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Cr John Dessmann

Cr John Dessmann

Councillor John Dessmann is serving his first term with Cook Shire Council, having been elected in 2016. 

Cr Dessmann moved to Cooktown from Melbourne 13 years ago, intending to stay for a week's holiday, but fell in love with the region and never left. He initially worked as a chef at the Cooktown RSL Memorial Club and Cooktown Hotel, before opening and developing the Cooktown Wholesalers.

In 2004 he opened popular local restaurant The Italian Restaurant, better known as Da Wogs, which went on to win several industry awards. During that time Cr Dessmann supported the community heavily by volunteering, sponsorship and Master of Ceremonies duties.

Cr Dessmann has a decade of experience in the tourism industry, including in a national sales and marketing managerial role specialising in branding for corporate, government, sporting and tourism bodies. Cr Dessmann also has a strong business background, having owned a number of successful ventures on the Gold Coast and in Melbourne before his Cooktown businesses.

Councillor Appointment to Committees

  • Cook Shire Council Audit Committee
  • Nature's PowerHouse Advisory Committee
  • Cook Shire Council Planning and Environment Standing Committee
  • Cooktown Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
  • Cape York Local Area Marine Advisory Committee
  • Local Disaster Management Group

Councillor Register of Interest

Click here to read Councillor John Dessmann's Register of Interest.

Contact Details

E |     P | 0429 665 589

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday