Who do you want to run our council?

Who do you want to run our council?

Local government elections are held every four years and on the same date for all 77 councils across Queensland. The next elections will be held on Saturday 16 March 2024.

All local government elections are managed by Electoral Commission Queensland and you can keep up to date with information on the election by visiting their website

We asked candidates who had announced their intentions to stand for their division at the Bundaberg Regional Council election in March to introduce themselves to readers.

Here are the responses we had received as we went to print; unfortunately those who had not yet replied to the invitation could not be included.

Thank you to these candidates for taking this opportunity to let people in their particular division know more about themselves and plans for the future.

Here are details sent to us from Mayoral Candidate Helen Blackburn and also Gary Kirk. Meet more candidates in coming days.

Helen Blackburn for Mayor


Bundaberg born and raised, I’ve served our nation in the Army, started a small business, and served you on council. As Mayor, I will deliver real cost of living relief by scrapping exorbitant levies and charges and bring back the early rates payment discount. We will do this by refocusing council’s priorities on the basics, instead of expensive distractions. I’m running for Mayor because I want to see a brighter future for the Bundaberg region.

Gary Kirk Division 7


The Principal of Norville State School (1992-2009), Chairperson / Board member of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Board (2012-2017) and former, small business owner, is a candidate for Division 7.

Gary has been involved in community organisations, including being an Ambassadorial Speaker for P.C.F.A., a Rotarian and Board member of the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.

Gary, highly respected by his school community and staff for being trustworthy, forthright and responsive, will bring these characteristics to B.R.C.