Photo Credit: The Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star
Councillor Tanya Milligan was elected as only the second Mayor of the Lockyer Valley
Regional Council in April 2016.
Cr Milligan’s local government career began in 2000 when she was first elected to the
former Laidley Shire Council, having served in the position of Deputy Mayor between
2004 and 2008. Following amalgamations, she was elected to Lockyer Valley Regional
Council in 2008 and again in 2012, where she held the position of Deputy Mayor
throughout this term.
Cr Milligan spent her early years in Caffey. The vital role of the agricultural industry,
both for her family and the Lockyer Valley region, was cemented when her family
started farming at Helidon. She raised her family while living at Laidley Creek West
and now resides in Laidley.
Prior to being elected to Council, Cr Milligan was a Disability Support Worker. Some
18 years in this industry has fostered a strong desire for the region’s first female Mayor
to nurture partnerships and relationships, both with and for the community she now
During the devastating floods of 2011, Cr Milligan chaired the Human and Social
Committee and she held the position of Deputy Mayor during the 2013 floods which
again devastated the region, with areas like Laidley, Mt Sylvia and Mulgowie
experiencing their worst flood in living memory.
She describes it as an honour to work with the community she holds so close to her