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 & Economic Development
 

Contact Details:

Work 1300 883 699 (Call Centre)
Fax 4150 5410 (Council)
Email
jack.dempsey@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio Finance & Economic Development

Background:  

John "Jack" Dempsey was born on 7 April 1966 and was raised in Ipswich.

A keen sportsman, Jack represented Australia in schoolboy's rugby union as well as playing union and rugby league and many other sports.  He believes sport is a great educator and provides a great insight into the values of team work, discipline and humility.

His first jobs involved working as a brickies labourer and concreter before involving himself in the transport industry and eventually joining the Queensland Police Force.

Jack travelled extensively throughout his police career which brought him into contact with a lot of characters and a host of genuine Queenslanders.

Jack and Christine and their family made Bundaberg home in 2000 after immediately falling in love with the region.

He was elected Mayor of the Bundaberg Region on March 10 2016 after an extended period in Queensland politics.

Cr Dempsey is the former State Member for Bundaberg, being elected to that position on September 9 2006.  He held various Ministerial positions culminating with his appointment as Minister for Police and Community Safety in 2013, a position he held until he exited politics on January 31 2015.

Proud of his role in State Government, Cr Dempsey brings that same pride to his position as Mayor.

Jack is passionate about the Bundaberg Region and is delighted at this opportunity to serve the region and its residents and has pledged to make the Bundaberg Regional Council the envy of Councils across Australia.

He is widely involved in many community groups and organisations and retains a strong interest in sport and recreation activities.

Cr Jason Bartels - Division 1 - Water and Wastewater
 

Contact Details:

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

Background: 

Jason is Councillor for Division 1 which covers Winfield, Yandaran, Avondale, Moore Park, North Bundaberg, Sharon and Burnett Downs.

Jason lives at Burnett Downs with his wife and 3 teenage children and he enjoys spending time with his family and they all enjoy water skiing, fishing, bike riding and appreciating all that this beautiful region has to offer.

Prior to being elected to Council, Jason has had a very diverse background, which has allowed him to gain invaluable experiences in life.  Jason is a trade qualified Plumber, Drainer & Gasfitter and he and his wife ran their own successful plumbing business.

In 2008 Jason was successfully elected as a Councillor for the Maranoa Regional Council. Because of this he sold his plumbing business and devoted the next 4 years to Council.

Jason's family has owned property in the Bundaberg region for 20 years and it has always been their preferred holiday destination, so when an opportunity became available in 2012 to relocate permanently to the Bundaberg region they jumped at the chance.

In the 4 years from 2012, Jason had been employed as the Plumbing Coordinator with BRC and in this time he realised that his skill set was better suited to making the strategic changes needed to Council and decided to nominate for a Councillor position.

Protecting the lifestyle and liveability of the region is one of Jason's main goals and he is determined to ensure that our region remains an attractive and affordable area in which to live.

Jason has been assigned the Water & Wastewater portfolio and he believes that with his experience, knowledge and background in this area, he will be able to contribute greatly to the advancement of the much needed development of a sustainable Water and Wastewater network for the entire region.

Cr Bill Trevor - Deputy Mayor - Division 2 - Environment & Natural Resources
 

Contact Details:

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

Background:  

Bill has a long and meritorious association with local government in Queensland having served initially as a Councillor with the former Isis Shire Council prior to becoming Mayor in 1993 until amalgamation in 2008.

Bill brings a wealth of knowledge to Bundaberg Regional Council and it was no surprise that his past experience made him an ideal selection for the position of Deputy Mayor.  

Bill comes from a sugar cane farming background in the Childers area and stamped his leadership credential at an early age being high school captain and a champion athlete.

Community service has always been a strong motivator for Bill and service in Apex was simply a precursor to the many community roles he undertook. Bill was founding President of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC), Wide Bay Burnett Area Consultative Committee (ACC) Chair for 14 years and is the current Wide Bay Burnett Chair of Regional Development Australia (RDA) after being appointed in 2014. He is also a former director of Isis Central Sugar Mill and Member of the Bundaberg District Health Council.

In 2009 Bill was awarded an OAM for his service to the Childers community and the Wide Bay Region. He is also a Life Member of Apex which is an award that holds special significance for him.

Bill has always prided himself on being able to "see outside the box" and to recognise opportunity.

He intends to bring this perceptive side of his abilities to the Bundaberg region through his seat on Council and to help develop strategies, create opportunities and foster job creation to advance the great potential of the Bundaberg region. He has a strong focus on ensuring ratepayer funds are distributed fairly but efficiently and effectively.

Councillor Isis Shire Council 1985 - 1993

Mayor Isis Shire Council 1993 - 2008

Cr Wayne Honor - Division 3 - Roads and Drainage
 

Contact Details:

Home 4157 2518
Fax
4157 2518
Mobile 0488 539 224
Email wayne.honor@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
Roads & Drainage
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 Roads and Drainage, which he previously held in 2008-12, and has also previously held the portfolio of Health and Regulatory Services. 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 - Governance & Communications  
 

Contact Details:

Work
 
Fax  
Mobile 0438 599 175
Email
helen.blackburn@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
Governance & Communications
View Division Four Map

Background: Helen Blackburn (nee Stubberfield) was born and bred in Bundaberg and is passionate about the region in which she raised her family. Helen served in the Australian Army earning an Australian Service Medal for her service to her Country. After some time living and working in Brisbane and Sydney, Helen returned to Bundaberg, recognising it as a safe place to raise her young family. Helen worked in Community based organisations such as Lifeline, Bundaberg Area Sexual Assault Service and Bundaberg Area Youth Service. Helen is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.

Working in corporate Australia in senior management roles with multi-national companies such as Telstra and Optus, ending her corporate career with OptiComm in the dual roles of State Sales Manager and National Marketing Manager, Helen has a wealth of experience in working with large organisations. During this time Helen served as the secretary to the Urban Development Institute of Australia Bundaberg Branch and was instrumental in assisting with the association's inaugural committee. The last 10 years in corporate Australia were spent working in the development industry, specifically in technology - fibre to the premises. Helen holds diplomas in Project Management and Business Management.

Helen has a wealth of experience in working with local councils (specifically in their land development departments) and a comprehensive understanding of community based initiatives along with a detailed knowledge of corporate Australia which enables her to think locally but envisage the bigger picture.


Cr Greg Barnes - Division 5 - Tourism & Regional Growth
 

Contact Details:

Home 4159 2575
Work 0488 539 123
Fax 4159 2576
Mobile 0488 539 123
Email greg.barnes@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
Tourism & Regional Growth
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 Tourism and Regional Growth 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 issues affecting the region and especially within his divisional townships of Bargara and parts of Innes Park. 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 - Waste & Recycling 
 

Contact Details:

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

Background:

I have called the Bundaberg region home since 2002.  In that time I have had placement to other areas of Queensland to pursue career advancement and knowledge.  I believe that living in other areas of the country has served me well, when it comes to having an open mind about how we do things here in this region.

I have been lucky enough to work with many people from many backgrounds, mostly in the retail management area, over many years. 

I have been an advocate for local community groups and associations since I arrived in Bundaberg and I still believe that many of those groups are the fabric that our community needs to operate on a daily basis. 

I am also a strong advocate for growth and development and I will always work hard to make sure our region is growing to its full potential for the betterment of all.

I am a proud division 6 resident and will always put its residents first, along with all others who live here in the best region in Australia.

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 - Division 8 - Sport, Recreation, Venues & Disaster Management
 

Contact Details:

Mobile 0488 539 354
Email david.batt@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
Sport, Recreation, Venues and Disaster Management 
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 Policing and 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 Impact Community Services (chair), 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.

David is the Deputy Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group and 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 & Cultural Services
 

Contact Details:

   
Mobile 0417 778 091
Email judy.peters@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
Portfolio:
Community & Cultural 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 Group 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 - Health & Regulatory Services
 

Contact Details:

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

Background:

A long term community advocate Peter has welcomed this opportunity to represent the residents of Division 10 through his election to Council.

Peter has lived in the Bundaberg Region since 1982 and involved himself with numerous community groups.

He has a work history spanning more than 30 years, holding positions within the Prime Minister's Department in Canberra as well as working in the Bureau of Statistics. He also enjoyed his role as an employment consultant working with the Commonwealth Employment Service. This varied work history has provided Peter with a wealth of knowledge as well as the opportunity to work with and relate to a broad cross section of people.

Peter's career also included working in areas of legislation, purchasing and supply and as an employment consultant with business organisations and training facilities.

His work in the Bundaberg area has taken him to locations across the Wide Bay region which also provides a strong knowledge base relating to regional problems.

Peter is proud to represent Division 10 but is dedicated to producing outcomes that advantage the entire Bundaberg region. He is a strong advocate for community consultation and undertakes regular sessions within his division.

As the Health and Regulatory Services portfolio spokesperson, Peter has a strong interest in vector control and limiting the impact of mosquito borne diseases across the region.

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