Resignation of NCA Chief Executive

Fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin with the National Library and Commonwealth Bridge in the background.
Fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin with the National Library and Commonwealth Bridge in the background.
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5 July 2013

National Capital Authority (NCA) Chief Executive Mr Gary Rake today announced he would leave the position on 4 August 2013 after almost five years in the role.

Mr Rake has resigned to take up the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Therapeutic Goods Administration (part of the Department of Health and Ageing) in Canberra.

'It has been a great honour serving as Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority. It is time for me to pass the baton on to someone else,' Mr Rake said.

'I set goals for my term as Chief Executive and these have now been completed.

'Government has affirmed its enduring commitment to the National Capital, funding has been secured for the organisation to operate effectively, and relationships with key stakeholders and the community are strong.

'I have had the privilege of working with one of the most progressive, professional, resilient and dedicated teams in the public service. The NCA has only 60 staff but I simply could not have discharged my responsibilities without them and their hard work. I owe them my thanks,'

NCA Chair Shelley Penn paid tribute to the Mr Rake's contribution.

'Gary has led the team through a pretty challenging period. He has implemented recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories inquiry into the role of the NCA and strengthened our relationship with, and accountability to, the Parliament through regular appearances before that Committee.

'We have commenced a review of the National Capital Plan and have started clarifying and simplifying the planning system. We have also developed new ways of explaining the significance of Canberra as National Capital. Over the past five years, almost 1 million people have visited the National Capital Exhibition.

'The estate is safe and well maintained. His management of our capital works program includes construction of the Kings Avenue overpass, the National Workers Memorial, the anchor bolts at Scrivener Dam and commencing the new Bowen Place Crossing.

'Gary has a strong community and stakeholder focus. Under his direction, the organisation has introduced new ways of communicating and collaborating with the community including a consultation website, annual public forum and active use of social media such as Twitter.'

'Overall, he leaves the organisation in a strong position.'

Mr Gary Rake was appointed full time Chief Executive on 1 May 2009 for a term of five years. He had also acted as Chief Executive prior to his formal appointment.

Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories, the Hon Catherine King MP, will appoint NCA Chief Planner, Andrew Smith, as Acting Chief Executive until a new appointment is made.