Ian Earl was elected as a Councillor in the North Ward in October 2013. Ian was born in Margaret River in 1953 and his family has lived in the district since the early 30s. He is married to Helen and has three adult boys, five grandsons and two granddaughters.
Ian left the district in 1969 for Perth to get a job as there were very few opportunities in this district in those days. Since his return in 1981, he has been heavily involved in the local community. He has been President of the Cowaramup P and C, Cowaramup Junior Football Club, Augusta-Margaret River Junior Football Association, Margaret River Hawks Cricket Club and the Busselton Margaret River Cricket Association.
He has also been heavily involved in the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade for the past 31 years and has been the Fire Control Officer in Cowaramup for over 16 years.
Ian has been part of the Augusta Margaret River Sport and Recreation Committee for 26 years looking after the interests of sport and culture. He is also a mentor at the Margaret River Senior High School. Ian is the owner of Margaret River Cowaramup Electrical Service and employs 10 people.
Throughout his time in Augusta Margaret River he has seen the district grow to a strong and vibrant region where residents can find employment and raise a family with confidence. As a Councillor Ian believes there is a need to have the planning in place to make sure that this can continue into the future in and orderly and well managed fashion.
Cr Earl was previously Deputy Shire President from 19 October 2011 to 23 October 2013, and Shire President from October 2015 to October 2017. Cr Earl’s term of office expires in October 2021.