With years of experience in hospitality management, the mining sector and through union roles, Cr Simon West is a well-recognised community representative. Cr West was first appointed as Division 4 Councillor in 2019 and was re-elected unopposed in 2020.
Elected as an executive member of the Mining and Energy Union (MEU) in 2008, Cr West is currently the President of the Goonyella Riverside MEU. He has represented MEU members around Moranbah as a former elected member of the Queensland Board of Management of the Union’s Mining and Energy Division.
With his wife Fiona and son Oliver, Cr West has lived in Moranbah since 2001 and is an active community member and leader. Cr West is a director of the Moranbah Community Scholarship Fund and a founding member and treasurer of the Moranbah Miners’ Memorial Committee, also assisting in multiple fundraising ventures such as the May Day Festival and mental health projects.
Cr West is the chair of the Water and Waste Standing Committee and is a member of the Engineering and Infrastructure Standing Committee and an alternate member for Council’s Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a member of the Isaac Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee, Land Development Advisory Committee and Local Authority Waste Management Advisory Committee. Cr West is also a board member of the Mackay Hospital Foundation and director of the Moranbah Early Learning Centre.