Cr Kirstie Schumacher is a small business owner and brings a positive and innovative approach to Council with a broad range of professional and lived experiences. She is passionate about people and the future of the South Burnett.
Her career has included five years working for Stanwell Corporation as a community relations advisor at Tarong Power Stations and Meandu Mine. She also worked in corporate services for not-for-profit South Burnett CTC Inc and in local hospitality and retail stores. Kirstie is nearing completion of a Bachelor of Communication, Marketing and Media with USQ. Her work across the region has meant she has learned firsthand about the challenges our community face, and is keen to work together, to ensure our sustainability and encourage the growth of our region.
After completing her business traineeship at Nanango State School in 2005, Kirstie started as a junior customer service officer for Nanango Shire Council in 2006. She studied diploma of local government governance and administration and worked with South Burnett Regional Council during the amalgamation in areas of policy development, corporate planning, annual reporting and supporting council with graphic design, including corporate branding, community events and specialist projects.
At 19, Kirstie and her now husband Wayne built their first home, two years later started their own family operated drilling business in partnership with her brother and sister in-law, Evan and Tamara Schumacher. Some 12 years later, they have diversified their operations to invest in their love of agriculture, grazing cattle, growing peanuts and grain, and establishing their own avocado orchard.
She grew up in Blackbutt and is proud to be raising her children Decklan and Grace with strong country values here in the South Burnett. She continues to be an active member across our community, is a regular volunteer, and enjoys being a board member for the Red Earth Community Foundation Board and being part of the South Burnett Community Leadership Program Alumni.
Cr Schumacher was elected to South Burnett Regional Council for her first term in 2020 and is the portfolio representative for Economic Development, encompassing industry investment, water security, tourism and agriculture.
Contact Cr Schumacher on 0475 007 705 / firstname.lastname@example.org