Cr John Dessmann Cr John Dessmann

Brief Biography


Cr Dessmann came 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.

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

Cr Dessmann was elected as Councillor in 2016.

Register of Interest

How to contact Cr Dessmann

Ratepayers or residents can call, e-mail or meet with Councillors on request. 

A: PO Box 3, Cooktown, Qld, 4895
P: 07 4069 5444 / 0429 665 589