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  Her family were dairy farmers near Crows Nest and they still own the farm, although today the dairy herd has been replaced by a small number of beef cattle.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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Planning & development

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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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Yesterday at 2am a hail storm hit Toowoomba Region hard.

From today Council is
• waiving commercial waste fees until January 28 for all storm-impacted businesses and residents
• having parking enforcement officers use their discretion for businesses with extra on-street parking needs

It’ll take some businesses time to get back on their feet, and then more than ever we have to #supportlocal

#bizrecovery #smallbusinesses #toowoombaregion #respond #localgovernment #whatweremadeof #parking #wasteremoval #tlcfortrc
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#CBD businesses in @toowoombaregion really badly hit by storm last night. Roofs like papier-mâché, flooding, people in shock. #toowoombaregion ...

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We’re hosting the whole #sunshinestate this week - #weipa #cunnamulla #roma #broadbeach #herveybay and more with the @bowlsqldofficial Junior State Championships. 🍍

83 of these #nextgen little legends + their families and coaches have come to @toowoombaregion for the Carnival. Was as a total pleasure to officially open the event this am and welcome them.

#dedication #whatweremadeof #toowoombaregion #queensland #championships @northtoowoombabowlsclub
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Important news for @toowoombaregion on #water:

We’ve negotiated a new contract with @seqwater to pump water from Wivenhoe to Cressbrook.

The old deal was for 10 years, 10,000ML raw water p.a.

This new agreement gives us 30 years with options to extend to 50 years + 10,000ML and an option to seek additional allocation each financial year.

Negotiations took time and this isn’t a silver bullet but we’ve got more flexibility, more security and that means ⬆️ business confidence.

@glenn_butcher_gladstone @nancy.sommerfield @mayorpaulantonio #watermanagement #watersecurity #toowoombaregion
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#booster #covid_19 #pharmacist @ssptoowoomba 🙏
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3 days ago
Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff
Yesterday at 2am a hail storm hit Toowoomba Region hard. 

From today Council is
• waiving commercial waste fees until January 28 for all storm-impacted businesses and residents
• having parking enforcement officers use their discretion for businesses with extra on-street parking needs

It’ll take some businesses time to get back on their feet, and then more than ever we have to #supportlocal 

 #bizrecovery #smallbusinesses #toowoombaregion #respond #localgovernment #whatweremadeof  #parking #wasteremoval #tlcfortrc

Yesterday at 2am a hail storm hit Toowoomba Region hard.

From today Council is
• waiving commercial waste fees until January 28 for all storm-impacted businesses and residents
• having parking enforcement officers use their discretion for businesses with extra on-street parking needs

It’ll take some businesses time to get back on their feet, and then more than ever we have to #supportlocal

#bizrecovery #smallbusinesses #toowoombaregion #respond #localgovernment #whatweremadeof #parking #wasteremoval #tlcfortrc
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4 days ago
Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff

#cbd businesses in @toowoombaregion really badly hit by storm last night. Roofs like papier-mâché, flooding, people in shock. #toowoombaregion ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi Rebecca, perhaps council could help by having a green waste collection and also a hard rubbish collection for the City area.

Been down today checking on friends and business owners and there are devastated and shocked 😢 they are going to need so much help

We had the thunder, lightening and rain but appear to have escaped the hail in Top Camp

Yes Rebecca agree, they will need our support more than ever now. Help from council for rubbish removal would be a great start

Good comments Bec, CBD businesses have been crying out for help for along time..just another incident for them to manage. Small business gets tougher and tougher. Still appears to be trouble spots in city with extreme weather incidents!

wow first I have heard of it, not seen anything in the normal news stream. National Media to fascinated with tennis players and COVID I suppose.

Many Bernoth Centre businesses have been inundated as well

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4 days ago
Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff
We’re hosting the whole #sunshinestate this week - #weipa #cunnamulla #roma #broadbeach #herveybay and more with the Bowls Queensland Junior State Championships. 🍍 

83 of these #nextgen little legends + their families and coaches have come to Toowoomba Region for the Carnival. Was as a total pleasure to officially open the event this am and welcome them. 

#dedication #whatweremadeof #toowoombaregion #queensland #championships North Toowoomba Bowls Club North Toowoomba Bowls Club Toowoomba Bowls Club Inc South Toowoomba Bowls Club Toowoomba City Bowls Club West Toowoomba Bowls Club South Toowoomba Bowls Club The Toowoomba Bowls Shop

We’re hosting the whole #sunshinestate this week - #weipa #cunnamulla #roma #broadbeach #herveybay and more with the Bowls Queensland Junior State Championships. 🍍

83 of these #nextgen little legends + their families and coaches have come to Toowoomba Region for the Carnival. Was as a total pleasure to officially open the event this am and welcome them.

#dedication #whatweremadeof #toowoombaregion #queensland #championships North Toowoomba Bowls Club North Toowoomba Bowls Club Toowoomba Bowls Club Inc South Toowoomba Bowls Club Toowoomba City Bowls Club West Toowoomba Bowls Club South Toowoomba Bowls Club The Toowoomba Bowls Shop
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