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Heart of the Channel Country

The current Council was sworn in on 2 April 2024 and is comprised of four Councillors and a Mayor, who were elected by eligible voters in the Barcoo Shire. IMG 1753

Sally O'Neil - Mayor 


Mayor Sally O’Neil was born and raised in Longreach before going away for her secondary education.  She later returned to the region to learn the art of opal cutting and opened a retail opal shop.  After about 5 years, she decided it was time to further her education.  Sally first completed a Diploma of Fine Arts majoring in Silver Smithing and soon realised the Arts were not going to make a living and went on to complete a Civil Engineering Degree.  Since then, she has worked on projects in the South East corner of Queensland in civil construction and later mining infrastructure.  The following is a list of major projects she has worked on.

  • Ipswich Motorway Centenary Highway Intersection upgrade
  • Port of Brisbane – Captain Bishop Bridge and Port Drive Upgrade
  • Springfield – Various subdivisions
  • Port of Brisbane – Port of Brisbane Motorway Upgrade
  • Moranbah – Daunia and Caval Ridge Mine Coal Infrastructure
  • Rolleston – Sections of the Dawson and Carnarvon Highway rehabilitation
  • Stanwell Corporation – Black Creek Diversion Channel

In 2016, Sally completed a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education and returned to Longreach to teach at the Longreach State High School. This opportunity gave Sally’s daughter Louise, then 9, the opportunity to experience the freedom of growing up in the bush that both her and her husband Brett had.  Sally’s teaching career was short-lived when she saw an advertisement for the position of Director of Works and Services for the Barcoo Shire Council and applied.  Sally was successful and was appointed to the Director role in October 2017.  At that time, Sally and her daughter relocated to Jundah.  Since then, Sally and her family have thoroughly enjoyed living in the Barcoo Shire.  Her love for the Barcoo Shire is what led to her decision to stand for Mayor in the 2020 elections.

Sally looks forward to the challenge of leading the Barcoo Shire Council as they work together as a transparent, ethical and moral Council.

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Tony Jackson - Deputy MayorTonyJ

Tony Jackson came to the Stonehenge area in 1989 after purchasing Hillview Park. Tony also purchased the Stonehenge Hotel in 2016.   

Tony has a passion for supporting the community and currently is on several executive committees across the central west. Interests include sheep dog trailing which involves travelling eastern Australia both competing and judging.

Tony has two children, a daughter at university in Brisbane and a son working on a sheep stud in New South Wales.

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Roger Batt 2Roger Batt

Roger was born in Townsville in 1988 and moved with his parents to Eldwick in 1989.

He has lived in the community all his life and his family being wife Steph and four daughters will always call the Barcoo Shire home. 

Anyone that knows Roger knows that he is a sports tragic and enjoys watching any and every sport. Roger tries to involve himself in any local sport he can.  

He also enjoys living and working in the rural sector and has an off farm business with his brother, James Batt as an electrical contractor in the Barcoo Shire. 

As a Councillor he hopes to keep the Barcoo Shire going as an excellent place to work, live and for families to grow up and enjoy their time here just as he has and still does. 

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Andrew Miller 2Andrew Miller

Andrew was born and raised on a pineapple farm near the Sunshine Coast. He first came to the Barcoo Shire as a 15 year old in 2000 where he spent a few years working and contract mustering in and around the area. 

After marrying the girl next door, they spent some time working on grazing and farming properties in Southern Queensland before moving back in 2011 with their young family. 

Together with his wife Megan they have generations of family connections to the Barcoo Shire with parents and grandparents having lived here. 

He currently manages ‘Braidwood’ Station outside of Jundah with Megan and his four daughters, Bridie, Alice, Grace and Faith. 

He is passionate about the way of life out here and looks forward to being a part of the growth and progression of Barcoo Shire.

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    James 'Dude' KiddDude

    Dude was born in Longreach and has been a lifelong Barcoo Shire resident.

    He currently lives on Ourdel Station Windorah with his wife Helen and his son Charlie.

    Dude was a helicopter mustering pilot in the Channel Country and beyond for 24 years before retiring from flying and concentrating on Ourdel.  He is proud the be a fourth generation Barcoo Shire Councillor and is looking forward to serving the Barcoo community to the best of his ability during the upcoming council term.

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