Your Council

Queensland's local government quadrennial elections were held on Saturday, 28 March 2020. Elections were held for mayors and councillors across Queensland's 77 councils.

Declaration of Polls for Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council was on 19 April 2020.

The incoming Councillors had their first meeting to confirm matters on Monday 20 March 2020.

It is important for the community to be aware of the roles of the Mayor, Councillors and CEO, as set out in the Local Government Act 2009.

    • Run council meetings
    • Carry out civic and ceremonial duties in the community and for visitors
    • Exercise functions as decided by the council
    • Perform, where necessary, the functions of the council between meetings
  • Governance Role:

    • Direct and control council business in accordance with the Local Government Act
    • Help achieve the best allocation of council budget for the benefit of the community
    • Help to create and review council policies and objectives and criteria elating to the exercise of the council's regulatory functions
    • Review the performance of the council and its delivey of services and the corporate and operational plans and revenue policy of the council

    Elected Role:

    • Represent the interest of the community by listening and acting on any concerns
    • Provide leadership and guidance to the community
    • Make the communication between the community and teh council easier
    • Attend council meetings
    • Appoint the CEO
  • The CEO is employed by the council and is generally responsible for its effecient operation and to ensure the implementation of the decisions of the council.

    • Manage the day-to-day council business and direct the staff
    • Help with such functions of the council as are delegated by the council
    • Appoint staff in accordance with organisational structure and budget approved by the council

Elected Members

Every four years residents democratically elect a Mayor and four Councillors as community representatives. Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council consists of the following elected members:

Bruce Gibson



Cr Barry Bowen

Barry Bowen

Deputy Mayor


  • Cr Barry Bowen is currently in his second term serving as a Councillor of Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council, after first being voted in by his community in 2015.

    Barry attended Hope Vale State School and then progressed into St Theresa’s Catholic College, Abergowrie until year 10.

    Barry is married and has five children, Gerard, Antonio, Barry Jnr, Casiarna & Lashonda.

    He previously worked in the building industry for several years prior to a change of profession into Health. Barry has been working with Hope vale’s Community Health Clinic for the past ten years.

    Barry is an enthusiast when it comes to fishing and anything to do with traditional hunting.

    As a Councillor Barry’s main priority is to empower people by allowing the communities voice to be heard on issues that affect them.

Rowan Hart



Sha-lane Gibson



Eva Boughi



Cr Register of Interests

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