Councillors Profiles

Cr McVeighMayor

Paul McVeigh

Portfolio – Executive Services

0408 700 392

Having lived on the Western Downs for over 50 years, Councillor Paul McVeigh brings a sense of pride and positivity to his first term as Mayor and is determined to build a legacy that our future generations will prosper from.

Coupled with his credentials in agriculture, which include family properties at Nandi, Warra and Bowenville and his former role as a Director of Cotton Seed Distributors, Cr McVeigh is a proven campaigner for buying local, having established the first The Coffee Club west of the Great Dividing Range.

Committed to leading a progressive and high performing Council team, Paul stands by his platform of People, Progress and Performance.

His areas of interest include agricultural development, water rights and fostering community spirit by being a positive and proactive voice for the people of the Western Downs.

Cr Andrew SmithDeputy Mayor

Councillor Andrew Smith

Portfolio – Planning and Environment

0438 755 896

A relative new-comer to local government, Councillor Andrew Smith brings fresh perspective and a wealth of experience thanks to his background in small business, retail and agriculture. A successful entrepreneur, he still maintains several business interests in the region.

In his role as Deputy Mayor, Cr Smith has a strong focus on jobs creation, business diversity and community resilience to forge stronger regional communities.

Andrew resides in Condamine with his family where he is a founding member and sponsor of the Condamine Cods Rugby Club. In his spare time, he enjoys sport with his children, refereeing rugby league/union, and getting to know the people of the Western Downs out and about in the community.

Cr AshurstCouncillor
Donna Ashurst

Portfolio – Economic Development

0475 268 207



Councillor Donna Ashurst has 32 years’ experience as a local government professional, starting on the frontline as a receptionist and progressing through to management roles. Her areas of expertise centre on working with the community, particularly in community projects and grant funding, tourism, major events and Visitor Information Centres.

Cr Ashurst’s areas of interest reflect her passion for supporting and engaging with communities and include activities that enhance lifestyle and liveability to support the attraction of visitors and potential residents to our region.

Residing with her family on the beautiful Jimbour Plains, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, camping, listening to music, and reading.

Cr Ashurst holds diplomas in business administration and local government management.

Mayor Cr Ray BrownCouncillor
Ray Brown

Portfolio – Council Facilities

0407 650 216


Councillor Ray Brown has 26 years’ experience in local government as an elected representative. He is also a Commissioner on the Queensland Gasfields Commission, a Board Director of Queensland Local Government Association, Chairman of Western Downs Housing Trust and a member of the QLD Land Audit Committee.

His areas of expertise include managing agricultural properties with interests in accounting, governance, economic development, aged care and disaster management.

Outside of the office, Cr Brown is passionate about his family, rugby, cricket (any sport really), pecan nut trees and supporting mental health issues.

Cr Brown and his family now live in Dalby but also maintain their grain and cattle properties in Moonie.

Cr MaguireCouncillor
Kaye Maguire

Portfolio – Community and Cultural Development

0475 007 555


Councillor Kaye Maguire enters local government with a strong business background as the managing director of the family’s transport business since 1988, and a 15 year career in the banking industry.

Cr Maguire’s commitment to local business and industry is reflected in her previous role on the Board of the former Surat Basin Corporation.

Her passion for being involved in the community is reflected in her work with many local committees, leading teams to coordinate local events and projects. Some highlights include the Leichhardt Hostel, Visitor Information Centre, Melon Festival Luncheon, Arts in the Park and One Long Table Chinchilla.

Proudly born and bred in Chinchilla, Cr Maguire enjoys spending time with her family, encouraging junior sport, travelling to interesting places and cultures, and meeting people.

Cr Greg OlmCouncillor
Greg Olm

Portfolio – Works and Technical Services

0477 977 082



Councillor Greg Olm has 12 years’ experience in local government, with eight years as a Councillor with the former Chinchilla Shire where his primary portfolio was works and plant. This is his second term as Councillor for Western Downs. By trade Cr Olm is a farmer and grazier and he maintains his agricultural interests.

His areas of expertise and interest include agriculture and local government, with a passion for communicating with the communities he represents.

Cr Olm and his family reside in Brigalow. Outside of work, his personal interests include rugby league, horse racing, and fostering his grandchildren, particularly his granddaughters.

Cr Ian RasmussenCouncillor
Ian Rasmussen

Portfolio – Finance and Corporate Services

0477 977 085

Councillor Ian Rasmussen’s former careers include teaching, farming and investment, with expertise in business building.

His areas of interest include working with communities, in particular helping youth in the areas of leadership and motivation.

A dedicated family man and keen sportsperson, Cr Rasmussen resides in Dalby with his family where he is involved in coaching and playing sport at a national as well as international level.

Cr Rasmussen is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cr SaxelbyCouncillor
Peter Saxelby

Portfolio – Utilities

0475 007 554



Councillor Peter Saxelby has over 21 years’ experience in local government in various professional roles, 13 years with the former Chinchilla Shire Council and the remainder with Western Downs within the Facilities Department. Prior to commencing his career with Council, Peter worked for 11 years in the Banking and Finance sector.

Cr Saxelby’s areas of interest include tourism, arts and culture, community development and building great facilities that enhance the social fabric of our communities.

With a love of the great outdoors he enjoys a range of sport, gardening, restoring old vehicles and equipment, live theatre and concerts, cooking, and travelling.

While he was raised and educated in Dalby, Cr Saxelby has resided in Chinchilla for the last 27 years.

Cr Carolyn TillmanCouncillor Carolyn Tillman

Portfolio – Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries

0401 662 352


Councillor Tillman has 19 years’ experience in local government, 11 years with the former Dalby Town Council and the remainder with Western Downs. Professionally, Cr Tillman’s background is in childcare, having been a kindergarten director for 19 years and a coordinator of outside school hours care program at the PCYC for 11 years.

Cr Tillman works closely with community centres, galleries and museums across our region.

Her areas of interest include community development and ensuring our regional communities receive adequate government andn not-for-profit services. She also has a strong connection with local youth.

Cr Tillman and her family reside in Dalby where she pursues her love of cultural events including the Dalby Singers Community Choir and the Dalby Eisteddfod.