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New Roads Manager steps into big shoes

Bourke Shire Council’s new Roads Manager, Alex Saju, with long-serving Roads Manager, Mark Gordon. PHOTO TWH

Bourke Shire Council will soon farewell one of its most trusted and long-serving managers, when Mark Gordon takes long service leave at the end of the year.

Mr Gordon has been Roads Manager for many years and has overseen some of the biggest spends in the budget. Mark has been appointed as Manager of Special Projects until he serves out his long service leave.

In the role of Roads Manager is one of Bourke’s newest citizens, Alex Saju.

Alex was previously an engineer at Bland Council at West Wyalong, and said he was looking forward to experiencing more of the outback life at Bourke.

Alex grew up in a small town in southern India (Kerala) where he gained a Bachelor of Engineering before migrating to Australia to continue his studies.

He gained a master’s degree in engineering and then worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Wollongong.

Alex says his role as Roads Manager at Bourke is an important progression in a career that he is passionate about.

“I enjoyed the rural life in West Wyalong where my job as engineer was a steppingstone,” he said.

“With all the grant funds, there is a lot going on in Bourke right now. I went over some of the projects that the guys were working on. They’re doing a fantastic job. I’m grateful that I’ve been assigned to a fantastic team with a strong sense of camaraderie”.

“There are some things that operate differently at Bourke, like the way the team is rotated, as well as the long distances of the roads and the large projects.

“Before accepting the role, I did a lot of study about the history of Bourke, about the old days.

“If you’ve been to Bourke, you know Australia – that’s what people say and I think that’s true,” Alex said.

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