The Outback Way - Australia's Longest Shortcut

Mayor Butch Lenton

Mayor Butch Lenton-  Winton Shire-  at the start of the Qld end of the Outback. Winton has terrific tourism attractions and Butch sees the Outback Way as the gateway of further tourists coming through Western Qld and in from WA & the NT. The wide expanse of plains and jump ups makes Wintona unique landscape. Butch is the owner of a service station/ mechanic shop in Winton, with an active intetest is outback motorbike riding.

Mayor Rick Britton

Mayor Rick Britton - Boulia Shire is passionate about rural and Remote Australia. As Mayor of Boulia Shire he has dleivered exeptional improvement to the roads and capacity within the community. Rick is a cattle producer and is involved with many community events and industry organisations.

President Patrick Hill- OHDC Inc Chair

Cr Patrick Hill is the founder and on going Chairman of the OHDC Inc, since 1997, he has worked tirelessly for the upgrade of the Outback Way, with his passion and tenacity inspiring decision makers, as funding is now flowing for this nation building project . Patrick is President of the Shire of Laverton and advocate for Rural and Regional WA in Tourism and Regional Development.

Alice Springs Town Council - Mayor Damien Ryan

Mayor Damien RyanMayor Ryan was born in Alice Springs and has gained invaluable first hand knowledge of the tourism industry as licensee of the Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse and later as co-owner of Dunmarra Roadhouse.  Currently serving his second term, Mayor Ryan is strongly committed to the sustainable development and advancement of Alice Springs.

Mayor Ryan is the President of the Local Government Association NT, a NT Grants Commissioner; Chair of the Regional Development Australia - NT Inc., Member of the Central Australian Chamber of Commerce Executive and Co-chair of the Outback Way Development Council.

Alice Springs Town Council - Rex Mooney CEO

Rex Mooney CEORex Mooney has been involved in local government as a CEO for over 35 years. He has worked across many municipalities in Australia and has an extensive knowledge of relevant legislation, the challenges and the issues impacting on Local Governments.

Rex moved to Alice Springs in January 2003 to take the position as Chief Executive Officer at Alice Springs Town Council. Although originally from News South Wales Rex and his family have made the Red Centre their home.

Winton Shire - Mayor Butch Lenton

Mayor Butch LentonCr Butch Lenton was born and raised in Winton and attended Winton State School until grade 10.  Cr Lenton completed his motor mechanic apprenticeship at the Winton Shire Council workshop and now, with his wife Ros, have a mechanical business in Winton.

Cr Lenton and his wife Ros have 1 child, married daughter Carly, and a grandson Ethan.  Butch and Ros’s youngest daughter Lindsay passed away at 8 years old in 1995.  Lindsay was born with Spina Bifida.

Cr Lenton is a past President of Winton Rugby League for 22 years and is now President of the Central West Rugby League.

Cr Lenton is a keen motorcycle rider, having raced and ridden motorcycles from a young age.

Cr Lenton was first elected to Winton Shire Council in 1997 to 2008, and was Deputy Mayor from 2004 to 2008, and elected Mayor in 2012.

Boulia - Mayor Rick Britton

Mayor Rick BrittonBoulia Shire has been the home for Rick Britton’s family for six generations and now Rick and his wife Ann operate Rick’s family company.
Rick’s family ran a wool growing operation until the wool decline in 1989, and since then the family now run a solely beef breeding and fattening operation. They breed and grow cattle to meet most markets including the live export market. The Britton’s embody best agri practice
with their management being used as a Mitchell grass grazing and wet weather spelling case study.

Rick’s reasons for standing was to give back to the Shire, what the Shire and community had given his family. Rick says of the Boulia Shire; ‘It’s a great place to live raise a Family’.

‘Having young people learning the skills and benefits of living and working out in western Queensland in the rural, urban, tourism and Local Government workforces is important. I want to inspire all within the Shire to achieve their goals in our community. I believe strongly in working with local people so that we can build and retain the skills within the Boulia Shire. The Councils priority should be to encourage young families to apply for the jobs available in our great town, others living outside the Shire to see the Shire’s potential as a great place to live and raise a family and a must do place to visit as a tourist destination’.