Max - Acting Parks Maintenance Supervisor
Leading from the front
Refreshingly down-to-earth. That’s how you’d describe Acting Parks Maintenance Supervisor, Max Corte. He’s focused and determined, with a work ethic that is second to none; yet he always finds time for a chat and a laugh with his crew. At just 33, Max had risen quickly through the Redland City Council ranks, while managing to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground. He has a demanding role, which requires good judgement, quick thinking and an impressive amount of juggling. Talented but modest, Max credits his team for their wisdom, and Redland City Council’s leadership team for their investment and support.
Leadership in crisis
In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to close Redlands’ parks and gardens, and Max was flat out.. but took it in his stride.
“We had to drop ‘business as usual’ work for a few weeks while we closed the parks, cordon off all the facilities and created the necessary signage. The team got it done without complaint. I think everyone was appreciative to still have their jobs.”
Managing a team of 28 staff in such circumstances was a unique, exciting challenge for a guy who’s been alive as long as some of his team have worked for the Council. But Max’s varied, interesting career journey - and personality - has set him up for success.
Finessing his craft
Max is a greenkeeper by trade, starting his career on golf courses both in Australia and abroad.
“I was working with over 25 staff in Canada – overseeing all aspects of the golf course including gardens, turf and trees – and my first job back home in Australia was as a green keeper for Council”
Making his mark
While he’s clearly a talented go-getter, Max credits Council with giving him the tools to take his career to the next level - while supporting his team to be their best.
“I’ve had the opportunity to jump in and out of secondments since I started here almost three years ago.”
“Council has really invested in my future and progression, with courses focusing on everything from business and budgeting to leading with emotional intelligence.”
Responsible to his team
It’s clear Max believes in ‘leading from the front’.
“I regularly start or finish each day with the crew, discussing what we want to achieve, talking about any challenges and solutions, and debriefing afterwards.”
Asked how he interacts with people who are twice his age, Max smiles.
“I ask the guys what they need and I listen. To be a successful leader, you need to know everyone as an individual.”
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Max says communication and support within his team has been more important than ever.
“It’s not been easy for a lot of people lately, myself included. We’re all human but when we look out for one another, everything else seems to fall into place.”