Mayor Paul Antonio | Cr Carol Taylor | Cr Nancy Sommerfield | Cr Geoff McDonald | Cr Megan O’Hara Sullivan | Cr James O’Shea | Cr Mike Williams | Cr Bill Cahill | Cr Chris Tait | Cr Joe Ramia | Cr Anne Glasheen
CHAIR – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio has been Mayor of the region since 2012. Bringing more than 30 years of local government experience to the role, Paul was previously the Deputy Mayor of the Toowoomba Regional Council in its first amalgamated term, and Mayor of Millmerran Shire Council for eight years, having served continuously on Council from 1982-2008.
As Mayor of one of Australia's most family-friendly cities, Paul leads the region at a time of intense growth and development. The current and projected spend in the broader region is estimated at more than $11 billion which includes the construction of the much-anticipated Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, one of Australia's largest inland road projects.
Paul is the founding Chair of the Darling Downs South West Queensland Council of Mayors and Deputy Chair of the Council of Mayors South East Queensland, which collectively represents one in seven Australians.
Mayor Antonio continues to advocate for Toowoomba's place on the planned Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail Line and is an executive member of the alliance of Local Governments likely to be impacted by the project. Paul is also leading the business community to position Toowoomba as the transport and logistics hub of Queensland and Australia.
Other significant initiatives delivered under Paul's leadership include an extensive flood recovery and mitigation program for Toowoomba following the devastating floods of 2011 and 2013; declaration of the region as a Refugee Welcome Zone; and hosting one of Queensland's largest White Ribbon Day events promoting peace, particularly in families and homes.
Paul holds a Diploma of Agriculture, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held a number of board positions.
Serving as patron of a number of local associations, Paul is also a White Ribbon Ambassador.
In his time away from Council, Paul continues his interest in the family farming operation west of Millmerran concentrating on the production of Angus beef and grain.
CHAIR - INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE
Cr Carol Taylor was re-elected to Toowoomba Regional Council for her third term in 2016. She has been elected by Council as Deputy Mayor and has been re-appointed as Chair of the Infrastructure Committee.
Carol continues as Chair of the Eastern Downs Regional Road Group, a position she has held since 2004.
Cr Taylor has been a Councillor since 2000, serving as Mayor of the former Cambooya Shire Council from 2004-2008.
Carol and husband Roger have a daughter and son and three grandchildren.
- Construction and Maintenance
- Transport planning
- Floodplain management
- Road safety
- Project Services
- Plant and Fleet
CHAIR - WATER AND WASTE COMMITTEE
Cr Nancy Sommerfield is in her second term as Councillor and passionately chairs the Water and Waste portfolio.
Nancy also chairs the Local Government Association of Qld (LGAQ) Waste & Environmental Health Advisory Committee; is a member of the New Acland Community Reference Group and Arrow Energy Community Reference Group.
Nancy is an advocate for the homeless and her rural background provides strong ties and understanding for smaller communities ensuring her voice is heard for the whole region.
Originally from Cunnamulla, where she was a partner in a successful family farming and grazing entity, Nancy was active in local community groups such as the Sacred Heart School Parents and Friends, Polo Club and Show Society before her family moved to Toowoomba in 1994.
Prior to being elected, Nancy developed a marketing career in the health sector and then moved to education where she was the Development Coordinator at Downlands College for five happy years.
Active memberships within the community have included Zonta, the YWCA and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, of which she was a director for two years.
Nancy is a former board member of Fairholme College, graduate of the Company Directors Course, has authored and published a book and is a qualified Life Coach.
Nancy has two adult children.
Strategic planning and project delivery for:
CHAIR – ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY COMMITTEE
Geoff is the Environment and Community Committee Chair. Born and raised in Toowoomba, Geoff is a fifth generation business owner along with his wife Lisa and parents John (Cracker) and Joan McDonald. Their company Cracker Print and Paper has a trading history dating back to 1901. Geoff's dedication to his pre-press trade was recognised with being awarded the Queensland Printing and Graphic Arts Apprentice of the Year in 1992.
Geoff is the Chair of Safer Toowoomba Regional Partnerships which lead the three-year accreditation process working with a wide range of community groups and government organisations to see the Toowoomba Region achieve Australian Safe Community Designation in May 2018.
Geoff has a long history of community involvement as a patron, ambassador, board member and life member of a number of community, business, sporting and charitable organisations.
Geoff is a person with strong commitment, enthusiasm and energy to continually improve the lifestyle, economy and global standing of the Toowoomba Region.
- Community Development Facilities and Tourism
- Property Services
PORTFOLIO LEADER - FINANCE AND BUSINESS STRATEGY
Megan O’Hara Sullivan was elected to Toowoomba Regional Council at the 2016 Local Government Election. Megan is the Finance and Business Strategy portfolio leader.
Megan spent her early years in Tara where her parents farmed and her mother worked as a primary school teacher. Megan and her husband Dean moved to the Darling Downs in 2004 and are currently raising their five sons at their family home in Greenmount.
Megan graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science - Optometry in 1987 and continues to practice part-time in the region.
Elected to Clifton Shire Council in 2005, Megan served until the shire was amalgamated into the Toowoomba Regional Council in 2008.
Megan is an active member of the community in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs and currently serves as a board member on the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation. Megan is a former director of both the Darling Downs and South West Regional Development Australia and the Clifton Community Health Service boards.
Megan is passionate about improving the Toowoomba Region and our communities.
- People and Organisational Development
- Customer service
- Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
PORTFOLIO LEADER – INFRASTRUCTURE
Infrastructure Committee portfolio leader.
James O'Shea was born and bred in Toowoomba. His father Pat was also a born and bred local while his mother Cecile is from the Philippines and moved to the Garden City in 1981. James has two younger sisters Kate and Karen who also live and work in Toowoomba. James is married to a Toowoomba girl Erin Kehoe-O'Shea.
He spent 13 years working at WIN Television Toowoomba, five of those as Chief of Staff. James also has a media background working on radio and in newspapers.
James also owns and operates his own small business KOMM, which is a media and marketing consultancy company, in conjunction with his wife Erin.
James is a member of the Brothers Rugby League Board of Directors, ambassador of Hope Horizons Inc, executive board member of Sports Darling Downs and the vice president of The Great White Campaign to bring a neurosurgeon to Toowoomba.
This is James' first term on Toowoomba Regional Council.
- Public transport
- Car parking
- Road corridor
CHAIR - FINANCE AND BUSINESS STRATEGY COMMITTEE
Cr Mike Williams is serving his third term on Toowoomba Regional Council and is Chair of the Finance and Business Strategy Committee. He Chairs the Service Improvement and ICT Governance Group and is a member of the Audit committee. To support his role on council Mike has completed the Australian Company Directors course, has a Bachelor of Business and has recently completed his Master of Business in Applied Finance at University of Southern Queensland. Over the eight years as chair of finance, Mike is proud to have guided TRC to a financially sound position as assessed by Queensland Treasury.
Prior to amalgamation, Mike served 8 years on the Cambooya Shire Council with the last 4 as Deputy Mayor.
Mike and his wife Jo-Anne have operated the successful Mike Williams Country Clothing business in Russell Street for 28 years. They live at Hodgson Vale where they breed horses and Angus cattle. Mike has played Polocrosse for 44 years and enjoys playing the game with his children Andrew, Melinda and Hayden when time permits. Jo competes in One Day Eventing with her home-bred Warmblood team of horses.
- Financial Services
- Information and Communication Technology
- Service Improvement
- Legal Services
- Project Management
PORTFOLIO LEADER - WATER AND WASTE
Cr Bill Cahill is the Water and Waste Committee portfolio leader. He has a successful technical and corporate management background. He is in his third term as a Councillor with the Toowoomba Regional Council following a four year term as a Councillor with the former Crows Nest Shire Council - representing Highfields. Bill’s boardroom passion is based on a commitment to continuous improvement, ethical decision making and to pursuing the best possible outcomes for people, the community, growth and the future of the Toowoomba Region.
2012 election portfolio and committee responsibilities:
- Portfolio Chair Planning and Development Committee
- Chair Development Assessment Panel
- Chair Urban Design Panel
- Chair Development Industry Reference Group
- Member International Relations Working Group
- Member Council of Mayors Planning and Infrastructure
Previous portfolio and committee responsibilities:
Environment and Community Services
- Environmental Health Regulation, Waste Management, Carbon Emission Reduction
- Community Services - Indigenous, Disabilities, Multi-Cultural, Youth, Aged Care
Previous Crows Nest Council - committee responsibilities:
- Proxy for the TRC transitional committee
- Chair - Regional Arts Development Fund
- Committee member: Sport and Recreation, Enterprise Bargaining, Finance
- Darling Downs Regional Organisation of Councils: Economic Development, Governance
- Council of Mayors: Environment and Sustainability
Business and voluntary community interests:
- Current Deputy Chair Carbal Indigenous Medical Centre board
- Ministerial appointment: Inaugural Chair Regional Development Australia Darling Downs and South West Qld
- International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Planning, Techniques and Communication for effective public participation
- Panel member: Darling Downs and South West Ministerial Regional Forum
- Founding and current member Highfields District Business Connections
- Founding committee member Highfields Junior Rugby (Redbacks)
- Championed District Little Athletics for Highfields
- Inaugural committee member Highfields State School Advisory Council
- Current member highfields.com.au.
- Previous 20-year career in Telecom/Telstra: technical, design, supervisory and contract management
- Has had experience working as a self-employed businessman
- He is married to Kim and living in Highfields (25 years) with two married children. He loves to spoil his amazing grandchildren
- Interest in art, classic cars restoration and off-road racing
“I am honoured to be an elected second-term councillor with the Toowoomba Regional Council. I am committed to community advocacy and always endeavour to initiate and challenge debate on decisions that will enhance the quality of life for all people living in the Toowoomba Region.” - Cr Bill Cahill
Current portfolio responsibilities
Operational works for:
CHAIR - PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Chris Tait is in his second term as a Councillor and is the Planning and Development Committee Chair. He also brings previous local government experience to Council, having served as a Councillor with the Jondaryan Shire Council from 1989 to 1998, the last three years as Deputy Mayor.
Cr Tait has extensive legal experience with 35 years as a solicitor in a large regional legal firm, the last 14 years as senior partner.
Chris’ community involvement includes service clubs, including terms as president of Apex and Rotary, other community clubs and a school board. Chris is married to Jane and has two adult children.
- Development Assessment
- Regional Architecture
PORTFOLIO LEADER – ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY
Joe is the Environment and Community portfolio leader of the Toowoomba Regional Council.
He is in his sixth term with both Toowoomba City Council and now Toowoomba Regional Council and served one these as Deputy Mayor.
Born and bred in Toowoomba, Joe has operated a successful local business for 33 years. Joe has been very active in the community helping many organisations such as Downs Speedway, Sunrise Way, West Toowoomba Lions Club and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.
Joe has a strong passion to grow the region and see it prosper, and for the community to enjoy the Toowoomba Region's unique lifestyle.
Joe and his wife Paulette have four adult children.
- Library and Cultural Services
- Parks and Recreation Services
- Environmental Health Services
PORTFOLIO LEADER - PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Cr Anne Glasheen is serving her third term on Toowoomba Regional Council and is currently the Planning and Development portfolio leader in the current Council.
Anne was first elected to Local Government in 1991 on the Clifton Shire Council where she served as Deputy Mayor.
Anne is a small business owner in Clifton and very passionate about supporting our regional areas in conjunction with city expectations.
She holds experience on boards at a national and state level and enjoys motorcycling and Red Hatters in her spare time.
- Strategic Planning and Economic Development