Max is General Manager of Gwydir Shire Council,and has been in that position since 2001. In that time he has presided over one amalgamation (Bingara & Yallaroi) He is a very experienced local government administrator, with his work history including CEO of Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council (WA) and General Manager of Byron Council, as well as a number of Municipal Councils. Max’s many qualifications include a Master of Sustainable Management (Syd Uni) and Master of Philosophy (Syd Uni). Max is passionate about the broad social role Local Government can and does play, particularly in smaller rural communities. He is a founding member of the Gwydir Learning Region and a key driver of learning community projects such as The Carbon Farm and Roxy Complex including a Roxy Café and Trade Training Centre.