Councillor Allan Sutherland - Mayor

Cr Allan Sutherland

Position

Mayor

Contact details

Committees / sessions

  • Chair - Co-ordination Committee
  • Chair - Governance Session

Background & qualifications

Born in 1956, Allan has a strong connection to the Redcliffe peninsula and Moreton Bay Region. As a keen fisherman and family man, Allan is passionate about protecting and promoting the region's natural asset, Moreton Bay.

Before entering council, he owned and operated an electrical contracting business specialising in hospital, commercial and industrial electrical maintenance and installations.

A former Mayor of Redcliffe City, Allan was charged with overseeing a range of issues associated with merging the Redcliffe, Pine Rivers and Caboolture local governments into one council.

Allan was elected Mayor of the new Moreton Bay Regional Council in March 2008 and re-elected in April 2012.

In that time, Allan has guided the growth and development one of Australia's fastest growing urban areas. His stewardship of the region has seen Moreton Bay consistently ranked as the number one local government area for residential land sales, approvals and lot registrations in Queensland, and one of the most financially viable and stable councils in the state.

In June 2015, the Australian Local Government Association named Moreton Bay Region as the number one economy in Queensland and 14th nationally.

Over the past 12 months, the region has outpaced many other parts of South East Queensland with the creation of more than 12,300 new jobs resulting in unprecedented business confidence in the region attracting big international names such as Costco and Ikea, and a multi-million Westfield North Lakes redevelopment.

The opportunities for investment in the Moreton Bay Region are forecast to continue with the delivery of two major infrastructure projects - including the Redcliffe Peninsula Line and The Mill at Moreton Bay priority development area which features a major new University of the Sunshine Coast campus.

First planned more than a century ago and officially opened on 3 October 2016, the 12.6 kilometre $966 million Redcliffe Peninsula Line from Petrie to Kippa-Ring has brought reliable public transport to some of the country's fastest-growing areas and opened up new prospects for transit-orientated residential development along the rail corridor.

Moreton Bay Regional Council recently acquired a 200 hectare parcel of land at the former Petrie paper mill as a strategic land investment for a major new university precinct. In September 2016, the Queensland Government declared a priority development area for this site and surrounding parcels. The area, now known as The Mill at Moreton Bay, will boast a major new university of the Sunshine Coast campus and is expected to deliver up to 6,000 jobs, 10,000 student placements and $950 million in economic benefit.

Allan has become a driving force behind this important region-building project.

He also has a strong history advocating close relationships between metropolitan councils and smaller rural councils to provide in-kind support and assistance. The former Redcliffe City Council and now Moreton Bay Regional Council have a long-standing sister city relationship with Winton Shire Council.

Register of Interests

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