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 The LGAQ Policy Executive

Responsible for the determination of the Association's policy on behalf of member councils, the Policy Executive consists of 15 district representatives and the President. The Policy Executive appoints three Directors to join the LGAQ President in forming the LGAQ Board and meets 6 times per year to discuss and determine LGAQ policy.
 

 

Cr Mark Jamieson, Sunshine Coast Regional Council

President

First elected in 2012, Mayor Mark Jamieson is currently serving his second term as mayor of Sunshine Coast Regional Council. During his first term as Mayor, Mayor Jamieson led the development of a 20 year blueprint for a new economy for the Sunshine Coast, as well as the implementation of new planning scheme.

Cr Matthew Bourke, Brisbane City Council

Policy Executive Member

District 1 - Brisbane CC

Cr Matthew Bourke was elected as Councillor for the ward of Jamboree in 2008 and is the current Chair of Brisbane City Council's Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee. This is Cr Bourke's first term on the policy executive, representing the District of Brisbane.

Cr Mike Charlton, Moreton Bay Regional Council

Policy Executive Member

District 2 - SEQ (Northern)

Cr Mike Charlton commenced his local government service in 1994 when elected to the Pine Rivers Shire Council. Following amalgamation, Mike was elected to the Moreton Bay Regional Council in 2008, 2012 and again in 2016. Mike has served on all Council's committees during his 22 years as a Councillor and was elected as Deputy Mayor in May 2013 and again in May 2016 and is a passionate advocate for the role local government plays in our communities. This is Cr Charlton's first term on the policy executive and will represent the interests Moreton Bay Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Noosa Shire Council.

Cr Karen Williams, Redland City Council

Policy Executive Member

District 2 – SEQ (Southern)

As Mayor of Redland City Council, Karen Williams is passionate about key issues impacting on the region. Cr Williams is a former small-business owner and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with a background in the domestic and foreign exchange markets. This is her first term on the policy executive, representing the southern SEQ councils or Redland, Logan and Gold Coast.

Cr Paul Pisasale, Ipswich City Council

Policy Executive Member

District 2 – SEQ (Western)

Councillor Paul Pisasale is serving his third term as mayor at Ipswich City Council, having first been elected as a councillor in 1991, and as deputy mayor in 2000. This is Cr Pisasale's second term on the policy executive and represents the interests of western SEQ councils Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Somerset.

Cr Jack Dempsey, Bundaberg Regional Council

Policy Executive Member

District 3 – Wide Bay Burnett

Councillor John ‘Jack' Dempsey was elected as Mayor of the Bundaberg Region on March 10th, 2016 after an extended period in Queensland politics. Cr Dempsey was formerly with the Queensland Police Force as well as the former State Member for Bundaberg. This is his first term on the LGAQ Policy Executive and he is representing the councils of Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie and North and South Burnett.

Cr Ray Brown, Western Downs Regional Council

Policy Executive Member

District 4 – Darling Downs

Councillor Ray Brown has 22 years' experience in local government, including 17 years with the Tara Shire prior to amalgamation. Cr Brown has entered his second term as mayor of Western Downs Regional and has previously been a member of the policy executive. His policy executive role allows him to actively represent the councils of Western Downs, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba and Southern Downs.

Cr Cameron O'Neil, Maranoa Regional Council

Policy Executive Member

District 5 – South West

Cr Cameron O'Neil has spent over 10 years living and working in far western and south western Queensland. Cr O'Neil is the Queensland Murray Darling Committee's Natural Resource Management Development Coordinator, working across Queensland's Murray Darling catchment. This is Cr O'Neil's first term on the LGAQ Policy Executive, representing the councils of Balonne, Bulloo, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie and Maranoa.

Cr Matt Burnett, Gladstone Regional Council

Policy Executive Member

District 6 – SEQ Central QLD

Mayor Matt Burnett has 16 years' experience in local government, including five years as Deputy Mayor prior to his election as Mayor of Gladstone Regional Council in 2016. Cr Matt Burnett is a born and bred Gladstone resident and his family's connection with the region extends to five generations. This is Cr Burnett's first term on the policy executive and he will represent the interests of Banana, Central Highlands, Gladstone, Livingstone and Rockhampton councils.

Cr Anne Baker, Isaac Regional Council

Policy Executive Member

District 7 - Whitsunday

First elected as mayor of Isaac Regional Council in 2012, Cr Anne Baker began her local government service in 2007. Having lived in Moranbah for 15 years, Cr Baker is a passionate advocate for her region and believes that local government is the key to building stronger communities. This is Cr Baker's first term on the policy executive and she will be representing the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions.

Cr Robert Chandler, Barcaldine Regional Council

Policy Executive Member

District 8 – Central West

Elected mayor of Barcaldine Regional Council in 2004, Cr Robert Chandler is also a long-time member of the Outback Tourism Association and is on the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) Board of Directors. He has lived and worked in the Barcaldine area and in wider Central West of Queensland all his life. This is Cr Chandler's first term on the LGAQ policy executive and he represents the central west councils of Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo, Boulia, Diamantina, Longreach, Winton and Barcoo.

Cr Jenny Hill, Townsville City Council

Policy Executive Member

District 9 - Northern

Townsville City Council's first female mayor, Cr Jenny Hill, believes in focusing council on developing the city as not only Queensland's second capital, but also as Northern Australia's premier city. This is Cr Hill's second term on the policy executive, a role which allows her to represent the interests of the Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook and Townsville regions.

Cr Bob Manning, Cairns Regional Council

Policy Executive Member

District 10 - Far North

Cr Bob Manning became mayor of Cairns in 2012. Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his service to the Cairns region community through the development of the tourism, marine and aviation industries, Cr Manning was Shire Clerk at Longreach for seven years before becoming CEO of the Cairns Port Authority from 1984 to 2002. This is Cr Manning's first term on the LGAQ policy executive and he represents the interests of the Cairns, Cassowary, Cook, Douglas, Mareeba, Tablelands and Torres councils.

Cr Belinda Murphy, McKinlay Shire Council

Policy Executive Member

District 11 – North West

Elected for a second term as McKinlay Shire Council Mayor, Cr Belinda Murphy is a trained commercial pilot who has worked on various cattle stations in North West Queensland and the Northern Territory. Preceding her election as Mayor Cr Murphy worked as a senior manager for McKinlay Shire Council from 2005 until 2010. This is Cr Murphy's first term on the policy executive – she is representing the interests of Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Croydon, Etheridge, Flinders, McKinlay, Mount Isa and Richmond councils.

Cr Alf Lacey, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council

Policy Executive Member

District 12 – Aboriginal and Island Councils

Cr Alf Lacey is the returning mayor of Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council. He began his local government career as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission regional council member for Townsville Regional Council in 1993, and was first elected mayor of Palm Island in 1994. A returning member the policy executive, Cr Gela is one of two councillors representing Aurukun, Cherbourg, Doomadgee, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mornington, Napranum, Mapoon, Northern Peninsula Area, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Torres Strait Island, Woorabinda, Wujal Wujal and Yarrabah councils.

Cr Fred Gela, Torres Strait Island Regional Council

Policy Executive Member

District 12 - Aboriginal and Island Councils

Cr Fred Gela began his local government career at the age of 33, when he was voted inaugural mayor of the amalgamated Torres Strait Island Regional Council in 2008. A returning member the policy executive, Cr Gela is one of two councillors representing Aurukun, Cherbourg, Doomadgee, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mornington, Napranum, Mapoon, Northern Peninsula Area, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Torres Strait Island, Woorabinda, Wujal Wujal and Yarrabah councils.

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