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Did Prue fall on her own sword or has she elected a late-in-life career change?


  • Did Prue fall on her own sword or has she elected a late-in-life career change?

    Following our exclusive report on 22 May 2016 (which can be viewed here) the director of the City of Greater Bendigo council’s planning & development department, Prue Mansfield, has tendered her resignation from council.

    Prue Mansfield

    The announcement of her departure came as a shock earlier last month but is welcomed by many key stakeholders within the community.

    Prue has been in the role for almost a decade, leaving a rather messy trail in her wake.

    City of Greater Bendigo Chief Executive Officer Craig Niemen has been quick to sing her praises by way of issuing a statement stating;

    “We live in a thriving regional city and Prue has overseen the development of much strategic planning, including the Residential Strategy, Hospital Precinct Structure Plan, Rosalind Park Recreation Reserve Precinct Master Plan and the Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy (ITLUS) – all documents that will shape how we live for years to come.

    Guided by the strategies that have been adopted by Council, the Statutory Planning unit approves around $300M of mostly commercial and industrial development each year, which delivers jobs and economic activity in our City.
    The nature of this unit's service has seen Prue deal with many challenges on a near daily basis, many of which are extensively debated in the community.”

    By issuing his statement, what Mr. Niemann has strategically avoided is answering questions from the media in relation to the darker side of Prue’s tenure.

    That darker side includes her dealing with the former White Hills tip site and specifically her personal vendetta to drive out longstanding and well respected business, Hopley Recycling.

    Upon speaking with the Toorak Times last week, Mr.Hopley, principal of the Hopley Group, stated that his organisation is humbled to learn of her resignation and he hopes that her successor is much more fair, equitable and honest in their approach to the use of the former White Hills tip site. It was also revealed that email correspondence obtained under FOI between Prue and a competitor to Hopley Recycling exposed discussions regarding the dismissal of a senior planning manager because he issued a planning permit to Hopley Recycling in 2008.

    Prue’s last day is this Wednesday, 5 October 2016 which can’t come soon enough according to some!
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