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  Her family were dairy farmers near Crows Nest and they still own the farm, although today the dairy herd has been replaced by a small number of beef cattle.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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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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No point talking about the drug scourge if we’re not prepared to fund #detox beds.

A total privilege to talk with honest and brave @sunrisewaytoowoomba folk today & 👂 them explain how desperately #detox facilities are needed in @toowoombaregion and across #qld

So @yvettedath please please please remember #detox in the #toowoombahospital plans.

🙋‍♀️And while I’m at it: we can’t afford to lose any mental health beds either.

@darlingdownshealth #toowoombaregion #mentalhealth #rehab #whatweremadeof #worthbacking #ilovetoowoombaregion
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30 of these bad boys planted out this morning at the farm.

#eucbeaut #koalafriendly #eucalyptus #toowoombaregion #whatweremadeof #ilovetoowoombaregion
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A visit to our dams to check levels. No deluges but we’re slowly and steadily seeing a rise. Here’s the update with today’s numbers:

Today: 33.4%
Yesterday: 33.4%
Saturday: 33.1%
26 Nov: 32.1%
25 Nov: 32.0%
24 Nov: 31.9%
23 Nov: 31.8%

Usable storage % across Cressbrook, Cooby and Perseverance.

Wivenhoe is at 39.6% this afternoon.

#toowoombaregion #whatweremadeof #watersecurity
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Perfect chip placement #nophotos #christmasparty #toowoombaregion 🎄🎄 ...

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1 day ago
Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff
A total privilege to talk with honest and brave Sunrise Way folk today & 👂 them explain how desperately #detox facilities are needed in Toowoomba Region and across #qld 

Nowhere near enough #detox places for people who are prepared to go through heck to get to a better future. 

So Yvette DAth MP please please please remember #detox in the #toowoombahospital plans.

And while I’m at it: we can’t afford to lose a single mental health bed either. 

Darling Downs Health #toowoombaregion #mentalhealth #rehab #whatweremadeof #worthbacking #ilovetoowoombaregion

A total privilege to talk with honest and brave Sunrise Way folk today & 👂 them explain how desperately #detox facilities are needed in Toowoomba Region and across #qld

Nowhere near enough #detox places for people who are prepared to go through heck to get to a better future.

So Yvette D'Ath MP please please please remember #detox in the #toowoombahospital plans.

And while I’m at it: we can’t afford to lose a single mental health bed either.

Darling Downs Health #toowoombaregion #mentalhealth #rehab #whatweremadeof #worthbacking #ilovetoowoombaregion
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Absolutely! It’s such a terrible thing for someone who has summoned all their courage to face detox, only to hear that there are no places for them.

Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff thank you so much for your time today. The clients really appreciated your presence and sincerity. They felt heard and that is so important. Thank you 😊

love your work rebecca !!

So important

4 days ago
Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff
Family #eucalypt planting day at the #farm. 

My son helped out this morning and will be able to look back in years to come at the 30 koala-friendly gums we planted and know that #fromlittlethingsbigthingsgrow 

#toowoombaregion #whatweremadeof #ilovetoowoombaregion #allhandsondeck

Family #eucalypt planting day at the #farm.

My son helped out this morning and will be able to look back in years to come at the 30 koala-friendly gums we planted and know that #fromlittlethingsbigthingsgrow

#toowoombaregion #whatweremadeof #ilovetoowoombaregion #allhandsondeck
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Good work. Every little bit helps.

It’s a good time for gum planting. I’d be planting a dozen this afternoon too but a flooded road foiled my plans to get seedlings. Tomorrow...

Hi future #toowoombaregion. 👋

We talk about bold vision. To me that means #healthcare #publictransport and not being limited by how things look today.

Toowoomba Region #Whatweremadeof #ilovetoowoombaregion Annastacia Palaszczuk MP David Crisafulli MP Cameron Dick MP Mark Bailey MP David Janetzki MP Trevor Watts Yvette D'Ath MP Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport Darling Downs Health #worthbacking
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That’s fantastic we have been talking about this since 2011 come on everybody let’s get on board. The Railway Parklands will become the heart of the city as Light rail becomes a reality from Gowrie Junction to Wyreema and beyond.

Need a change of government before the new hospital gets built , Anna is only focused on the Olympics

This really isn’t too much to ask for - health facilities suitable for our region now and into the future. And a public transport system that helps people get to work and to the services they need and want at the times they need it. A light rail is a great idea, with bus services and carparks to provide the links. What are we waiting for?

It’s a great idea Councillor, and a sensible use of that infrastructure now that most of its use (by coal trains) has cleared up

A multi-modal transport system is the key to avoiding a gridlocked toowoomba

Good idea.

I've been saying about this for awhile

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Keeping thinking big Bec

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