Mayor and Councillors Mayor and Councillors

Cr Gail Sellers
Mayor
Mobile 0448 883 134
Phone (07) 49766903
Fax (07) 4972 3908
mayor@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au
www.gailsellers.com

 

Cr Maxine Brushe
Councillor
Mobile 0448 882 609
Phone (07) 4973 8694
maxineb@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au
Cr Matt Burnett
Deputy Mayor
Mobile 0437 086 401
Council Chambers (07) 49766 903
mattb@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au
Cr Col Chapman
Councillor
Mobile 0448 883 961
Home Phone (07) 4978 2119
colinc@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

Cr Rick Hansen
Councillor
Mobile 0448 885 047
Phone (07) 4978 6317
Fax (07) 4978 6317
rickhansen@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

 

Cr Ren Lanzon
Councillor
Mobile 0417 732 640
renlanzon@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

Cr Graham McDonald
Councillor
Mobile 0409 730 469
grahamm@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

Cr Karen Porter
Councillor
Mobile 0417 723 042
karenporter@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

 

Cr PJ Sobhanian
Councillor
Mobile 0412 544 201

pjs@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

 

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Cr Gail Sellers has her roots firmly planted in the Gladstone Region with her great grandparents being pioneers of the Boyne Valley, her parents raised in Calliope and she was born and raised in Gladstone.  Gail was heavily involved in the community for many years volunteering in the administration of: Sporting clubs; a Kindergarten;  school P&C's;  Cancer Fund Qld; Rotary International; and the Zonta Club of Gladstone. A single decision of the Council of the day ignited an interest in Local Government for Cr  Sellers and she was elected to the Gladstone City Council as an Alderman in 1988 and held the position of Deputy Mayor from 1997-2008. Gail was successful at the first election for the new Gladstone Regional Council and was appointed Deputy Mayor by the unanimous vote of her fellow councillors. Gail was elected as Mayor on 25 November 2010.

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Cr Maxine Brushe

Cr Maxine Brushe has served as a Local Government Councillor for 20 years and is well known for her long standing involvement with the community.  The ability to influence decisions that determine the shape and feel of our community were prime motivators in originally standing for Local Government. She currently holds positions on the Boyne Tannum Arts Business and Community Assocation Inc.; CQU Regional Engagement Committee;  Gladstone Communities for Children Committee; Rio Tinto Alcan Community Fund Board, QGC Sustainable Communities Fund Panel and the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd (GAPDL) Board, Gladstone Region Interfaith Network, and Patron of BITS Bullets Swim Club and the Boyne Valley Historical Society.

Cr Brushe believes this Region's diversity of beautiful natural features, employment opportunities, leisure activities and great people all contribute to a great place to live, work and play.

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Cr Matt Burnett
Deputy Mayor

Born and raised locally, Cr Matt Burnett was first elected to Local Government in 2000 and was appointed to the position of Deputy Mayor in 2011 by his fellow Councillors.  He was unanimously returned as Deputy after the 2012 general election and is the proud father of three children all born in the Gladstone hospital, fifth generation locals.

Cr Burnett is Council's representative on the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd (GAPDL), the Traffic and Environment Advisory Committee, the Southern Great Barrier Reef representative for the Queensland Cruise Ship Industry group and holds the Regional Development portfolio. He joined Council to support the continued growth and development of the Gladstone Region and encourages Council investment in new and improved infrastructure from roads and sporting fields to libraries and community centres.  His vision is for the Gladstone Region to be the place where business wants to invest and grow and offers balance of lifestyle opportunities for the community to be proud to call our place home.

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Cr Col Chapman

For the past thirty eight years in Gladstone, Cr Chapman has been involved in community, sporting, school and service organisations as well as conducting several businesses, namely Newsxpress Kin Kora and Dymocks Bookstore. It was a desire to serve the community and utilise his  business skills to the benefit of the region that drove him to seek election to the Council in October 2006.  Since that time, he has been actively involved in pursuing his interest in the environment and a desire for more sustainable practices within the region. His vision for the Gladstone Region is that it should be a model 21st Century Industrial region with the right balance of industry, environment and social aspects.  Cr Chapman has been actively involved in the Clean and Healthy Air for Gladstone project, Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership and is currently Chair of the Gladstone Regional Environment Advisory Network.  Other committees that he is a member include the Gladstone Local Marine Advisory Committee and the Reef Guardian Council's Steering Committee.

On a personal level, he have been a member of the Gladstone Rotary Club for 35 years, having served as its President and Director, and has been honoured as a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a vice-president of the Gladstone Mens Shed, Patron of the Gladstone Golf Club Inc and an active swimmer of the Gladstone Groper's Masters Swim Club.

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Cr Rick Hansen

Cr Rick Hansen holds the Engineering Services portfolio in Council which includes Urban Roads, Water, Sewerage and Waste. He has a background in middle management and as a small business owner/operator. Rick holds a keen interest in sport and is a Gladstone Basketball life member. He is Council's representative for numerous committees and boards including the GRC Business Improvement (Internal Audit) committee; Traffic Environmental Advisory Group (TEAC); Local Disaster Management Group; Gladstone PCYC Advisory Board and EQUIP Advisory Board. Rick also volunteers as President of the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry is President of the Port Curtis Day Respite Committee, and is a member of Gladstone Rotary Sunrise. Rick, his wife Lyndal and family have lived in Gladstone for 39 years and he is extremely proud of the region with it's 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.

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Cr Ren Lanzon

Born in Malta and raised in Melbourne, Ren came to Gladstone nearly 42 years ago.  He worked as a journalist here for more than 34 years covering stories from the three councils until their eventual amalgamation into the Gladstone Regional Council. This gave him a good understanding of the local social, industrial and political scene and was a good launch-pad into local politics which gave him the opportunity to give something back to the community he had adopted. The warmer weather brought him to Gladstone and the excitement of a growing friendly community kept him here. His portfolio of Arts and Culture fits well with love and past activities in the performing arts. He is married to a local girl, Wendy (nee Brodie), and has five children seven grandchildren (so far), four vegie beds and three chooks.

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Cr Graham McDonald

Cr Graham McDonald is a true local as his family has lived in the district since his great grandparents.  He enjoys the climate the Gladstone region offers with its diversity ranging from the Great Barrier Reef to the hinterland.  Cr McDonald believes our region is a great place to raise your family offering both lifestyle and work opportunities.  He was first elected to local government in 1994 and has a wealth of experience, dedicated to the community with a focus on making a difference for future generations.

As the Portfolio Councillor for Parks and Recreation, Cr McDonald has a forward thinking approach and passion to make a difference for a region that is serious about its parks and sporting development.  He is hard at work in the community serving on many boards and committees including Capricorn Pest Management Group, Gladstone Area Water Board, Fitzroy Basin Association as well as past/present involvement with SES, Apex and Rotary.

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Cr Karen Porter

Cr Karen Porter is passionate about creating an environment for our business and industry to reach their full potential.  She has qualifications in business, management and training and has a depth of experience developing and implementing government policy and strategy in the areas of business, industry and regional development, sport and recreation.  Cr Porter has developed close working relationships with business and major industry while working in senior management roles within the Gladstone Region.  She is a member of numerous business and community organisations and has held positions on multiple boards and steering committees. Cr Porter nominated for a position on Council as she feels strongly about contributing personally to our region's development economically, environmentally and socially.  When asked about the region, Cr Porter says she just "loves the Gladstone Region".

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Cr PJ Sobhanian

Gladstone young business and community identity, and Dentist, Cr Poya John Sobhanian is an expert in the areas of health and business management.  It was through his dental practice that several of his patients asked him to run for the position of Councillor at the Gladstone Regional Council so that he can, as a health expert, be a voice for our community.  “I love our region, it is so diverse from the Port and industry, to tourism and agriculture, we are blessed with it all, the economic heart of Queensland” Cr Sobhanian is often heard saying.

Cr Sobhanian’s other areas of interests are the arts, sports and environmental sustainability.  In the past, Cr Sobhanian has been a leader in actively advocating for small business policy, community health and regional tourism and agriculture. He is currently fulfilling the portfolio role of Rural Services, which sees him regularly visit towns of Agnes Water, Miriam Vale, Mt Larcom and the Boyne Valley.

He has frontline experience and knowledge having worked at the Gladstone Oral Health Services and also been instrumental in establishing Sunvalley Dental Pty Ltd.  He has also been a member of the University of Queensland (UQ) Academic Board and Board of Studies (Faculty of Health Sciences), an interim-committee member of Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), as well as, being an avid Rotarian, having served as the Director of Community Services at the Rotary Club of South Gladstone.

His expertise in management and business has seen him accept Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Management, committee membership of the Australian Dental Association Workforce and Education Committee as well as the Gladstone Regional Council’s Business Improvement Committee (BIC). In his spare time, Cr Sobhanian enjoys watching football with family and friends.

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