Meet Your Councillors

With a wealth of knowledge and talents under their belt, our Councillors have a strong passion to support our communities and as a team they endeavour to make the people of the Western Downs proud of Council’s achievements. Our Councillors are committed to making the best decision for our region and they value effective communication. Get to know more about your Councillors below or contact them at the following details.

 

Mayor

Councillor
Paul McVeigh

0408 700 392

paul.mcveigh@wdrc.qld.gov.au

Portfolio – Executive Services (Disaster Management, Economic Development, Internal Audit, Communications and Marketing)
Having lived on the Western Downs for more than 55 years, Councillor Paul McVeigh brings a sense of pride and positivity to his second 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 Moonie, and his former role as Director of Cotton Seed Distributors, Cr McVeigh is a proven campaigner for buying local, and has extensive experience as a local business owner and advocate in the community.

Committed to leading a progressive and high-performing Council team, Cr McVeigh 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 Western Downs.

He is passionate about farming and reaping the rewards of continued hard work across all aspects of life, and enjoys sharing this passion with his four children and their partners, and 10 grandchildren.

Deputy Mayor

Councillor Andrew Smith

0438 755 896

andrew.smith@wdrc.qld.gov.au

Portfolio – Planning, Environment and Agribusiness (Statutory Planning, Development and Compliance, Environment and Health, Waste, Rural Services and Agribusiness)
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.

Cr Smith 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. 

Councillor Kylie Bourne

0467 171 225

kylie.bourne@wdrc.qld.gov.au

Portfolio – Tourism, Events and Regional Promotion (Council and Community Major Events, Tourism Attraction and Regional Promotion)

Councillor Kylie Bourne is a first-term Councillor and qualified Early Childhood Educator bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in arts and culture and community development.  

 Growing up in the Drillham district and later settling in Miles, Cr Bourne has been an active member of the community for more than 20 years. Throughout this time, Cr Bournhas worked as a primary school teacher in remote communities and in cultural development roles. She has also been a part of various community groups including the Miles Chamber of Commerce and Miles Historical Village Museum.  

 Away from her role as a Councillor, Cr Bourne is a practising mosaic artist and has a special interest in arts and culture. She also enjoys gardening and spending time with family.  

Councillor Kaye Maguire

0475 007 555
kaye.maguire@wdrc.qld.gov.au

Portfolio – Community and Cultural Development (Libraries, Community Development, Cultural Development and Community Services)
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.

Councillor George Moore

0437 536 990

George.moore@wdrc.qld.gov.au

Portfolio – Works and Technical Services (Civil Works, Fleet, Quarries, Asset Management, Design)

Councillor George Moore has more than 30 years’ experience in farming and business and was born and raised in the Miles and Condamine districts, where he continues to reside with his wife and two daughters.   

 Cr Moore has previously served as an elected Councillor for Western Downs Regional Council from 2008 to 2012 as Councillor and 2012 to 2016 as Deputy Mayor. He brings with him a wealth of experience in Local Government and in-depth knowledge of the region.  

 Cr Moore also had a passion for the land serving as Chair of the Natural Resource Management Group, Condamine Alliance up until 2019. Away from work, he enjoys all aspects of family and farming life.  He also enjoys sporting and outdoor activities. 

Councillor Megan James

0419 946 575

megan.james@wdrc.qld.gov.au

Portfolio – Strategic Communications and Council Facilities (Aerodromes, Sporting Facilities, Showgrounds and Community Buildings)

Councillor Megan James is a first-term Councillor with 28 years’ experience in business consulting, marketing and communications and has most recently worked as a Communications Manager at a local accounting firm.   

After growing up on cotton and grain farm near Dalby, Cr James completed a Bachelor of Business at QUT and went on to work in public relations and communications roles in Government and corporate sectors in Brisbane and Newcastle before returning home to the Western Downs in 2004.   

Cr James helps with administration of her family’s agricultural transport business and has many interests including reading, writing, singing, netball and studying youth pastoral care. Together with her husband and three teenage children, she enjoys engaging in local sport, performing arts, church and community organisations and events. 

Councillor
Ian Rasmussen

0477 977 085

ian.rasmussen@wdrc.qld.gov.au

Portfolio – Finance, Corporate Services and Business Strategy (Finance, Governance, Business Planning, Saleyards and Health Services)

Councillor Ian Rasmussen returns to Council for a third consecutive term and currently resides in Dalby.  

 He has qualifications and experience in Education, Business, Corporate Finance and Economics and runs his own global investment business as well as consulting in Management and Leadership.  

 Cr Rasmussen is passionate about working with youth and inspiring and motivating others and outside of work, enjoys training for and playing basketball at both National and International Masters events.

Councillor
Peter Saxelby

0475 007 554

peter.saxelby@wdrc.qld.gov.au

Portfolio – Utilities (Water, Wastewater and Gas)

Councillor Peter Saxelbhas resided in Chinchilla for almost thirty years and is excited to continue to make positive change for the Western Downs in his second term as a Councillor 

 After being raised in Dalby, Cr Saxelby later settled in Chinchilla and has since become very passionate about representing his community. Before becoming a Councillor, he worked in many different roles at Council, so he brings a range of vital knowledge to the table in order to help make important decisions for residents of the Western Downs 

 Cr Saxelby loves meeting new people and working at community events and he endeavours to continue to make the community proud of Councils work. He is constantly learning new things about the region and is looking forward to assisting his community as much as possible. Outside of work he enjoys gardening, cooking, travelling, farmers markets and vintage machinery. He is a ‘history buff’ and loves attending historical machinery shows and museums.  

Councillor Carolyn Tillman

0401 662 352

carolyn.tillman@wdrc.qld.gov.au

Portfolio – Recreational Spaces and Cemeteries (Parks, Open Spaces Gardens and Cemeteries)

Prior to commencing her role with Council, Councillor Carolyn Tillman worked as the Director of the Peter Pan Kindergarten and the Co-ordinator of the Dalby PCYC’s Outside School Hours Care. Cr Tillman has been an active member of the Dalby community for over 40 years and has valuable experience with Council as she continues to serve her passion to represent the youth, culture and communities of the Western Downs.  

 Over her previous six terms with Council, Cr Tillman has worked with many community groups across the region and has enjoyed meeting new people and attending many events.  

 Cr Tillman loves working with residents to help solve their problems and she is looking forward to continuing to advocate for even more support for the region’s community groups and committees. Away from work, Cr Tillman enjoys being a very active member of Gallery 107@Dalby while also running the Dalby Singers Community Choir and the Dalby Eisteddfod. Cr Tillman is also on the committees of Waminda and Ningana and enjoys interacting with their clients and residents.