Elected in 2009, Cr Earl was born in Margaret River in 1953 and his family has lived in the district since the early 1930s. He is married to Helen and has three adult boys, five grandsons and two granddaughters. Ian left the district in 1969 as there were very few work opportunities in those days and began an electrical apprenticeship in Perth. He returned in 1981 and since then he has been actively involved in the local community.
Ian was originally elected as a North Ward representative in October 2009. He was Deputy Shire President from October 2011 to October 2013, and Shire President from October 2015 to October 2017. His second term as Shire President was October 2019 to October 2021. He was reelected as a Councillor in October 2021 and his term will expire in October 2025.
Ian has served as President of many community groups including 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 since 1981 and has been a Fire Control Officer since 1998.
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 into 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 this can continue into the future in an orderly and well managed fashion.
Ian's Term Expires