Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Queensland post begins for Dowling

Longreach Regional Council’s new Chief Executive Officer, Dirk Dowling, has commenced in his new Queensland role.

Mr Dowling joins the Western Queensland council from Tasmania, where he led West Coast Council. He has previously worked in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania across a 20-year career in local government.

Mayor Tony Rayner said the appointment was an important one for the local government area.

“Dirk has a track record in legal, governance matters, and economic development, which will add a lot of value to the work of Council,” he said.

“I’m delighted to be appointing an executive with Dirk’s experience and industry know-how to lead us.”

Mr Dowling said the role was an exciting one that he looked forward to embarking on.

“Helping Council and the community navigate a path through some significant social and economic headwinds in coming years, while taking advantage of opportunities as they arise for the region to grow and prosper, is an exciting challenge that I am looking forward to,” he said.

“To be offered an opportunity to work with a respected group of Councillors and the dedicated staff of Longreach Regional Council is a real privilege for me.

“I become a fierce advocate for the communities I commit to work with. To play even a small part in the rich history and ongoing development of the region is something I can’t wait to get stuck into!”

Mr Dowling replaces interim CEO, Scott Mason following the departure of Mitchell Murphy to Hunters Hill Council in Sydney earlier this year.

“It’s been a privilege to come back to Western Queensland, albeit briefly, to work with this Council on how they want to move forward under new leadership,” said Mr Mason.

“Dirk will be a good fit for this Council and its community, and I look forward to seeing what the region achieves under his management.”

Mr Dowling describes himself as an advocate for local government and communities.

“I have a strong belief in the value of local government, and what it can achieve. I look forward to delivering for the communities of Longreach Regional Council, to joining its welcoming community, and enjoying its unique lifestyle.”

Mr Dowling says he will be based full-time in Longreach.

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