Ray Stevens is currently the Member for Mermaid Beach in the Queensland State Parliament.
Ray was elected to the Queensland State Parliament in September 2006 for the seat of Robina, which was renamed to Mermaid Beach prior to the 2009 election. In 2011 Ray was appointed the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Racing, before becoming Leader of the House in 2012 – 2015. Following the 2015 election Ray became Leader of Opposition Business in the House 2015 – 2016. In 2016 – 2017 Ray became the Deputy Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee. Currently, Ray is the Deputy Chair of the Economics and Governance Committee.
Previously Ray has been a Councillor (1988 – 1994) and then Mayor of Albert Shire (1994 – 1995). In 1994 when the Government amalgamated the Albert Shire and Gold Coast City Councils, Ray was voted in as the first Mayor of the combined Gold Coast (1995 – 1997). After leaving office in 1997, he later served as the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of the City.
Ray was born in Townsville in 1953 and remained there while he studied initially at James Cook University before moving to Sydney and completing his studies at Macquarie University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics. Ray was admitted to the Australian Association of Accountants in 1974, and worked for Price Waterhouse in Sydney until returning to the family cattle and sheep station “Doncaster” in Richmond, North Queensland. Ray moved to the Gold Coast in 1979 establishing local businesses around Pacific Fair, Surfers Paradise and Nerang before moving to make a community contribution to the area he had made his home.
Ray is a member of various local sporting and community organisations. Interests – Rugby, tennis, clay target shooting, horse racing and breeding, theatre and music.
Local Council Activity
1988 – Elected to represent his Local Division of the Albert Shire Council on the Gold Coast. Re-elected to represent again in 1991.
1991 – 1994 Chairman of the Works committee, Albert Shire Council.
1994 – Elected as Mayor of the Albert Shire Council. In 1994 the government amalgamated the Albert Shire and Gold Coast City Councils. Ray was voted as the first Mayor of the combined Gold Coast in 1995 until 1997.