Councillor Details

Belinda murphy mayor

Cr Belinda Murphy (Mayor)

Phone: (07) 4746 4223 or 0417543529
Council Portfolio: Tourism, Economic Development and Governance

Born in Tasmania, Belinda completed year 12 at St Michaels Collegiate Girls School and trained as a commercial pilot and grade 3 flying instructor in Hobart. Belinda moved to Queensland in 1998 and spent the following years working as a pilot on various stations in the North West Qld and Northern Territory for cattle companies such as Stanbroke Pastoral, NAPCO and McDonalds Pastoral Company. Belinda meet her now-husband Wayne Murphy and moved into Julia Creek in 2004 as the Branch Manager for the Queensland Country Credit Union and then became a Senior Manager for McKinlay Shire Council from 2005 until 2010. During this time Belinda completed a graduate degree in Public Sector Management and various Local Government training programs. Belinda has been on many community organisations since moving to Julia Creek and enjoys camp drafting in the Northwest. Belinda is passionate about the shire and the lifestyle that it provides which is only enhanced by the people who reside here. Belinda and Wayne have two children, daughter Madeline and son Liam.

Janene fegan

Cr Janene Fegan

Phone: 0429 468 485
Council Portfolio: Health and Tourism

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.   Prior to having children she also worked part-time at Richmond Hospital and casually as a barmaid at all the Julia Creek watering holes. Janene lived on the family property for 8 years before moving back to Julia Creek. Janene has four young adult children Calem, Riley, Jesse and Macey. Most of Janene’s time is taken up managing their electrical/refrigeration and tyre business, occasional shifts at the hospital and renovating houses.

Over the years she has been involved with several committees and community services and currently involved with The Health Advisory Committee, the CAN (Community Advisory Network) Committee, The Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival 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.

neil walker

Cr Neil Walker

Phone: 07 4746 8773
Council Portfolio: Environmental Management and Regulatory Services.

Born in Gordonvale, I completed secondary education at the Southport School. Moving then to the Shire in 1981. Managing the Millungera Santa Gertrudis Stud at Crowfels since 1984, a qualified JP and past president of the local Pony Club and ICPA, my involvement within the community is important. I am currently involved with a number of Campdrafts throughout North and Central Qld as an announcer. Any spare time is spent making saddlery items or plaiting. My wife's name is Susan and I have two children Kate and Callum.

Shauna royes

Cr Shauna Royes

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

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.

Philip curr

Cr Philip Curr

Phone: (07) 4746 8480
Council Portfolio: Roads

Philip has lived in the district all his life apart from going to boarding school, a few trips overseas and working on other cattle properties.

The cattle industry has been the main part and focus of his life. He lives on Arizona Station with his wife Tania and their 3 girls, Charli, Chloe and Mackenzie. Philip has been the president of Saxby Roundup for 11 years and in his spare time likes to read and go to a few campdrafts.