involved in large infrastructure projects, such as delivering the $600 million Newcastle Light Rail. Prior to joining Moree Plains Shire Council, Scot was Armidale Regional Council’s Director of Business Services and oversaw financial and risk management.

Scot is the Director of Corporate Services and is helping to strengthen Council as an organisation as it heads into the future. He is proud to be serving the community and feels rewarded by the challenges that come with his position.

Scot’s qualifications include a Masters of Environmental Management, Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources, Bachelor of Financial Management, and an Associate Diploma in Farm Management.


Director of Planning and Community Development

Acting Ambrose Hallman