Mr Paul Woodhouse
Mr Paul Woodhouse
Chair, North West Hospital and Health Board
Mr Paul Woodhouse served as the Mayor of McKinlay Shire Council for eight years and has 10 years experience as chair of a number of regional and state government bodies. He has managed his own cattle property for the last 20 years.
Paul's involvement in local government began in 2000 when he was first elected to council.
Paul served as Mayor of the McKinlay Shire from 2004-2012. McKinlay Shire is primarily a rural and remote local government area with a population of approximately 1,100 people.
The shire, home to the towns of Julia Creek, McKinlay, Kynuna and Nelia covers an area of 40,818 square kilometres; with main industries include grazing, mining ventures at BHP Cannington (the largest producer of silver and lead in the world), Eloise Mine and tourism.
Paul is currently the Chair of the Shire Multi Purpose Health Service (MPHS) Advisory Committee and has previously served as Co-Chair of the North West Regional Plan Coordination Committee, established to assist the with the implementation of the statutory North West Regional Plan. This plan will guide land use and development in the region over the next two decades. It will help sustain the region's communities, strengthen its economy, inform the delivery of social services and infrastructure, and protect its environment.
Paul has also served as Chair, North West Regional Roads Group - a group of 11 Local Governments and the Department of Transport and Main Roads under the Roads Alliance.
Paul is currently serving as chairman of Regional Development Australia for the Townsville and north west region.
His previous board experience includes Co-Chair, Regional Planning Advisory Committee (2007-2010) and Chair of the Southern Gulf Catchments (2003-2005), and Western Queensland Community Advisory Board (2001-2002) respectively.