Published on 23 May 2023


Mayor Steve Allan is pleased to announce the appointment after an extensive recruitment process conducted over past months:

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Griffioen as our new General Manager. Mark will commence his work in this critical role commencing in early July 2023. Mark has been appointed on a five-year performance-based contract and looks forward to this incredible opportunity to continue his work in this pivotal role for our community which he has become very attached to.

Mark was interviewed by the Recruitment Panel on two occasions including by the full Council at a final session recently. Despite tough opposition from many impressive candidates, he impressed on both occasions with his mature approach along with his obvious energy and drive based on his past achievements.

His extensive experience and proven leadership in local government will be invaluable in guiding our Council and community forward. The Council is confident that Mr. Griffioen's appointment will bring positive outcomes and enhance the delivery of services to the residents of Bellingen Shire."


With 27 years of experience in Local Government across New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory, and New Zealand, Mark Griffioen brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role. Having held executive positions at West Arnhem Shire Council, Wagga Wagga City Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, and Timaru District Council, among others, Mr. Griffioen's track record of success is highly regarded.

As the Chief Executive Officer at West Arnhem Shire Council, Mr. Griffioen demonstrated exceptional strategic thinking, stakeholder engagement, and community-focused leadership. His achievements included implementing innovative sustainability initiatives, fostering economic development, and enhancing governance practices. These accomplishments, along with his commitment to transparency and accountability, align closely with the vision and values of Bellingen Shire Council.

Mark has impressive academic qualifications for this role. He is a Fellow of the Certified Practicing Accountant Program, (CPA Australia) and holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England. Mr Griffioen had this message for the Bellingen community and staff of the Council:

"I am honoured to be selected as the General Manager of Bellingen Shire Council. I look forward to working closely with Mayor Allan, the Councillors, the dedicated staff and the community to build on the Council's achievements and ensure the continued growth and prosperity of our vibrant community. Together, we will strive to provide high-quality services, protect our natural environment, and promote sustainable development.

I love being part of the Bellingen Shire community and will get out and about and continue to meet as many community organisations and members as I can. I want to hear what their Council can improve, and they can be assured I will identify the priorities and act upon findings to build a better Bellingen Shire in partnership with our dedicated Mayor and Councillor team.”

Mark Griffioen's appointment comes with a 5-year, performance-based contract, reflecting the Council's commitment to long-term strategic planning and organizational stability and will commence in the role on 4 July 2023. With his extensive experience and collaborative leadership style, Mr. Griffioen is well-positioned to steer Bellingen Shire Council towards achieving its goals and meeting the evolving needs of the community.

Mayor Steve Allan, Bellingen Shire Council.