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 – Tony Nioa
Tony has significant knowledge of the regional Queensland market and strong relationships within the Wide Bay Burnett business community, and understands the region’s key economic drivers and trends fundamental to local and interstate investors.
Throughout a 30-year property career, Tony has specialised in the Wide Bay regions of Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg, gaining extensive experience in property sales, development and leasing of commercial, retail and industrial real estate.
Appointed as the Area Consultative Committee Chairman at the Sunshine Coast for six years, Tony also chaired the Regional Advisory Group (RAG) on the restructure of the Sugar Cane Industry for the Maryborough to Rocky Point area.
Tony is currently at the entry point of investment into the Wide Bay Burnett region and a highly-valued professional with strong focus on progressive economic growth across key industries. He enjoys local community involvement as a member of Rotary Maryborough City executive, and as a member of the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce.
Treasurer – Ed Gibson
During this time, Ed has built a strong background in corporate management, strategic planning, marketing and development. He has even represented the region at several trade seminars and two (2) overseas delegations to China and Japan.
Ed has now resided in the Wide Bay region for approximately eighteen (18) years. Due to his current role, he has strong connections with the local council, state and federal representatives. Ed is passionate to see the region reduce unemployment and grow to become a “must see” region within the Australian landscape.
Secretary – Georgie Somerset
Committee Member – Kerren Smith
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 – Tanya O’Shea
Committee Member – Kristy Frahm
Having resided in the South Burnett all her life, she has a strong commitment to the Wide Bay Burnett and has a passion in seeing the region grow. Through her current role, Kristy strives to grow networks in the business community both within the region and beyond, particularly with all levels of Government and regional development bodies. A strong part of Kristy’s background is the agricultural trade which she is very fortunate to have the opportunity to engage with a broad cross-section of our community and encourages connections throughout the region to build strong, diverse and effective networks.
Committee Member – Julie Williams
As a leader, Julie has always looked at ways to enhance the business and she has ensured that this philosophy of ‘continuous improvement’ now underpins everything done at AgSolutions®. Julie brings to RDA Wide Bay Burnett her focus on ‘Lean principles’ of empowering local people, eliminating waste and improving efficiencies.
Director of Regional Development – Scott Rowe
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.