Mayor 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.