Tony Irvine commenced a career in Local Government from September 1991 and has been a Chief Executive Officer in Local Government from 1993 to 2020 (except for a break of twelve months in 2011 where he managed his own consulting business).
He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate of the Institute of Municipal Management, member of the Local Government Managers of Australia and a Justice of Peace (since September 1992).
He has had experience in State Government (Education and SA Water from February 1974 to September 1991) along with interests in his family’s company whilst being employed in other industries. Tony retired from the workforce in January 2020 and has continued his volunteering and board memberships.
He has been involved in many local and regional volunteer organisations mainly in the community sports area from the 1980’s until the present day. He is a Life Member of the Ceduna Sporting Club and was recent Chairperson of the Eyre Peninsula Football Council from Sept 2019 to mid-2021. He was also a recent Deputy Chairperson of the Port Lincoln Race Club Board from Sept 2012 to Sept 2021.
He currently holds the following positions:
- Chairperson of the Collins Family Foundation since September 2021 (Supporting disadvantaged youth).
- Board Member of the EP Landscape Board (since April 2020) and was an inaugural Board Member of the Eyre Peninsula NRM Board from January 2005 to January 2009.
- Patron of the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation since October 2018
He is one of the founding directors of the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (Steering Committee & Director from March 2004 to October 2012)and was extensively involved in the establishment of the foundation.
His focus in retirement is to assist his community and region better prepare for the future. He also plans to enjoy the company of friends and family on a more regular basis.
He was recently awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the Queens Honours list (June 2021) for his services to Local Government and the communities of Eyre Peninsula