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The eagle has landed! Whitsunday Regional Council has announced the appointment of Ben Jones as the new General Manager of Whitsunday Coast Airport.
Council’s Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson welcomed the appointment of Mr Jones, who is currently employed as Airports Manager at Maranoa Regional Council in south-west Queensland.
“We had a very diverse and exciting range of aviation experts apply for the position,” Mr Omundson said.
“While I believe that any of the final four shortlisted candidates could have done the job admirably, Ben stood out as a strong public sector leader with a transformational and consultative approach –traits that are highly desirable for this Council moving forward,” he said.
“The Mayor and Councillors and this Council are strongly committed to growing and developing the Whitsunday Coast Airport and our Bowen and Collinsville aerodromes, and we want to realise the Airport’s potential for supporting and enabling economic growth in our region.
“Ben is recognised as one of the new generation of dynamic young leaders emerging in Australian aviation.
“Since joining Maranoa Regional Council at the height of the resources boom, Ben has managed the Roma Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in regional Australia, as well as the Injune, Surat and Mitchell airstrips, and we are confident that he has the experience, energy and ability to take the Whitsunday Coast Airport to new heights.”
Mr Omundson said the new general manager will oversee the operations at the airport and aerodromes and will be responsible for implementing the Whitsunday Coast Airport Master Plan, which will positively affect our tourism, agriculture and resources sectors and capitalise on the emerging aviation, transport and logistics industries.
Mr Jones said he was excited about the new challenge as Whitsunday Coast Airport is powering along with 22 per cent growth, and with the prospect of international operations in the future.
He will commence in his new role on August 1. Glenn Robinson, who was engaged by Council in an acting capacity in April 2016, will continue to oversee the Whitsunday Coast Airport until then.