Chair of OQTA, Mayor of the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council and RAPAD Representative
Andrew Martin (Dip. Rural Business. Dip. Agriculture) is a fourth generation grazier from Tambo with a long history of involvement in agricultural politics, public company directorships and local, private business interests.
From this background Andrew has a passion for his region and belief in the adaptability of its people to embrace and merge tourism as part of the Inland’s core business.
Andrew is married with four children and lives on “Macfarlane Station” Tambo, with his wife, Louise and his youngest children, twin girls Alice and Isobel.
He is Mayor of the Blackall Tambo Regional Council and is very much looking forward to being a part of Outback Queensland Tourism.
Deputy Chair of OQTA, CEO of the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo and Specialist Representative
Natalie Flecker was appointed Manager the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere in 2013. She has a wide range of experience in the corporate sector, small business and tourism and events. Natalie has a business degree from James Cook University and worked in high level commercial banking for eight years.
She became the joint owner of Yongola Lodge in Townsville in 2008 and prior to heading to the Isa Rodeo, was the business event executive for Townsville Enterprise Convention Bureau.
As part of her role at the rodeo, Ms Flecker has introduced a range of initiatives from Isa Rodeo Schools to the first “glamping” for Outback Queensland.
Treasurer of OQTA and Accountant at Ringrose Button Accounts
Elaine grew up on a grazing property in South Africa and worked as an accountant for 10 years in the rural town of Aliwal North. In April 2007, Elaine, her husband and two children took the plunge and moved from South Africa to Longreach to join Ringrose Button Chartered Accountants. Elaine became part of the OQTA team as treasurer from January 2015.
Elaine enjoys the country lifestyle with the beautiful weather and sunsets that Western Queensland has the offer. Elaine enjoys being involved in local community activities and organisations.
Qualifications & Memberships
– Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
– Baccalaureus Computation (Bachelor of Accounting)
Robyn Stephens OAM
Secretary of OQTA
Tourism in Outback Queensland has been Robyn’s sole focus for over 35 years. Those who know her see her energy, passion and commitment to tourism and a desire to increase the visitor experience through events. Robyn’s contributions to this industry were recognized in 2002 by an Oder of Australia (OAM) for service to the Community of Winton particularly through the iconic Outback Festival.
Robyn is the current Central West Representative on the Management Committee. In 2015 Robyn was awarded a lifetime member of OQTA and was past Association Secretary 2015-2019 of which has been a rewarding experience to serve the Outback Queensland tourism members.
Robyn enjoys volunteering her time to multiple organizations in Outback Queensland knowing the value of strong partnerships and how they assist tourism with positive flow on effects to the region. She is an active Board Member of the Waltzing Matilda Centre since 2005 and a past Winton Shire Councilor 2012-2015.
Robyn believes she can bring to the Board a wealth of experience, innovation, vision and passion.
Owner of BooBook Eco Tours and South-West Representative
Meryl currently sits on the Management Committee of the Roma Tourism Association and is the business manager for BOOBOOK (Ecotours).
Meryl has a long history in the local community and a strong farming and natural resource management background. Living and working in Regional Queensland her whole life, Meryl has a wide breath of experience. After growing up on a cattle and cropping property she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Natural Systems & Wildlife Management before working in Landcare and Catchment Management; for Local and State government Agencies; and Origin, a large integrated energy company. In 2000 Meryl, and her husband Craig, started an ecological consulting business called BOOBOOK which continues today in Roma. Meryl is the Business Manager of BOOBOOK, which recently also diversified into ecotourism. Meryl is actively involved in a number of local community groups and continues to operate and manage their family farm, one of her many passions.
Mayor of Cloncurry Shire Council and MITEZ representative
Mayor Greg Campbell was born and grew up in Cloncurry, and is still proud to call Cloncurry home. Greg, along with his wife Ana and their three children, Caleb, Cooper and Scarlett, run a beef cattle operation in the area and he is very passionate about promoting the strength and importance of the industry.
Greg has also been heavily involved in the community for many years including being a Rotarian, a Merry Muster Committee member and a regular volunteer of the Cloncurry races, Show and school events. He also founded the Cloncurry Fish Stocking Committee in 2005 successfully stocking Barra in Chinaman Creek Dam and was also one of the co-founders of the Cloncurry Football Club in 2006/07. And in 2009, Greg was extremely honoured to receive the Cloncurry Shire Citizen of the Year Award.
In 2016, Greg was elected as Mayor of Cloncurry and his first term was full of achievements that set the Cloncurry Shire up for long term prosperity. He’s now proud to be serving his community in his second term.
Making Cloncurry a ‘destination’ is a key priority to Greg. He’s thrilled to help showcase the fantastic history and landscapes the Shire has to offer to the rest of the world.
Mayor of the Quilpie Shire Council and SWRED Representative
Stuart is a pastoralist from the western area of Quilpie Shire. He is the owner and Manager of Plevna Downs, a grazing enterprise dealing in organic wool, sheep and beef. Stuart served as a Councillor on Quilpie Shire Council from 1997 to 2004, as Deputy Mayor from 2004 to 2008 and was elected Mayor in 2012. He was the Chair of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association from 2015 – late 2017.
In 2008 Stuart founded the non-profit, charitable public company Outback Gondwana Foundation Ltd. He is the Chair and a Director on the board of this organisation. The company was set up to preserve the natural assets of the south west region and educate the public in relation to the amazing paleontological discoveries being made there.
Stuart holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (QUT) and is married to wife Robyn and has 2 adult children.
Steve started out life in the finance sector, working as a foreign exchange dealer for corporate, and banking sector major companies. Following this he enjoyed almost 15 years in international and domestic tourism working with large maritime and aviation tour operators in operations, Sales, and General Management positions in Japan and Queensland.
Since 2006 he has worked with regional airlines, and has been fortunate to have had a heavy involvement with the Outback in those roles.
Based on his experience Steve believes Tourism has a major part to play in the future economy of Outback Queensland, and one he is committed to continuing in his current role as State Manager for Queensland for Regional Express (Rex) Airlines.
Rex Airlines is Australia’s largest independent Regional Airline, operating to regional areas across Australia.
Steve’s experience and industry knowledge will help drive the success of tourism in Queensland’s Outback, building strategies for new markets and working within tourism distribution channels to turn good intentions into firm bookings for visitation to the region.
Australian through and through, Tania Kernaghan is one of this country’s most loved and respected performers.
Whether it’s singing up a storm on stage, emceeing a black tie event, sharing her life’s journey through public speaking events or rolling up her sleeves to help out with one of her much-loved charities.
Tania is a passionate OQTA Board member and continues to fly the flag proudly for Outback Queensland.
North West Representative
Gary has been a part of the Mount Isa tourism community for twenty-five years. Being an owner and Director of tourism and transport related businesses in the region gives him the solid background to guide tourism related businesses to succeed and capitalise our ever-growing tourism market.
His passion for tourism enables him to identify opportunities and North West Tours is Garys latest venture, operating guided tours in and around Mount Isa and the north west. A graduate of The Institute of Company Directors and hold a fellowship at The Institute of Managers and Leaders.
Gary is also Chairman of Mount Isa Tourism Association (MITA) as well as a member of MICC Tourism Transition group.
Barry Weare is the Director of Operations at Cooee Traveller, a subsidiary of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA).
Born and raised in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Barry has forged a successful career in tourism roles which has provided him with an in-depth knowledge of the sector. With a strong focus on strategy and building relationships, Barry has successfully negotiated collaborative partnerships between businesses and all levels of government, community and local stakeholders. In this work, Barry has worked with Traditional Owners in array of settings, and in the community, mining and sporting sectors. Barry has represented the Australian Indigenous Tourism sector at Domestic and International Tourism trade shows and missions.
A keen cricketer, Barry has broad experience, having worked with Skytrans as Community Development Manager & Sales Executive implementing strategies for airline services to rural and remote communities of regional Queensland, through to Business Development roles for recreation, sport and mining sectors.
Barry has worked at the most senior level of management onsite at Wilpena Pound Resort and Glen Helen Lodge implementing strategy on the ground delivering record levels of social and financial performance. He has unique skills as a professional educator, long serving tourism operator, and for effective capacity building methods with local Traditional owners and shareholders.