13 Feb Thank you to our wonderful Councillors!
Get to know a little more about our councillors as they share their favourite parts of working in council over the years.
Matt Burnett – I enjoy working with all levels of government to build our local economy, by supporting development and encouraging investment in job-creating projects. As well as being Mayor of our great region, I also represent Central Queensland on the LGAQ Policy Executive and represent all Queensland local governments at a national level on the ALGA Board. I believe by working together with neighbours across CQ and the Wide Bay/Burnett regions ultimately benefits our community. At a local level, for me it’s all about providing value for money, services and building a better lifestyle by providing family-friendly events and activities and building the infrastructure that a modern, vibrant community expects and deserves.
Chris Trevor – It’s great to be part of a team of approximately 650 people that strive for excellence in customer service, culture and diversity and who take pride in everything they say and do. Setting the long-term planning and strategic vision for our region whilst prioritising community needs is a favourite of mine as well as meeting and often helping old and new acquaintances with any questions, queries, issues, problems or concerns to do with our Council.
Glenn Churchill – Being proud of what we have, fighting for what we need, advocating for what we deserve. I am excited about progress work being done for our City, regional and rural communities, cultures, arts, sports, developments, safety and well-being programs; making strategic decisions about debt reduction with wise long-term use of budgets and resources to ensure residents will have assets, services and infrastructure. I am inspired by what is being proudly delivered to Connect, Innovate and Diversify by YOUR council workforce, volunteers and residents working together.
Khan Goodluck – My favourite part of working in the council is meeting lots of different people and hearing their stories. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some really amazing people who’ve achieved amazing things.
Rick Hansen – It’s always been an honour to serve as a Councillor. Meeting people, groups and organisations and being able to represent their collective views and ideas at the Council table brings me great satisfaction. It is rewarding when I can assist in managing community concerns and problems and obtaining a consensus on outcomes. Having an opportunity in a governance role to assist in making the organisation more efficient and cost-effective, effectively putting less pressure on the rate base.
Peter Masters – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the people of the Gladstone Region and meeting the diversity of characters who make up our communities. I’ve tried to resolve issues during my time at Council and to improve the liveability of the Gladstone Region. I’m proud of the strategies surrounding projects, events and tourism that we’ve put in place during my time at Council. Some of the projects I’ve enjoyed working on include heavy vehicle access into the Port of Gladstone and working with rural producers.
Natalia Muszcat – I feel very lucky to represent the people of our diverse Region. I enjoy listening to our residents and understanding their challenges. I am proud to be able to empower our community groups and businesses to make the most of the opportunities our Region offers.
Desley O’Grady – Being an elected councillor over the last four years has taught me so much about our beautiful community, appreciation of the environment within the Gladstone Region and connecting with the residents and ratepayers with our community. Working together to balance our Region’s lifestyle and opportunities has resonated with my role and responsibility as an elected member.
PJ Sobhanian – My time at Gladstone Regional Council representing the community and planning for the best future for our community has been a privilege. Hopefully, people can look back at my legacy and say that the Council is in better shape in many ways because of the work that has been done in sustainability, supporting local business, promoting business opportunities and jobs and acting on environmental concerns and matters to create a better, healthier, more sustainable and prosperous region for current and future generations. Thank you community.