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General Manager & Senior Staff

The management team is responsible to the Council for the efficient and effective operation of Council, and their respective principal activities are:


General Manager

Mr. Jim Montague PSM

Head of staff and chief executive, under the 1993 Local Government Act responsible for the day-to-day management of the Council.

Jim Montague's career in local government began at Leichhardt Council on 16 August 1965. In 1982, he was appointed to the position of Town Clerk in the then Canterbury Municipal Council and in 1993, he was appointed Canterbury City Council's first General Manager.

In recognition for his outstanding service and dedication to local government, he was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2006. 2014 marks his 32nd year as the General Manager for the City of Canterbury.


Director of Corporate Services

Mr. Andy Sammut

  • Corporate Administration
  • Human Resources and WH&S
  • Property and Legal Service
  • Information Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Risk Management
  • Social Planning & Community Development
  • Children's Services
  • Library Services
  • Aquatic & Fitness Centres
  • Customer Service and Records

Provides support to Councillors and Council staff, as well as a range of services to the community. Includes Council meetings, Agendas and Business Papers, managing our correspondence and records system, and customer service and IT systems.

The Financial Services section handles all of our finances. Community Services include children's services and libraries, community information and programs to specific communities such as youth and seniors.


Director of City Works

Mr. Wayne Cooper

  • Design  
  • Works  
  • Property  
  • Emergency Services 
  • Technical Support  
  • Waste & Cleansing

Focusses on infrastructure maintenance and City appearance. These matters are identified as priorities following extensive community consultation carried out in early 2000.

The maintenance of infrastructure and improvements to the City's appearance are still community priorities.

Spiro Stavis

Director of City Planning

Mr. Spiro Stavis

  • Strategic Planning  
  • Statutory Planning  
  • Mapping and Graphics  
  • Statutory Health and Building  
  • Health and Environmental Education 

Provides services in the regulation and management of change to the built, natural and human environments.

Included are the assessing of development proposals, regulation of traffic/parking, health and amenity matters, developing policies related to strategic land use planning, urban design, environmental sustainability and town centres co-ordination.

Our Vision

In order to more fully describe what 'a great place to live and work' means, we have formed a picture of the future for the City. This picture is described around five themes that have emerged from what the community has told us over the past few years through committees, forums and surveys. Strategic Objectives have been established to describe the things we want to achieve in relation to each theme over the next three years.

Our Vision graphic

Integrated Plans

Find out more about the future of our City on our Integrated Plans page. Our Integrated Plans describe what our community wants the future of the City of Canterbury to be like, and how we can all work together to achieve this. They also outline the broad range of activities Council has planned, and the resources it needs, to achieve this.

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