Mark Pitt, Chief Executive Officer, North Burnett Regional Council
Born and raised in the Lockyer Valley, Mark has lived in a variety of areas within Queensland and Tasmania. Entering Local Government in 1999, after working with the then Queensland State Department of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations, he has fulfilled a number of roles including Manager Community Services and Deputy CEO. Mark took the reins at Cook Shire Council in 2002 as Chief Executive Officer. In 2007, Mark accepted the role of General Manager with North Midlands Council in Tasmania. In 2010 he commenced duties with the North Burnett Regional Council.
Mark has a Bachelor of Arts and completed his Masters in 2009 through Deakin University in Governance and Public Policy.
He now resides with his family in Gayndah and has interests in Community Infrastructure and Services. Mark is a member of Rotary and is the Charter President for the recently reformed Rotary Club of Gayndah as well as formerly being elected in the role of Director of Vocational Services for the Rotary Club of Longford. Mark has also previously served on the Board of the State Local Government Managers Association (Tas), is an active member of the Local Government Managers Association (Qld) and been a member of various other clubs and associations.
Mark has been married for 17 years to Nicola and have two (2) daughters, Charlotte (15) and Elizabeth (14) who both attend Burnett State College in Gayndah.
Department of Engineering and Environmental Services
Brendan Pearce, General Manager - Engineering and Environmental Services, North Burnett Regional Council
Brendan Pearce is a professional engineer with 25 years experience working in Local Government in a number of roles in Victoria and Queensland. He was born in Victoria's Mallee country where he grew up on a wheat farm.
Brendan commenced his career in 1989 with the Shire of Bairnsdale in Victoria prior to moving to Queensland in 1994. Over the next 15 years he held Engineering Operations roles with both Kilcoy and Burnett Shire Councils whilst also raising two young children with his then wife.
In 2008 Brendan returned to Victoria for a 6 year stint as Manager Operations with Macedon Ranges Shire however the yearn to return to the country Queensland lifestyle proved too strong and he returned to commence his new role with North Burnett Regional Council in 2014.
Brendan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Ballarat and a Masters of Business Administration from Latrobe University.
During his career Brendan has delivered a diverse range of projects including waste collection and landfill management, street scaping upgrades, drainage improvements and numerous large bridge structures and roads projects.
Brendan has previously been a member of Apex Australia and has joined the Rotary Club in Mundubbera where he now resides with his partner, Michelle. Between them they have four children (two boys and two girls) ranging in age from 14 to 20. In his spare time Brendan enjoys music and a nice red wine and catching up with family and friends.
Department of Corporate and Community Services
David Wiskar, General Manager - Corporate and Community Services, North Burnett Regional Council
David Wiskar has a degree in business from the Queensland University of Technology and for the past 15 years he has worked for State and Local Government in a range of areas including sustainable development, water pricing and environmental economic reforms.
As the driving force behind the State's WaterWise program, David assisted Local Government and water authorities to develop and implement effective water demand management programs.
As part of his commitment to educate the community in water management, David has written a number of influential publications including Best Practice Water Efficiency in Hospitality Industry, WaterWise Plumbing, and Powering to the Future - Smart Energy in Local Government. He has also presented at numerous conferences throughout Australia and internationally on water management.
Between 2003-2011 David held various executive roles at Wide Bay Water Corporation including operational management of water and wastewater infrastructure.
David has also had a key involvement in the introduction of the Wide Bay Water Corporation smart metering initiative which has seen the corporation embark on a world first metering program which makes hourly water use information available for all customers.
During his career has held a number of key leadership positions in the Water Industry including;
• Founding Chair Queensland Water Directorate
• Past Queensland President (and National Board member) - Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA)
• Founding Chair - Queensland Water Industry - Skills Formation Strategy
• Federal Government Urban Water Reference Panel which provides advice to the Water Minister on urban Water Policy issues.
David is currently a Trustee of the Queensland Institute of Public Works Foundation.
Since January 2012, David joined Power and Water in Darwin as Group Manager - Organisational Services with responsibility for; Facilities, Procurement, Environment, Quality, Health and Safety and Information Technology.
During this time David has led the development of a number of significant projects for Power and Water including; the introduction of a new commercial procurement policy framework, the development of a significant electrical parts contract which is saving PWC $2M annually and business efficiency activities in Fleet and ICT equipment and services.