Mayor and Councillors Mayor and Councillors

MAYOR - Councillor Robert Loughnan

Born in Mitchell in 1962, Robert grew up on the family property ‘Cornwall,’ north of Roma. After completing his secondary schooling at Toowoomba Grammar School, Robert returned to ‘Cornwall’ to work on the family property.

DEPUTY MAYOR - Councillor Scott Wason

Scott, a third generation farmer and primary producer, resides at a property 18km north-east of Roma. He is strongly committed to the region having lived all his life within the region. Scott, married to Donna, is blessed with four children.

Councillor Jan Chambers

Jan, in partnership with her husband Graham currently runs a grazing enterprise known as ‘Glenelg’ in the Mungallala district. Jan and Graham were married in 1985 and have two sons, both of whom Jan taught through distance education.

Councillor Joy Denton

Joy is a well known personality in the district of Injune, having resided in the area for over 50 years. Her husband Leo currently manages a cattle property just outside the town of Injune. Family is an important priority for Joy and Leo who have an extended family.

Councillor Peter Flynn

Peter’s family moved to Roma from Allora in the early 1900’s and lived in a house in Duke Street, opposite St John’s Convent School. On the maternal side of Peter’s family there is a direct link to the Wieneke family, who were early settlers in the Roma area.

Councillor Wendy Newman

Wendy, born in St. Kilda graduated from Coburg Teachers College, Victoria in 1969 taking on a career in teaching spanning some 30 years. During that time Wendy secured various posts across Victoria, Northern Territory and Queensland.

Councillor Cameron O'Neil

Cameron has spent most of the past 10 years living and working in far western and south western Queensland. He is passionate about the future of regional Queensland and the contributions the next generation can make in shaping our community.

Councillor Ree Price

Ree originally came to the region to work as a jillaroo on a property south of Wallumbilla. She meet her partner Leon and they married in 1983, with Ree remaining in the region ever since. Ree and Leon have 4 children, Jessica, Ashleigh, Breeanna and Brandon.

Councillor David Schefe

David, the eldest son of Jim and Marie Schefe, grew up on the family property ‘Springdale’ near Eumamurrin, north of Roma. He completed his primary education at Bymount State School and secondary education at Nudgee College in Brisbane.

Your Council Your Council

The Mayor and Councillors are elected by the community to represent the current and future interests of Maranoa.

Collectively, Council in line with their legislative responsibilities are responsible for three key tasks:

  • Determine the priorities for Maranoa Regional Council through adoption of strategies such as Council’s Corporate Plan, Operational Plans and Budgets to ensure long term financial sustainability;
  • Make decisions through formal Council meetings for the benefit of the whole region and overall public interest;
  • Develop and adopt policies to help ensure consistency of decision making for the same type of matters and provide officers with an approved method of dealing with processes.

Council is in the process of developing a Community Engagement framework which will provide a framework around the provision of high quality leadership and accountability for the community.

It also recognises that decision making is enhanced through interaction and communication with the community.

To connect with the community and seek out opinions, Councillors engage in a variety of forums, including:

  • Contact with residents through Councillor Portfolios
  • Representation on community committees
  • Representation on Council committees
    Participation and presence at events and leisure activities
  • Attendance at town community group meetings
  • Conducting visits to rural towns and communities (Councillors Out and About sessions)

Find out about the latest Councillors Out and About sessions here.