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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.

Five 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.

SANDRA BROCKWELL, SENIOR WHS ADVISOR

I am the Senior WHS Adviser at the Town of Port Hedland.

I am in the occupational health, safety and training component of the Town. I am passionate about driving towards minimal incidents / accidents occurring across the business, by ensuring personnel undergo on the job safety training applicable to their role.

The Pilbara is my 'go to place'! I have returned to the Pilbara three times in my working career: (Wickham, Karratha and now Port Hedland). Each time was a 10 year + stint. I call the Pilbara my home, I just can't stay away. 

ASHLEE GROCH, EVENTS OFFICER

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What is your position and how long have you been at the Town?
I am currently working as an Events Officer, and I’ve been with the Town of Port Hedland for five years.

What is your background?
I have worked predominately in administration roles including information & technology, safety & training, with local government. Following my completion of a Certificate III in Business, I worked overseas as a Camp Counsellor and Lifeguard over three summers. I started with the Town of Port Hedland in administration and since being offered a secondment in 2016, I have worked in event management. I’m currently studying a Diploma of Project Management, which is relevant to my current role and also offers a pathway to alternate opportunities moving forward. This study has been via a Town of Port Hedland opportunity and is one of the work perks available to employees.

What professional areas are you passionate about?
I enjoy collaborating with and promoting local services, suppliers, entertainers, etc. to build community events. I am innovative in my approach and I am passionate about creating new experiences across all types of events to enhance community experiences. A large part of my role is working together with key stakeholders, including building access and inclusiveness into Town events, resulting in enhanced community engagement and capacity.

What projects have you been involved with that you’re proud of?
I am extremely proud of our entire annual events program, in particular, two more recent Town activations; the Sunset Food Markets and the magical outdoor Twilight Movie Series. I have also had the opportunity to be involved in the development and implementation of premier events including the North West Festival and WA Ballet, which have allowed me to gain major event experience.

What would you like to achieve at the Town?
I am looking forward to continuing to refine and expand the annual events program to ensure it reflects Hedland’s diverse culture, environment and people. The ideal program will allow the community to engage and genuinely participate in all events. It will support local. It will provide community members with new experiences each year, whilst also invoking nostalgia as they attend much loved longstanding events. In doing this, our annual events program will continue to contribute to the liveability of Hedland and make the community proud.

To view and apply for current opportunities visit our Employment Page