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Cr Jack Bawden

Mayor, Carpentaria Shire Council & NWQROC Chair


Cr Jack Bawden is the Mayor of Carpentaria Shire Council, Chair of NWQROC and a member of the North West Queensland Regional Roads Group. In his day job Jack runs a mechanical work shop in Normanton in the Carpentaria Shire. He is very familiar with the opportunities, possibilities and challenges of our region having lived in North West Queensland all of his life. Born and bred in Boulia (Maryvale Station) and educated in Boulia, Mount Isa and Charters Towers he has lived and worked in Mount Isa, Richmond, Karumba and Normanton and worked in most areas of the North West Region. This practical exposure to the challenges faced by the communities gives him a perspective that could not be acquired by academic qualifications.

He actively promotes the needs of our region at every forum and level of government and believes that a common sense approach to development of the right infrastructure at the right time is needed to increase the sustainability and viability of the key industries such as tourism, agriculture, transport and mining in our region. These key industries build the prosperity of the communities and vital infrastructure such as roads/rail, power, water and communications are priorities that he actively advocates for.

He believes that sustainable economic development that contributes to the environment and communities, rather than exploiting them is how economic prosperity can be assured.

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Cr Ernie Camp

Mayor, Burke Shire Council


Cr Ernie Camp was elected to his second term as Mayor in 2016, following two terms as Deputy Mayor before 2012 and before that as a Councillor.

In all, Cr Camp has been involved in Local Government for 17 years. He is a Chair of the Australian Beef Association, as well as a member of AgForce, Gulf Cattleman’s Association, and NORTHBeef. He is a member of an implementation committee developing a new national grassfed beef representative body - Cattle Producer’s Australia - following on from recommendations by a senate committee into compulsory levies paid by the grassfed beef industry and is an inaugural Director of CPA. Cr Camp is a member of the Gregory Downs Jockey Club and has been race starter for many years. He is also a member of the Isolated Children’s Parents Association (ICPA), Gregory Downs Sporting Association and Southern Gulf NRM.

Cr Camp represents Council as a board member on the Riversleigh Community Scientific Advisory committee (RCSAC), North West Minerals Province Stakeholder Advisory Group (NWMPSAC), Isa Superbasin User’s Panel and is the Chair of Gulf Savannah Development.


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Cr Greg Campbell

Mayor, Cloncurry Shire Council


Mayor Greg Campbell proudly calls Cloncurry home and was first elected as Mayor in 2016. Greg has vast Council experience having previously been a Councillor for a term between 2004 and 2008 and Deputy Mayor from 2008 to 2012.

Mayor Campbell and wife, Ana have three children. Cr Campbell and his family operate a beef cattle business. He attended the local Cloncurry State School until grade 12 and was a school captain in 1992. On completion of grade 12, he began an apprenticeship with NORQEB (now known as Ergon Energy) as an electrician. Working in various technical and managerial roles during his time with Ergon, Greg's area of responsibility covers Mount Isa to Hughenden.

Involvement in community groups has been a passion for Councillor Campbell with most recent involvement as Treasurer of the Cloncurry Football Club, coach of the junior players and is involved in the Cloncurry Fish Stocking Group. Greg has had past involvement in the Rotary Club of Cloncurry being president in 2005, and was also a member of the Cloncurry Merry Muster Committee.

Mayor Campbell is committed to ensuring Council's spending is cost effective and that local businesses are supported. Sealing of rural roads and improving the town's water supply will also continue to be a priority of Cr Campbell's.


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Cr Jason Ned

Acting Mayor, Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council

Cr Jason Ned is a Ganggalidda and Garrwa man. He was elected for his second term on the Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council in March 2016.

Jason was born and bred in Doomadgee and currently runs a cattle property 45km from the Community and also undertakes contract mustering for other stations in the gulf area. He has also spent time working as a mechanic and fencing contractor. Cr Ned chose to run for council as a way of supporting people in the community and to make sure they receive good quality services. Jason Ned was appointed as Acting Mayor in June 2018.


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Cr Jane McNamara

Mayor, Flinders Shire Council

Cr Jane McNamara is a born and bred, third generation North West Queenslander. Jane and husband Brendan live at Abbotsford, a sheep and cattle property 87 kilometres from Hughenden. She completed her schooling in north Queensland by Primary Correspondence School and then boarding at Saint Anne's in Townsville where she completed grade 12. After school Jane lived and worked in Townsville for two years, before returning home to assist her mother in running Abbotsford. Over six years Jane learnt the hands-on skills needed to run a property/business, from her mother. This was the start of many great adventures of welding, grader driving to maintain roads, being a carpenter's offsider and successfully running the property. Jane’s family, the Abbotts of Abbotsford, celebrated their centenary in 2012.

Jane was elected mayor of Flinders Shire in 2016 following a family commitment to the Shire – her father had been a councillor and Shire Chairman, her mother was the first female councillor and her husband Brendan had also been a councillor and mayor, retiring in 2012 after 21 years of service.

Community organisations have always been an important part of her family way of life. Over the years she been strongly involved in many organisations on a volunteer basis.

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Cr Philip Curr

Mayor, McKinlay Shire Council

Philip Curr was elected Mayor of McKinlay Shire in May 2020 following his tenure as a Councillor. He has lived in the district all his life apart from going to boarding school, a few trips overseas and working on other cattle properties.

The cattle industry has been the main part and focus of his life. He lives on Arizona Station with his wife Tania and three daughters, Charli, Chloe and Mackenzie. Philip has been the president of Saxby Roundup for 11 years and in his spare time likes to read and go to a few campdrafts.

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Cr Danielle Slade

Mayor, Mount Isa City Council

Cr Slade was born in England to two very hardworking parents who decided to immigrate to Mount Isa when she was seven years old. At that time, there were 52 nationalities in Mount Isa, all of whom came here for work and the promise of a better life. Growing up in the multicultural city of Mount Isa, has nurtured her ethical and moral attitude towards what’s right and fair.

Straight after school Danielle got a job at Mount Isa Mines and bought a property a year later. She now owns three properties and has been a rate payer for 33 years. She is married to a wonderful man who was born in Mount Isa and they have two beautiful boys born in Mount Isa who are now eight and five years old.

As a Mount Isa local, Danielle understands how important sport is to the city - it’s very hard to live here without being drawn into fundraising for different community charities, organisations and clubs! She is proud of the contribution she has made over the years. She worked at Mount Isa Mines for 25 years and is currently an executive board member of the Mount Isa Irish Association and until recently a Director of the Mount Isa Water Board.

“I want to work hard to see a bright exciting future in Mount Isa for all of us.”

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Cr John Wharton

Mayor, Richmond Shire Council

Cr John Wharton AM was first elected to the Richmond Shire Council in 1991 and became Mayor in 1997.

On 11 June 2007 he was the recipient of a Member of the Order of Australia Award for his service to the community of North-West Queensland through local government, regional development, natural resource management and primary industry organisations. He also received the Centenary Medal for distinguished service to local government.

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