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Public Libraries Advisory Group members

Brief biographical details for members of the Public Libraries Advisory Group are listed below.

Stephan Bohnen, Principal Advisor, Intergovernmental Relations, Local Government Association of Queensland

Stephan Bohnen is Principal Advisor - Intergovernmental Relations with the Local Government Association of Queensland, the peak body representing the state's 77 local governments. A former diplomat, Stephan seeks to build and maintain networks across federal and state government and identify opportunities to ensure the interests and concerns of Queensland local government are reflected in policy formulation. Stephan is part of a team responsible for strategic policy, governance, social policy and environmental issues.

Dave Burges, Chief Executive Officer, Quilpie Shire Council

Dave has more than twenty years’ experience in local government serving in range of large, urban and rural Councils.  In recent years Dave has served in rural and remote Councils and as such has a strong understanding of issues facing small communities. Dave recognises and actively supports the provision of a broad range of services and activities that libraries can provide to residents of all ages.  Dave has qualifications in Engineering and Management and has served on a range of Boards and Advisory Committees.  Dave is a member of the Local Government Managers’ Association.

Esther Buys, Vice President, Queensland Public Libraries Association

Esther has had more than 25 years’ experience in various public, special and academic libraries in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia and is currently the Coordinator of Library Services at Sunshine Coast Council.  Esther has a special interest in library refurbishment and renewal, activating library collections and providing library services diverse community members..

Louise Denoon, Executive Director, Regional Access and Public Libraries, State Library of Queensland

Louise has more than 20 years' experience working with cultural institutions, most recently at the State Library of New South Wales and previously as Executive Manager Queensland Memory at State Library of Queensland. Louise also worked at the Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Council and Global Arts Link, Ipswich City Council. Louise is passionate about working with communities and unleashing the potential of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Sharan Harvey, Manager Library Services, Brisbane City Council

Sharan is the Manager Library Services in Brisbane City Council. She is a member of the Australian Library and Information Association and the International Federation of Library Associations Metropolitan Libraries Committee. Her areas of special interest include leadership, management, strategic thinking and trend recognition and she has a strong focus on client services, process simplification and productivity. Sharan understands the importance of multiple literacies and growing a love of reading in the community. She has also enjoyed visiting many libraries, big and small, around the world.

Cr Alf Lacey, Mayor, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council

Biographical details will be provided shortly.

Cr Julia Leu, Member, Library Board of Queensland (Chair)

Cr Julia Leu was elected Mayor to the new Douglas Shire Council in November 2013, following nearly six years as an independent Councillor with Cairns Regional Council. Cr Leu holds a Masters in Business Administration from James Cook University, a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Education from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Communications from NSW University of Technology. Her wide experience has included running her own business, being a secondary teacher, lecturer and senior Commonwealth employee in Indigenous, health, housing and community services. Cr Leu is a Director of Tourism Port Douglas Daintree and Terrain Natural Resource Management, a Queensland Executive Member of the Australian Coastal Councils Association, a Committee Member of Regional Development Australia (Far North Queensland & Torres Strait Inc) and an Executive Member of the North Queensland Local Government Association.

Cr Joyce McCulloch, Mount Isa City Council

Cr Joyce McCulloch was elected Mayor to the Mount Isa City Council following four years as a councillor. Cr McCulloch has been awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, she holds a diploma of management, was awarded  a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and graduated as a professional director in 2015.  Cr McCulloch’s councillor responsibilities have included being Chair of the internal Audit Committee, Chair of the Health Portfolio for Council, and representing Mount Isa City Council as a Member of the Riversleigh community Scientific Advisory Committee. Other professional experience includes managing the Mount Isa Rodeo and holding positions on numerous school boards.  Cr McCulloch currently holds the elected Chair’s position of the Overlanders Way, and the Chair of the Defence Reserve Support Council for North West Queensland.

Vicki McDonald, State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer

The State Librarian is responsible for the proper and sound management of the State Library of Queensland, under the authority of the Library Board of Queensland. The State Librarian provides strategic advice and direction to the Library Board; plans and develops new initiatives, services and programs; manages the resources of the State Library; initiates strategic partnerships and leads the State Library of Queensland.

Under the Libraries Act 1988 (Queensland) [PDF 470 KB], the State Librarian must attend all meetings of the Board unless excused or precluded by the Board.

Dell Price, Team Leader Libraries Cultural and Youth Services, Central Highlands Regional Council Services

Dell has had more than 20 years’ experience working in public libraries across Australia’s east coast, predominantly in rural and regional areas. She is passionate to see all libraries succeed and become an integral centre within their communities.  Dell’s particular areas of interest are empowering people –developing skills, knowledge and expertise as part of their Life Long Learning experience.  She has a strong focus on children and youth literacy, and building a capability framework to ensure their success -  as they are our future.

Michelle Carter, Director, Digital Digital Economy and Productivity, Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation

Michelle is responsible for delivering the Queensland Government Digital Economy Strategy and Action Plan and encouraging the use of digital technologies to promote economic growth and improve the lives and lifestyles of Queenslanders. Michelle is working with state and federal partners to improve Queensland’s digital skills and digital inclusion agenda.

Last updated
7th July 2017