Gladstone Region Matt Burnett is a born and bred resident and his family’s connection with the region extends to five generations.
Councillor Burnett’s grandmother was born in the Boyne Valley and his grandfather is 103 and still going strong. He is a former small business operator and qualified journalist, having started his own newspaper, The Port Curtis Post, at the age of 19. He has since served in Local Government for 16 years, including five as Deputy Mayor prior to his election as Mayor. During his time in Local Government, Cr Burnett served as Chairman of Technical Services with Gladstone City Council and as portfolio representative in both Infrastructure and Technical Services with Gladstone Regional Council after amalgamation in 2008. Cr Burnett has always had the best interests of the community at heart and, as Mayor, he will draw upon the experience he has gathered over 16 years to ensure those interests remain a key consideration even as the region continues to grow and develop. Cr Burnett will bring an inclusive style of leadership to Council, making sure the thoughts and views of his fellow Councillors, Council officers, business and industry leaders, community groups and organisations, and members of the community are all heard and taken into consideration. Cr Burnett has learnt much from the three Mayors who he has worked with since being elected to Council in 2000 and will look to put what he has learned to good use during his tenure as Mayor, in order to provide the strong leadership needed to enable the Gladstone Region to shine at its best.