Mr Duke said he had thoroughly enjoyed his almost eight years in the job.
‘I started in Blackwater in April 2009 as the Area Executive Manager and ended up as General Manager Communities for the last five years.
‘The people in this region have been great and I’ve really enjoyed the relationships I’ve built.
‘It’s been a privilege to work alongside all the elected members and some terrific managers and staff.
‘I’m also proud of what’s been achieved in the region through a few exciting and challenging times,’ Mr Duke said.
‘As far as the future of this region goes, I see some very exciting times for the Central Highlands in terms of economic development, tourism and resource sector opportunities.
‘Success is assured with the present councillors and the commitment of the organisation that I’ve observed.’
Acting council CEO Michael Parker said Mr Duke was leaving a sizable legacy.
‘Some of Brad’s key achievements include the new planning scheme, delivering the Emerald and Blackwater aquatic centre projects, an economic development incentive framework, and improved asset management and service delivery practices.
Mayor Councillor Kerry Hayes said Mr Duke’s experience, professional attitude and dedication to the region will certainly be missed.
Mr Duke has been a resident of the Blackwater community for many years and has a strong connection to the community having held the position of Rotary president, been involved with the PCYC and participating in many other community activities.