Mackay Regional Council came into existence after the amalgamation of the former Mackay City Council, Mirani Shire Council and Sarina Shire Council on March 15, 2008.
The previous Mackay City Council amalgamated with the former Pioneer Shire Council and former Mackay City Council on April 8, 1994.
The Pioneer Shire Council was established in 1880, when it was known as the Pioneer Divisional Board. The original Mackay City Council was established in 1869.
Current organisational structure
The current organisational structure aligns council's four departments with Corporate Plan goals and objectives, giving a much clearer focus to council's overall direction.
Council is divided in to four departments:
- Organisational Services
- Community and Client Services
- Development Services
- Engineering and Commercial Infrastructure
The councillors' role is to decide the facilities and services for the community and to make local laws to help provide a prosperous, sustainable and vibrant region for residents.
The Strategy Leadership & Performance Team
Chief Executive Officer
Joined council > February 1, 2016
Craig Doyle was previously the CEO of Gladstone Ports Corporation for two and a half years and has held senior executive management roles at Wilmar Sugar, Mackay Sugar and Sugar Australia.
He holds a MBA in Technology Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and an Associate Diploma in Science.
With a 30 year career at management level, Craig brings a wealth of experience in leadership and communication. His key focus is creating environments where changes and continuous improvement can successfully occur in collaboration with staff.
Married with four children, Craig enjoys spending time with his family, most sports and doing the occasional handyman job.
Engineering and Commercial Infrastructure
Director: Jason Devitt
Joined council > November 16, 1995
Jason Devitt holds a Bachelor of Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer of Queensland.
With over 18 years experience in local government, Jason first started his career as an engineer in the water industry. Since then, he has progressed through numerous management positions expanding his field of expertise from water to waste and roads management.
As the Director of Engineering and Commercial Infrastructure, Jason has a passion for delivering quality infrastructure projects that not only encourage regional growth, but also enhance liveability for the wider community.
His current responsibilities include the delivery of water and sewerage services, including infrastructure and treatment, waste services, roads and drainage. Jason is also responsible Emergency Management and is the Local Disater Coordinator for the Local Disaster Management Group.
His current responsibilities include:
Community and Client Services
Director: Bridget Mather
Joined council > October 19, 2015
Before joining council, Bridget accumulated 20 years of experience within the Commonwealth Government in a series of senior management roles.
Bridget has lived in Mackay for most of her life but has worked in Darwin, Sydney, Townsville, Melbourne and Canberra.
She has been involved in farming and the construction industry so has a finger on the pulse of the local economy.
In her spare time she is involved in several local service clubs and is past president of Zonta and the current chair of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre.
Bridget has a strong connection to the Mackay region and will strive to ensure the community has the best possible access to council facilities and services. She believes that Community and Client Services is the glue that keeps people in towns and holds a community together.
Bridget has a Masters of Business Administration.
Her current responsibilities include:
Director: Andrew Knight
Joined council > June 13, 2016
Andrew is originally from Townsville and has significant experience in Corporate/Finance management roles in all three tiers of government.
He has worked in local government in Queensland and NSW, as well as the ACT Government in Canberra. In addition to this he has worked in the Australian Public Service in large departments such as Defence, and Immigration and Border Protection.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of New England, postgraduate qualifications in Accounting and Management, is a CPA and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
His current responsibilities include:
Director: Gerard Carlyon
Joined council > April 6, 2009
Gerard has a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University majoring in History and Politics.
He's held senior positions in both State and Local Government in areas such as Child Protection, Regional Development, State Development and Industry, Tourism, Emergency Services and Community Services.
Director: Stewart Furness
Joined council > June 4, 2018
Council has appointed a new Director Capital Works as part of the senior leadership team to lead the delivery of the Capital Expenditure Program.
In 2018-19, council’s Capital Works program will be more than $120 million and will include a diverse range of projects, ranging from roads, drainage, water and sewerage and parks to the Mackay Region Sports Precinct.
Stewart joins us from Perth, where he most recently was the Head of Operational Service at Western Power. In that role he was accountable for the safe, efficient delivery of a $500 million work program.
At council, he is tasked with centralising the delivery of our capital works program, ensuring it is delivered safely, on time, to budget and quality.
Stewart is married with two small children and is excited to have made the move to Mackay.
His responsibilities include: