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Meet your Councillors

Mayor Les Hotz

Cr Les Hotz was declared Mayor of North Burnett Regional Council on Friday, 5 April 2024.

Mayor, Les Hotz was raised in Monto, a place where he and his wife Valma chose to raise their four adult children and a place where he still chooses to fondly call home. Beginning a career in local government in 1967, Cr Hotz has undertaken many roles from payroll and accounting right through to senior management.

During his employment in Local Government, Cr Hotz endeavoured to serve the North Burnett community through an open and transparent process, a process which he is committed to continuing during his term as Mayor.

Like any business, it is important that North Burnett Regional Council is meeting the needs of the community whilst operating sustainably. During his term in Council, Cr Hotz has significant priorities which include:

  • Supporting local businesses, industry, community and sporting groups across the region to ensure that goods and services are available to Council and community.
  • Providing policy that ensures that services for the community, businesses, industry and tourism is maintained.
  • Encourage communication and collaboration with State and Federal Governments and continue to lobby for funds to upgrade Main Roads within the region.
  • Advocate for all weather access to the regions natural wonders like Cania Gorge, Wuruma Dam and the Kalpowar and Comminglah forests.

Cr Hotz welcomes the input from the public and ratepayers which may include complaints and ideas that will improve and benefit the North Burnett.

As a born again Christian, Cr Hotz has a Christian faith which guides him in his role as an elected representative for his community.

Phone: 0458 696 272
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Division 3: Cr Susan Payne

Councillor (Division 3)

Although born and bred in Brisbane, you could be forgiven for thinking that Councillor Payne has always lived in the North Burnett. She has lived, worked, played, volunteered and raised a family in the region for over 35 years, proudly calling Monogorilby and Mundubbera home.

With a background in business and finance, and a drive to see a financially sustainable Council, Cr Payne believes that her greatest strength as Division 3 Councillor would be her uninhibited perspective in being able to identify opportunities for beneficial change.

Having previously held executive positions in many varied community groups within Mundubbera and Monogorilby areas, Cr Payne is passionate about community development. She currently holds the position of Chair of North Burnett Community Service Inc whilst also being a supporter of the Mundubbera Show Society, Jaycettes, Central Burnett Landcare and Burnett Catchment Care Association.

When asked what she enjoys most about the North Burnett, Cr Payne is quick to respond with ‘where the people say g’day and visitors are welcomed with open arms’. As a beef producer, she enjoys the diversification of fresh produce farmed and grown in our varied natural landscape.

Phone: 0488 050 251
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Division 5: Cr Michael Dingle

Councillor (Division 5)

An avid axeman and grazier, Cr Michael (Mick) Dingle established his career in Local Government in 1979, setting off on a career path that has focused on improving the road network of the North Burnett region. After many years in the civil works team of Council, Cr Dingle took the leap to represent his community at the boardroom table.

Being raised in Mount Perry, Cr Dingle brings an extensive amount of both local and practical knowledge to the boardroom.

Although known to be most comfortable behind the wheel of a machine, swinging an axe or mustering a paddock, Cr Dingle is a connector of ideas, networks and people. His focus for the next 4 years is to be part of a team that makes substantial change to the sustainability of the North Burnett Regional Council.

Phone: 0477 565 422
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Division 6: Cr Moira Thompson