The new chief executive officer of the District Council of Orroroo-Carrieton Dylan Strong, has completed his first month of work in his new role and is looking forward to what he can provide for all community members.
Mr Strong comes from a mixed background in both private business and the public sector but most recently comes from an acting CEO role with the Yorke and Mid North Regional Development Board which sprung his interest for the Orroroo region.
“The area itself is quite remarkable. The communities of Orroroo and Carrieton, I find quite inspiring myself. I am a country lad and having grown up in a small regional community, I have a fairly strong affiliation with them and a great respect for some of the resilience they have managed to build amidst the boom and bust of the environment they find themselves in sometimes,” Mr Strong said.
The 35-year-old who initially grew up in Coonalpyn says his focus at the moment is to help out their businesses and farmers who are dealing with drought.
“They are doing it pretty tough at the moment. It is not the first time this has happened and they have bounced back time and time again and they will continue to do so but council certainly has a role in being part of that recovery.
“It will rain again but until then we need to be doing our part by the community, wherever that may be, to make sure that we manage to hold it together and come out on top and put some good measures in place. We can take a bit from the learnings of the drought and be sure that we are here for the long term.”
The other key driver of business for the region is tourism and Mr Strong believes that there some very exciting things that they can do in their space to encourage more people to the town.
“We are on the foot of the Flinders and on a fairly significant cross section of arterial roads as well. The town itself of Orroroo needs to take advantage or unlock opportunities in being able to attract those people here and getting them to stick around. Whether that is main street redevelopment, whether that is investment in things like new airstrips or community facilities or sporting hubs.”
Mr Strong and his family including his wife and four children have felt incredibly welcomed by the community.
He is glad to see so many passionate people who have reach out to them and he says that both personally and professionally, it has made their move to Orroroo a very good one.