9. John Bearne
As chairman of Townsville Enterprise, Mr Bearne is a big picture guy with tremendous vision and a zest for making North Queensland a better place to live.
He continues to understand the value of a bipartisan approach to politics and is well respected by both the ALP and the Tories. Mr Bearne has played a pivotal role in securing big wins such as the mall redevelopment and the overhaul of Jezzine Barracks. A doer, not afraid to ask the tough questions.