Our Wide Bay-Burnett Advisory Committee

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue is proud to introduce the Wide Bay-Burnett Regional Advisory Committee – a group of dedicated community leaders who help keep our helicopters and doctors in the air.

Neil McPhillips

Committee Chair

Neil McPhillips is Managing Director of Infants’ Friend Pty Ltd, a leading Australian pharmaceutical company specialising in products…

Neil McPhillips is Managing Director of Infants’ Friend Pty Ltd, a leading Australian pharmaceutical company specialising in products for infants.  He is also Director of the company, Starfire Solutions; a Regional Development Consultancy.  He has worked with all levels of government and the private sector for more than 30 years. His reputation for networking and sustainable development in businesses and community organisations is well regarded.

His expertise includes economic and business development and attraction. He is recognised for his efforts and success as the Economic Development Manager for Ipswich City Council during a time if that city’s rebirth and also the Bundaberg Region and the establishment of Bundaberg Technology Park and many other initiatives.

Neil is strongly connected to his community.  His commitment to community is evident in his participation in many community-based organisations and his preparedness to assist regional communities.   He is recognised as a business and industry leader in the Bundaberg and North Burnett regions.  Neil is noted for his success in driving the establishment of “The Foundation for the Sustainable Economic Recovery of the Bundaberg Region” (known as “Bundaberg Region Rising”).  This Foundation was established to assist Bundaberg-based business and industry to recover from natural disasters and to set the platform for recovery, rebuilding and renewing.

In 2018, Neil was awarded the prestigious “President’s Award” at the Bundaberg Regional Chambers of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

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Michael Waters

Michael is a Bundaberg lawyer and partner of MRH Lawyers.  Michael lives in Bundaberg with his family and…

Michael is a Bundaberg lawyer and partner of MRH Lawyers.  Michael lives in Bundaberg with his family and has strong connections to the Bundaberg and Wide Bay community.  Michael has been a recipient of emergency services from Lifeflight and looks forward to giving something back via his involvement in the Regional Advisory Committee.

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Scott Rowe

Scott Rowe has a strong small business background having held senior managerial positions with regional media companies across…

Scott Rowe has a strong small business background having held senior managerial positions with regional media companies across Queensland over the past 25 years. 

An award-winning journalist and former newspaper editor, Scott was Enterprise Manager of Fraser Coast Opportunities before joining Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett in October 2014. Scott has lived and worked in the Wide Bay Burnett for more than 15 years and boasts strong community and corporate networks. He has a strong understanding of the region’s opportunities and challenges and holds positions on business boards, sporting clubs, community and charity organisations.

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Peta Jamieson

Peta has more than 20 years’ experience with the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, private sector and the…

Peta has more than 20 years’ experience with the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, private sector and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). 

She has a breadth of both executive and operational experience, and a clear understanding of how government, its policies, and processes work.

Peta led negotiations on behalf of all councils while at the LGAQ for the development of Queensland’s first Environmental Protection Act. She also managed the initial formation of the Chief Executive Officers’ Forum, working collaboratively on regional projects as part of the Council of Mayors of South East Queensland.

Peta was a driver of the microeconomic reform of local governments while working for the Queensland Government, with a focus on financial sustainability and capacity-building campaigns for all councils.

Since moving back to the Wide Bay Burnett region, as the director of Luminous Project Services she established her own management consultancy delivering a range of economic development, leadership and advocacy services for the public and private sector.

Peta is a strong advocate for the Bundaberg and Wide Bay Burnett region. She actively works with community, commercial and government bodies such as the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils and regional councils on a range of local and regional projects and initiatives.

Peta is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Masters of Science in Environmental Management and Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

As Chair of the Wide Bay Hospital & Health Board Peta has been actively involved in development of the business case for the Bundaberg Hospital Redevelopment Project.  She is also Chair of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board’s Executive Committee and a member of its Audit & Risk, Finance and Safety & Quality Committees.  She is also a Director on the Gladstone Ports Corporation Board and a member of its Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee and People, Performance and Culture Committee.

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David Hay

David Hay is the Group General Manager of Sealink Fraser Island which operates Kingfisher Bay Resort, Eurong Beach…

David Hay is the Group General Manager of Sealink Fraser Island which operates Kingfisher Bay Resort, Eurong Beach Resort, Fraser Island Barges & Fraser Explorer Tours.  This business is a part of the Sealink Travel Group which is a listed Australian company operating marine, tourism & public transport businesses throughout Australia & internationally.  David has worked in management positions within the tourism & education industries in the Fraser Coast region for more than twenty years & holds a Bachelor degree in Business (Tourism).  In 2015 David was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the tourism industry in the Fraser Coast region & in 2019 was named the ACCOR hotels Australia General Manager of the year.

David is a past board member & chair of Tourism Fraser Coast & the Fraser Island Community Advisory Committee. He is a long term resident of Hervey Bay where he lives with his wife & two children.

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John Zahl

A long-term resident of Gayndah in the North Burnett, John brings with him a strong knowledge and background…

A long-term resident of Gayndah in the North Burnett, John brings with him a strong knowledge and background in business and community engagement.

Recently retired from local government as a divisional councilor with the North Burnett Regional Council, John continues his heavy involvement in community affairs in the North Burnett. Currently sitting as Chair of the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation based in Murgon, John also chairs the Mundubbera Community Bank (Bendigo) Board, which provides a full range of banking services and operates principally in the North Burnett and Taroom regions. John also is presently Chairperson of the Community Reference Group, attached to the Gayndah Health Service.  Prior to his entry in local government John was a director/ manager of Gayndah Fruitgrowers Co-operative, a large retail business located in Gayndah.

Married to registered nurse Lynda, and father of four sons, John has spent much voluntary time in executive positions in local sporting and community organisations. A retired solicitor, John has for more than two decades provided a free of charge audit service to not-for-profit associations across the Burnett, enabling many to direct all funding to assist in achieving their various goals.

As a strong advocate of the need to maintain and improve all services to rural and regional areas, John is strongly motivated to ensure the ongoing success of LifeFlight in providing its wonderful services.

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Dale Rethamel

Dale Rethamel is the owner of Bundaberg based caravan dealership Takalvans and New Age Caravans Bundaberg. The past…

Dale Rethamel is the owner of Bundaberg based caravan dealership Takalvans and New Age Caravans Bundaberg. The past 15 years as owner of the business has seen Dale grow the company from its humble beginning to a large regional multi award winning dealership. The dealership sells both new and used caravans, spare parts and accessories and specializes in servicing and insurance repair.

Dale has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology, Politics and Public Policy. He is also trade qualified in Automotive Manufacturing.

Dale is very well-known around the Bundaberg Region through volunteering in numerous community groups and organizations, and his generous contributions to local sporting clubs and community groups through sponsorship.

Dale is the President of the Bundaberg Horse Racing Club and is a strong advocate and passionate supporter of the local community.

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Ingrid Barham

A communications and digital marketing professional with over 20+ years Australian and International exposure. Experienced in advertising agency…

A communications and digital marketing professional with over 20+ years Australian and International exposure. Experienced in advertising agency & client-based marketing roles; with an in-depth understanding of the full brand experience and the role and importance of each campaign element. Accomplished in primary communication and PR based roles, with cross industry exposure that includes: advertising & marketing Agencies, Large Tier-1 Retail, PR, and News Media.

Ingrid has spent the past seven years as head of sales at Bundaberg’s daily newspaper, the NewsMail, and recently moved into the role of general manager.

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