South West and Darling Downs Advisory Committee

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue is proud to introduce the South West Darling Downs Regional Advisory Committee – a group of dedicated community leaders who help keep our helicopters and doctors in the air.

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Clive Berghofer AM
Patron of LifeFlight South West Region

Clive Berghofer was born and bred in the Toowoomba area and left school at 13 years of age with little prospects for the future.

After working in a sawmill, then with a building gang, by watching and learning he taught himself ways to do the work quicker and more efficiently. Clive worked weekends and took jobs that others wouldn’t.

In 1964, Clive purchased his first block of land for subdivision along with the equipment necessary to be able to develop it, again ensuring efficiency in construction. Since then Clive has gone on to develop over 10,000 blocks of land contributing greatly to Toowoomba’s growth over the years.

In 1972 Clive built the Wilsonton Hotel in Toowoomba in six weeks and it was opened in December 1972. The hotel went on to have the largest licence fee of any hotel in Australia. Clive added a shopping centre to the surrounds of the hotel in 1976.

Clive was elected a City Councillor in 1973 and later Mayor from 1982 until 1992 he was also State Member for Toowoomba South in the Queensland Parliament from 1986 to 1990. He was awarded an O.A.M. for service to the community, then in 2006 he was awarded an A.M. for his service to the community through philanthropic support of medical research, sporting and educational organisations in Queensland.  Clive was named a Queensland Great in 2017.

Clive has been a major supporter of LifeFlight since the establishment of the Toowoomba base in 2006, and in 2017 donated $2 million to match the funds provided by the Federal Government to build the new LifeFlight base at the Toowoomba Airport.

Mike Stewart

Mike Stewart
Committee Chair

LJ Hooker Toowoomba Principal and group auctioneer Mike Stewart has been involved in real estate business consulting and project management in Toowoomba, the Darling Downs and across Australia for the last 25 years.

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Julie Stewart

Julie Stewart
LJ Hooker Commercial Toowoomba

Julie Stewart is the Director of the retail team of LJ Hooker Commercial Toowoomba.

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Ali Davenport

Ali Davenport
TSBE

Ali Davenport is the CEO of TSBE (Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise) and brings to the advisory committee a unique mixture of leadership ability, knowledge of local businesses and media and marketing skills.

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Barry OSullivan

Barry O'Sullivan
Newlands

Barry O’Sullivan has more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of civil and property development.

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Joe Stark

Joe Stark
Craig Black Group

Joe Stark has been the Group General Manager of the Craig Black Group of Companies for more than 18 years.

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Wendy Roche

Wendy Roche
Community Influencer

Wendy Roche is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Health Science.

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Trudi Bartlett

Trudi Bartlett
Regional Development Australia

Trudi is the Director of Regional Development for RDA Darling Downs and South West.

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Gus Romero

Gus Romero
Harvey Norman

Gus Romero is the Director of Harvey Norman Toowoomba, one of the largest stores in Harvey Norman’s portfolio.

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