The East Arnhem Regional Council's new chief has his sights set firmly on ensuring residents have access to much needed services.
The council services nine remote communities in East Arnhem Land: Milingimbi, Ramingining, Galiwin'ku, Gapuwiyak, Yirrkala, Gunyangara, Umbakumba, Angurugu and Milyakburra, with a population of about 10,000 people.
Taking up the reigns this week, Dale Keehne, has a strong history of supporting community development across not only the Northern Territory, but Australia and abroad.
After first laying down his roots in the region over 15 years ago, Mr Keehne said he was honoured to be returning to a role with the council.
"After six years working in a range of roles overseas and other parts of Australia I offer a strong commitment to ensure that East Arnhem Regional Council lives up to its purpose of serving, empowering and being driven by the Yolngu and Warnindilyakwan people," he said.
"I return to East Arnhem Regional Council set on strengthening our relationships with community and focusing our work on providing the services needed and wanted by our residents."
During his previous five year tenure with EARC, Mr Keehne held the position of director of community services, he also stepped up as acting CEO at various times during this period.
President Kaye Thurlow says the move signals an exciting time of change for the council.
Only recently appointed to the position herself, the new faces taking on the top roles are strengthening the council for the future.
"On behalf of our elected members and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome Dale back to East Arnhem Regional Council," Mr Thurlow said.
"Dale's knowledge and experience across the region will certainly provide for a smooth transition into the role, and importantly, some strong leadership and direction to our organisation's progress and revitalisation.
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