Council meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of every month. Please refer to the Meeting Schedule for 2016 below for dates and locations.

Minutes of Council meetings can be downloaded for previous years below.

Upcoming meeting dates and locations for 2016.

The current Barcoo Shire Council was sworn in on the 14 May 2012 and is comprised of four Councillors and a Mayor, who were elected by eligible voters in the Barcoo Shire. Below are each Councillors profiles, contact details and statements of interests of each elected representative (signatures have been covered for security reasons).

For an interactive map of electorate boundary, please see Electoral Commission Queensland.

Cr Julie Groves, Mayor

Cr Julie GrovesLongreach was home until my marriage to Ian in 1978. I then moved down the river to make Barcoo Shire our home. Ancestors on two sides were early settlers in the Windorah (briefly), Jundah and Stonehenge areas, so the area was familiar to me.

Being new blood in a small community, (husband a local), I instantly became an office bearer on local committees! Our family grew to four children and 16 years of teaching via Distance Ed slotted in, along with all helping run our grazing property.

Since 1986 our family have worked together to turn 'Haughton Vale', Jundah, into our home. We run cattle, with some sheep.

I appreciate being part of a small community for the friendships and enrichment this brings. During my one term as a councillor I especially enjoyed the opportunities provided, through outside networking, to enhance services into our community. Away from working on our property and community work, I relax with gardening and craft.

I am looking forward to serving my term of office. My main goal is to work as part of a team to enhance the quality of life for residents of Barcoo Shire, through lobbying for reliable, equitable and affordable services enjoyed by main-stream Australia including: Health; Roads; Digital TV; Telecommunications; Electricity supply

Phone: 07 4658 6902
Home: 07 4658 5985
Mobile: 0448 081 222 (NB: no coverage in Shire)
Email: mayor@barcoo.qld.gov.au

Download Register of Interest - Cr J Groves (pdf)

Cr Michael Pratt, Deputy Mayor

Cr Michael PrattCr Michael Pratt has served Barcoo Shire as a councillor since 2005.

He moved to the area in 1996 after 15 years at Richmond managing a company property. He now owns Waroona and Bellfield near Stonehenge, running 2,500 Brahman cattle and 4,000 sheep.

He is married to Sue and has three children, Jessica, Ross and Claire.

His goals as a councillor at Barcoo Shire are to:

  • serve with honesty, dignity, impartiality and accountability
  • be part of a team striving to achieve a higher standard of living for all residents living and/or working within the Shire
  • enjoy the experience

Phone: 07 4658 5939
Email: michaelp@barcoo.qld.gov.au

Download Register of Interest - Cr M Pratt (pdf)

Cr Ian Groves

Cr Ian GrovesI was born in Mackay in 1956 and lived all my life within Barcoo Shire, or along the boundaries. I married Julie in 1978 and we have four adult children. We purchased 'Haughton Vale', Jundah, from my family in 1986 and we have made this into our home.

Along with observing differing environments and the effects on livestock industry, another interest is doing short road trips, mainly within Queensland, looking at different regions and lifestyles.

First elected to Council in 2008 and recently elected for second term. During my next term I hope to see the fulfilment of current works in progress and budgeted items.

Phone: 07 4658 5985
Mobile: 0428 585 985
Email: iang@barcoo.qld.gov.au

Download Register of Interest - Cr I Groves (pdf)

Cr Peter Batt

Cr Peter BattBorn Winton 5th July 1958. 

Married Donna, August 1980 and have four children. Amanda, James, Roger and David. 

 Shearing contractor in the Richmond district for 14years and bought Eldwick in November 1989. 

 Enjoys life in general and likes to relax reading and watching any type of sport. 

 Hopes to serve the community to the best of his ability and to continue to maintain good roads and services to the shire.

Phone: 07 4958 5942
Email: peterb@barcoo.qld.gov.au

Download Register of Interest - Cr P Batt (pdf)

Cr Craig Lasker

I was born in Armidale NSW in 1966 and left school in 1981. Craig Lasker

Worked in NT for 2 years, remainder of my life I have worked in Queensland, except for going to the Kimberly Region of WA for 2 years with my partner Nicky Smith.

Myself and partner Nicky were transferred to ‘Mooraberree’ Station, outside Windorah, in 2000. We have been on ‘Morney Plains’ Station, Windorah, since 2001 and still remain there with our children.

Being elected for the first time in 2012 and having spent as much time working and living in the Barcoo Shire, I believe I could be of assistance to the local community.

Phone: 07 4656 4955
Email: craigl@barcoo.qld.gov.au

Download Register of Interest - Cr C Lasker (pdf)

 

 

 

The current Barcoo Shire Council was sworn in on the 6th April 2016 and is comprised of four Councillors and a Mayor, who were elected by eligible voters in the Barcoo Shire. Below are each Councillors profiles, contact details and statements of interests of each elected representative (signatures have been covered for security reasons).

For an interactive map of electorate boundary, please see Electoral Commission Queensland.

BRUCE SCOTT, MAYOR

Mayor Bruce ScottI am once again grateful for the opportunity to lead Barcoo Shire and help progress the betterment of the shire and the whole central west region.

It is my vision that Barcoo Shire is the most open, transparent and accountable local government in Queensland and Australia.

It is that old saying – we not only have to be compliant and accountable in what we do, we have to be seen to be by the general public.

Included in this process, is proper and expert due diligence sitting behind the process.

Phone: 07 4658 6902
Home: 07 4656 3193
Email: mayor@barcoo.qld.gov.au

View Bruce's Resume

REGISTER OF INTEREST 

MICHAEL PRATT, DEPUTY MAYOR

Cr Michael PrattMichael Pratt has served Barcoo Shire as a councillor since 2005.

He moved to the area in 1996 after 15 years at Richmond managing a company property. He now owns Waroona and Bellfield near Stonehenge, running 2,500 Brahman cattle and 4,000 sheep.

He has three children, Jessica, Ross and Claire.

Mike’s goals as a councillor at Barcoo Shire are to:

  • Serve with honesty, dignity, impartiality and accountability
  • Be part of a team striving to achieve a higher standard of living for all residents living and/or working within the Shire

Phone: 07 4658 5939
Email: MikeP@barcoo.qld.gov.au

REGISTER OF INTEREST
 

JILL FITZGERALD

Cr Jill FitzgeraldJill was born in Longreach on 23rd June 1969 and Grew up on Lina Glen and Carella Stations in the Barcoo Shire.

Primary schooling was undertaken through Charleville Distance Education and Jundah State School, secondary schooling at Longreach.

Jill married her husband Ted in Longreach on 29th April 1989 and have two adult children Tony and Jessica.

Jill moved to ‘Carella’ Jundah, in March 2000 after purchasing it from her parents in June 2005, where she started running Santa Gertrudis cattle.

Jill has passionately followed in her parents (Cliff and Val Naish) footsteps as a very community minded person and has been involved in many committees over the years.

Jill’s aim as a Councillor is to try and bring the communities closer together while achieving a higher standard of living for all who live and work in the Barcoo Shire.

Phone: 07 4658 6130
Mobile: 0447 840 946 (NB: No coverage in Shire)
Email: jill.fitzgerald@barcoo.qld.gov.au 

REGISTER OF INTEREST 

PETER BATT

Cr Peter BattPeter was born in Winton 5th July 1958.

Married to Donna in August 1980 they have four children. Amanda, James, Roger and David.

Peter was a shearing contractor in the Richmond district for 14years and bought ‘Eldwick’ in November 1989.

Peter enjoys life in general and likes to relax reading and watching any type of sport.

Peter hopes to serve the community to the best of his ability and to continue to maintain good roads and services to the shire.

Phone: 07 4958 5942
Email: peterb@barcoo.qld.gov.au 

REGISTER OF INTEREST

DIANNE PIDGEON

Cr Dianne Pidgeon Dianne was born in Townsville in October 1971.

After travelling to the west, Dianne met and married her husband Peter and have three children- Prue, Heath & Brodie.

Dianne and her husband run a cattle station - ‘Glenroy’, situated north of Stonehenge.

Along with her family, Arts, craft and Cattle are Dianne’s passion in her free time.

Dianne feels privileged to serve the community and hopes to build prosperity and a higher standard of living for all.

Phone: 07 4658 5921
Mobile: 0458 585 921 (NB: No coverage in Shire)
Email: diannep@barcoo.qld.gov.au 
REGISTER OF INTEREST 

 

ROBERT O'BRIEN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Bob OBrienBorn and raised on the Central Highlands, Bob lived on his family's sheep, cattle & grain property south of Capella. He started his Local Government career with the Peak Downs Shire in 1982 as a cadet clerk.

In 1994, after completing 12-and-a-half years at Peak Downs, Bob and his wife moved from Capella so he could take up the position of Deputy CEO with the Cloncurry Shire. In 1997, Bob was appointed to the Jericho Shire as CEO.

From there Bob has spent five-and-a-half-years at Longreach Regional Council, Consulting with PIB and a number of other Councils, specifically in the finance and management area, before beginning with Barcoo Shire in October 2010.

Bob is married to Gillian and they have two children.

Please forward any correspondence for the CEO to:

Attn: Cheif Executive Officer
PO Box 14
6 Perkins Street
Jundah, QLD 4736