Councillors

The elected council is made up of a Mayor and 10 councillors, which are elected by popular vote for a four year term. The last quadrennial elections were held on March 19, 2016.

Mackay Regional Council is an undivided council and therefore represent the whole council area.

Under the Local Government Act 2009, councillors are responsible for:

  • Allocation of council's budget
  • Participate in the review and creation of council policies and objectives
  • Review council's performance of service delivery to the community

Four standing committees have been established, with a chair and nominated councillors allocated to each committee. The Mayor will serve on all standing committees, click here to view the full list of chair and committee members.

Greg-Williamson 

Cr Greg Williamson - Mayor of Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 4961 9455
Email: greg.williamson@mackay.qld.gov.au
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Profile: A fifth generation Mackay local, Mayor Greg Williamson has a genuine enthusiasm for the region. He has returned to the top job, having been mayor of the then Mackay City Council from 1991 to 1994 prior to amalgamation with the former Pioneer Shire Council. Since then he has gained vast management experience in large businesses and brings that skillset back to the role. Cr Williamson has a long history of service to the community, ranging from Rotary to the then Small Business Association and Mackay Tourism and more than 35 years of service with the Australian Air Force Cadets. Mayor Williamson is committed to transparency and his new council has established four statutory committees to replace the previous portfolio system.

Committees: As mayor, Cr Williamson is required by law to be a member of all four of council’s statutory committees:

  • Infrastructure and Services
  • Economic Development and Planning
  • Community Engagement
  • Corporate Services
Amanda-Camm 

Cr Amanda Camm - Deputy Mayor of Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 0438 377 125
Email: amanda.camm@mackay.qld.gov.au

Profile: Deputy Mayor Amanda Camm has a strong background in economic development and professional experience as an executive in roles across many not-for-profit and community organisations, including Mackay Whitsunday REDC, Mackay Regional Council and Local Government Association of Queensland. Throughout her career, Cr Camm has worked for a diverse range of industries, including travel and tourism, business development workforce solutions for the mining and engineering sector, corporate and community philanthropic partnerships across Central Queensland. As a former primary producer, she is also committed to promoting opportunities for agriculture. Cr Camm holds director positions on the boards of Connect Housing, Mackay Tourism Ltd. and Resource Industry Network and holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership.

Committees:

  • Economic Development & Planning (chair)
  • Community Engagement

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Martin-Bella 

Cr Martin Bella

Phone: 0419 793 479
Email: martin.bella@mackay.qld.gov.au

Profile: Cr Martin Bella, who was raised in Sarina, is well known through his exploits on the sporting field. A professional rugby league player from 1983 to 1997, including representing Queensland in State of Origin and Australia, he is well versed in teamwork and leadership. But the skills he brings to his new role as a councillor are much more diverse. Cr Bella’s career has included a vast range of roles, including cane farming, grazier, mining, retail agricultural sales, construction and maintenance, sales, hospitality and transport and freight. He is a physiotherapist and has owned and operated his own practice in Anzac Street, Sarina.

Committees:

  • Infrastructure and Services
  • Corporate Services

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Laurence-Bonaventura 

Cr Laurence Bonaventura

Phone: 0427 638 673
Email: laurence.bonaventura@mackay.qld.gov.au

Profile: Cr Laurence Bonaventura is serving his second term on council. He currently is member of the Community Engagement Committee and Infrastructure and Services Committee. During his first term, he held the Waste, Health and Regulatory Services portfolio. Cr Bonaventura was raised in picturesque Habana and remains a resident there today. His entire working life before local government had been in sugar cane farming, earthmoving and construction. Cr Bonaventura also has an extensive history of involvement in the community, ranging from Habana and District Progress Association to St Vincent de Paul. He has a passion for bringing people together and rallying behind worthy causes.

Committees:

  • Community Engagement
  • Infrastructure and Services

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Kevin-Casey 

Cr Kevin Casey

Phone: 0417 168 730
Email: kevin.casey@mackay.qld.gov.au

Profile: Cr Kevin Casey’s local government experience is one of the greatest strengths he brings to the current council. This is his fourth term of council, having been first elected to the then Mackay City Council in 2004. Cr Casey was deputy mayor of the previous council and was responsible for the Roads and Drainage portfolio. He is deputy chair of the Infrastructure and Services Committee and a member of the Community Engagement Committee. Prior to joining council, Cr Casey, a fourth generation Mackay local, operated his own electronics business for 18 years. He has also been active in the community, with roles ranging from patron and life member of Mackay Hockey and Mackay Surf Live Saving Club to member of Rotary and the Road Accident Action Group (RAAG).

Committees:

  • Community Engagement
  • Infrastructure and Services (deputy chair)

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Justin-Englert 

Cr Justin Englert

Phone: 0439 611 580
Email: cr.justin.englert@mackay.qld.gov.au

Profile: Although this is Cr Justin Englert’s first term as a councillor, he brings a thorough understanding of the workings of council to the role, having previously been local controller for the State Emergency Service (SES). Before that, his working life was varied, ranging from jobs as a labourer, scaffolder, sandblaster and spray painter to avionics fitter with the Air Force, an electrician and business manager. Much of his community involvement has been through the SES as a volunteer trainer and responder, co-founder and facilitator of the PCYC Emergency Service Cadets in Mackay and co-founder of the SES Association of Queensland. Growing up in Beaconsfield and still living in North Mackay, Cr Englert brings that strong community-minded focus to his new role.

Committees:

  • Economic Development and Planning
  • Community Engagement (deputy chair)

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Justin-Englert

Cr Fran Mann

Phone: 0418 819 680
Email: cr.fran.mann@mackay.qld.gov.au

Profile: First-term councillor Fran Mann, chair of the Community Engagement Committee, is well versed in the operations of Mackay Regional Council. She worked for council in its finance department before being elected as a councillor. With that background, she has a keen interest in rates affordability, sustainable growth, sustainable employment opportunities and community consultation and engagement. Prior to being employed by council, she worked in real estate sales and property management, as well as in the Finch Hatton-based business her family previously owned. Cr Mann has done a variety of volunteer work for organisations, ranging from Red Cross Blood Bank to St Pauls Drop-In Centre. Raised in the Finch Hatton district, she now lives in Andergrove.

Committees:

  • Economic Development and Planning
  • Community Engagement (chair)

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Ross-Gee 

Cr Ross Gee

Phone: 0438 549 002
Email: ross.gee@mackay.qld.gov.au

Profile: Cr Ross Gee, serving his first term on council, is an award-winning builder with more than 20 years’ experience. He wants to bring the skills of running his own business, including a track record of finishing projects on time and on budget, to his new role as a councillor. Cr Gee is proud of his leadership qualities, honed by roles ranging from school vice-captain at Pioneer State High School to captain of Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club. His community involvement has ranged from junior netball and rugby league coach to founder of the Mackay Together Buyers Group. Raised in Eimeo, Blacks Beach and Mackay, he lives at the Northern Beaches.

Committees:

  • Economic Development and Planning
  • Community Engagement

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Karen-May 

Cr Karen May

Phone: 0419 669 134
Email: karen.may@mackay.qld.gov.au

Profile: Cr Karen May has 12 years of local government experience. She was a councillor, deputy mayor and mayor of Sarina Shire Council. As mayor, she led the Sarina council through its amalgamation with Mackay City and Mirani Shire councils in 2008. Cr May was then elected to the newly amalgamated Mackay council, serving until 2012. Not a part of the last term of council, she built on her business, hospitality and community experience during that time, operating businesses in Sarina. Prior to being elected to the current council, she was managing Sarina RSL Club. Cr May’s local government experience stands her in good stead for committee chair and deputy chair roles on the new council.

Committees:

  • Infrastructure and Services (chair)
  • Economic Development & Planning (deputy chair)
  • Corporate Services (deputy chair)

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Ayril-Paton 

Cr Ayril Paton

Phone: 0409 593 806
Email: ayril.paton@mackay.qld.gov.au

Profile: Cr Ayril Paton, chair of the Corporate Services Committee, brings a range of rural and mining experience to his first term on Mackay Regional Council. Beginning his working life as an apprentice fitter at Racecourse mill, he’s held a range of jobs since then, ranging from managing workshops to being a shift supervisor at Carborough Downs Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP). He’s also been a farm manager. Raised in the Homebush and Chelona areas, he’s based at Munbura and the family farm at Racecourse. Cr Paton is an advocate of a “fair go” for all residents of the Mackay Regional Council area.

Committees

  • Infrastructure and Services
  • Corporate Services (chair)

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Ross-Walker 

Cr Ross Walker

Phone: 0429 615 711
Email: ross.walker@mackay.qld.gov.au

Profile: This is Cr Ross Walker’s third term on Mackay Regional Council. First elected at a by-election in 2010, he was re-elected in 2012 and again in 2016. In his first two terms he was responsible for the Parks, Environment and Sustainability portfolio and then the Finance, Asset Management and IT portfolio. That experience will come to the fore as a member of the  Corporate Services Committee  and Infrastructure and Services Committee. A cane farmer for 35 years, Cr Walker was chairman of the Australian Cane Farmers Association and chairman of a diverse retail company before joining council. He has been a dedicated member of Mackay West Rotary Club for more than 25 years and in 2003 was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary for exceptional service to the sugar industry.

Committees:

  • Corporate Services
  • Infrastructure and Services

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