About Rebecca Vonhoff

Rebecca was born in Toowoomba and is a fifth-generation Vonhoff on the Darling Downs.  Her family were dairy farmers near Crows Nest and they still own the farm, although today the dairy herd has been replaced by a small number of beef cattle.

Rebecca lives in Toowoomba, is married and has three children. Her husband is a doctor who was born in Canada. They spent six years living in Toronto, Ontario while he completed his specialist medical training and it’s there that they had their first child, a boy.

They came home to Toowoomba in 2016 and their family was blessed with two more children – both girls. 

Growing up, Rebecca attended Chiselhurst Kindergarten and Fairholme College and then went on to study at the University of Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland and Freie Universität, Berlin. She worked for 16 years in news media across local, state, national and international publications. She has been Deputy Editor of The Chronicle in Toowoomba, reported for The Australian in Sydney, sub-edited for The Courier Mail in Brisbane and was Deputy Foreign Editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. She also worked for Russell Mineral Equipment in Toowoomba.

She has a PhD in German history and confesses to speaking German badly these days. 

Rebecca is a Parish Councillor at St Bart’s Anglican Church in Toowoomba, Director of Clifton Community Health Services and President of the Chiselhurst Kindergarten Management Committee.

She is a member of the Liberal National Party Queensland and believes in a person’s innate worth, free will and potential. She wants small government, integrity and transparency in politics and believes leaders should serve.

Rebecca has lived in Brisbane, Sydney, Berlin and Toronto – but Toowoomba is home. She is happiest when she’s at the family farm or fly fishing. 

In March 2020 Rebecca was elected with the highest number of votes in the local government election to Toowoomba Regional Council. She is Chair of the Water and Waste Portfolio, Deputy Chair of the Local Government Disaster Management and serves on several committees (Environment, International Relations, Youth as well as the Bridge Street Quarry Development).

Since being elected to Council, Rebecca has challenged conventional thinking on water. She believes Council needs to plan for water for residential use as well as agriculture and industry because economic development in the region is underpinned by these sectors. She has been a strong advocate for long-term thinking about water security and working with neighbouring local governments for regional solutions. In August 2020 Rebecca fought for a regional water supply options assessment for the Darling Downs and in December 2020 the Queensland Government committed $3 million to investigate this.

Rebecca speaks passionately about the need for the courage of convictions, progress and vision in local government.

Rebecca was critical of local laws that would have granted move-on powers to Council officers and has successfully tabled motions including incorporating Indigenous cultural burning in Council’s fire management as well as transparently accounting for ratepayers’ money.

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About Toowoomba Region

Toowoomba Regional Council covers roughly 13,000km2 and stretches from Yarraman in the north to Millmerran in the south. Currently 168,000 people of various ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds live across the region and the population is projected to grow by 80,000 over the next 30 years.

The Gross Regional Product (GRP) of the region as of 30 June 2019 was $12.19 billion. Traditionally the Darling Downs was an agricultural economy, but this has diversified over time so that today, health care, education, freight and logistics as well as renewable energies lead job creation and investment. 

Schools, a TAFE and a university, proximity to Brisbane, an international airport and fertile farmland make the region a highly desirable place to live.

What’s happening across Toowoomba Region in

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Infrastructure

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You can find out more about the Toowoomba Regional Council meeting agendas here.

“The Darling Downs is home. I love this place and the people and work hard to be a representative who serves.”

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KOALAS

I didn’t plant more trees this morning. I didn’t rescue an injured koala.

Instead I worked from here through debate and votes to make changes that strengthen conservation across the whole of @toowoombaregion - not just 1.2% that was proposed through the South East Qld Conservation Strategy.

🐨 Stabilise koala population

🐨 Total gain in total koala habitat area

🐨 Habitat restoration

🐨 Reduce threats - disease, injury, bushfire - to koala population

Excellent work, Councillor colleagues.
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Can you tell? Childhood dream made today marching in the @toowoombacarnivalflowers parade with my beloved @chiselhurstkindergarten

❤️ 🐞 🌸

#whatweremadeof #toowoombaregion #ilovetoowoombaregion #tcof #tcof2021 #toowoombacarnivalofflowers2021 #toowoombacarnivalofflowers
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Such a buzz in the air 💜

Spent this morning in the #queenspark info hub volunteering for the @toowoombacarnivalflowers

Thousands of people were in the park soaking up the atmosphere and visitors asking for directions 👈 👉👆👇 to cafes and restaurants. It’s wonderful for our regional economy, the #qldeconomy and besides… it’s hard to not be happy when you’re surrounded by flowers.

#purpleshirtvolunteers #tcof #tcof2021 #Whatweremadeof #toowoombaregion #ilovetoowoombaregion #trEATS @toowoombaregion
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People like Phil weed and water the gardens you see when you take #rubbish to the #tip.

How that, eh? Their hard work for your enjoyment. 🌼

Phil works with @abilityenterprises who give meaningful #job opportunities to people, seeing their ability rather than barriers to employment.

So @nancy.sommerfield and I hit the road today going to Oakey 🚘 Pittsworth 🚘 Millmerran 🚘 Clifton 🚘 then Greenmount to check out their hard work across @toowoombaregion waste management facilities.

#whatweremadeof #jobs #employment #toowoombaregion #ilovetoowoombaregion
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Working a shift at the lolly stall at today’s Toowoomba East State School fete. 🍭

Might be some hyped up kids tonight, sorry mums and dads. 😬

#upsell #tess #tessfete #tessfete21 #toowoombaregion #carnivalofflowers #ilovetoowoombaregion
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19 hours ago
Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff
I didn’t plant more trees this morning. I didn’t rescue an injured koala. 

Instead I worked from here through debate and votes to make changes that strengthen conservation  across the whole of Toowoomba Region - not just 1.2% that was proposed through the South East Qld Conservation Strategy. 

🐨 Stabilise koala population 

🐨 Total gain in total koala habitat area 

🐨 Habitat restoration

🐨 Reduce threats - disease, injury, bushfire -  to koala population

Excellent work, Councillor colleagues. Meaghan Scanlon MP Matt Kean MP Sussan Ley MP

I didn’t plant more trees this morning. I didn’t rescue an injured koala.

Instead I worked from here through debate and votes to make changes that strengthen conservation across the whole of Toowoomba Region - not just 1.2% that was proposed through the South East Qld Conservation Strategy.

🐨 Stabilise koala population

🐨 Total gain in total koala habitat area

🐨 Habitat restoration

🐨 Reduce threats - disease, injury, bushfire - to koala population

Excellent work, Councillor colleagues. Meaghan Scanlon MP Matt Kean MP Sussan Ley MP
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Great stuff. Can you advocate for your Federal friends to do the same? Maybe at the next branch meeting?

Thank you for what yourself and your fellow councillors are doing. Unfortunately the love of our nature and trees in our very important Geham catchment (a very important Koala Haven) is not as important as a fence for council staff 🙁

Good work!

We saw a beautiful koala up close on the way to the Bunyas, thankyou for working to look after them.

Well done Cr Rebecca

Just opened this up while watching Izzy’s Koala Rescue on Netflix with Miss A. She will be grateful for your time in debating for these changes.

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4 days ago
Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff
Can you tell? Childhood dream made today marching in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers parade with my beloved Chiselhurst Kindergarten Association Inc 

❤️ 🐞 🌸 

#whatweremadeof #toowoombaregion #ilovetoowoombaregion #tcof #tcof2021 #toowoombacarnivalofflowers2021 #toowoombacarnivalofflowers Toowoomba Region Grand Central Shopping Centre  The Chronicle

Can you tell? Childhood dream made today marching in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers parade with my beloved Chiselhurst Kindergarten Association Inc

❤️ 🐞 🌸

#whatweremadeof #toowoombaregion #ilovetoowoombaregion #tcof #tcof2021 #toowoombacarnivalofflowers2021 #toowoombacarnivalofflowers Toowoomba Region Grand Central Shopping Centre The Chronicle
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And what terrific community spirit did you have waving to all in the crowds.

Wasn’t it so fun? The floral piece of the kindy was amazing!!

Where’s the go pro footage?

Thanks so much for sharing the day with the ladybirds 🐞❤️

Go Rebecca 😉

👍👍💞

Cathy Tolhurst Condon x

good on you rebecca! !

Chiselhurst is the best!

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5 days ago
Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff
Such a buzz in the air 💜

Spent this morning in the #queenspark info hub volunteering for the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Thousands of people were in the park soaking up the atmosphere and visitors asking for directions 👈 👉👆👇 to cafes and restaurants.   It’s wonderful for our regional economy, the #qldeconomy and besides… it’s hard to not be happy when you’re surrounded by flowers. 

#purpleshirtvolunteers #tcof #tcof2021 #Whatweremadeof #toowoombaregion #ilovetoowoombaregion #trEATS

Such a buzz in the air 💜

Spent this morning in the #queenspark info hub volunteering for the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Thousands of people were in the park soaking up the atmosphere and visitors asking for directions 👈 👉👆👇 to cafes and restaurants. It’s wonderful for our regional economy, the #qldeconomy and besides… it’s hard to not be happy when you’re surrounded by flowers.

#purpleshirtvolunteers #tcof #tcof2021 #Whatweremadeof #toowoombaregion #ilovetoowoombaregion #trEATS
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The tag of the botanical gardens links to Ballarat's! Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff

How were you with the directions?

1 week ago
Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff
People like Phil weed and water the gardens you see when you take #rubbish to the #tip.

How’s that, eh? Their hard work for your enjoyment. 🌼 

Phil works with Ability Enterprises who give meaningful #job opportunities to people, seeing their ability rather than barriers to employment. 

So Cr Nancy Sommerfield and I hit the road today going to Oakey 🚘 Pittsworth 🚘 Millmerran 🚘 Clifton 🚘 then Greenmount to check out their hard work across Toowoomba Region waste management facilities. 

#whatweremadeof #jobs #employment #toowoombaregion #ilovetoowoombaregion

People like Phil weed and water the gardens you see when you take #rubbish to the #tip.

How’s that, eh? Their hard work for your enjoyment. 🌼

Phil works with Ability Enterprises who give meaningful #job opportunities to people, seeing their ability rather than barriers to employment.

So Cr Nancy Sommerfield and I hit the road today going to Oakey 🚘 Pittsworth 🚘 Millmerran 🚘 Clifton 🚘 then Greenmount to check out their hard work across Toowoomba Region waste management facilities.

#whatweremadeof #jobs #employment #toowoombaregion #ilovetoowoombaregion
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Great work Phil - an asset to your fabulous team!❤

Phil is always so friendly too!!

Great bloke, saw him this afternoon at the Greenmount facility. Thanks Phil 👍🏼

Well done to all the team 👍

Penny Cheetham, he looks so much like his father.

Nice work, Phil! 🙂

Well done Phil and Team, always hard at it and taking pride in your work. Thank you Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff and Cr Nancy Sommerfield for visiting !! Ability Enterprises

That's my boy!

Penny Cheetham

Jennifer Cheetham 😊

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