C4EM chief takes new job at Bendigo

June 08, 2018

COMMITTEE for Echuca Moama’s chief executive Martin Szakal has resigned.

Mr Szakal will leave the organisation at the end of June after spending more than two years at the helm.

‘‘I am very grateful to have been a part of this organisation and the Echuca-Moama community for my professional engagement,’’ Mr Szakal said.

‘‘Of course, the highlights include advocating with other stakeholders to secure the funds for the second river crossing and the Bendigo Echuca rail line upgrade.

‘‘There are many other activities that we have participated in that have helped support businesses and the community more broadly.

‘‘Through my new company, I will be involved in various projects across many industries, sectors and countries, so I will always be looking for opportunities that relate to Echuca-Moama and will be promoting them across the network.

‘‘We have already identified some that relate to education, trade and investment, so to this end I look forward to keeping connected.’’

Mr Szakal is hanging up his hat to become a director at Bendigo based Global City Connect, a company focused on international engagement, building industry and business capacity across regional Australia.

He said there was still ‘‘much to do’’ in the twin towns to ensure progress is delivered in a meaningful way.

‘‘I am confident that both shires are in a good position to deliver strong outcomes for the community, however, the competition to attract investment, businesses and tourists is growing across the region and in both states,’’ he said.

‘‘I would comment that although the competition doesn’t necessarily have better assets, some seem to be in a better position to promote them.’’

Mr Szakal believes there is an opportunity TO make sure investment, business attraction and tourism have the capacity to be promoted to remain competitive and forge a stronger future.

‘‘With major advocacy projects like the bridge underway, there is an opportunity for someone with a different skill set to assist with the development of collaborative projects and initiatives,’’ he said.

‘‘I look forward to supporting C4EM into the future and any new people in any way I can if requested to do so.’’

C4EM chair Geoff Kelly wished Mr Szakal the best for the future.

‘‘Martin has been a tremendous asset to our organisation and while we are disappointed to lose his services, we recognise the opportunity which has presented itself, is a step he has to take,’’ Mr Kelly said.

‘‘We will take a breather to reassess our future in terms of resources and plot our path for the future.’’

The C4EM board plans to meet later this month when it will decide its management structure.

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