11. Angelo Licciardello
Powerful bureaucrat, and as director of planning and development at Townsville City Council, Mr Licciardello wields great influence. He has taken developers on over increases to infrastructure charges, saying it’s time they paid their way. It’s been an unpopular move among developers but he’s sticking to his guns. It could make or break him, because some high-profile investors now say Townsville is too expensive to invest in. Mr Licciardello has a big influence among councillors; too much for the liking of some.