Leadership & Structure

‘Leading, engaging & supporting strong & vibrant communities’

Snowy Valleys Council is led by a General Manager, and comprises three individual departments, each headed by a Director

The departments are:

  • Assets & Infrastructure.
  • Internal Services
  • Strategy, Community & Development 


Acting General Manager, David Aber 

David has extensive experience in Local Government with a background in engineering and managerial roles, including a recent interim deputy general manager appointment at Hilltops Council and prior to that, interim general manager for Young Shire Council.

Mr Aber will remain in the acting role for up to three months or until such time as a permanent General Manager for Snowy Valleys Council is appointed. 


Director Assets & Infrastructure, Matt Christensen

Matt held roles in the former Tumut Shire Council and has a total of 16 years in Local Government in both Queensland and New South Wales.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Engineering Technology. His focus is working on sustainable infrastructure addressing issues of liveable communities and pride of place. 

Responsibilities of the Assets & Infrastructure Department include:

  • Fleet Management
  • Depots Management
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Recreation Spaces
  • Water and Waste Water


Director Internal Services, Robyn Harvey

Robyn brings 35 years of management experience in operational and strategic roles.

Robyn holds a Master of Public Administration and has many years’ experience in leading change in large and complex organisations. 

Responsibilities of the Internal Services Department include:

  • Audit and Compliance
  • Customer Services
  • Finance
  • Governance and Risk Management
  • Information Communications and Technology
  • People and Culture


Director Strategy, Community & Development, Gus Cox

Gus has 14 years’ experience in Local Government and was a Director with the previous Tumbarumba Shire Council.

Gus holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health) and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning.  He has been responsible for a number of capital projects including, Senior Independent Living Units, NPWS Khancoban Visitor Office, Tumbarumba Community Sporting Hub, and Administration of the Hume and Hovell Track Maintenance Contract.

Responsibilities of the Strategy, Community & Development Department include:

  • Community Engagement and Communications
  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Health
  • Events and Tourism
  • Integrated Planning and Reporting
  • Land Use Planning
  • Rangers
  • Waste Management