What is the role of a Councillor?

Councillors represent their community to ensure the good rule and governance of their electoral area. In summary, councillors are responsible for:

  • planning for the delivery of services to the community
  • strategic planning for the future of the community
  • making local laws
  • adopting and implementing policy
  • administrating local government
  • enforcing legislation


Councillors have regular meetings to make decisions and to discuss local issues. Councillors focus on the policy directions of the local government, not the internal day-to-day administration of the local government. The role of councillors is to make decisions, which council officers can then implement on their behalf.

What is the role of the Mayor?

The mayor has the duties of a councillor with the added responsibility of:

  • running Council meetings
  • representing the local government at civic or ceremonial functions

Councillor Discretionary Fund Councillor Discretionary Fund

The South Burnett Regional Council has established Councillor Discretionary Funds in support of  community purposes and meeting requests for financial assistance from community organisations.

Click here to view Councillor Discretionary Fund Availability Notice

Councillor Reimbursement Policy Councillor Reimbursement Policy

Council has adopted an Expenses Reimbursement Policy for Councillors in accordance with section 45 of the Local Government (Operations) Regulation 2010.

The policy ensures compliance with statutory requirements and community expectations relating to the payment or reimbursement of legitimate expenses and the provision of facilities. It also ensures councillors have the facilities and support necessary to perform their civic duties as elected representatives of their local communities.

Download the Reimbursement of Expenses for Councillors Policy

Register of Interest Statements Register of Interest Statements

Councillor Remuneration Levels Councillor Remuneration Levels

Remuneration levels for councillors are set by an independent state government convened Tribunal: the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal. Each year the Tribunal undertakes a review of the remuneration levels and publishes a report with their recommendations. For further information on the remuneration of councillors contact the Department of Local Government or download the most recent Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Report. Past reports are also available via this link.

Councillors Code of Conduct Councillors Code of Conduct

The South Burnett Regional Council has a strong commitment to open, accountable and ethical government. The Code of Conduct for Councillors (the code) sets out behaviours and responsibilities for Councillors as required under the Local Government Act 2009.

The code demonstrates Council's commitment to the following local government principles contained in the Act:
  • transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest;
  • sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of effective services;
  • democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement;
  • good governance of, and by, local government; and
  • ethical and legal behaviour of Councillors and local government employees.
The code sets out the statutory, ethical and behavioural obligations of Councillors and outlines the types of breaches and penalties under the Local Government Act 2009.

Your Councillors Your Councillors

The South Burnett Regional Council is comprised of one mayor and six divisional councillors. The divisional councillors each represent a division. If you're not sure which division you are in and who your local councillor is, please check the divisional maps page, or download divisional map pdf's.

Division Name Phone Email
Mayor Cr Wayne Kratzmann 4189 9155 mayor@southburnett.qld.gov.au
Division 1 Cr Barry Green 0417 767 444 bgreen@southburnett.qld.gov.au
Division 2 Cr Debra Palmer 0419 769 994 dpalmer@southburnett.qld.gov.au
Division 3 Cr Damien Tessmann 0409 490 175 dtessmann@southburnett.qld.gov.au
Division 4 Cr Keith Campbell
(Deputy Mayor)
0439 708 553 kcampbell@southburnett.qld.gov.au
Division 5 Cr Kathy Duff 0437 020 705 kduff@southburnett.qld.gov.au
Division 6 Cr Ros Heit 0477 010 743 rheit@southburnett.qld.gov.au


Councillor Profiles Councillor Profiles

Mayor - Cr Wayne Kratzmann


Wayne was elected to Mayor of South Burnett Regional Council in April 2012 and brings a wealth of Local Government experience to the South Burnett Regional Council having worked for over 30 years at the former Wondai Shire Council, from 1979 to 2003 as Deputy CEO, then from 2004 to 2008 as Deputy Mayor. Wayne sits on a number of regional committees including his most recent election to Local Government Association of Queensland's Policy Executive. He also is the Deputy Chair of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils, Chairman of the South Burnett Private Hospital Board and is a board member of Regional Tourism Organisation, Southern Queensland Country.

Wayne has close ties with the local community and donates a lot of his time and effort to local charities and committees to further aged care, education, sport and tourism just to name a few. Since Wayne's election, he has fundraised over $100,000 for his community through the Mayor's Flood Appeal and the Mayor's Community Benefit Fund, both appeals giving back to South Burnett organisations in need.

Wayne was born in Kingaroy and attended the Taabinga State School and then Kingaroy State High School. Wayne was the former General Manager of Crow FM 90.7, South Burnett's Radio Station and now resides at the Bunya Mountains with his wife Eleanor and dubs himself as a ‘sports tragic' who enjoys music.

 Contact Cr Kratzmann on (07) 4189 9155 / mayor@southburnett.qld.gov.au

Deputy Mayor/Division 4 - Cr Keith Campbell

Cr Keith Campbell - Elected Representative for Division 4 South Burnett Regional Council & Deputy MayorKeith has 13 years experience as a Councillor - 9 years with the former Kingaroy Shire Council and 4 years in the South Burnett Regional Council.  He was elected (unopposed) to represent Division 4 in the South Burnett Regional Council in 2008 and has again successfully contested the 2012 elections. He was appointed as Deputy Mayor following the 2008 election. Keith spent his early life on a farming property in the Benair district and after leaving school developed a career in agriculture, working as General Manager of the Bean Growers Australia Group of Companies for 40 years. After retiring from Bean Growers in 2005, he wished to continue working with the community through Local Government serving as a Councillor. He has been heavily involved with community organisations for his entire working life having held many executive positions with various community groups. His vision for the South Burnett is to preserve the diversity that individual communities represent by providing adequate essential services (roads, water, sewerage and waste disposal) and to ensure that community assets are adequate for the present and into the future. Keith's goal is to foster growth and development, building the South Burnett's reputation as an enjoyable liveable region catering for the needs of all residents.

Cr Campbell is the Portfolio representative for Finance and Town Planning.

Contact Cr Campbell on 0439 708 553  /  kcampbell@southburnett.qld.gov.au



Division 1 - Cr Barry Green

Cr Barry Green - Elected Representative for Division 1 South Burnett Regional CouncilBarry was a Councillor for eight years with Nanango Shire Council during the 1980's, a period of growth following the construction of Tarong Mine. He has a long association with rugby league and sport in general, and spent many years working in radio in the South Burnett area. He was elected in 2008 as the Division 1 Councillor for South Burnett Regional Council and  again successfully contested the 2012 elections. Cr Green is keen to further develop and promote tourism in the region, which he sees as having enormous potential.

Cr Green is the Portfolio representative for Water and Wastewater and Sports and Recreation.

Contact Cr Green on 0417 767 444 / bgreen@southburnett.qld.gov.au



Cr Debra Palmer - Elected Representative for Division 2 South Burnett Regional Council

Division 2 - Cr Debra Palmer

Debra learned about civic service as daughter of long-serving Nanango Shire Councillor, Kevin Allery. Determined to make a difference to the community, and representing Division 2, Cr Palmer was elected for the first time at the 2008 elections and re-elected unopposed at the  2012 elections.  Cr Palmer is enjoying the challenge of working through community issues with residents, and being part of the  South Burnett Regional Council. She has business interests in Blackbutt, operating the local news agency with her family.

Cr Palmer is the Portfolio representative for Information Technology and Property.

Contact Cr Palmer on 0419 769 994 / dpalmer@southburnett.qld.gov.au



Division 3 - Cr Damien Tessmann

Cr Damien Tessmann - Elected Representative for Division 3 South Burnett Regional CouncilDamien describes himself as a "true South Burnett local", having spent his entire life in Kingaroy where he is the fifth generation of Tessmann's to live on the family property "Hillside" located at Coolabunia; something he is extremely proud of. He attended the Coolabunia State School and Kingaroy State High School then, after completing schooling started work at Swickers Bacon Factory whilst studying externally through the University of Southern Queensland.  He then returned to working on the family's dairy farm before being elected to the South Burnett Regional Council in 2008, aged 21.

With a strong record of community service Damien is a proud member of the Kingaroy Rotary Club, secretary of the South Burnett Neighbourhood Watch Cluster Group, regular involvement with the Nanango Race Club on race days and a long association at all levels within the LNP.  He has had involvement with other groups such as South Burnett Toastmasters and Apex Australia having been the Queensland Young Apexian of the Year in 2007 and a finalist in Apex's national public speaking competition.  Damien is also very proud to be notching up 10 years as the poultry steward for the Nanango Show in 2013 along with being the Patron for the Kingaroy Junior Redbacks Soccer Club (a club he played for as a child, albeit very ordinarily) and the Kingaroy Senior Citizens Club.  Outside of Council Damien is a history buff and also enjoys clay target shooting, golf, going to the gym, the performing arts and working on the family farm.

Cr Tessmann is the Portfolio representative for Roads.

Contact Cr Tessmann on 0409 490 175 /  dtessmann@southburnett.qld.gov.au



Division 5 - Cr Kathy Duff

Kathy lives on the family property "Di Di' Station that was selected in 1916 by her Grandfather John Patrick Duff who also served as a Councillor.  Her brother was also a Councillor on the former Wondai Shire Council.  Kathy runs her own cattle grazing and timber business.  She has a strong interest in the equine industry and judges horses at local shows as well as pursuing her hobby as a silversmith when she can find the time.  Kathy is involved in numerous community organisations and in 2007 was named Qld Country Life All-Rounder of the Year for her work in the rural industry and her involvement with numerous community groups.

Kathy is honoured to have been elected unopposed to serve her third term in Council.  She believes that the South Burnett is more fortunate than other amalgamated councils' due to the close relationship that the four shires had developed through community of interest.  Councillor for Division 5, Kathy sees an opportunity to promote tourism, attract new industry and business, coordinate regional events and lobby for funding with a united voice.  Kathy is also very keen to ensure that rural communities and outlying areas get a strong voice across the Council table and that individual communities are well represented and supported.

Cr Duff is the Portfolio representative for Natural Resource Management, Parks and Environment, Indigenoua Affairs and Waste.

Contact Cr Duff on 0437 020 705 /  kduff@southburnett.qld.gov.au


 Division 6 - Ros Heit

Ros has lived in division 6 in Wooroolin for over 30 years and with her husband raised the family on their farm.  Ros is well qualified and brings a wealth of farming, community and business management experience to Council and is keen to use these skills for the benefit of Council and the South Burnett community.

Division 6 is the largest division in the South Burnett and Ros is determined to represent all constituents in each of the smaller communities and ensure their best interests are promoted.  Ros recognises the unique challenges of the division, especially maintaining the extensive unsealed road network and the importance of maintaining each community's individual identity.

Ros promotes the South Burnett as a great place to live and is passionate about developing the potential of the area whilst maintaining the long term sustainability of its environment and the viability of rural industries at the same time maintaining the friendliness of country living. 

Cr Heit is the Portfolio representative for Communities.

Contact Cr Heit on 0477 010 743 /  rheit@southburnett.qld.gov.au

To view details of Councillor complaints and their outcomes, a register is available from Council's Administration Centres.