Councillor Profiles

Five (5) Councillors are elected for a four year term to represent the community of Woorabinda .

Councillors must:

  • Attend Council meetings regularly and all other meetings as required from time to time;
  • Vote on matters requiring a decision;
  • Perform their duties and responsibilities in a transparent, impartial and faithful manner at all times.

As the result of an election held in March 2016 the community elected 4 Councillors and Mayor.

Woorabinda Councils current elected members are:

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Mayor - Cheyne Wilkie

Prior to becoming the Mayor of Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council, Cheyne worked for Red Cross as the Woorabinda Service Manager. Cheyne held this position for 2 years, working with the community and other service providers to support the community and their families.

Cheyne is a member of the Parents and Citizens board at primary school and an advisory board member of the Primary Health Network.

Cheyne's focus is to ensure that local people are trained into senior positions of Council administration including succession planning into CEO role. He is committed to community development and job creation in line with councils 5 year corporate plan.


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Deputy Mayor - Stewart Smith

Stewart is a local Woorabinda man and has kids aged between 11 and 22 years of age. Before being elected to Council Stewart worked at QLD Health Aged Care facility in Woorabinda.

Stewart is committed to empowering people and the youth of the community from high school and wants job opportunities for the community. Stewart will do anything he can in his leadership role to create jobs for the people of Woorabinda. 

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 Councillor - Archie Williams        Register of Interest

I had a term as a councillor with the Woorabinda Council in the 1990's and also worked for the State Government and Council undertaking carpentry, painting, plumbing, and hygiene roles.

I support local Rugby League and am interested in seeing sports being played back in Woorabinda again.  I would like to see people looking after the community and to make a better future for Woorabinda.  Support for local people who have the vision and potential to represent Woorabinda in sporting activities is important in our community.

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Councillor - Lawrence Weazel

Lawrence has lived in Woorabinda for 25 years and worked at Council for 18 months as project officer before being elected to Council. Lawrence wants the Woorabinda Council to be transparent and mentor the community on local government issues and a role model in the community.

Lawrence served in the Army between 1976 and 1982, to days his interests include shooting, fishing and golf and spending time with his 14 grand children.


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Councillor - Phillip Alberts

Phillip is a local Woorabinda man who worked for the Woorabinda Council as a labourer in the Parks and Gardens department prior to being elected to Council.

Phillip wants to empower the people of Woorabinda and create more jobs in the community. Phillip believes there is a gap in services for young people aged between 12 and 17 and wants more programs and projects for this age group.

Phillip has 3 children aged 11, 9 and 6 months old, he is also interested in NRL and follows the Parramatta Ells and NRL. He enjoys being the assistant coach of the Woorabinda Warriors. Phillip is currrently employed by Qld Health at the Woorabinda Mens Consortium.