Country Energy has welcomed a new regional general manager to its Far North Coast region, with Richard Wake stepping into the role previously held by Brian Glawson.

Originally from Narromine in Central Western NSW, Mr Wake has more than 25 years experience in the electricity industry.

He started as a 16-year-old apprentice electrician in Dubbo and his most recent position was as regional general manager of Country Energy’s South Western Region, working out of Albury.

Now based in Grafton, Mr Wake will oversee the area north to Tweed Heads and west to the Great Dividing Range. 

Although considerably smaller geographically than where he has come from, the region has a far bigger population and has been identified as one of the State’s key growth areas.

“The Far North Coast is a beautiful part of the world and the geography and climate are quite different from what I’m used to,” Richard said.

“We have some major projects under way here – this year alone Country Energy will invest more than $80 million in electricity network maintenance and improvements in this region.

“Our local upgrades, which are all multi-million-dollar investments, include building a new powerline between Koolkhan and Maclean, building a new zone substation at Maclean, and installing a cable under the river between Yamba and Iluka.

“We will also commence our $70 million Lismore to Mullumbimby network upgrade and continue improvements in the Tweed to ensure we keep pace with growth.”

Mr Wake paid tribute to his predecessor, Brian Glawson, who has moved to a senior network planning position within Country Energy.