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    About me

    I have called Far North Queensland my home for the past twenty-three years. I was born and raised in Melbourne to Presbyterian parents who immigrated from the United Kingdom as part of the 10-pound pom era.

     

    My father, an electrician by day and a self-taught musician by night, playing keyboard with his band alongside lead singer and long-standing LNP politician Russel Broadbent.

     

    My mother was a practised homemaker and devoted wife right up until the passing of my father three years ago.

     

    I am the second-born of three children, and we were taught through experience the value of money, the ethics of working hard and a strong sense of community.

     

    At the age of 9 I joined the St John Ambulance Brigade and by 16 had completed over 1000 hours of voluntary first aid service, competed in numerous state competitions and was awarded The Grand Prior’s Badge from the Governor of Victoria.

     

    I have lived with my husband in the region since 2002 and immensely enjoyed my work in the community being involved with various organisations such as Low Isles Preservation Society, the Douglas Theatre Arts Group and The Homeless Animal Society and Boarding Kennels in board positions and broader involvement in our fantastic local community. I am still heavily involved with the Douglas Theatre Arts Group Inc. and the Homeless Animal Society and Boarding Kennels Inc. My husband and I have two small businesses in Port Douglas and are very much a part of our community. 

     

    Running for council felt like a natural progression and successfully gained a councillor role in the 2016 election. This gave me a good grounding of what local government was. Although I intended running for council earlier than my first run in 2014, I was persuaded to hold off when the shire was amalgamated with Cairns. Following de-amalgamation, I ran in the 2013 election and was in that attempt unsuccessful, but undeterred and realising there was much more to be done I successfully ran in the 2016 election and remained a councillor until successfully running as Mayor of Douglas in the 2020 election.

     

    It is an honour that I will cherish having represented this community four the last term. In October 2020 I also accepted the nomination for Chair of the FNQROC, Far North Queensland Organisation of Councils representing 12 local Councils in the Far North and in November 2020 I accepted a position on the board of the newly formed Regional Queensland Council of Mayors.

     

    I am a member of The Port Douglas Community Service Network, Port Douglas District Combined Clubs Inc., Douglas FM, the Cairns Animal Welfare Group Inc. and the LNP.

     

    I have for the most part enjoyed the challenges involved in the position of Mayor over the past term and successfully brought the community through the Covid years, a council budget now in surplus and the disaster that Cyclone Jasper brought about us.

    Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success

    – Henry Ford

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    What I bring

    • 27 Years of business management.
    • 8 Years of Local Government.
    • 4 Years of Chair of the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils.
    • Strong relationships with current elected members of State and Federal Governments.
    • Proven success in leadership, cohesive working, inspiration and strategic thinking.
    • A passion for change to ensure the best for our communities.
    • Knowledge of current issues throughout the region.
    • Compassion, empathy and understanding of community concerns.
    • Experience in working with the media.
    • A stable and strong leadership voice in political and social matters.
    • Cohesive relationships with non-governmental advocating groups such as Advance Cairns, FNQROC, TICA and TTNQ, crucial for effective collaborations and achieving shared goals.

    The noblest art is that of making others happy
    ― P.T. Barnum

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    Life salutes you when you make others happy

    – Charlie Chaplin

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    6 days ago

    Reminds you why we live here…
    #paradise #holiday #PortDouglas
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    Reminds you why we live here… 
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    Beautiful! 🤩 Winter has wrapped us up in a such a hard earned hug. It feels like greeting from a long lost friend this year, eh! 💙🥶💙

    Hello Michael how are you keeping now ? I am good for an oldone take care love Kathleen

    When life is busy it's sometimes easy to forget

    Definitely THE best place in the world

    <3

    100% Mike Todd and I say it a lot lately!

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    2 weeks ago

    It’s never easy saying goodbye to one of your fur kids. We rescued her over 13 years ago… she was a matted mess who wouldn’t think twice of biting your face if you got to close. But she grew to be a loving little ratbag with loads of personality and an attitude that kept the 60kg mastiff at bay… Will miss that never ending barking… travel safe to your fur brothers…
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    It’s never easy saying goodbye to one of your fur kids. We rescued her over 13 years ago… she was a matted mess who wouldn’t think twice of biting your face if you got to close. But she grew to be a loving little ratbag with loads of personality and an attitude that kept the 60kg mastiff at bay… Will miss that never ending barking… travel safe to your fur brothers… 
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    Thanks to all for your kind words, it’s been an extremely quiet house this last week. Her “personality” is very much missed…❤️

    Thoughts are with you and Jase at this time

    All dogs go to heaven but her life with you must have been heavenly too. She had all the love and care in the world in your family I'm sure. So sorry for your loss.

    Dear little soul. She will be having a wonderful time in Puppy Heaven as she did with you. 🤗

    Oh so sad. So sorry for you both. She’s had a wonderful life with you two and been loved. RIP Wilma 🥰

    Gorgeous, mad, sassy and beautiful Wilma. It was a pleasure knowing you. RIP sweetheart and go and terrorise Rufy and Trev in doggy heaven 😘

    You gave her a happy life! Little scrap of a thing, became a happy Princess ... adored and spoiled and loved mightily by the both of you 🥰

    Sorry for your loss of your pup. You do such great work looking after all the animals & helping everyone, Thankyou ❤️

    Awww I'm sorry for your loss, it's the hardest part of having pets ♥

    Never easy, in fact I think it gets harder as we get older. Take solace in knowing what a great life you gave her and what great joy she gave you. The question I always ask at this moment, is why can't dogs live as long as parrots? My condolences.🌼

    We have met Wilma & she certainly was in charge! Saying goodbye to your fur baby is never easy. Run free over rainbow bridge Wilma. Love to your dads. 💖

    So sorry to hear Michael! They become part of your family, thankfully she went over the rainbow with love ❤️

    So sorry Michael and Jason, the loss of any fur baby is greatly felt by we humans.

    They leave paw prints on our hearts ❤️ I’m so,so sorry for your loss 🐾

    R.I.P. dear little fur baby ✨ Big hugs 🤗 for your humans ❤️

    So sorry to hear the news, sending you hugs and love ❤️

    Never a good thing. To go through big hugs

    Never easy to say goodbye they just don’t live long enough with the love they give 🙏🏻❤️rip in peace little one 🐾🐾🐾

    Four paw goodbyes are always the hardest 🐾 Sorry for your loss.

    So sorry for your loss Michael never easy to say goodbye to a family member.

    Sad to read this. Loosing fur babes is the pits. Hugs 🤗

    Sending love and hugs to you both. 😢😢😢😘😘😘

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Sending you and Jason hugs during this difficult time. ♥️♥️

    Farewell Wilma You’ve had a wonderful life in PD. ❤️❤️

    So sorry to hear this. Thinking of you both xx

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    3 months ago

    Looking forward to being the special guest compare on Douglas FM this Thursday from 9 to 12 talking everything musical theatre with Paul including My Fair Lady starting at the Clink this week… tune in to listen to some good banter, wonderful music and find out who my special guest interview is with…
    #PortDouglas
    #douglasshire
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    Looking forward to being the special guest compare on Douglas FM this Thursday from 9 to 12 talking everything musical theatre with Paul including My Fair Lady starting at the Clink this week… tune in to listen to some good banter, wonderful music and find out who my special guest interview is with… 
#portdouglas
#douglasshire
#musicaltheatre
#communityradio

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    Is that your next vocation Mike? If so, you will be so good at it! Always seems to have been a passion for you. 🥰


    Get in touch

    Please feel free to reach out to me with your views on how Douglas should be moving forward from 2020 or any other concerns you may have.

      Phone
      0432 987 442