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Burrinja Announces Executive Director to Step Down after Twenty Years.

Dr Ross Farnell has announced his departure from the role of Executive Director at Burrinja. After 20 years at the helm of the cultural centre Ross is leaving to pursue new personal and professional opportunities. Ross' final day will be June 30 2019.

“The Board of Burrinja would like to thank Dr Farnell for his strong leadership of the organisation over the past twenty years, and acknowledge his service to arts, culture and community in the Dandenong Ranges during that time”. Board President Holly DeMaria said. 

Burrinja’s Venue Manager Ms Toni Kirk, alongside the Board, will stand in to lead the organisation immediately following Ross’s departure, while Burrinja undertakes a recruitment process for a permanent replacement. 

 “Under Ross’ leadership over the last twenty of the organisation’s twenty-one years, the Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre – known by all as ‘Burrinja’ - has gone from strength to strength, and is now positioned as a highly regarded cultural organisation and hub of creativity in the region that will continue to have real impact in our community”, says Ms. DeMaria. 

Ross said that throughout his time at Burrinja he had been fortunate to have the passionate support of a creative community who love the arts: “It has been a real privilege to be able to lead this community-based arts organisation through its first significant 20 years, and to have the wide support that has enabled Burrinja to grow, to make a real difference in the creative life of our region, and to live up to our vision of ‘building community through art’. The advocacy of the region’s community is what created this cultural centre, and their continued support has been integral to the success and development of Burrinja”. 

Holly said the Board would now begin implementation of a comprehensive succession and recruitment plan with the aim of having a permanent Executive Director appointed toward late 2019, allowing plenty of time for them to get familiar with the role and region before completion of the pending studio, gallery and café venue redevelopment. 

“Burrinja has strong foundations, a wonderful team of staff, volunteers and board members, and a solid strategic vision. With the support of Council, our partners and the community, we are ready for our next leap forward.” 

Please see the media release for more information


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