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    FRESH FACES: West Wimmera Shire Council’s newly appointed chief executive David Bezuidenhout with wife Carine.

Chief executive appointed for West Wimmera

West Wimmera Shire Council has appointed David Bezuidenhout as its chief executive for a five-year term. 

West Wimmera mayor Bruce Meyer welcomed Mr Bezuidenhout to the role in a confidential council meeting late last week. 

Mr Bezuidenhout will start at the council on May 10. 

Cr Meyer also thanked outgoing interim chief executive Paul Brumby for his service.

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Mr Bezuidenhout was born in South Africa and underwent national service directly after school, where he was commissioned as an officer in the South African National Defence Force Reserves. 

He was involved in warfare in Angola.

Mr Bezuidenhout also worked as a lawyer in a private practice in South Africa for 16 years before migrating to Australia in 2006.

This led him into senior project and general management roles. 

A move to the public sector in 2015 led Mr Bezuidenhout to become a project leader with Gladstone Area Water Board and later chief executive of Cloncurry Shire Council in north-west Queensland. 

Mr Bezuidenhout and wife Carine both grew up in rural areas and their families were involved in agriculture.

Cr Meyer said this background had provided Mr Bezuidenhout with a deeper understanding of challenges rural communities faced. 

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