East Arnhem Shire Council welcomes new Chief Executive Officer

After over six months with the position vacant East Arnhem Shire Council has welcomed Mr John Japp as our new Chief Executive Officer.  John brings with him many ideas and impressive experience, and together we will work as a team to reach our goals.  

After spending 17 years in Papua New Guinea as a Senior Lecturer at the Madang Marine College, John returned to Australia with his family.  He’s recently completed a three year contract as the CEO of Aurukun Shire in Cape York and before that he was CEO at Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, also in Far North Queensland.

Before apply for the East Arnhem Shire Council top job, John had four main things to consider: the communities we serve, our vision, our capabilities, and the quality of the people he would be working with. 

He is planning to take time to “assess the strategy and operations” with our Councillors, Executive and myself.  He will, in the next few months visit all nine communities, spending three or four days in each.  He will spend this time getting to know the issues of each community, meeting significant people and observing the role of the shire and other agencies. 

“Recent statistics from the last census have identified the East Arnhem Shire as the eighth most-disadvantaged community in Australia.  There are certain reasons for that, and something has to be done to reduce that level of disadvantage.  After researching East Arnhem Shire Council I am confident that the Council has tremendous potential in expanding and improving services for its communities and I look forward to working on improving our capabilities together,” said Mr Japp. 

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Councillors and staff to welcome John, and look forward to working together for the benefit of all the people of East Arnhem Shire. 

Banambi Wunungmurra - President 

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