Division 5: Richie Bates

Richie Bates is a resident of Division 5 with a thorough knowledge of the community he represents.

Married with two adult children, Richie recognises the value of our unique lifestyle and is dedicated to preserving all that is good in the far north.

Richie's time in Council has seen a multitude of projects undertaken: Drainage and flood mitigation, CBD revival, entertainment and sporting upgrades have been numerous with significant and sustainable investment creating new community infrastructure and growth through jobs. All while achieving low rate increases and sound financial management.

As Chair of the Water and Waste Committee, Richie has overseen the implementation of a 30-year water strategy for the region, and the introduction of a water rebate scheme to provide an important safety net for residents affected by higher water usage.

Richie is part of a diverse elected group that has worked collaboratively to deliver for the people of the Cairns region, ensuring stable governance and a progressive and prosperous future for Queensland’s leading region.

Division 5 focuses on Cairns City and the inner suburbs, including Portsmith, Westcourt, Parramatta Park, Aeroglen and Bungalow.  It also includes Green Island.

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Water & Waste Committee - Chair
  • Planning & Environment Committee - member
  • Cultural Services Committee - member

Contact information

Email: r.bates@cairns.qld.gov.au

Office phone: 07 4044 3075
Mobile: 0477 990 216
Fax:  07 4044 3089

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Last updated: 14 September 2017