Cr Geoff McDonald
Mayor Cr Geoff McDonald

May 30, 2024

Toowoomba Regional Council has restructured its portfolio system for councillors, scrapping “leaders”, creating two new committees and sharing portfolio duties among groups of councillors.

Mayor Cr Geoff McDonald said the new system would ensure all Councillors have a better understanding across the breadth of Council’s operations to aid decision-making.

The two new committees are Business Transformation and Major Projects.

Mayor McDonald said the new structure would ensure Councillors’ work better reflected the region’s diverse needs.

The new Councillor portfolio allocations were endorsed at the May Ordinary Meeting of Council:

  • Mayor Geoff McDonald: Major Projects; Business Transformation; Economic Development
  • Deputy Mayor Cr Rebecca Vonhoff: Major Projects; Business Transformation; Strategic Water Planning and Capital Delivery
  • Cr James O’Shea: Community Development, Facilities and Tourism; Customer, Communication and Engagement
  • Cr Melissa Taylor: Waste Services; Library and Cultural Services; People, Culture and Engagement
  • Cr Kerry Shine: Water Operations; Planning
  • Cr Gary Gardner: Major Projects; Fleet and Logistics; Planning; and Financial Services
  • Cr Tim McMahon: Place (Planning); Parks and Recreation Services; and Financial Services
  • Cr Carol Taylor: Major Projects; Construction and Maintenance (Infrastructure Services)
  • Cr Bill Cahill: Business Transformation, Water Infrastructure Services; Project Services (Infrastructure, incorporating Enterprise Project Management); Environmental and Regulatory Services
  • Cr Edwina Farquhar: Business Transformation; Economic Development; Information, Communication and Technology
  • Cr Trevor Manteufel: Transport and Drainage Planning; Development Infrastructure and Growth; and Property Services


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