Cr Jack Bawden
Mayor, Carpentaria Shire Council & NWQROC Chair
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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.
Cr Ernie Camp
Mayor, Burke Shire Council
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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.
Cr Greg Campbell
Mayor, Cloncurry Shire Council
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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.
Cr Warren Devlin
Mayor Etheridge Shire Council
The youngest of three siblings, Warren was born just outside of Sydney in the town of Camden NSW. During his childhood Warren’s parents worked throughout Australia and travelled numerous places with the family. Warren even has memories of being in Etheridge fossicking at Agate Creek when he was around five years old. In his formative years, Warren’s family owned and worked a farm on the north coast of NSW where they had dairy and beef cattle.
With the arrival of his driver’s licence Warren travelled north to settle at the Atherton Tablelands where he used to visit his father, who was prospecting for gold in the Etheridge Shire. At first Warren made short visits out but with his growing interest in mining, those visits progressively got longer and longer until he was spending more time in Etheridge than he was on the Atherton Tablelands. So Warren moved over and began gold mining and prospecting. Having been in the shire for a while, in the late ’90s when several businesses in Georgetown closed, Warren began to notice the lull and decided to do something about making Georgetown the business hub of the community again. Through sheer grit and determination he built the Georgetown Roadhouse to the business it is today, now being self-sufficient and employing half a dozen staff.
Warren is in his second term as Mayor of Etheridge Shire and brings his business know how to the table. He plans to finish the job he’s started and apply the same principles of creating jobs and working towards financial independence, to developing the shire as Warren used to develop his businesses. In 2010 when Warren was previously Mayor, Etheridge Shire Council won the Infrastructure Development Award for the Einasleigh River Bridge. This time Warren plans to develop the irrigated agriculture potential of the Gilbert River, which will economically support the growth of the area and complement the existing beef industry. He also continues to be very passionate about developing the Gulf Development Road, the Forsayth Road and the Hann Highway and supporting local contractors.
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.
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.
Cr Belinda Murphy
Mayor, McKinlay Shire Council
Born in Tasmania, Belinda completed year 12 at St Michaels Collegiate Girls School and trained as a commercial pilot and grade 3 flying instructor in Hobart. Belinda moved to Queensland in 1998 and spent the following years working as a pilot on various stations in the North West Qld and Northern Territory for cattle company’s such as Stanbroke Pastoral, NAPCO and McDonalds Pastoral Company.
Belinda meet her now husband Wayne Murphy and moved into Julia Creek in 2004 as the Branch Manager for the Queensland Country Credit Union and then became a Senior Manager for McKinlay Shire Council from 2005 until 2010. During this time Belinda completed a graduate degree in Public Sector Management and various Local Government training programs.
Belinda has been on many community organisations since moving to Julia Creek and enjoys campdrafting in the North west. Belinda is passionate about the shire and the lifestyle that it provides which is only enhanced by the people who reside here. Belinda and Wayne have two children, daughter Madeline and son Liam.
Cr Joyce McCulloch
Mayor, Mount Isa City Council
Cr Joyce McCulloch moved to the North West as a child in the 1980s when her family relocated to Cloncurry from the Northern Territory. She has lived in Mount Isa for over 30 years and now with her husband William has two children.
After working many years in the retail industry, in 1994 she took on the role of General Manager of the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo, transforming it into a profitable viable event while in that position until 2009. Joyce continues to work hard to drive and grow all of our key tourist events and attractions in the City.
Cr McCulloch was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 2007 and elected to the Mount Isa City Council in 2012. She has held numerous positions during her time as a councillor, is actively involved in the community and long been heavily committed to tourism in Mount Isa and the region, and as a former North West Queensland representative of Outback Queensland Tourism Association. She is currently the Chair of the Overlanders Way a touring Route Group (Townsville to Tenant Creek), and the Defence Reserve Support Council for North West Queensland. She is a firm believer that local council is a business for the community and should not be distracted by political influences and would like to see our council become more focused on progressing the city to its rightful position as a prominent regional inland city.
Cr John Wharton
Mayor, Richmond Shire Council
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.