Committee Members

Chairman – William (Bill) Trevor

Bill Trevor was first elected to Isis Shire Council in 1985. He stood on a platform of bringing local government back to the people – and after serving as a councillor for nine years and was elected Mayor in 1994 and completed a 14 year term.

He was the founding president of the Regional Organisation of Councils, former Director of the Isis Central Sugar Mill Company and Member of the Bundaberg District Health Council.

In addition to his roles within local government, Bill has been Chairman of the Wide Bay Burnett Area Consultative Committee, Chairman of the North Burnett Local Government Association, former Director of the Isis Central Sugar Mill Company, Member of the Bundaberg District Health Council. He has held positions on numerous Local, State and Federal Government committees.

In his private life, Bill is a primary producer with a desire to improve both rural and commercial businesses in the region.

His desire to open communication between councils and their communities has been a major achievement. So has his work in developing and promoting the WBB ACC’s aim to enhance the district’s future by creating long-term jobs and sustainable industries.

He’s also been instrumental in bringing the region together to work as a united group to secure State and Federal funding for the Wide Bay.

Deputy Chair and Treasurer – Daniel Poacher

Daniel Poacher is the managing director of Hervey Bay-based firm Engineering Solutions Queensland and is a former president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia Fraser Coast branch.Daniel has over 20 years’ experience in the consulting engineering industry as well as experience in the building and construction industry. In this time he has provided engineering and construction services for numerous projects on the Fraser Coast and in the Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast and Gladstone Regions. Having served in a number of management and director roles Daniel has a strong knowledge of business and developed skills in finance, governance, communication and project management.

Secretary – Kirsti Kee

Kirsti has lived in the Wide Bay area since 2005 and retired from the role of Regional Executive Director, Education Queensland in Wide Bay Burnett in 2009.Her career has also included teaching in Australia and Overseas; Business Manager and Director of a TAFE Institute and owner/manager of a small catering business and delicatessen.Kirsti is President of the Hervey Bay Neighbour Centre Management Committee and is keen to ensure that our community focus remains central to economic growth in our area. She believes that access to a range of educational opportunities is key to economic growth.

Kirsti is a keen walker and cyclist and enjoys spending time with her four adult children and four grandchildren.

Committee Member – Mick Curran

Gympie Regional Council Mayor, Cr Mick Curran BM, was first elected to Local Government in 2012. Cr Curran was subsequently elected as Mayor in 2015 as a result of a bi-election due to the sad passing of the regions previous Mayor.

Mayor Curran was recently returned as Mayor at the 2016 quadrennial elections, the only returning mayor in the Wide Bay region.

Mick has a law enforcement background having been a member of the Queensland Police Service over a 30-year career during which he undertook uniform, investigative and managerial roles.

Mayor Curran is committed to the sustainable growth of the region with one of the region’s key strengths being the proximity to south east Queensland.

Committee Member – Georgie Somerset

Georgie Somerset is a beef producer with a wide range of experiences and skills including communication, marketing and strategic planning. Actively involved in a family owned beef property in the South Burnett, and mother of three, Georgie is a board member of Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and QRAA. She is state Vice President of AgForce Queensland, chairs the Red Earth Community Foundation South Burnett and recently served for five years as president of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network. In 2013 she co-founded the South Burnett Community Leadership Program.Georgie has worked with regions across Australia, and has experience in agribusiness, tourism and regional development. A Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and Australian Institute of Company Directors, her particular focus is on strategic planning, developing relationships within and across organisations, and encouraging individuals to reach their full potential. She believes living regionally should not be a disadvantage and actively advocates for telecommunications and transport infrastructure

Committee Member – Janelle Gerry

Janelle is the Company Director and Finance/Administration Manager of Macadamias Australia and Farmfresh Fine Foods, a second-generation, family owned and operated agribusiness established in 1957 by the Steinhardt family.Macadamias Australia maintains 130,000 macadamia trees and is a wordwide exporter of quality Australian macadamias. Farmfresh Fine Foods is a food technology and manufacturing company producing high quality, innovative and customised vegetable solutions for the foodservice and Industrial Manufacturers.Janelle joined the family business in 1989, heading up finance and administration after spending several years working in a law firm. Janelle oversees all legal, accounting, strategic and compliance requirements of both companies. Janelle also is a board member of a number of local non-for-profit organisations.

Committee Member – Anne Maddern

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Anne Maddern has been a long term resident and business woman of Maryborough. This follows a childhood spent on a cattle property, schooling at both public and private schools and a number of
moves around the State as a consequence of her husband’s work.Anne and her husband Lloyd managed and then owned and operated real estate valuation practices until 2012 when she was elected to the State Parliament as the Member for Maryborough. She served with the LNP Government until January 2015.Anne gained an Associate Degree in Business (Real Estate Valuation) as a mature age student.Over the years Anne has been involved in a number of community organisations with her focus on working with the community in ensuring that residents of the area had access to appropriate dialysis in the Maryborough Hospital and more recently the establishment of a palliative care unit (also in the Maryborough Hospital).

Anne’s goals during her time as a Member of Parliament and her association with community organisations has been to work towards better investment and development, increased employment and better community services for Maryborough and surrounds. Her ongoing connection with the rural sector, her experience as a property valuer and more recently as a Member of Government bring skills which she will use to contribute to the work of Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett.

Committee Member – Kerren Smith

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Kerren was the Managing Director of J. Smith & Sons from 1993 and has also been the Managing Director of Smith Global Pty Ltd since 2007.
After taking the reins of production at J. Smith & Sons in 1975, Kerren played a pivotal role in securing and maintaining new and existing markets in the volatile on-and- off-road transport industry.
He boasts more than 40 years of industry experience and is passionate to see the Wide Bay-Burnett grow in prosperity.
Kerren believes the local industry has the capacity to be a consistent provider of good quality jobs and a platform to provide a stable future for the youth of the region.
In addition to his role in his family’s companies, Kerren is also Director of the Queensland Cricket and the past chairman of Wide Bay Tafe.
Kerren is well respected in the Transport, Construction & Engineering, and Mining Industries internationally.

Committee Member – Stephanie Whitaker

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Stephanie and her husband have lived and worked in the Wide Bay-Burnett region for the past two decades. They breed beef cattle on a property based in the South Burnett, and since 2007 have owned and operated the Biggenden Saleyards and Burnett Livestock and Realty where Stephanie manages the administration and marketing.
Stephanie has participated in numerous professional and self-development training and served on the board of the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO) where she held a business and economic development advisory role.
As well as serving on the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Ministerial Forum in 2007/08 as a conduit between the community and state government, she currently holds the position of Secretary of the Biggenden Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In 2011, Stephanie won what was then known as the Mike Nixon Award, a national award recognising excellence in agricultural marketing for people with less than 10 years’ experience in the livestock and property agency industry.
In 2012, she was presented the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network Strong Woman Leadership Award in the business category.
Stephanie is an active member of many facets of the community and brings a broad and diverse knowledge in business, health and community care, community services and community development to the committee.

Executive Officer – Scott Rowe

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Scott Rowe has a strong small business background having held senior managerial positons with regional media companies across Queensland over the past 25 years. An award-winning journalist and former newspaper editor, Scott was Enterprise Manager of Fraser Coast Opportunities before joining Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett in October 2014. Scott has lived and worked in the Wide Bay Burnett for more than a decade and boasts strong community networks. He has a strong understanding of the region’s opportunities and challenges and holds positions on business boards, sporting clubs and community organisations.