Garry (Gus) Stedman has officially begun his new role as CEO of Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd (GAPDL) in July, with the goal of promoting the Gladstone as not just a fabulous place to holiday, but a fantastic place to live.

Mr Stedman’s appointment to the role was announced by GAPDL Chairperson Leigh Zimmerlie, who explained that as a well-known local with high-level management experience, a past owner-operator of a very successful business, the GAPDL board are sure that Gus will be an asset to the team.

“The Board welcome the appointment and are excited about working with Gus and the GAPDL team to advance the Gladstone Region through the promotion and development of business, industry, tourism and liveability for the benefit of our members and the community at large,” Ms Zimmerlie said.

Speaking with Gladstone News recently Mr Stedman said he was looking forward to working alongside GAPDL’s talented team to continue to grow the profile of the Gladstone Region. One of the significant challenges that the team will work on moving forward will be developing the image of the City of Gladstone from an Industrial Town to a dynamic and thriving regional centre that is a great place to work, live, invest and holiday. Mr Stedman believes this is vital to helping attract further businesses and development in the region.

Mr Stedman said he has loved living and working in Gladstone and moving to the role at GAPDL was an excellent opportunity for him to give back to a community that has given him so much. He hopes his diverse experience, passion for the region and willingness to listen to community feedback will result in some wonderful progress for GAPDL.

“GAPDL is actively looking for new members to join and I look forward to speaking to lapsed members to consider re-joining,” Mr Stedman said.

“I would love to hear from anyone who would like to talk about membership of GAPDL and how we can help,” he added.