Narrabri Shire Councillors
On 10 September 2016 Local Government Elections were held across NSW. Enrolled residents and ratepayers of Narrabri Shire Local Government Area voted for 9 Councillors to be appointed for the next Council term until 2020.
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected by their fellow Councillors. The Mayor is elected for a two year term.
Cr Catherine Redding
Phone: 0428 923 108
I am a small business owner of Narrabri West Post Office.
I have lived in various parts of the Shire all my life.
Married to Paul and we have 3 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Both Paul and myself have been involved in the horse industry for around 30 years and been actively involved in various clubs, involving horses.
I have been a Board Member of Narrabri & District Community Aid Service for the past 6 years, a Shire Councillor for 8 years and Deputy Mayor for 3 of those.
I am now entering my 3rd term of Council and look forward to continuing to work for the progress of our Shire.
Cr Cameron Staines
Born and raised in Narrabri I grew up on a small farm near the Kaputar ranges. I played rugby union and league in high school. I gained a traineeship with Grain Corp, learning to be Site Manager and Pest Control Officer. I enjoyed that for 13 years. I then joined Agri Storage & Logistics based in Moree. In this position I managed Boolcarrol Farm Storage and Viterra Bunker Storage for two seasons until the drought. I started contracting for Viterra carting grain and supplying operators with their machinery, where I still operate today.
I am an active member of the RFS, Freemason and the Narrabri Amatuer Fishing Club. I enjoy networking and problem solving with my leadership skills and along with the above mentioned I believe I will serve the Shire in a proactive and positive manner.
Cr Maxine Booby
Phone: 0428 954 650
I have lived in the area for over 40 years, married to Fred Booby (Farmer) and have taught in Infants, Primary & Secondary schools.
I have always had an interest in leadership and community.
I am President of the WW Lions Club, Chair of the Local Health Committee and involved in other community groups.
I paint (folk art) in my spare time.
Cr Ron Campbell
Phone: 0428 921 166
Born at Narrabri Hospital. I grew up I township of Bellata, attended Bellata primary school, then on to Woodlawn College in Lismore. I have four children.
I started a lawn mowing business in Bellata in 1990, where my two oldest children went to school. We moved to Narrabri in 1998, where they attended Narrabri West Primary School then continued onto Narrabri High School.
It was around that time that I started doing contract mowing for the Narrabri Shire Council. Soon after other contract work for Narrabri Shire Council, such as kerb & guttering, footpaths, heavy patching, water & sewerage dig-outs and water pipe work. I looked after the main street for a number of years, dug the graves and the list goes on. So I have a good understanding of how things works within the shire, not to mention the garbage contract for 12 years. I now have no contracts with the shire and for that reason I am free to be a Councillor without a conflict of interest and am very excited about the prospects, the opportunity to play a role in the future of our shire. I have now 2 very young children and am very pleased I can play a role as a Councillor to ensure that our shire remains as it always has been, a great place for our children to grow up in and a place that they can have a future in.
Cr Ron Campey
Phone: 0428 933 129
Born in Narrabri 14-12-1945.
Attended Narrabri Primary and Narrabri High Schools.
Completed Automotive Engineering.
Married Gloria in 1966, have 4 children and 8 grand children.
Served 2 years in the Army, including 1 year in Vietnam 1st Battalion front line force.
Bought Griff Co Pty Ltd in 1972, became IH, Nissan, Honda and Mercedes Benz dealer. Invited to Japan by Mr Honda in 1965, for outstanding sales and service, also to celebrate Honda’s silver anniversary. Bought farm “Llara” in 1976 and farmed until 2014, I still have farming interests. Have travelled extensively throughout Australia and the world, including Russia.I have interests including family, travel, motorcycling, mentoring young people in Agriculture and business.
Cr Lloyd Finlay
Phone: 0429 612 665
Cr Robert Kneale
Robert Kneale is a local having grown up and attending school in Narrabri; he is married to Helena; they have adult children and 6 grandchildren. Robert began his Engineering career in 1967 working in Land Survey and Field Design for the Irrigation Industry in the Namoi and Macquarie Valleys. In 1969, Robert relocated to Sydney, working in Civil Construction Project offices for the Commonwealth Department of Works, Transfield and Westfield. In late 1971, Robert moved back to Narrabri to take up the position of Assistant Engineer with the Narrabri Municipal Council. Following the amalgamation of the Namoi Shire Council and the Narrabri Municipal Council in January 1981, Robert held a number of positions in the Narrabri Shire Council Engineering Department from 1981 to 2007;
Works Engineer Narrabri & Shire East,
Road Services Manager and Quarries General Manager,
Robert was also the Narrabri Shire SES Local Controller 1984 – 1994.
From 2007 to late 2009 Robert was employed by the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) as a Project Manager for the construction of the Moree Town Centre By-Pass.
Robert is a keen sportsman; he holds a national qualification/accreditation with the Australian Fitness Council as a Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor. Robert believes as a Councillor his job is to care about the Narrabri Shire; Robert is committed to ensure Council has a sustainable balance of strong business, social and environmental outcomes, with an emphasis on strong financial management.
Cr Ann Loder
Phone: 0407 924 765
I was born and raised in Blacktown which is located in the Western Suburbs of Sydney. My parents immigrated from Malta with their families in the early 1950’s. My Dad passed away after an accident when I was almost three, leaving my mum to raise my younger brother and me on her own. After my mum remarried our family moved to the Gold Coast and soon after I enrolled and attended the University of New England in Armidale where I met my husband, James, who was born and bred in Moree.
I am a mum of four boys, ranging in age from 6 to 15. I have lived in Narrabri for almost 24 years and together with my husband we own a small business in Maitland Street. All our children attend school here in Narrabri and my husband is at teacher at Narrabri High School.
I have been employed in a number of different positions; however, the majority of my employment has been in office administration focusing mainly on accounts and wages. I have worked in the private sector for a corporate company invested in agriculture, in the public sector as a Client Services Officer for the Department of Housing and for a number of small businesses in and around Narrabri.
I am passionate about our Shire and I want to see it grow and expand. I want to see new services relocate here, especially those relating to the welfare of the disabled. I believe Narrabri Shire Council can play a major part in the growth of our Shire by promoting it as a place to raise families, with sustainable industries, such as agriculture, the inland rail project and those investing in renewable energy. I would like to see our Council maintain and introduce activities and facilities to encourage the youngest generations in our Shire to strive to achieve their best with mentoring and inspiration from those of the more senior generations, fostering a sense of community and well-being. Mostly I want to ensure that our Council runs efficiently and effectively to serve our community to its fullest and with the least amount of cost possible to the ratepayers and residents of Narrabri Shire.
Cr Annie McMahon
Annie McMahon was born, raised and schooled in Narrabri. Annie graduated as a Registered Nurse at Sydney and Registered Midwife at Aberdeen Scotland and Maternal Child Health Brisbane, unrestricted Pilot Licence Narrabri and travelled and worked extensively overseas and Australia.
Annie married 29 years to Michael with 2 children Eloise and Charles (deceased). With her husband commenced in a Business Partner/Office Manager role in a successful Primary Production Business.
After having her children, she studied Management and graduated as an Associate Fellow of Australian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).
Over 15 years’ experience Annie has in Management of Health Facilities both large and small and across large geographical areas with budgets above $60 million and over 400staff – (FTE).
More recently, Annie, following a family tragedy, while continuing as a Business Partner recommenced a clinical role as a Midwife and now works permanent part time in this role.
Annie has been proactive in her communities, volunteering and/or committee member including St Joseph P&C, Pony Camp Wee Waa, local Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA), Action Groups and Government Submissions author and contributor of various fund raisers.
Having lived and worked in rural setting on farm and in towns in the Shire, Annie is more than aware of issues that face many. Annie sees family and our young people are the future of this Shire and beyond.
A priority focus for Cr Annie McMahon is transparency and “the person on the street” understanding of what is happening/decisions in the Shire and why.
“As this new diverse team of Councillors we need to be respectful of each other and each other’s opinions, proactive, flexible and fiscally astute. Seize opportunities, value add and constantly think outside the square for resolutions to old and new problems and issues”.