Mayor and Councillors Mayor and Councillors

Cr Matt Burnett
Mayor
Mobile: 0437 086 401
Office: (07) 49766 903
mayor@gladstone.qld.gov.au

 

Cr Chris Trevor
Deputy Mayor
Mobile: 0437 757 839
christrevor@gladstone.qld.gov.au

Cr Cindi Bush
Councillor
Mobile: 0437 642 081
cindibush@gladstone.qld.gov.au
 

Cr Glenn Churchill
Councillor
Mobile: 0407 289 139
glennchurchill@gladstone.qld.gov.au
 

Cr Kahn Goodluck
Councillor
Mobile: 0433 944 302
kahngoodluck@gladstone.qld.gov.au

 

Cr Rick Hansen
Councillor
Mobile: 0448 885 047
rickhansen@gladstone.qld.gov.au
 

Cr Peter Masters
Councillor
Mobile: 0438 145 780
petermasters@gladstone.qld.gov.au

Cr Desley O'Grady
Councillor
Mobile: 0437 837 148
desleyogrady@gladstone.qld.gov.au

Cr PJ Sobhanian
Councillor
Mobile: 0412 544 201
pjsobhanian@gladstone.qld.gov.au

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Mayor Matt Burnett
Gladstone Region Matt Burnett is a born and bred resident and his family's connection with the region extends to five generations. Councillor Burnett's grandmother was born in the Boyne Valley and his grandfather is 103 and still going strong. He is a former small business operator and qualified journalist, having started his own newspaper, The Port Curtis Post, at the age of 19. He has since served in Local Government for 16 years, including five as Deputy Mayor prior to his election as Mayor. During his time in Local Government, Cr Burnett served as Chairman of Technical Services with Gladstone City Council and as portfolio representative in both Infrastructure and Technical Services with Gladstone Regional Council after amalgamation in 2008. Cr Burnett has always had the best interests of the community at heart and, as Mayor, he will draw upon the experience he has gathered over 16 years to ensure those interests remain a key consideration even as the region continues to grow and develop. Cr Burnett will bring an inclusive style of leadership to Council, making sure the thoughts and views of his fellow Councillors, Council officers, business and industry leaders, community groups and organisations, and members of the community are all heard and taken into consideration. Cr Burnett has learnt much from the three Mayors who he has worked with since being elected to Council in 2000 and will look to put what he has learned to good use during his tenor as Mayor, in order to provide the strong leadership needed to enable the Gladstone Region to shine at its best.

Deputy Mayor Chris Trevor
Councillor Chris Trevor has lived in the Gladstone Region for over 50 years and grew up in Auckland Street, South Gladstone. He went to Central State School and later Rockhampton Grammar School. When his mother Iris Trevor got very sick with breast cancer Cr Trevor finished his secondary education years 11 and 12 at Gladstone State High School. He completed his law degree externally through Queensland Institute of Technology whilst articled to Solicitors, Tony Goodwin and John Kenny. Cr Trevor has worked in Goondoon Street since 1979 – over 37 years as a solicitor, Gladstone City Councillor and Federal Member of Parliament. His grandparents owned Gladstone Steam Cleaning and Laundry in Goondoon Street where his mother Iris worked. Cr Trevor's father Allan “Foo” Trevor worked as a train driver for QR in Gladstone for over 40 years. Allan has a surviving brother Noel. Cr Trevor and his wife Colleen now live in Agnes Water and have five children and five grandchildren. Public service is just an extension of what Cr Trevor has been doing his whole life – helping people. Cr Trevor puts his hand up to make a difference. To do good. To give back what he takes out. He believes some people will always criticise one for trying to do good but one should do good anyway. It’s a pretty simple philosophy but one Cr Trevor has always believed in. He believes there are some tough times and many challenges ahead but now is the time to step up for the good of the Gladstone Region and its people. For the next four years Cr Trevor will give it his best.

Councillor Cindi Bush
Councillor Cindi Bush has lived in the Gladstone Region since the late 60s, apart from a few years away for travel and study. Her first home was at the Boles Street Caravan Park as there wasn't accommodation during the boom! Cr Bush is married to Adam and has three grown children Charlotte, Bridie and George. She has always been involved in the community as a volunteer, board member or founding member for many not-for-profit groups. Cr Bush is the Vice Chair of the Women's Health Centre, founding member of the Creative Recycling Centre, Director of Community Services with Gladstone Midday Rotary and a member of the Gladstone Medical Bus working party. Cr Bush says the region has always had her heart and been very good to her, so it is time for her to give back. Her professional training is in healthcare, however Cr Bush has worked in the building industry, creative industries and as a company director and was a highly successful political lobbyist. In the past, she has established the first palliative care ward at the hospital, produced a ballet and concert that featured local, national and international stars and self-funded a needle stick action campaign that resulted in $26 million dollars from the Federal Government for research, development and implementation of retractable needles. Cr Bush has a strong sense of community and always fights for what is fair and just. She also has a secret hobby! Cr Bush loves reading Acts, legislation, constitutions and laws and her favourite book is Hansard!

Councillor Glenn Churchill
Councillor Glenn Churchill has been an active and loyal resident of the greater Gladstone Region and Central Queensland for over 24 years. Together with his wife and family, Cr Churchill has had the great privilege of serving the business, social and community interests of the region through many different avenues. Cr Churchill is the current Chairman of the Gladstone PCYC Management Committee and recently spent seven years advocating for the region as CEO of GAPDL. Prior to this he served 11 years as both Councillor and Mayor at Banana Shire Council and protected the community for over 26 years as a Queensland Police Officer. Cr Churchill believes the region has so many wonderful people, places and priorities for its future. He has been, and will continue to be, a strong advocate for this great region, ensuring and enhancing the wellbeing, spirit and balanced lifestyle of its residents. Contracts and tenders, local and rural roads, flood proofing, aged care facilities, families, youths and support for small and medium businesses are areas he looks forward to focussing on as Councillor. Cr Churchill believes we need to work together to help foster a culture of pride in all the region's communities; valuing the work of our various industries and rural producers, developing civic pride for our region and recognising the vital work that Council does for the community. Cr Churchill pledges that he will faithfully and impartially fulfil the duties of this public office, with integrity, respect and compassion.

Councillor Kahn Goodluck
Councillor Kahn Goodluck has been living in Boyne Tannum for almost six years and has lived in Queensland his whole life. Cr Goodluck grew up in Kilkivan and later moved to the Gold Coast, the city in which he was born. Having lived in both a city and a country town, he believes the Gladstone Region is the perfect combination of both. It offers the services of a city with the benefits of a country lifestyle like a safe community and the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. His partner was born and bred in the region and he has therefore become part of her local family and friendship network. Cr Goodluck's brother and sister also live in the region. He has been heavily involved in the community as Coordinator of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union's Community Hub. The hub fundraises for charities, sports clubs and other not-for-profit groups through the donations of union members.  As a representative of union members he is accustomed to working with the community on a grassroots level. Cr Goodluck is also familiar with sitting around a table with high-level management. Through this work, he has honed the valuable art of negotiation and compromise to efficiently reach positive outcomes. He believes his working class background brings a different and valid perspective to Council. Cr Goodluck is motivated to engage with working people and make sure everyone in the community gets a fair go. He is also outgoing, passionate and determined. Cr Goodluck definitely has a positive, 'never say never' outlook to all that he does that will serve him well on Council.

Councillor Rick Hansen
Councillor Rick Hansen moved to Gladstone with his wife Lyndal and first daughter Pia 38 years ago, relocating from Maryborough for work. Their second daughter Annika was born in Gladstone. Together, they both have two granddaughters Georgia and Isabella. Pia is married to Jeff and Annika to Trent. They all still call Gladstone home. Cr Hansen is extremely proud of the region with its blend of industry, opportunity and environmental commitment. He believes that we have it all in the Gladstone Region, from the beautiful beaches of Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy and Tannum Sands to the scenic views of the valleys, mountains and the islands, coupled by the existence and potential of our great harbour. The region has enormous community pride and spirit. Cr Hansen has been involved in the community extensively, worked in major industry for 19 years and owned and managed a small business for 19 years. He has represented the community in Council since being first elected in 2006. Cr Hansen fully understands the business of Council from Planning to Community and to Finance. He has held the Engineering Services and Corporate and Governance portfolios and is a member of Council's Business Improvement Committee as well as many other committees. He has extensive knowledge of Small Business being President of the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Cr Hansen is President of the Port Curtis Day Respite (Aged Care) and a life member of Gladstone Basketball and has been involved in Rugby League.

Councillor Peter Masters
As a long-time resident, Councillor Peter Masters is extremely proud of the region we live in. His family moved to Beecher in 1974, to Benaraby in 1975 and to Calliope in 1977. His schooling years were spent at state schools in Benaraby and Calliope and at Chanel College and he is more than proud to still call Calliope home. As a father of six children and grandfather to three; for Cr Masters, family comes first and foremost. He also places great value on the importance of community. Cr Masters firmly believes in our region; it is a great place to live and most importantly, the people that make up the region are wonderful. He is extremely honoured to be an elected representative, realises the great responsibilities that it brings and feels he has plenty to offer.  Cr Masters has always been actively involved in the community through association in various sporting groups and organisations. He will earnestly apply the knowledge and experience his involvement with these groups and past employment has provided him to Council. Cr Masters worked for Calliope Shire Council in various departments, predominantly in finance and procurement working with contracts and tenders. He has Workplace Health and Safety qualifications extending to training and assessment, rehabilitation and return to work credentials. During his term as Councillor he will respect the wants and needs of the Gladstone Region people and strive to ensure a sense of pride returns to the community.

Councillor Desley O'Grady
Councillor Desley O'Grady has lived in the Gladstone Region for over 27 years where she has been happily married for 26 years to Craig and has had two adult children, Regan and Joel.  She has worked, run successful businesses and been heavily involved in the communities of Seventeen Seventy, Calliope and Gladstone. Her grandparents Bill and Mable Spencer had businesses in the Boyne Valley. Her family history in the Gladstone Region goes back five generations. Cr O'Grady has a passion to assist community organisations' ventures. She is a financial member of many community organisations. Cr O'Grady is proud to say she was part of the Calliope Rodeo Association team that raised $80,000 for the Boyne Valley community through the 2013 Bulls and Bands Flood Appeal. She has been a regular attendee of Gladstone Regional Council and Chamber of Commerce meetings and CWA events. She was also a committee member for the Gladstone Region 20 year Vision panel. Cr O'Grady loves that we have such a versatile region, from the hinterland of the Boyne Valley to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, as a solid foundation to build on for the future. Her family has significant roots in the region and she is proud to participate in the growth of this glorious destination. Cr O'Grady looks forward to contributing to the strategic direction of Council and working as a team member with energy and enthusiasm, as well as being a strong and passionate voice for the community.

Councillor PJ Sobhanian
Councillor PJ Sobhanian loves our environment! From the beautiful beaches of Boyne/Tannum and Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy to the country spirit of the Boyne Valley and beyond, Cr Sobhanian believes we have a terrific region with some of the most wonderful people in the world. This is one of the reasons why he moved to Gladstone to help reduce the public dental waiting list at the Gladstone Public Hospital. After serving at the hospital, he moved to private practice in 2011. It was here that two of Cr Sobhanian's patients asked him to run for Council to bring to the table his knowledge as a health practitioner and his input as an experienced, young professional. He is motivated by servant-leadership, which is providing leadership that is driven by community service. As a Councillor, Cr Sobhanian strongly believes in creating and maintaining respectful community partnerships. He has served on the Gladstone Regional Council from 2015 including the representation of the Rural Services Portfolio and service on the Business Improvement Committee. Cr Sobhanian has extensive knowledge and experience gained from serving on various government, non-government and community committees and boards including for the Australian Dental Association and University of Queensland, and on the Capricorn Pest Management Group and Gladstone Safe Night Precinct Committee. He has also served as Director of Community Services for the Rotary Club of South Gladstone.