Venkat Peteti, General Manager Corporate and Community Services, Central Goldfields Shire Council
Venkat has worked in diverse roles at four Councils over the past 10 years. His Local Government journey started at the City of Melbourne in a contract role in finance, then after 11 months he moved to Yarra Ranges Council as Systems Accountant. After three years in that role, he moved into the role of Executive Officer for Capital Works and Asset Management at Yarra Yanges for three years. From there he went to West Wimmera Shire Council as General Manager Corporate and Community Services for four and half years before recently moving to central Goldfields Shire Council in the same role.
He says attending LGPro training, seminars and workshops has helped his continuous learning journey and the SIGs have provided invaluable knowledge and support. Venkat is now giving back by sharing his expertise as a mentor in LGPro's Mentoring Program to help develop future sector learders.
Venkat lists his Local Government career highlights as having the opportunity to work in diverse settings and to work with some great leaders in the sector. "I really enjoy learning from leaders and working for a rural Council, it also gives me the change to work very closely with the community and implement place based solutions in a constrained financial environment".
His advice to young people starting out is "don't hesitate to take risks and accept challenges. I have met great people and learned many great things to support my leadership journey as I was prepared to take risks".
And in retrospect he would tell his younger self to focus more on building networks, gaining knowledge and communicating well with others.