Elected Members

Quilpie Shire Council is made up of 5 Elected Members one of whom is the Mayor.  General elections are held every four years.  The 2016-2020 Council was sworn into office on Friday 01 April 2016.

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Register of Interests

Section 295(1)(b) of the Local Government Regulation 2012 stipulates that Council must ensure a copy of the register of interests of councillors may be inspected by the public on its website.

To view each Councillor’s Register of Interests please click here.

Complaints against Councillors

In accordance with section 181A (2)(b) of the Local Government Act (2009) Council is required to ensure that the public may inspect the part of a record that relates to outcomes of complaints against Councillors at the local government’s public office or on the local government’s website.  Please note that this does not pertain to a complaint that the Chief Executive Officer has assessed as being about a frivolous matter, having been made vexatiously or lacking in substance, or is a public interest disclosure within the meaning of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010.

Meet the Councillors

Cr Stuart Mackenzie Mayor Stuart Mackenzie is a grazier from the western area of Quilpie Shire. He is the owner and Manager of Plevna Downs Pastoral Company, a grazing enterprise dealing in organic wool, sheep and beef that has been run by the Mackenzie family for 3 generations. “Plevna Downs” was converted to an organic operation in 1997 and was one of the first properties to achieve that status in western QLD.
Stuart served as a Councillor on Quilpie Shire Council from 1997 to 2004 and as Deputy Mayor from 2004 to 2008. First elected as Mayor in 2012, Cr Mackenzie was returned unopposed in the 2016 election. In 2008 Stuart founded the non-profit, charitable public company Outback Gondwana Foundation Ltd. He is the Chairman of the Board. The company was set up to preserve the natural assets of the south west region and educate the public in relation to the amazing paleontological discoveries being made here. The company is also committed to promoting all the valuable heritage of the area, including cultural heritage and the diverse biodiversity.
Stuart obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the Queensland University of Technology in 1986 and is married to wife Robyn. They have 2 adult children who have recently completed university degrees in Brisbane.
Deputy Mayor Jenny Hewson was born and bred in Quilpie, growing up on “Nyngarie Station”. After completing her schooling at boarding school, Jenny worked for 10 years at the Quilpie Elders office. In 1987 Jenny purchased the local Retravision Store in Quilpie and has managed the business ever since.Jenny first served on Council in 1998 after being successful at a by-election and has served on Council continuously since then. In 2012 she was appointed Deputy Mayor and has been reappointed to the position for 2016-2020. Jenny has served on various state and regional advisory committees as well as local Council committees. She is very aware of the challenges rural and remote communities face and has always worked hard to ensure the Quilpie Shire area continues to survive and grow.Jenny has 2 adult children and is heavily involved in a range of local activities. Cr Jenny Hewson
Cr Bruce Paulsen With 27 years of business experience Cr Bruce Paulsen was born and raised in Quilpie. The ‘friendly grocer’ and his family have a long history of business ownership in Quilpie (since 1963) with his grandfather a blacksmith and his grandparents the first to marry in Quilpie. Married to Chris for 26 years, they have four (4) sons – Sam, Myles, Nick and Marcus.An avid sports fan, Bruce is a member of the Quilpie Cricket Association, Quilpie Golf Club and the Bowls Club, and enjoys any sport involving a ball!. His other interests and hobbies include family time, travel and attending community events such as the races and annual show.During this term of Council Bruce aims to work in conjunction with Council and staff to make sound, fair and proactive decisions that will benefit the Quilpie Shire.
An experienced senior teacher at the Quilpie State College, Cr Roger Volz moved to Quilpie as a Manual Arts Teacher in 1992 from ‘Berndale’ north of Oakey. Auxiliary Captain – Quilpie Fire Station and the Area Training Officer (Charleville Area) for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Roger is also involved in a wide range of other activities including membership of the Quilpie Golf Club, Quilpie Bowls Club and is a member of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Committee.In his spare time Roger enjoys working with wood, including making toys and other articles to order. He doesn’t mind a spot of fishing, a roll of a bowl and a hit of golf. Generally speaking Roger enjoys helping others when required.During his first term in Council Roger wants to see Council developing and maintaining infrastructure within the shire. He would also like Council to explore options to assist in the better management of wild dogs, opportunities to showcase cultural heritage within the shire and support the creation of job opportunities. Cr Roger Volz
Cr Bob Hall Recently retired, former long serving Councillor Bob Hall says he now has time to dedicate to the role once again.  Previous owner of the Quilpie Newsagency, Cr Hall has a long involvement in primary production with an active interest in Greenmulla just east of Quilpie.  Cr Hall brings a wealth of historical knowledge and understanding to the table and wants to listen to the people to better understand their issues and aspirations.  Married to Lorraine they have three adult children and five grandchildren.