Cr Samantha McIntosh
RCA Chair | City of Ballarat Mayor
Cr Samantha McIntosh has lived and worked in regional Australia her entire life and under her leadership, the City of Ballarat continues to be one of the fastest growing municipalities in Victoria.
Samantha was first elected to become a Councillor of the City of Ballarat in December 2008. After bring re-elected in 2012 and 2016, Cr McIntosh served as Deputy Mayor in 2012 before being elected Mayor in 2016.
Combining Samantha’s experience in managing hospitality, tourism and health support businesses, being Mayor of the City of Ballarat has given Samantha a thorough understanding of the key issues and opportunities facing regional Australia.
Mayor Shane Van Styn
RCA Deputy Chair | City of Greater Geraldton Mayor
Mayor Shane Van Styn has lived, worked and invested in regional Western Australia for the last 19 years. Between his companies, he had a peak workforce of more than 200 staff during the mining boom. This has provided Shane with a strong understanding of the needs and aspirations of employees and employers across the regions of WA.
Shane’s role as Deputy Chair, and immediate past Chair, has confirmed Shane’s view that the issues facing Geraldton are not unlike those faced across our nation’s regions and as such knows that strong federal policies to grow regional cities must be developed and successfully delivered.
Shane has seen firsthand the successes of growth in the regions, and believes that Regional Capitals Australia has a key role to play in advocating for strong regional capitals to not only benefit the regions but also our great nation as a collective.
Cr George Seymour
Treasurer | Fraser Coast Regional Council
George Seymour was elected as Mayor of the Fraser Coast Regional Council in May 2018 and has been a councillor since 2012.
The Fraser Coast is a fast growing coastal region in Queensand, recognised for its natural beauty and quality lifestyle.
Prior to his election to the council, George worked as a solicitor, disability support worker and ran the region’s youth homeless shelter. He is a member of a number of boards including the Queensland Heritage Council and the Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia.
Cr Col Murray
RCA Secretary | Tamworth Regional Council Mayor
Cr Col Murray is a tried and true country music fan and operated his own businesses for over 30 years before deciding to run for Council. Col is currently in his fourth term on Tamworth Regional Council and his ninth term as Mayor.
Col took up his role as the Deputy Chair of Regional Capitals Australia in 2015 and has recently become Secretary. Col also chaired the New South Wales Namoi Councils Organisation for over a decade and the Country Mayor’s Association from 2012 to 2013.
Col believes that if there was ever a time to change the agenda for consistent and strategic funding in regional areas – it is now. He continues to ‘put shoulder to the wheel’ and do his bit to ensure this occurs.
Cr Greg Conkey OAM
Mayor, Wagga Wagga City Council
Cr Greg Conkey OAM has worked in rural and regional Australia where he edited and managed The Riverina Leader newspaper in Wagga Wagga for over 25 years.
Greg was elected to Council in 2012 and was elected Mayor in September 2016. Cr Conkey was awarded the Order of Australia in 2012 for his services to the Wagga Wagga community.
Greg believes that his years covering the stories of regional Australians has given him a unique perspective on the aspirations of regional communities and looks forward to ensuring he can advocate for those aspirations in the halls of parliament.
Cr Margaret Strelow
Mayor, Rockhampton Regional Council
As Mayor of Rockhampton Regional Council for eight years and another six years with the newly amalgamated council, Cr Margaret Strelow is dedicated to the growth of her regional capital city.
Born in Toowoomba, Margaret studied to be a Primary Teacher at the Central Queensland University and had a number of roles including teacher and Child Care Director until she was elected Mayor of Rockhampton Regional Council in 2000.
After Margaret’s initial eight-year term she took a brief break from council life until 2012, when she answered the call to once again nominate for council and assist her community.
Mayor Grant Henley
Mayor, City of Busselton
Mayor Grant Henley joined the council in 2009 and was elected Mayor in October 2015.
Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Grant served in the Royal Australian Navy for 20 years before retiring and moving to Busselton in 2002 with his young family, where he was the inaugural manager of the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory and ran a number of successful tourism accommodation businesses.
Grant is strongly committed to serving his community and often volunteers as coach and umpire in many local sporting clubs. He has great aspirations for his regional capital city and knows that the lifestyle found outside of the big cities like Perth is no longer a secret worth keeping!
Mr Mike Archer
CEO, City of Busselton
Mr Paul Bennett
General Manager, Tamworth Regional Council
Mr Ken Deihm
CEO, Fraser Coast Regional Council
Ms Justine Linley
CEO, City of Ballarat
Mr Peter Thompson
GM, City of Wagga Wagga