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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

    • 20 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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    Christina Spehr from not-for-profit donation platform GIVIT has been in Mossman to meet with support services assisting people across Douglas Shire impacted by flooding from ex-TC Jasper, including students attending Mossman State High School.

    GIVIT has partnered with the Queensland Government to manage donations of essential goods and services through the Queensland Storms and Flooding Appeal.

    Individuals in the Douglas Shire who have been affected by this disaster, and need material support, should contact Mossman Support Services or the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre to access donations through GIVIT.

    Go to GIVIT.org.au to find out more.
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    Great opportunity to advocate for the rebuilding of Douglas Shire Council today with Senator Tony Sheldon Special Envoy Disaster Recovery..
    #douglasshire #rebuildbetter #CycloneJasper

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    Great opportunity to advocate for the rebuilding of Douglas Shire Council today with Senator Tony Sheldon Special Envoy Disaster Recovery..
#douglasshire #rebuildbetter #CycloneJasper

    The Douglas Rate Payer Association candidate public meeting. Very interesting sitting on the otherside listening to excited prospective councillors, much like I was at first, entering a realm that many don’t understand… taking on a position and not really knowing what the role and function of councillors are and the differences from what Council is legislated to do compared to the roles of State and Federal government.
    We need councillors that understand the legislative position of governance and the seperation of powers between advocacy (councillors) and operation (staff). It’s the future of Douglas that’s at stake, make wise choices based on facts not beliefs and opinions…
    #freshstart #choosewisely #douglasshire #governancecounts

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    The Douglas Rate Payer Association candidate public meeting. Very interesting sitting on the otherside listening to excited prospective councillors, much like I was at first, entering a realm that many don’t understand… taking on a position and not really knowing what the role and function of councillors are and the differences from what Council is legislated to do compared to the roles of State and Federal government. 
We need councillors that understand the legislative position of governance and the seperation of powers between advocacy (councillors) and operation (staff). It’s the future of Douglas that’s at stake, make wise choices based on facts not beliefs and opinions…
#freshstart #choosewisely #douglasshire #governancecounts


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    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.

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      0432 987 442