Meet the team - who we are and what we do

Are you interested in starting a career in Local Government? Are you fun, curious, passionate, creative, with an all-hands-on-deck approach to new challenges and opportunities to grow?

We have exciting opportunities for people wanting to make a difference to our community.

The Town of Port Hedland offers a range of employment options including traineeships, apprenticeships and graduate programs. Some of our major initiatives and events include:

  • Wanangkura Stadium
  • Spoilbank Marina Waterfront Development
  • Kingsford Smith Business Park
  • North West Festival
  • Spinifex Spree

We look for people that enhance our workplace by bringing new skills, interests, and perspectives.

Six of our staff members share stories on how they started in Local Government, what their roles involve and why they love working in our fast-paced environment.

BRAD HOLDER, Matt Dann Venue Coordinator

BRAD HOLDER My name is Brad. I’ve been at the Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema now for just over 12 years, two as voluntary assistant and ten as a full time staff member. I initially started at the Matt Dann by volunteering throughout high school in the backstage world. I was then offered the chance to become a paid production technician and then eventually managing the backstage operations full time.

LEANNE LAWLESS, Human Resources Advisor

LEANNE LAWLESS My name is Leanne. I have worked at the Town for 8 months now as a Human Resources Advisor. My position requires me to get involved in multiple functions such as recruitment and selection, employee relations, contracts of employment, complaints and grievances, employee rights and to assist in looking after the well being and development of employees. I would eventually like to progress to a HR management position.

STEVEN LY, Coordinator Engineering Services

STEVEN LY My name is Steven and I and have been working for the Town since March 2014. I hold a Bachelor in Civil Engineering and started as the Project Officer, progressing to the position of Coordinator Engineering Services. One of the most interesting projects I have been involved in was the design and construction of Pinga Street, which included geotechnical investigation, pavement design, road design, procurement, construction and contract management. I enjoy my job with the challenges and responsibility that comes with it.

GRACE WAUGH, Coordinator Governance

GRACE WAUGH My name is Grace and I have worked for the Town for four years in the Governance team. I started as the Governance Administration Officer and have progressed to my current position. Our team manages compliance, laws, Council meetings and elections. I was able to progress to my current role through on-the-job training and completing a number of different courses. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Law part-time online and hope to progress in Local Government to a Director level.

GARY WOODS, Team Leader Parks & Gardens

GARY WOODS G’day, my name is Gary. I have been an employee with the Town for the past three years as the Team Leader Parks and Gardens. In my role, I work with a team of three, maintaining all of the passive Parks and Gardens within South Hedland. With the support of the Town of Port Hedland, I have recently obtained a Certificate III in Parks and Gardens, giving me a trade qualification in my chosen field. My job allows me to work outside, providing greenspace for the greater Hedland community to enjoy.

CHIRANTHA PERERA, Coordinator Financial Operations

CHIRANTHA PERERA My name is Chirantha and I joined the Town of Port Hedland as the Senior Finance Officer in November 2013, and I was appointed the Coordinator Finance Operations in July 2016. I coordinate operational matters in the finance team such as payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and provide specialist advice on tax and other strategic operational issues. I completed my tertiary studies majoring in Accounting, Finance and Financial Planning. I am currently studying for my CPA Australia accreditation. With the Town, I have been able to further my professional development.

To view and apply for current opportunities visit our Employment Page