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Division 13 - Cr Daphne McDonald

Cr Daphne McDonald

Division 13 is on the south east coast of the Gold Coast and includes the suburbs of Palm Beach, parts of Elanora, Reedy Creek and Burleigh Heads and a small part of Tallebudgera.

Cr McDonald is a long-standing Councillor of Gold Coast City, first elected in 1991. She held the position of Deputy Mayor from 2007 to 2012.

Contact details

Phone: 07 5581 6228
Fax: 07 5581 6547

Postal address

City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042 
GCMC QLD 9726 Australia

Office location

Palm Beach office
26/11th Avenue, Palm Beach

Every Monday without an appointment from 9am to 11am.

I am also available by appointment to meet residents at my Palm Beach office or I will call on residents in their homes.

Council Committees

  • Council
  • Events, Tourism and Governance
  • Transport and Infrastructure
  • Special Budget


  • Life Member - Australian Local Government Women's Association (Queensland Division)


  • Diploma of Local Government Administration
  • Certificate of Local Government Administration Level IV
  • Disaster Management
    • Local Disaster Management Group Induction
    • Introduction to Evacuation
    • Evacuation Planning
    • Warnings and Alerts Resupply
    • Mentoring Program

Awards and Certificates

  • Life Membership - Australian Local Government Women's Association (QLD). This prestigious award was presented in recognition of service and contribution to women in Local Government.
  • Ray Phippard Fellow - (No.39) Daphne was honoured to receive this Lions prestigious Ray Phippard Fellow Award in recognition of her outstanding service and commitment to the community.
  • Paul Harris Fellow - Daphne was recognised with the honour of being named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in acknowledgement of her outstanding commitment to the community.
  • Certificate of Service to Local Government - presented by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, Governor-General 2008-2014.
  • Certificate from Mayor - Leadership and Vision - Mayor, City of Gold Coast, Cr Ron Clarke, presented Daphne with a certificate for exemplary leadership and vision contributing towards Gold Coast Water being named, Global Water Intelligence 2009 Global Water Awards - Public Water Agency of the Year.

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