Lockyer Valley Regional Council

Council of Mayors | South East Queensland

Lockyer Valley Regional Council


Lockyer Valley Regional Council formed in March 2008 following the amalgamation of the former Gatton and Laidley Shire Councils. With a total workforce of approximately 400 people, in a variety of tenure, Council is one of the major employers in the region.

Nestled at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, the Lockyer Valley is little more than an hours drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast and approximately 30 minutes from Ipswich and Toowoomba.

Covering an area of 2272 square kilometres, there are seven towns in the Lockyer Valley including the major centres of Gatton, Laidley and Plainland and a number of smaller townships including Withcott, Forest Hill, Helidon, Murphys Creek and Grantham.

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Mayor Tanya Milligan

Mayor Tanya Milligan

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Director

Councillor Tanya Milligan was elected as only the second Mayor of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council in April 2016.

Cr Milligan’s local government career began in 2000 when she was first elected to the former Laidley Shire Council, having served in the position of Deputy Mayor between 2004 and 2008. Following amalgamations, she was elected to Lockyer Valley Regional Council in 2008 and again in 2012, where she held the position of Deputy Mayor throughout this term.

Cr Milligan spent her early years in Caffey. The vital role of the agricultural industry, both for her family and the Lockyer Valley region, was cemented when her family started farming at Helidon. She raised her family while living at Laidley Creek West and now resides in Laidley.

Prior to being elected to Council, Cr Milligan was a Disability Support Worker. Some 18 years in this industry has fostered a strong desire for the region’s first female Mayor to nurture partnerships and relationships, both with and for the community she now serves.

She held the position of Deputy Mayor during the 2013 floods which devastated the region, with namely Laidley, Mt Sylvia and Mulgowie experiencing their worst flood in living memory. She describes it as an honour to work with the community she holds so close to her heart.