Councillors

The elected Council is made up of 10 Councillors and the Mayor.

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

Divisional Maps


 
Councillors represent the interests of residents and ratepayers and facilitate communication between the community and Council. Councillors are required to adhere to a code of conduct and Council has adopted the model code as set down by the Department of Infrastructure and Planning.

Cr Jack Dempsey 
     
Cr Jason Bartels  Division 1
Cr Scott Rowleson
Division 6
Cr Bill Trevor 
Division 2
Cr Ross Sommerfeld
Division 7
Cr Wayne Honor
Division 3
Cr David Batt
Division 8
Cr Helen Blackburn 
Division 4
Cr Judy Peters
Division 9
Cr Greg Barnes Division 5
Cr Peter Heuser 
Division 10
Cr Jack Dempsey - Mayor - Finance & Disaster Management
 

Contact Details:

Home  
Work 1300 883 699 (Call Centre)
Fax 4150 5410 (Council)
Mobile 0438 617 110
Email
jack.dempsey@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio Finance & Disaster Management

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Cr Jason Bartels - Division 1
 

Contact Details:

Home
Fax
Mobile 0438 681 189
Email
jason.bartels@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
 
View Division One Map

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Cr Bill Trevor - Division 2  
 

Contact Details:

Home
Work  
Mobile 0429 873 103
Email
bill.trevor@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
View Division Two Map

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Cr Wayne Honor - Division 3

Contact Details:

Home 4157 2518
Fax
4157 2518
Mobile 0488 539 224
Email wayne.honor@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
Health & Regulatory Services
View Division Three Map

Background: Wayne is Councillor for Division 3, covering an area of 3,749 square kilometres in the hinterland of the Bundaberg Region. Wayne holds the portfolio of Health and Regulatory Services and originally held the portfolio of Roads and Drainage from 2008-12. Wayne spent 4 years as a Councillor in the previous Kolan Shire Council, working in the area of Community Services and Finance.

Wayne is actively involved in the community taking on many active roles on committees, some being Chair of Lake Monduran Advisory Committee, Gin Gin Subgroup of Local Disaster Management and Council representative on the Cycle and Pathways Committee, Road Safety Committee and Regional Road Group. Before becoming a Councillor he was involved in a number of community committees including schools and agriculture.

His interests include community, art, sustainable farming practices as well as developing a Droughtmaster Stud cattle herd with his wife. He enjoys Clay Target and Small Bore rifle shooting. Wayne is keen to build on the achievements of Council to date and looks forward to contributing to the further development and prosperity of our culturally and geographically diverse region.

Cr Helen Blackburn- Division 4  
 

Contact Details:

Work
 
Fax  
Mobile 0438 599 175
Email
helen.blackburn@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:

View Division Four Map

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Cr Greg Barnes - Division 5 - Economic Development

Contact Details:

Home 4159 2575
Work 0488 539 123
Fax 4159 2576
Mobile 0488 539 123
Email greg.barnes@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
Economic Development
View Division Five Map

Background: Greg was first elected to the former Burnett Shire Council in March 2000 and re-elected in 2004. In 2008 he was elected to the new Bundaberg Regional Council and subsequently re-elected in 2012. He has been assigned the Economic Development portfolio (encompassing the conceptualisation and delivery of major projects across the organisation), tourism operations and airport operations.

Greg has a strong affinity with the wide range of usses affecting the region and especially within his divisional townships of Bargara, Innes Park North, Innes Park and Coral Cove. Through his portfolio, he is focusing on opportunities to remedy the region's high unemployment rate by supporting the implementation of efficient and effective economic development strategies and initiatives. He is also committed to enticing a second airline to service the needs of the regional community and to explore options for routes beyond the Bundaberg/Brisbane service and additional FIFO services for the resource sector.

Greg has considerable experience in the regional tourism industry having owned and operated a dive shop & charter boat business prior to entering local government. He has also served as President of the Coral Coast Chamber of Commerce & Tourism for 16 years, the Chair of Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism for 4 years and on a number of other local Boards & Committees.

Cr Scott Rowleson - Division 6
 

Contact Details:

Home
Mobile 0438 543 258
Email scott.rowleson@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
 
View Division Six Map

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Cr Ross Sommerfeld - Division 7- Planning & Development

Contact Details:

Home 4151 6244 (after hours only)
Work 4130 4769
Fax 4152 6299
Mobile 0488 539 256
Email ross.sommerfeld@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
Planning & Development
View Division Seven Map

Background: Ross was born and raised in Bundaberg. He has more than 25 years experience as a Consulting Surveyor with 21 of those years being Principal of his own business based in Bundaberg, before selling the whole business in 2004. Ross and his wife Linda have also owned the West Bundaberg News Mail delivery run for the past 10 years. Ross and Linda have three adult sons and one grandson.

Ross has been actively involved in a number of community and sporting groups over the years and still is a current member of the Bundaberg Croquet Club and a life member of Across The Waves Cricket Club.

Ross represents Division 7 which broadly covers the airport, Svensson Heights, Norville and Thabeban. Ross is Chairman of Planning & Development, a portfolio he finds most rewarding and closely aligned with his previous role as a Consulting Surveyor. He says that although he represents Division 7, he is committed to the whole region along with his fellow Councillors.

Cr David Batt - Deputy Mayor - Division 8 - Governance

Contact Details:

Mobile 0488 539 354
Email david.batt@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
Governance
View Division Eight Map

Background: David is a third generation Bundaberg resident and is married with two daughters. He was previously employed as a Police Officer for over 23 years rising to the rank of Sergeant before being elected to the Bundaberg Regional Council in 2008. David holds a Diploma of Local Government - Administration, along with a Diploma in Policingand an Advanced Diploma in Investigative Practices. He was the Manager of the Bundaberg PCYC for several years before his successful election as the Division 8 Representative for Bundaberg Regional Council.

David has a passion for Sport and Recreation in the local community and is involved in many local Community Organisations including Impace Make Your Mark, Bundaberg PCYC, Bundaberg Netball Association and Across the Waves Sports Club.

Division 8 covers a large area of the former Bundaberg City Council, including the areas of Avoca and Branyan within the boundaries of the Isis Highway and the Burnett River.

As well as holding the Deputy Mayor's role, David has the portfolio of 'Governance' and is the Deputy Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group. David was awarded a 'Paul Harris Fellow' by the Sunrise Rotary Club for his efforts in steering the 'Response and Recovery' to the devastating floods in December 2010/January 2011.

David enjoys golf, camping, fishing and watching all types of sport and when he gets time he loves to socialise with family and friends.

Cr Judy Peters - Division 9 - Community Services

Contact Details:

   
Mobile 0417 778 091
Email judy.peters@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
Community Services
View Division Nine Map

Background: Division 9 covers parts of East Bundaberg, Kepnock and the City area with schools, commercial activities, sporting fields and nature reserves enhancing the urban growth.

Cr Judy Peters was first elected as a Councillor to the Bundaberg City Council in 1994 holding the Community and Cultural Services portfolio until 2008. Elected in March 2008 as a Councillor for Bundaberg Regional Council representing Division 9 with the Community and Arts Portfolio, and re-elected unopposed in 2012 and currently holds the Community Services portfolio.

Judy is currently a member of a number of community organisations as well as an invited guest to others. Judy was previously involved in LGAQ Social Planning Reference Group and the State Advisory Committee for Disability. Currently a member of the LGAQ Arts Reference Gropu and at the local level is Chair of Council's Regional Arts Development Fund. Judy has held an executive position with the Australian Local Government Women's Association Queensland since 1995 having served as Zone 4 representative for 4 years and State President for 4 years as well as delegate to the ALGWA National Executive. Judy is currently the immediate Past President of ALGWA Queensland. In July 2011 she was welcomed as an associate member of the National Rural Women Coalition.

Judy holds a Diploma in Local Government - Administration, a Diploma of Business (Frontline Management), undertaken a Certificate IV Training and Assessment and is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

Judy was invited to be profiled in the Who's Who 2009 Edition 'Lessons we Learn' and the 2010 edition 'Reflections of Happiness'.

Judy owned and operated Bundaberg Shipping Services for 11 years dealing with domestic and foreign going cargo vessels from the Port of Bundaberg and held the position as a Director and then Deputy Chairman Bundaberg Port Authority for 14 years.

Creating opportunities for the community through networks and knowledge underpins her role on Council.

Cr Peter Heuser - Division 10
 

Contact Details:

Home
Fax
Mobile 0438 546 297
Email peter.heuser@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
 
View Division Ten Map

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Councillor Register of Interests

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