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Former Bourke GMto head Far West JO

Former Bourke Shire Council General Manager, Ross Earl, is the new Executive Officer for the Far West Joint Organisation of Councils. Photo TWH

Former Bourke Shire Council General Manager, Ross Earl, had planned an easy retirement after he finished up at Bourke last year, but his days of leisure have been short-lived.

Last week, Mr Earl was appointed to the position of Executive Officer of the Far North West Joint Organisation of Councils (FNWJO) for a 12 month period, following the resignation of Greg Lamont.

Chairman of the FNWJO, and Mayor of Bourke, Councillor Barry Hollman, said that Mr Earl had previously been involved with the JO during his time as General Manager of Bourke Shire Council, and was well aware of the needs of the people of Far North West New South Wales.

“Ross Earl has a great knowledge of the opportunities that can be capitalised upon by the three member councils of Bourke, Cobar and Walgett,” Clr Hollman said.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Mr Earl once again, and to working together with the JO members to further strengthen the collaborative approach that has seen a number of projects successfully undertaken amongst member councils.

Ross Earl was an obvious candidate for the job, having been closely associated with the creation of the JO in the first place, and having been involved in the various airline and tourism projects established by the JO.

Mr Earl said steering the JO through troubled Covid times would be his priority.

“The organisation wanted someone with background knowledge in operational matters and it is important to continue developing our air services and tourism,” Mr Earl said.

“Air services make a whole difference to the area, and we need to make sure we keep going and develop the JO and make sure they continue to thrive and prosper.

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