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
Cr Greg Williamson - Mayor of Mackay Regional Council
Profile: Mayor Greg Williamson has an undeniable enthusiasm for the region he’s always called home. Whether it be inspiring local sporting teams at their season launch or telling anyone who will listen that Mackay is the best place in the world to live, he speaks with unbridled passion when it comes to Mackay. A fifth generation local, Cr Williamson returned to the mayoralty at the start of the current council term in 2016, having previously been mayor of the then Mackay City Council from 1991 to 1994 prior to amalgamation with the former Pioneer Shire Council. Since his last stint in the top job, he gained vast management experience in large businesses and brought 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.
Cr Amanda Camm - Deputy Mayor of Mackay Regional Council
Phone: 0438 377 125
Profile: Deputy Mayor Amanda Camm has been a strong advocate for regional economic development. She was chair of the Economic Development and Planning Committee before council moved to twice-monthly ordinary meetings in February 2018. Since then economic development, planning and partnerships have remained among her key areas of interest. She is a voting rights member of council’s Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area advisory committee. Cr Camm chairs council’s Sustainability and Natural Environment Advisory Committee and is deputy chair of the Local Disaster Management Group. Prior to joining council, Cr Camm had 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 Regional Economic Development Commitee, Mackay Regional Council and the Local Government Association of Queensland. Throughout her career, she has worked for a diverse range of industries, including travel and tourism, business development workforce solutions for the mining and engineering sector, and corporate and community philanthropic partnerships across Central Queensland. As a former primary producer, she is also committed to promoting opportunities for agriculture in our region.
Cr Martin Bella
Phone: 0419 793 479
Profile: Cr Martin Bella has earned a reputation at council for being a straight-talking and strong voice for rural landholders. As one of two locality councillors representing southern parts of our region, such as Sarina, Sarina Range and Koumala, he’s a strong advocate for issues facing residents in these areas. After being heavily involved in the recovery in the southern region post Cyclone Debbie in 2017 he again helped lead residents in those areas during an unprecedented bushfire crisis in November 2018 and during the subsequent recovery. A former Queensland State of Origin and Australian representative in rugby league, he’s tackled his first term as councillor with plenty of passion. His expertise in sugar and beef provides council with a good insight into these industries. Water is an area of interest for Cr Bella and he’s a member of council’s Water and Waste and Transport and Drainage advisory boards. He’s also a member of council’s Rates Payment Review Tribunal. Cr Bella’s career has included a vast range of roles, such as 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.
Cr Laurence Bonaventura
Phone: 0427 638 673
Profile: Cr Laurence Bonaventura, who is serving his second term on council, has plenty of experience and knowledge when it comes to our waste facilities and initiatives. During his first term, he held the Waste, Health and Regulatory Services portfolio. Waste, including facilities, projects and initiatives like dump vouchers, is also his area of interest on the current council. He’s a member of council’s Water and Waste advisory board. He’s also a member of council’s Traffic and Regulated Parking advisory committee and is council’s representative on the Rural Safety Working Group. Cr Bonaventura’s rural experience is wide ranging. Raised at Habana and still a resident there today, his entire working life before local government had been in sugar cane farming, earthmoving and construction. That made him a good choice to be a go-to representative for North Coast and Beaches residents. 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.
Cr Kevin Casey
Phone: 0417 168 730
Profile: Cr Kevin Casey, serving his fourth term on council, has an abundance of local government experience, including extensive knowledge when it comes to infrastructure projects. First elected to the then Mackay City Council in 2004, he was deputy mayor of the previous council and responsible for the Roads and Drainage portfolio. Roads, drainage, bikeways and pathways remain his area of interest on the current council. He’s a member of council’s Transport and Drainage and Water and Waste advisory boards. He’s also a member of council’s Traffic and Regulated Parking advisory committee and a council representative on the Whitsunday Regional Roads Group and the Roads Accident Action Group. Cr Casey chairs council’s Sports Expo and Sign-on Day working group and is also a member of the Sport and Recreation advisory committee, as well as representing council on the North Queensland Sports Foundation. The fourth-generation Mackay local has community roles ranging from patron and life member of Mackay Hockey and Mackay Surf Live Saving Club to member of Rotary. He also represents council on the St Vincent De Paul Housing Committee and is a member of the Mackay Local Disaster Management Group.
Cr Justin Englert
Phone: 0439 611 580
Profile: Cr Justin Englert has a passion for the regional economy, including through key roles relating to areas ranging from the City Centre to tourism. He’s a council representative on the City Safe group and on the Mackay Tourism board. He’s also a member of council’s Regional Arts Development Fund, Visual Arts and Character and Heritage advisory committees. Cr Englert, a keen mountain biker, is part of council’s Sports and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Sports Expo and Sign-on Day working group. Before becoming a councillor, he had a thorough understanding of the workings of council, having previously been local controller for the State Emergency Service (SES). That experience is valuable in his position on the Mackay Local Disaster Management Group. He’s also completing an Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management). Cr Englert holds three trade qualifications, including industrial protective coatings, avionics fitter with the Royal Australian Air Force and electrician. 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.
Cr Ross Gee
Phone: 0438 549 002
Profile: Cr Ross Gee has been a strong advocate for an active community during his first term on council. Prior to joining council his community involvement ranged from founding club captain of Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club and junior soccer, netball and league coach to the founder of Facebook Group FINS (fun in natural sun). He’s brought that passion and zest for an active lifestyle to council. Cr Gee was heavily involved in work to develop a Mackay Fishing Strategy and also drove plans for two new skate park facilities for the region. He helped council secure $1 million in State Government funding for a new youth hub being developed at Camilleri Street, Blacks Beach, and convinced council to have a closer look at the possibility of a wave pool for the region. Cr Gee is a member of council’s Sports Expo and Sign-on Day working group. He’s also a member of the Regional Arts Development Fund and Community Grants advisory committees, the Mayor’s DV Taskforce and the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area advisory committee. Outside of council, he’s also responsible for the Change the Game initiative between the Mackay Cutters and the Mackay Regional Suicide Prevention Network, driving this community initiative to “Tackle Mental Health Head On”. Cr Gee is an award-winning builder with more than 20 years’ experience and brings to council the skills of running a successful business.
Cr Fran Mann
Phone: 0418 819 680
Profile: Cr Fran Mann, a first-term councillor, has a passion for the region’s heritage and history, and is chair of the Character and Heritage advisory Committee, as well as a council representative on the Combined Museums committee. Her areas of interest on council embrace lifelong learning, including our libraries, museums and Artspace Mackay. She is the chair of both the Regional Arts Development Fund advisory committee and the Community Grants Committee, and is a member of the Sarina Field of Dreams advisory committee. Cr Mann has a strong understanding of council operations as she worked in the finance program for more than nine years prior to being elected as a councillor. As a long-term resident, Cr Mann attended primary and secondary schools in the Pioneer Valley and is a passionate advocate for all parts of our region. Prior to joining council as an employee, she had experience in a diverse range of industries and held roles in retail and real estate. She actively participates with many groups, including Zonta International, Friends of Morag McNichol Reserve, Slade Point Neighbourhood Watch Group and Mackay Regional Housing Company.
Cr Karen May
Phone: 0419 669 134
Profile: Cr Karen May’s vast local government experience, totalling 15 years, has been an asset during the current term of council. She was a councillor, deputy mayor and mayor of the former Sarina Shire Council. Cr May is a member of council’s Character and Heritage, Community Grants, Regional Arts Development Fund, Sarina Field of Dreams and Sustainability and Environment Advisory committees. She also has extensive knowledge when it comes to infrastructure and is a member on the Transport and Drainage and Water and Waste Advisory boards. Her areas of interest in council include recycling, natural environment, sustainability and beach protection. She is a member of the Sarina Landcare Group. Cr May is also chair of the Sarina and District Community Financial Services Ltd (Sarina Community Bendigo Bank), chair of the Connect Housing Group, vice chair of Sarina Landcare and Catchment Management Association, president of the Regional Social Development Coalition and a council representative on the North Queensland Bulk Points Community Group for Hay Point. She is a strong advocate for issues in our southern region and played a key role in bushfire recovery.
Cr Ayril Paton
Phone: 0409 593 806
Profile: Cr Ayril Paton has brought a strong interest in rates, finance, policies and governance to his first term of council. He’s a member of council’s Audit committee, the Transport and Drainage and Waste and Water advisory boards and is a council delegate for the Local Authority Waste Management advisory committee. But his time on council isn’t all about numbers and trunk infrastructure. His areas of interest also include parks, playgrounds and the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. He’s chair of the Sports and Recreation advisory committee and a member of the Sports Expo and Sign-on Day working group. He also sits on the BMA Local Buy Foundation and Invest Mackay Events Attraction Program assessment committees, advocating for community and economic benefit for our region. Outside of council, Cr Paton also has many years of community service and is passionate about the health and wellbeing of our community youth, being the committee chair of the YIRS One Stop Youth Shop and committee member of the Sarina Community Skills Centre and the Regional Social Development Coalition. Having a rural background, being based at Munbura and the family farm at Racecourse, made him an ideal choice by council to represent the Western Region locality. Cr Paton is an advocate for a whole-of-region approach to ensure all residents are represented in the Mackay Regional Council area.
Cr Ross Walker
Phone: 0429 615 711
Profile: Cr Ross Walker’s areas of interest for the current council include finance, safety and governance. As a third-term councillor, he can call on his vast local government experience when dealing with those issues and in his positions on the Transport and Drainage and Water and Waste advisory committees, as well as the Mackay Events Attraction Program assessment committee. First elected at a by-election in 2010, Cr Walker 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. 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. That rural experience made him an obvious choice by council to represent the Western Region locality. Cr Walker has been a dedicated member of Mackay West Rotary Club for more than 30 years and in 2003 was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary for exceptional service to the sugar industry.