Alliance Members


Australian Mining Cities Alliance was formed in 2017 as a collaboration between five iconic mining region Councils;


AMCA will see a controlled expansion of membership by inviting other Councils to join the Alliance.


Mayor Peta MacRae

Mount Isa City Council

About Peta MacRae

Peta MacRae was elected Mayor of Mount Isa City Council in March 2024, following two consecutive terms as a Mount Isa City Councillor.  She has worked in many positions within Education Queensland, has been involved in many community groups such as the Zonta Club of Mount Isa and Commerce Northwest, and, more recently, is chair of the Country Universities Centre Mount Isa board.

Mayor Kelly Vea Vea

Isaac regional Council

About Kelly Vea Vea

Mayor Kelly Vea Vea is a passionate advocate for regional and resource regions on key issues such as population balance, equitable funding strategies and the enhancement of liveability and infrastructure.

She has a passion for policy reform and works closely with her colleagues to ensure local communities, workers and businesses benefit from the established and evolving industries they host, and that there is shared understanding of social licence to operate in Isaac.

Her journey in public service began with her election to the Council in 2012, followed by re-elections in 2016 and 2020. In 2018, she was appointed Deputy Mayor, a position she retained unopposed after the 2020 elections. In 2024, she ascended to the role of Mayor for the Isaac Regional Council, elected unopposed.

Mayor Vea Vea’s connection to the region is deep-rooted. Her family is a fourth generation coal mining family and has spent the majority of her life in Central Queensland’s mining towns.

Born and raised in Collinsville, she relocated to Moranbah with her young family in 2007. Her personal and professional experiences have shaped her understanding of the region and its needs, making her a dedicated and effective leader.

Mayor Glenn Wilson

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder (Director)

About Glenn Wilson

Glenn Wilson is the Mayor of the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder, digital media professional and father.

Glenn works closely with local businesses in the Goldfields and has been working for many years within the mining and resources sector.

Glenn was first elected to Council in 2015, serving close to a decade as an elected member of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. He was elected Deputy Mayor in 2021 before being elected Mayor in 2023.

Prior to his work as a Councillor, Glenn held a longstanding reputable career in radio broadcasting with Southern Cross Austereo.

Mayor Dan Scott

City of Karattha (Director)

About Dan Scot

Mayor Scott was born and raised in the Pilbara, spending his
childhood in Dampier and the last 14 years in Karratha. He is
the Director of North West Brewing Company and has served as a City of Karratha Councillor for the past 8 years and was recently elected as Karratha’s first publicly elected Mayor.

He has a rich background in Economic Development,
Strategic Planning, and Community Engagement. Mayor
Scott’s understanding of the Pilbara's unique landscape is
enhanced by his appreciation for its potential in driving
economic prosperity and diversification, and his commitment to the Pilbara community is shown through his active involvement in local initiatives, highlighting his community-focused mindset.

Mayor Scott’s vision for the Pilbara includes its economic
transformation and the enhancement of its liveability and
sustainability, promising a future where the region is
recognised for its dynamic, diversified economy and vibrant
community life.

Deputy Mayor Jim Hickey

Broken Hill City Council

About Jim Hickey

James (Jim) Hickey is a qualified land valuer, having a Diploma in Business/Valuation.
Jim Hickey  was elected as Deputy Mayor to Broken Hill City Council in 2021.
Deputy Mayor Hickey has served on the following boards and committees since being
elected in 2021.

  • Association of Mining and Energy Related Councils
  • Australian Mining Cities Alliances
  • Audit Risk and Improvement Committee
  • Country Mayor’s Association
  • Far West Joint Organisation
  • Regional Capitals Australia
  • Regional Cities NSW
  • Western Division Councils

Operational COMMITTEE

Mr Andrew Brien

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

About Andrew Brien

Andrew Brien is the CEO of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, with 35 years of experience in the local government sector in senior leadership and CEO roles. His contributions to the sector have been transformative.

Andrew is proud to foster an accountable workforce with a positive culture at the City, underpinned by his extensive background in organisational review, change management, and business improvement.

Andrew has strong links to several professional associations and regional organisations across WA, including the State Government’s Homelessness Advisory Committee, LG
Professionals and the Institute of Public Administration Australia. He is especially passionate about making a difference in regional Western Australia.

Mr Tim Rose

Mount Isa City Council

About Tim Rose

Tim Rose is the current Acting Chief Executive Officer of Mount Isa City Council. He is a former CEO of Local Buy Pty Ltd, Burnett Shire Council and Bowen Shire Council, as well as a former acting CEO of Diamantina Shire, Mapoon Aboriginal Shire, and Quilpie Shire councils.

Mr Jay Nankivell

Broken Hill City Council

About Jay Nankivell

Jay Nankivell was appointed General Manager of Broken Hill City Council on March 31, 2021 after serving as Acting General Manager.

Mr Nankivell is a fully qualified CPA, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting/finance) and is currently completing a Masters in Public Administration.

Mr Ken Gouldthrop

Isaac Regional Council

About Ken Gouldthrop

A local government stalwart with more than 25 years’ experience has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer at Isaac Regional Council.  

Ken Gouldthorp, who has previous experience in the central Queensland resource region with past appointments at Mackay and Emerald, began the 12-month interim CEO position in August 2023 to steer Council through to the 2024 local government elections.

Mr Gouldthorp has proven ability to effectively manage large, complex teams and build strong relationships across government, industry, business, and community.

He has led a number of local governments across Australia, most recently serving as Interim CEO for Snowy Valleys Council in the Murray Riverina region.

Council employees more than 400 people across an area the size of Tasmania that has seven Traditional Custodian groups and 17 unique communities.

Ms Virginia Miltrup

City of Karratha

About Virginia Miltrup

Virginia is an experienced Executive and Company Director with expertise in supporting businesses to adapt to change. She has a passion for bringing customer-centric thinking to the improvement of business performance.

Virginia is the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Karratha,
having previously served as the Executive Director, Community & Business Services at the City of Vincent. She has lead Strategy, Corporate Services and Operational teams across the public and private sectors. She has also led transformative programs at the CBH Group, Synergy, Unisys and Thomson Reuters.

She holds a Masters of Leadership and Management, Bachelor of Commerce, and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Virginia is the Chair of 100 Women, Chair of Mosaic Community Care, and Chair of International Art Space.


Mr Gavin Cator

Executive Officer

About Gavin Cator

Gavin has had 23 years as a Chief Executive Officer or General Manager in Local Government, including, Greater Shepparton City Council, Wodonga City Council, Moira Shire Council and Berrigan Shire Council.

Following his Local Government career, Gavin established GG People and has undertaken many tasks including internal audits, strategic organisational reviews, organisational cultural reviews, and workplace investigations.

He has assisted many clients with operational Human Resource Management requirements. He recently assisted three clients in preparing, negotiating, and then having their Enterprise Agreements approved by the Fair Work Commission.

He has qualifications as MBA (HR), Grad Dip Municipal Engineering and BE (Civil).

He has been executive officer since 1st July 2023

Ms Simone Cruickshank


About Simone Cruickshank

Simone Cruickshank is a Financial Accountant for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, where she oversees procure to pay operations. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Edith Cowan University and brings extensive experience in accounting to her role.

Simone previously taught at a Mid-West TAFE Centre, where she specialised in financial services education, developed robust management processes, and earned a nomination for the Rising Star Award. Since relocating to Kalgoorlie-Boulder in 2019, she has been instrumental in advancing the City's transition to paperless accounts payable systems.

Additionally, Simone is actively engaged in the community as the Treasurer of a local hockey club, reflecting her passion for country living.