The elected Mayor and councillors play an important role in improving the livability of our community by considering and maintaining many of the services and facilities used in everyday life. Some of the functions include addressing residents’ needs, providing essential infrastructure and protecting the environment.
Committee Membership of Councillors
The Mayor and Councillors are members of the following Advisory Committees and External Organisations.
|Committee / Organisation||Councillor/s appointed|
|Aerodrome Advisory Committee||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Audit Committee||Cr. Perry|
|Ayr Chamber of Commerce||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Beachmount Reserve Management Group||Cr. Liessmann|
|Bowen Collinsville Enterprise||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Building Safer Communities Action Team (BSCAT)||Cr. Goddard|
|Burdekin Be Active||Cr. Bonanno|
|Burdekin Bowen Integrated Flood Plain Management Advisory Committee (BBIFMAC)||Cr. Woods|
|Burdekin Bowen Local Marine Advisory Committee||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Burdekin Community Association||Cr. Bawden|
|Burdekin Cultural Advisory Committee||Chair – Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Burdekin Flexible Learning Centre Steering Committee||Chair – Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Burdekin Landcare Group||Cr. Liessmann|
|Burdekin Liquor Accord||Cr. Goddard|
|Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group||Chair – Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre Association||Cr. Perry|
|Burdekin Road Safety Advisory Committee||Chair – Cr. Goddard|
|Burdekin Seniors Advisory Group||Chair – Cr. Bawden|
|Burdekin Shire Rivers Improvement Trust||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Burdekin Tourism Association||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Burdekin Water Futures||Chair – Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Carols by Candlelight||Cr. Bonanno|
|Community Grants Panel||Cr. McLaughlin|
|District Disaster Management Group||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
Chair of LDMG
|Economic Action Group||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
Chair – Cr. Perry
|Energy Efficiency Projects Working Group||Cr. Bonanno|
|Home Hill Chamber of Commerce||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Home Hill Memorial Hall Committee||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Local Authority Waste Management Advisory Committee||Cr. Goddard|
|Lower Burdekin Water Board|
(including Finance Committee and Focus Group)
Cr. Perry was nominated by Council as
|NQ Dry Tropics||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
The Mayor resigned as Chair of NQ Dry Tropics following the election in 2016.
|North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils|
|Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
Chief Executive Officer
|North Queensland Regional Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan Group||Cr. Goddard|
|North Queensland Sports Foundation||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
The Mayor is a Life Member and Medium Council Representative for the NQSF Board.
|PCYC||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Pest Management Plan Working Group||Cr. Bawden|
|Reef Guardian Councils||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
|Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Committee||Cr. Liessmann|
|Regional Economic Development Regional Organisation of Councils (RED-ROC)||Chair – Cr. McLaughlin|
Chief Executive Officer
The Mayor took over the Chair position from Mayor Hill (TCC) in May 2017.
|Regional Roads Transport Group (NQRRTG)||Cr. McLaughlin (Mayor)|
Technical Services Manager
|Rural Health Consultative Committee||Cr. Bawden|
Meet Your Councillors
The elected Mayor and six Councillors play an important role in improving the liveability of our community by providing many of the services and facilities used in everyday life.
The position of Deputy Mayor is being shared among four of the six Councillors and each will have a term of twelve months. The order of rotation for the role of Deputy Mayor is: Councillors John Woods, Tony Goddard, John Bonanno and Sue Perry, noting that Councillors Ted Bawden and Uli Liessmann indicated that they are unable to undertake the role of Deputy Mayor during the current term of Council.
Ordinary Council Meetings are held on the second Tuesday and fourth Tuesday of each month.
The Burdekin Shire Council consists of:-
- Councillor Lyn McLaughlin (Mayor)
- Councillor John Bonanno (Deputy Mayor)
- Councillor Ted Bawden
- Councillor Tony Goddard
- Councillor Uli Liessmann
- Councillor Sue Perry
- Councillor John Woods
Register of Councillors’ Interests
The Local Government Regulation 2012 requires that Council establish and maintain a Register of Councillors’ Interests. The elected Mayor and Councillors’ interests are detailed below.
- Register of Interests for Councillor John Bonanno - (pdf 80.76 kB)
- Register of Interests for Councillor John Woods - (pdf 84.78 kB)
- Register of Interests for Councillor Lyn McLaughlin (Mayor) - (pdf 41.9 kB)
- Register of Interests for Councillor Sue Perry - (pdf 85.15 kB)
- Register of Interests for Councillor Ted Bawden - (pdf 80.7 kB)
- Register of Interests for Councillor Tony Goddard - (pdf 83.28 kB)
- Register of Interests for Councillor Uli Liessmann - (pdf 80.79 kB)
Under section 150D of the Local Government Act 2009 (the Act), the Minister for Local Government must make a Code of Conduct stating the standards of behaviour for Councillors in the performance of their responsibilities as Councillors. In addition to this, the Code of Conduct may contain anything the Minister considers necessary for, or incidental to, the standards of behaviour.
The Code of Conduct for Councillors can be found below.
- Code of Conduct for Councillors - (pdf 258.35 kB)