Councillor profiles

The Mayor and ten councillors listed below are the elected members representing the ten divisions that comprise the Bundaberg Region.

Bundaberg Regional Council divisional boundary map can be found on the Electoral Commission Queensland site

Bundaberg Regional Council Elected Representatives


Cr Helen Blackburn - Mayor

Mayor Helen Blackburn

Phone: 0448 386 170


Helen is Mayor of the Bundaberg Region and was born and raised in Bundaberg.

She attended Central State School and Bundaberg State High School and worked at some iconic local places from tomato picking at Winfield to the Café Royale and Marell Engineering.

Helen left Bundaberg to join the Army and spent four years as a soldier.

After starting a family Helen moved back to Bundaberg, working at Austchilli and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks before commencing with CQU.

She worked in community-based organisations such as Bundaberg Area Sexual Assault Service, Lifeline and Bundaberg Area Youth Service before going on to own a small business and becoming an awarded business leader.

Her achievements include Diplomas in Counselling, Psychotherapy and later Business Administration and Project Management and a Company Directors course.

She served as Division 4 representative on Bundaberg Regional Council between 2016 and 2020, the only Councillor to hold two portfolios, those of Governance and Sport and Recreation.

She also chaired the CBD revitalisation consumer reference group and was instrumental in forming the trader group which has now transformed in the Love Bundy program

Helen is an active member of her community having served on Rotary and various management committees of community-based and charity organisations and being a patron for the Small Bore Rifle Club and Defence Veteran Drop-in Centre.

Passionate about her role as Mayor she believes “we all have something to offer and that we need to be willing to do the offering”.

Her focus is the region’s economic health and aims to see the Bundaberg Region become a regional capital by working with all levels of government to deliver sustainable, long term solutions to foster growth for the region in all sectors.


Cr Jason Bartels - Division 1

Cr  Jason Bartels

Phone: 0438 681 189


Division 1 Map

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

Jason lives at Burnett Downs with his wife in their family home where they have raised their three children, all now young adults. Jason 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 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. He then sold his plumbing business and devoted the next four years to Council.

Jason's family has owned property in the Bundaberg region for many 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 four years from 2012, Jason had been employed as the Plumbing Coordinator with Bundaberg Regional Council and in this time he realised that his skill set was better suited to making the strategic changes Council needed 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.

Register of Interests - Cr Jason Bartels 


Cr Bill Trevor OAM - Division 2

Cr Bill Trevor

Phone: 0429 873 103


Division 2 Map

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.  

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 endeavours 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

Register of Interests - Cr Bill Trevor


Cr Deborah Keslake - Division 3 

Cr Deb Keslake

Phone: 0408 145 885


Division 3 Map


Cr Tracey McPhee, Deputy Mayor - Division 4

Councillor tracey mcphee headshot

Phone: 0437 896 592


Division 4 Map

Tracey is well-known as the owner operator of local award-winning café, Alowishus Delicious.

Along with her husband Michael and their children Ally and Gabriel, Tracey has lived in Division 4 for the past 8 years.

Through a strong belief in the future of the Bundaberg Region and the value of small business, both as a community service and as a vehicle for job creation, Alowishus has expanded to three locations over the past several years.

This expansion has resulted in recognition including Chamber of Commerce ‘Business of the Year’, Country Wide ‘Business of the Year’ and Australia Day ‘Community Spirit Award”.

Tracey has built her reputation on hard work, leadership and community focus. As a passionate community minded business woman Tracey has been involved in employment programs, high school mentoring and buy local campaign #lovebundy and in her personal time she serves on the Bundaberg Regional Youth Hub, St Joseph’s Catholic primary school board and volunteers for numerous local organisations and charities.

As a councillor Tracey aims to represent the Bundaberg Region and Division 4 by focusing on prosperity for both business and residents. She has special interest in reducing youth unemployment by fostering relationships between students and industry, providing career pathways and increasing employability of students on graduation.

Inspired by her late father, Steve Ward, who was awarded a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship for his dedication to community service, Tracey proudly carries the family commitment to the local community.

Register of Interests - Cr Tracey McPhee


Cr Larine Statham-Blair - Division 5

Phone: 0497 912 403


Division 5 Map


Cr Carmen McEneany - Division 6

Phone: 0438 103 058


Division 6 Map

Carmen is Councillor for Division 6 which covers Elliott Heads, Riverview, Calavos, Woongarra, Coral Cove, Innes Park, Bargara Headlands, Qunaba, Rubyanna, Mon Repos, Burnett Heads and the Port.

Carmen is a dedicated community advocate with a passion for making a difference and is also a devoted mother to three teenagers.

Locally she is recognised in her roles as a Thermomix Team Leader and Coordinator for Boomerang Bags Bundaberg.

Known for her community-minded approach, she tirelessly works to support her town by organising meal assistance during the floods and advocating for local initiatives such as successfully petitioning for traffic signals and the reduction of learner's license fees.

With the motto of LLL (Listen, Learn, Liaise) Carmen is now inspired to extend her impact by joining Council, aiming to represent her community's needs at a higher level.

Hosting monthly community consultation desks in different locations each month will be her favourite way to be out and about and have the opportunity to meet as many constituents as possible.

As a registered JP she will make herself available for signing documents.

Register of Interests - Cr Carmen McEneany


Cr Gary Kirk - Division 7

Councillor Gary Kirk

Phone: 0458 793 411


Division 7 Map

Register of Interests - Cr Gary Kirk


Cr Steve Cooper - Division 8 

Cr Steve Cooper

Phone: 0428 040 719


Division 8 Map

Steve is Councillor for Division 8.

Steve has been a resident of Bundaberg for over 40 years and a resident of Division 8 for 15 years. Steve is well known for his long association with the hardware business having previously operated an outlet in Bundaberg for 25 years.

He has also been actively involved in various branches of local Rotary, with his most notable achievement as a Group Study Exchange Leader to Canada and America. He took a team of young local professionals to experience similar professions and culture in these countries. Steve was also awarded the highest recognition available to a Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellowship Award for exemplary service to Rotary.

His long and valued service with the Rotary organisation has provided him with a great level of community connectivity and the opportunity to engage with people from all backgrounds, not only in the Bundaberg Region but on a broader national and international level.

He is well credentialled to serve his community as a strong and knowledgeable representative for his division and as a member of a Council team dedicated to the growth and prosperity of the Bundaberg Region.

Steve truly believes that the experience he has gained from his achievements in Rotary, along with his determination to serve has provided him with the tools to be an informed advocate around the Council table.

Register of Interests - Cr Steve Cooper 


Cr May Mitchell - Division 9

Councillor may mitchell headshot

Phone: 0437 885 384


Division 9 Map

May has lived in Bundaberg since 1994 and with her husband and family has been a ratepayer in the current Division 9 area for over 25 years.

May’s extensive local government experience commenced in 1982, holding positions at Mt Isa City Council, Thuringowa City Council (Townsville), Bundaberg City Council and Bundaberg Regional Council where, up until her recent election, May held a senior role in Council’s revenue area.

As an elected member of Council, her goal is to serve the local community and surrounding areas as a proactive representative with a passion to improve the lifestyle and liveability of the Bundaberg Region.

May is a staunch supporter of further developing outdoor and recreational opportunities for families and residents across the region. As a Council representative who will always listen to the concerns of residents and give residents a voice, May is committed to working with her fellow Councillors and Council staff to achieve plentiful and well-designed outdoor spaces, pathways and bikeways.

As a Councillor who is well aware of the potential of the Bundaberg Region, May welcomes initiatives that will drive a resilient local economy. This can be achieved where agriculture, manufacturing, residential and commercial development and tourism opportunities are embraced yet complement one another.

She is motivated to encouraging a diverse range of industries to see Bundaberg or its regions as the location in which they want to establish and invest.

Cycling and outdoor fitness are some of May’s leisure pursuits and she is a member of Coral Isle Cyclists Inc. She has also held positions in Neighbourhood Watch, been a Toastmasters member and a non-executive board member of Community Lifestyle Support Ltd (Disability and Community Services).

Register of Interests - Cr May Mitchell


Cr John Learmonth - Division 10

Cr John Learmonth

Phone: 0438 546 297


Division 10 Map

John is a local, born and bred in Bundaberg. He is a proven hands-on and proactive person having accumulated decades of leadership skills. John attended Walkervale State School and completed his education at Bundaberg State High School. He entered the workforce locally completing his trade as a Fitter and Turner with Qunaba Mill.

John and his family developed and continue to own the Southside Central Shopping Centre. Through his past ownership of Learmonths' Foodworks, John employed and trained hundreds of staff, both young and old with many being offered their first job and experience of the workforce. The business benefited from his strong and focused business management and the loyalty and dedication of staff and was successful in receiving many National Awards.

He has been involved in a voluntary capacity in many clubs and associations including BMX and swimming and most recently as Commodore of the Bundaberg Sailing Club. He also enjoys pursuing involvement with Sporting Shooters Association, RSL Club and City Fit Gym. In his role with the sailing club, John has been the founder and driving force behind the club’s successful annual Music Festival as well as overseeing the annual Club Regatta which attracts many boating visitors to the Club and Bundaberg region. John has been fortunate to receive various recognitions including Australian Sporting Boats' Sailor of the Year.

He is delighted that his career path allows him to utilise the management and communication skills he has gained along the way.

John enjoys being a member of the Council team promoting outcomes for his division and the wider Bundaberg region.

Register of Interests - Cr John Learmonth


Contact us

Address: 190 Bourbong Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670. Australia.

Telephone: 1300 883 699