Dale Keehne

Dale Keehne commenced as the new Chief Executive Officer on 8 July 2019. Dale brings a wealth of experience across the East Arnhem Region in a move that signals an exciting time of change for Council. 

Dale has a strong history of supporting community development across the Northern Territory and further abroad both interstate and overseas, returning to East Arnhem land 15 years after first laying down roots here.

During his previous five year tenure with EARC, Dale held the position of Director of Community Services, as well as acting CEO at various times during this period. 

He is committed to ensuring Council lives up to its purpose of serving, empowering and being driven by the Yolngu and Warnindilyakwan people, and has set his sights on strengthening relationships with community and focusing Council’s work on providing the services needed and wanted by residents.

Shane Marshall

Shane commenced with East Arnhem Regional Council in 2010 as the Building Infrastructure Manager. In May 2012 Shane was elevated to the position of Director Technical Services.

A man of few words, when Shane isn’t in the office at the break of dawn, you can find him throwing in a line at one of his favourite ‘secret fishing holes’.


Andrew Walsh

Andrew is the Acting Director Council Services overseeing the delivery of Council Services across the 9 communities of East Arnhem Regional Council.

Andrew is currently filling the void left by long term member, Ben Waugh who has recently relocated with his family to Tasmania.

The recruitment process for this position will commence in the close future.




Barry Bonthuys

Joining East Arnhem Regional Council in 2014 as the Director Commercial & Agency Services, Barry brings more than 30 years local government experience to the team. Originally from South Africa, he made the big trip across the ditch in 2005, going on to hold various senior financial and corporate positions in Councils throughout Queensland. With a Bachelor of Commerce under his belt, Barry has extensive experience in financial and operational management, human resources management, strategic planning, contract & project management and economic development.

Barry is also currently the Acting Chief Financial & Operations Officer.

Barry’s aim is to implement effective and efficient contract management to ensure long-term financial sustainability of the Council and deliver high quality and standards to communities across East Arnhem Land. When we don’t have him locked in his office, he loves outdoor living, travel, and of course rugby and cricket!