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Cr Matt Burnett
Office: (07) 4976 6903
Mayor Matt Burnett was born and raised in the Gladstone Region with his family's connection to the region extending five generations. 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 served in Local Government since 2000, including five years 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 Technical Services, Infrastructure Services and Town Planning 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 draws upon the experience he has gathered over his years in Council to ensure those interests remain a key consideration even as the region continues to grow and develop.
Cr Burnett brings 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 represents Central Queensland on the Local Government Association of Queensland Policy Executive and is a Director on the Australian Local Government Association Board.
Cr Kahn Goodluck
Mobile: 0433 944 302
Councillor Kahn Goodluck lives in Boyne Island with his fiancé and three young children. He is a boilermaker by trade and has worked in local industry as well as performing as a musician at events and venues around the region.
Cr Goodluck moved to the Gladstone Region in 2011 from the Gold Coast after having completed his apprenticeship and soon after met his partner who was born in Gladstone and lived in Tannum Sands.
Having lived in both a city and growing up in Kilkivan, a small 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 - and is the perfect place to provide a great lifestyle and opportunities for his children.
Cr Goodluck has been a union delegate and health and safety representative in construction and through this work, has honed the valuable art of negotiation and compromise to reach positive outcomes. He believes his working class background brings a different and valuable perspective to council.
He is the President of the BTABC (Boyne Tannum Arts Business and Community Assoc. Inc.) which is responsible for many great community initiatives in the Boyne Tannum area including, BAM (Beach Arts Music), Under the Trees Music Festival and provides support to local businesses and other community groups and causes.
Cr Goodluck is motivated to engage with people throughout the region and ensure everyone gets a fair go. He is passionate about government policy and the impact that it has on people’s lives. He is outgoing, determined and brings a positive attitude and strong work ethic that will serve him well on council.
Cr Chris Cameron
Mobile: 0474 937 009
Councillor Chris Cameron moved to Gladstone from Mackay in 1999 to take charge of a joint venture housing development. Cr Cameron has three adult and seven grandchildren. His partner Lenore is a Gladstone resident of over 40 years. Cr Cameron’s background is building and property development. He was involved in substantial construction work for mining companies, Blair Athol Coal and Oaky Creek Cole in the Central Highlands.r Cameron is a Queensland Master Builder member for over 40 years, a Member of the Australian Institute of Building, Queensland Chapter (MAIB) for over 40 Years. Since semi-retirement he has continued to work in the building industry carrying out Project Management roles, building consultancy work and dispute resolution. He continues to support the building industry as a volunteer judge for the annual Qld Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards.
Cr Cameron is a proud Rotarian of 25 years. He served as President, Secretary, and various board positions. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) for services to Rotary and the Gladstone community. Further to his Rotary service he has been involved in Rotary RAWCS projects overseas, travelling to the Solomon Islands to participate in a humanitarian effort. In his earlier days, he was a past President of Lions and a member of Apex.
Cr Cameron has always been highly active and supportive of his local community. Cr Cameron looks forward to his role as Councillor in the Gladstone Regional Council and being part of the decision-making team to help shape the region’s post COVID-19 future.
Cr Chris Trevor
Mobile: 0437 757 839
Councillor Chris Trevor (CT) has lived in the Gladstone Region for over 50 years.
He was educated at Central State School and later Rockhampton Grammar School before completing his secondary education at Gladstone State High School.
Cr Trevor is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia, as well as a Justice of the Peace and Senior Counsellor of the Queensland Law Society.
He is a former Gladstone City Councillor, former Deputy Mayor and was the first ever Federal Member for Flynn in the Australian House of Representatives.
Cr Trevor has dedicated his life to family, the law, public service and both charitable and sporting pursuits throughout Central Queensland.
Cr Darryl Branthwaite
Mobile: 0474 877 363
Darryl Branthwaite is originally from Invercargill in the deep south of the South Island in New Zealand, arriving in Tannum Sands in 1982 where he worked as a process technician at Boyne Smelters until 1988.
Then, along with family, purchased the lease of what is now known as Caltex Boyne River, Benaraby.
For 22 years he and wife Jenny operated this very successful business, becoming influential within the community through involvement with the Boyne Tannum and Benaraby Chamber of Commerce, along with many other community groups; and also founding members of the Boyne Tannum HookUp (1995) which has gone on to become Australia’s largest family fishing event.
After leaving the business he went into real estate, selling residential and commercial properties for a further five years within the Gladstone Region.
Darryl has also been a director on the Board of the GAPDL for over 20 years prior to accepting the role of CEO in September 2015, having amazing success in turning the region’s tourism around with double-digit growth and over 34 cruise liners visiting while under his leadership. In June 2019 Darryl and Jenny started the tour business Gladstone Region Tours.
Darryl was also awarded the AIM Terry George Memorial Award for Leadership in 2009, along with Volunteer Manager of the Year for work regarding the Boyne Tannum HookUp. In 2020, on Australia Day, he was awarded Gladstone Region Citizen of the Year.
Darryl and Jenny have two sons who love our region for its fishing and general relaxed lifestyle. His passion for this region has been demonstrated through his motto which is Get on with it, and make things happen!
Cr Desley O'Grady
Mobile: 0437 837 148
Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership
Gladstone Local Marine Advisory Committee
Reef Guardians Council
Mayors Christmas Carols
Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail
Discovery Coast Community Reference Group (Wide Bay Health)
Mayors Charity Ball
Councillor Desley O'Grady has lived in the Gladstone Region for more than 30 years and her family history in the region dates back five generations. She has worked, run successful businesses and been heavily involved in many of the communities in the region.
She was also part of the Calliope Rodeo Association team that raised $80,000 for the Boyne Valley community through the 2013 Bulls and Bands Flood Appeal and was a committee member for the Gladstone Region 20 year Vision panel. Since being on council Cr O’Grady has attended numerous community functions, meetings and has been very passionate about council’s Vison.
Cr O'Grady loves that we have such a versatile region, from the hinterland of the Boyne Valley to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, and is dedicated in playing a part in the continued growth and prosperity of this glorious destination, as an elected member.
Cr O'Grady has been 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.
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Cr Glenn Churchill FIML, MAICD, MBWA
Mobile: 0407 289 139
Glenn Churchill has been an active and loyal resident of the greater Gladstone Region and Central Queensland for nearly 30 years. He has gained extensive experience and wisdom in his 15 years in Local Government as both a Mayor and Councillor.
Together with his wife Sue and family, Glenn has had the great privilege of serving the business, sporting, tourism and community interests of the region through many different avenues in public life.
He is the current long-time Chairman Gladstone PCYC Management Committee, Diamond Life member QPCYWA and more recently spent seven years advocating for the region as CEO of GAPDL and an additional seven years as an honorary Board member.
Cr Churchill is the current Chair of Gladstone Regional Arts Development Fund Board, appointed Chair of 2019 Bush Fire Recovery Committee (Infrastructure), member of the Sister City Committee International Friendship, earlier Chair of the Region’s Planning and Development Committee, past Director Gladstone Airport Corporation Board and Member of the LGAQ Executive.
Cr Churchill is also a life member and volunteer of various local community-based organisations. Cr Churchill previously served 11 years as Mayor/Councillor at Banana Shire Council and protected the community for 27 years as a Queensland Police Officer. Cr Churchill strongly believes in working together in harmony to help foster a culture of civic pride in the Region and its communities, valuing the contribution of our various industries, community groups and rural producers, and recognising the very vital work that Council does for the benefit of the region and communities.
Cr Natalia Muszkat
Mobile: 0436 646 201
Councillor Natalia Muszkat is a young mother of two boys under 12 and lives between Gladstone and Tannum Sands with her partner Scott. Natalia migrated to Australia in 1999 from Argentina.
She comes from a family with a rich heritage that includes Argentinian natives and east European migrants. Natalia moved to Gladstone in 2007 to raise her young family and fell in love with the Region.
She immediately formed connections in the Gladstone Region community and founded the award winning organisation Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Inc., a for-purpose organisation born from the needs of the cultural and linguistically diverse local communities.
Natalia has a long list of formal qualifications including a Bachelor in Workplace Health and Safety (with Distinction) and a Diploma in Business Governance. She is also a trained facilitator of evidence-based programs: Circle of Security® Parenting™, 1-2-3 Magic® & Emotion Coaching, Parents as Teachers and DFV program LOVE BiTES. Other relevant education that has shaped Natalia include Organisational Partnering programs and Social Return on Investment (SROI) practitioner training.
Cr Muszkat has a great passion for community and social services and in her years in the Gladstone Region, she has been instrumental in delivering over $4 million in community services locally.
She is also the treasurer of the Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence and the Secretary of the QCWA Tannum Sands Branch. Natalia believes that education is the key to success and she regularly volunteers at the Gladstone Literacy Centre.Natalia believes that everyone deserves the same opportunities in life and empowering others is what motivates her. Her diverse cultural and professional experience has taught Natalia to always conduct herself with empathy, compassion and respect for all people’s ideas and experiences and she is never afraid to stand up for what she believes in.
Cr Rick Hansen
Mobile: 0448 885 047
Councillor Rick Hansen moved to Gladstone with his wife Lyndal and family 40 years ago, relocating from Maryborough for work. He has two daughters, two son in laws, two granddaughters and one great grandson. All but one granddaughter still live here in Gladstone.
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 and has extensive knowledge of the small business sector. He has represented the community in Council since being first elected in 2006. Cr Hansen fully understands the business of Council from Strategy and planning to Community and to Finance.
He is a member of Council's Business Improvement Committee, Councils representative on the Gladstone Airport Board and GAPDL, as well as many other committees.
Cr Hansen is a member of the board of the Gladstone Community Linking Agency, a committee member of the Tanyalla Conference Centre and a member of the PCYC Advisory Board.He is the patron of the Gladstone Tennis and Squash Association and Patron/ Life Member of the Gladstone Basketball Association and is a member of the Gladstone Sunrise Rotary Club.
Conduct and performance of Councillors
The Councillor Code of Conduct sets out the principles and standards of behaviour expected of the Mayor and Councillors when carrying out their roles, responsibilities and obligations as elected representatives for their communities. Click here to download the Councillor Code of Conduct.
Councillor conduct complaints
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Register of Councillor conduct complaint outcomes
In accordance with Part 6 Division 1 of the Local Government Act 2009, Council maintains a Councillor Conduct Register. See link below to view the Register.
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Gladstone Regional Council would like to acknowledge the Byellee, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda people who are the traditional custodians of this land. Gladstone Regional Council would also like to pay respect to Elders both past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Learn more about Council's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).