Chief Executive Officer
Phone +61 08 89620076
Steve previously held the position of CEO for Outback Stores, a Commonwealth owned company providing store management services to remote community stores, roadhouses and regional supermarkets. After completing five years service, he decided to make the move to local government where his skills and experience can be used to improve services and infrastructure in the Barkly region.
Phone +61 08 8962 0041
After completing a BSc Civil Engineering in Scotland through a British Government scholarship, Elai returned to his native Fiji in 1983 and worked for the Public Works Department in water and waste water as an operations engineer until the coup of 1987.
Several months after the coup, Elai joined BP Oil South West-Pacific as a project/operations engineer where he was involved with terminal operations and projects in Suva & Vuda (Fiji), Tonga, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Cook Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati. Elai managed the joint user hydrant installation (JUHI) at Nadi International airport on behalf of BP, Shell, Mobil and Caltex before joining BP Oil in Melbourne.
In 2002, Elai received his first taste of remote outback work experience working for Ngaanyatjarra Aboriginal Council based in Alice Springs. He was involved in the planning and execution of the council’s essential services program under the remote area essential services (RAES) programme.
Elai joined Barkly Regional Council in April 2015 as the Facilities Manager and then in February 2016 as the Project and Facilities Manager. Appointed as Director Infrastructure in September 2016, he brings to Council a unique set of engineering skills based on remote power, water and wastewater operations, construction, project management, quality assurance and risk management. He is currently enrolled in a Masters of Engineering Management programme.
Director Community Services
Phone +61 08 8962 0025
Stephen has spent many years working for Local Government community services in a management capacity. With key highlights including successful multi-million dollar grant applications, establishment of a major community infrastructure project, innovative directions for a council health plan, re-establishment of a community safety committee, and the financial and facility re-development of daycare, maternal and child health services, Stephen has a wealth of skills and experience in the ongoing management of services for families and children and communities.
A native of Victoria, Stephen is keen to facilitate high quality outcomes for the Barkly Regional Council and the communities and residents of the Barkly. He brings to the role an extensive experience in the community and education sectors and is enthusiastic about working in an environment that encourages creativity, challenges traditional ways of working and welcomes lateral thinkers.
Stephen, who has a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Graduate Diploma in Special Education, is an all-round good guy committed to community development and best practice in the region.
Phone +61 08 8962 0079
Mark Parsons worked in NSW as a plumber for 24 years before moving to the Northern Territory in 2013 to work on the bores at Arlparra for the Barkly Regional Council. During his time working in Arlparra Mark was given multiple opportunities to step in as Acting Community Coordinator for the area.
In late 2014 he became Community Coordinator in Ali Curung before being made full-time Area Manager of Ali Curung and Wutunugurra. He was recently promoted to the position of Director Operations, where he liaises directly with Area Managers for each Barkly community. He brings to the role a wealth of community experience and problem solving abilities.
Human Resources Manager
Phone +61 08 8962 0045
Neil started his career in Human Resources in 2000 while working as a Retail Manager in Queensland. During this time, Neil obtained his Certificate IV in Retail Management and worked for Australia’s biggest lighting store, Beacon Lighting.
In 2013, Neil spent a short time in the remote community of Maningrida, an Indigenous community in the heart of the Arnhem land region of the Northern Territory, where he worked for the West Arnhem Regional Council and Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation. He then moved to Tennant Creek in the Barkly region, where he worked for Julalikari Aboriginal Corporation and enrolled in the Certificate IV in Human Resources.
After the completion of his Human Resources qualification, Neil moved into the private sector to work in the HR department of T&J NT. After completing two years with T&J NT, Neil moved to the Barkly Regional Council, where he can enhance his skills with our organisation.