John Duscher is well known to SEATS members and is very keen to continue his work with SEATS in his role as the newly appointed Executive Officer.

John served over 26 years as a Councillor at Bass Coast Shire Council in Victoria, including Mayor on four occasions and as Deputy Mayor several times. He was Deputy Chair of SEATS in 1993 and continued as the Shire’s delegate until 2012 also serving as a Victorian representative on the Executive.

His passion and work in Education spans more than forty years and currently he is a Director of Westernport Water Corporation and the Eastern Region Community Representative on the Victorian Road Safety Alliance Partnership, providing advice and support to local road safety groups covering all six Gippsland Municipalities.

John’s extensive experience as a community leader and administrator over the past 40 years involves a large number of organisations and ranges from working with community volunteers to working in Government Public Entities, Statutory Bodies and Advisory Committees. This includes his long term commitment to Service Clubs Apex and Rotary, Department of Justice as a JP and Bail Justice, Board Director duties in Aged Care and Disability Services and several sporting and community groups.

John believes that there is a lot to like about SEATS and is excited about working in this position which builds strong relationships and networks in its engagement across many levels. Its work is still very relevant and its reputation has been built on hard work, effective planning and research and the ability to achieve some very worthwhile outcomes for communities across the Region. He is looking forward to getting straight into action making contact with all SEATS members and with the NSW elections fast approaching contacting all candidates and political parties informing them of the work of SEATS and seeking their support for its Priority Projects.

John also acknowledges the wonderful legacy of leadership and inspiration of now retired Executive Officer Chris Vardon, a man of integrity, vision and determination. He has taken SEATS to a new level where is it sought out for its advice and recognised for its ability to advocate strongly and deliver projects of importance in this Region. Chris’s friendship and wise advice will never be forgotten and we all wish him and wife Judy well in retirement.