Director, Infrastructure Services / Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
Markus Botte has a broad experience across the civil engineering spectrum, gained in local government and the private sector, locally and abroad. Prior to joining the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, Mr Botte held senior positions at the City of Gosnells and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, after commencing his local government career at the City of Kalamunda. He also worked on behavioural change initiatives, promoting sustainable transport modes, and researching travel behaviour on behalf of State Government. Mr Botte graduated as a civil engineer at Dresden University of Technology in Germany with a Master of Science completed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. He has also completed his doctoral research degree in Transport Economics at the University of WA. Mr Botte holds professional affiliations with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA WA), fellow membership of the Australian Institute of Management, and has been actively representing local government interests at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s urban development committee and the Corporate Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.
Markus is responsible for strategic direction and effective operational management of the Shire’s Infrastructure Services Directorate, including works, land development engineering, infrastructure assets and natural resource management. He contributes to the efficient and effective financial management of the organisation and advocacy for infrastructure funding.
Besides managing a traditional civil engineering portfolio he has keen interests in transit oriented development, urban hydrology and water sensitive urban design. He has been heavily involved in influencing government policy, guidelines and management frameworks related to infrastructure provision to enable improved social equity, community safety and economic growth. This has seen him share his knowledge on novel and contemporary engineering practices at national and international level.