Chorus grows to keep council chief

Several sport identities have joined calls for council chief Andrew Johnson to be offered an extended contract.

This comes after several community leaders pleaded with Port Pirie Regional Council to extend Dr Johnson’s contract by 12 to 18 months so he can supervise the sport hub project.

In the latest development, Peter Orvad, Sonia Clarke and Mick Corrieri said the contract should be extended beyond the expiry date in May next year.

Mr Orvad is secretary of the Port Pirie Bowling Club which is to be upgraded as part of its involvement with croquet in the multi-million-dollar sport development.

“I would like to see him continue,” he said.

“It is a great project. It might be a bit expensive, but it has has been great for the town.”

He said Dr Johnson had been at the helm of the project and it would be great for him to finish it. He had good dealings with the chief executive officer as part of the development.

“He has been approachable and open to suggestions. There has been a delay on the final time-table, but we hope that will be resolved soon,” he said.

Sonia Clarke, of the Port Pirie Squash Club, said Dr Johnson had treated her organisation well. “He seems to be doing something around the place and that is a big change,” she said. “It will take 12 to 18 months longer to get all the work finished so he needs to be here.”

She said she was excited to see demolition work take place for the hub which will include new squash courts.

Savoy Soccer Club is involved in the sport development and former club president Mick Corrieri called for Dr Johnson to be kept on.

“He has been an efficient guy. He has been helpful and co-operative with everything we have done. He is great,” Mr Corrieri said. “It would be great for him to finish the work he started.”

Cr Neville Wilson said the council had not considered the question of a contract extension nor had it been asked to do so.

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