Councillor Details

Cr Philip Curr (Mayor)


Cr Philip Curr (Mayor)

Phone: 0417 543 529
Council Portfolio: Roads and Governance


Philip lives at Arizona Station, north of Julia Creek with his wife Tania and three teenage daughters. McKinlay Shire has been his home for all of his life, and living and working on the land has made him acutely aware of the importance of a well maintained road network and the need for a viable and sustainable township of Julia Creek.

This is his third term in Council and whilst it was not on his bucket list to be the Mayor, having been elected to the role, he intends to carry it out with conviction and with an ethos of openness and fairness.

His main objective is to "manage" and get value for money for ratepayers. He will always aim for what is practical and reasonable for the progression of the Shire. He will represent the interests of the people of McKinlay Shire to the Federal and State governments to secure our fair share of taxpayer dollars for the improvement of roads, communications, health, education and other services.

"I feel McKinlay Shire is very fortunate due to the people who live within, and with what the Shire has to offer in economic, social, tourism, events and recreation potential and by continuing to work together we will achieve good things for our Shire and our Region.

Janene Fegan


Cr Janene Fegan (Deputy Mayor)

Phone: 0429 468 485
Council Portfolio: Health, Tourism and Economic Development


Born in Cairns, Janene was raised in Hawaii and lived and worked throughout Queensland. After completing her nursing training in Mackay in 1990 she briefly worked at the Townsville General Hospital before travelling and working overseas. Janene moved to Julia Creek in 1992 to take up a Registered Nurses position at the Julia Creek Hospital.

It was here that she met her husband Trevor, a local electrician, originally from Milgery Station near McKinlay. Janene also worked part-time at Richmond Hospital and casually as a barmaid at all the Julia Creek watering holes. Once the children came along, Janene lived on the family property for 8 years before moving back to Julia Creek. Janene has four young adult children. Most of her time is taken up managing their electrical/refrigeration and tyre business, and as a councillor for the shire.

Over the years she has been involved with several committees and community services and currently involved with The CAN (Community Advisory Network) Committee, The Julia Creek Turf Club, The Lions Ladies and volunteers for Meals on Wheels. Janene enjoys being able to give back to her community and has learned a lot from her different roles. Her hobbies include travelling, water skiing, swimming, fishing, cooking and reading when she has time.

Shauna Royes


Cr Shauna Royes

Phone: 0427 467 666
Council Portfolio: Community Services, Economic Development and Tourism


Shauna was born in Julia Creek and raised on Shire properties such as Dalgonally, Canobie, Millungera and 6 years at Burleigh Station north of Richmond.  Schooling consisted of primary correspondence in Brisbane to then completing high school studies at the Julia Creek State School. Shauna has worked in the stock and station industry most of her life and currently is employed by Booth Rural Julia Creek branch.

Shauna has always been passionate about the community and contributing in way of serving on committees and clubs such as the Julia Creek Rodeo Association, Julia Creek Campdraft, Isolated Children and Parents Association, QCWA  and currently the president of the Julia Creek Pony Club.

Shauna lives with her partner Jim and has a daughter Rachel who is currently attending the conservatorium of music at Griffith University and spends any free time with family, friends and a menagerie of animals.

John Lynch


Cr John Lynch

Phone: 0428 468 797
Council Portfolio: Environmental Management and Regulatory Services


John Lynch has lived in McKinlay Shire all of his life. He completed eight years of schooling in Townsville before returning to work on the land for his family's grazing operation based at Ouchy Station. He now lives at Viola Station in the northwest of McKinlay Shire with his wife, Helen and three young adult/teenage children.

John has been operating the family beef and wool operation and a trucking company for a number of years. He is also an active member of the Julia Creek Lion’s Club, and for the last 38 years he has enjoyed being involved in Sedan Dip Sports & Recreation Club, and continues to participate in many local community events, that support many groups of his community.

John has over 30 years’ experience in running businesses, watching market and business trends and using innovation whilst keeping sight of the ‘bigger picture’ that helps in decision-making, whilst also factoring in the needs of the people involved.  “McKinlay Shire has a lot to offer – our strong local culture based on our people, leading in primary production, transport, industry and tourism, and I aim to work at cultivating and developing ventures that help us to grow in strength and reputation.”

Through living and working in McKinlay Shire, John has come to recognise the importance of a cohesive and strong local community where comradery and mateship prove to be the ‘glue’ that keeps a community together; important through the extremely challenging times in recent years and ahead.

This is John’s first term as a councillor.  His objective is to help steer the McKinlay Shire to be profitable, productive and progressive whilst providing for the people of the shire.

Tim Pratt


Cr Tim Pratt

Phone: 0427 467 232
Council Portfolio: Roads


Tim is born and bred in the McKinlay Shire and has a long, solid history with the district and families in it. He knows both sides of the tick line - literally.Together with his wife Sheree and their three children Abbie, Sam and Bronte, they own and operate Pratt Cattle Transport, the local Post Office including mailruns, their own herd of cattle plus a newly acquired clothing business.

Everyone who knows Tim knows his passion is trucks so it is very fitting that his portfolio is roads, considering there's not many he hasn't been on and spends the majority of his time travelling on.

Tim feels both excited and privileged to be representing the shire that he and his family are so invloved in and call home.