Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio today (July 6, 2023) announced he was retiring from his position as an elected representative after serving for almost 42 years in local government.

Mayor Antonio will continue to serve in his role until noon on Friday, July 21.

“At the previous local government election in 2020 I stated that this would be my final term in office,” Mayor Antonio said.

“After consulting with my family, I have decided to formally announce my decision to leave office, effective from July 21, 2023.

“It has been an honour to serve my community, firstly at Millmerran, then on the wider Toowoomba Regional Council since March 2008.

“Little could I have imagined progressing from my first term on the former Millmerran Shire in the early 1980s to a career in local government that has spanned almost 42 years.

“While there have been many changes over the years, my work has centred around my willingness to meet and deal with people across all sectors of our community.

“Local government plays a vital role in building and improving communities and providing essential services for our residents. While it comes with challenges, it is rewarding to see benefits delivered to our communities.

“The role of Mayor has allowed me to broaden this approach and advocate for our fair share of funding or assistance from the higher levels of government. It has also provided a rare chance for me to promote the unrivalled lifestyle benefits that we enjoy and the prospects that we can offer to families, business owners and investors.

“It has been a privilege to guide the vision and direction of this Region with my Council colleagues and the Council staff across my entire career.

“While there is some sadness about leaving office, there always will be something more to achieve. I am proud of the work that has been completed during my time in office and the groundwork that has been laid for our Region’s future.

“I am equally positive that Council has the talent and drive to set the course for an even brighter future for the Toowoomba Region.”

Mayor Antonio said he was looking forward to personally thanking and recognising the organisations and scores of friends who had been instrumental in helping him over his entire career.

“I’m first and foremost a farmer, and I’ve long lived by the lessons of the land, its seasons and the power of renewal.”

Toowoomba Regional Council CEO Brian Pidgeon is issuing details about the selection process for the coming Mayoral vacancy in a separate release.


Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio announcing he is retiring from local government. He is pictured with Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Tanya Milligan and former TRC colleague, Dr John McVeigh, the Executive Director of the University of Southern Queensland’s Institute for Resilient Regions. Dr McVeigh is a former State Member for Toowoomba South and formerly was the Federal Member for Groom. He is the chair of Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise.