The new Isaac Regional Council was sworn in on April 4, 2016 and is comprised of 8 divisional Councillors and a Mayor, who were elected by eligible voters in each division. Use the links below to find profiles, contact details and statements of interests of each elected representative (signatures have been covered for security reasons).
Mayor Cr Anne Baker
Division 1 Cr Gregory Austen
Division 2 Cr Nick Wheeler
Division 3 Cr Gina Lacey
Division 4 Cr Peter Freeleagus
Deputy Mayor and Division 5 Cr Kelly Vea Vea
Division 6 Cr Lynette Jones
Division 7 Cr Jane Pickels
Division 8 Cr Geoff Bethel
Anne Baker is a passionate advocate for her region.
After starting her local government service in 2007, she was elected Mayor of Isaac Regional Council at the 2012 local government elections. Cr Baker and her husband Frank have two children and two grandchildren, and have lived in Moranbah for the last 18 years.
She is on the board of several regional development organisations and is actively involved in local junior rugby league and netball, having been a champion netballer herself and training at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Cr Baker believes that local government is the key to building stronger communities.
Her priorities for the region are to deliver more family housing development and better quality development, to improve the liveability of the region, to fight for the region's fair share from state and federal governments and to invest in rural roads and protect rural land.
"For me, local government is 'where it is at'. As the closest level of government to the community, we have a responsibility to drive value for money and to build our community's future capacity, in everything we do. Delivering responsive and efficient planning and council services that reflect the broad priorities and values of our ratepayers, is a big part of that. "
"It's an incredible honour to be the Mayor of this region, an honour I am grateful for every day."
Councillor Austen was elected to represent Division 1 following a By-Election on December 18, 2017.
He has lived in the Clermont district for 30 years where he worked as a horse breaker, ringer, professional singer and musician.
After marrying Marie, and having a family – Liz, Steve and Mick – Councillor Austen purchased the milk run for Clermont and surrounding districts. Austen Milk Supplies is a family run business as well as supplying employment for others.
He has also recently purchased a small cattle block north of Clermont and local businesses Clermont Carrying Company and Clermont Signage and Frames.
Councillor Austen is a very strong supporter of local businesses and is well aware of the issues faced in this regional area.
Mobile: 0418 794 010
Councillor Wheeler was elected to represent Division 2 in 2012. He worked as a miner at Norwich Park mine for 30 years and he was CFMEU secretary for 8 years. He is married to Freda and they have two children – a daughter in Dysart and son in Moranbah.
Councillor Wheeler was Dysart Ladies Softball president for 18 years and involved in the early days of the ambulance centre. He is the Dysart Lions' Club president and Dysart State School P&C president. His time is mostly spent with community activities and issues.
Councillor Lacey was re-elected in 2012 to represent Division 3, making it her third term on Council. She was elected a member of the Belyando Shire Council in 2004 and in 2008 elected to represent her division with the Isaac Regional Council.
For eight years Councillor Lacey was the event coordinator for May Day, the CFMEU 10km run and the Combined Union Christmas Party. She was CFMEU's office manager for 15 years and 7 years in small business, including the Purple Grape Café/Bar and is the current co- owner of Zootown, a menswear store in Moranbah.
Married to Clint, they have two children. She has lived in Moranbah for more than 35 years. She is a keen rugby league supporter and spectator and enjoys entertaining, catching up with friends and family, camping and junior sports with her children.
Councillor Freeleagus was elected to the Isaac Regional Council in 2012 to represent Division 4. He was first elected to Belyando Shire Council in March 1997, appointed Belyando Shire Deputy Mayor in 2000 and Mayor in August 2003. Re-elected as Mayor 2004 to 2008 and represented the region on a number of local, regional and state committees.
Councillor Freeleagus is director of the Moranbah Early Learning Centre (MELC), committee chair of the Water, Sewerage and Waste Advisory Committee, committee member of the Isaac Regional Council Audit & Risk Committee and a board member of the Moranbah Community Workers' Club.
Councillor Vea Vea grew up in Collinsville and moved to Moranbah with her young family over 11 years ago.
As former Chairperson of the Moranbah Action Group, and President of Queensland Mining Communities, Councillor Vea Vea is a strong advocate for the Isaac region on the key issues of population balance, affordable housing, liveability and infrastructure investment.
Councillor Vea Vea is passionate about lobbying for policy change, and better funding for our region. In her role, she continues to strongly advocate for Isaac communities on issues that matter, whether that is with mining companies or the state or federal governments.
Councillor Vea Vea currently she sits on the IRC Audit & Risk Committee, is Chair of the IRC Advocacy Committee, and a Director on the Isaac Affordable Housing Trust. Outside of Council, Councillor Vea Vea is Secretary for the Moranbah Highlanders Swimming Club and the Moranbah & District ALP Branch.
Councillor Jones was elected in 2016 to represent Division 6. A long-term Clermont resident, Cr Jones has played an active role in the community for the past 42 years.
She spent 22 years in the Clermont Department of Primary Industries as an honorary Stock Inspector and is a past member (26 years) of the Clermont Hospital Auxiliary.
Cr Jones and her husband have owned a cattle carting business located in Clermont for the past 11 years and have one daughter and two grandchildren.
Councillor Pickels was elected to represent Division 7 in 2012. Councillor Pickels has had eight years working in customer service with the Broadsound Shire Council and Isaac Regional Council.
Moving to Queensland in 1984 she quickly became involved in the community through committee work with Moranbah Neighbourhood Centre, Moranbah Hawks' Soccer, Nebo State School P&C and Middlemount tennis, rugby league and netball associations. She is a member of Middlemount's Community Sports' Association, the Race Club and Rugby League Club.
Councillor Pickels is married to Greg and they have four children. A self-confessed ‘sports nut', she loves to play and watch sport and is involved at an administrative level. She also enjoys cooking and family life.
Councillor Bethel was re-elected in 2012 to represent Division 8. Councillor Bethel has been involved with local government for many years previously holding a position on Broadsound Shire Council.
He is a landholder in the Isaac region and has been involved in the cattle and grain industries since the 1973 Brigalow Scheme Ballot.
He has a keen interest in land care and related initiatives. Councillor Bethel is married to Ruth and they have four children, all who live and work in the Isaac region.