What is your history with Bundaberg?
I arrived in Bundaberg on the Queens Birthday 2006 with my wife and two boys finding a super community in Avoca where we spent 14 happy years until moving for a sea change to Bargara.
All of our family serve the community in one way or another as nurse, teacher, transport advisor and our dog, Jack, is a renowned lamp post inspector.
What is the best part about your job?
Being in charge of your own destiny.
After many years in the community development and mental health support industry I founded Open Door Support Services specialising in recovery coaching, suicide awareness and prevention and now being able to develop a locally focused men’s health charity to be launched later in the year.
There is no greater reward than to receive a smile or nod from someone who has achieved what they thought impossible and knowing that you were a small part of making that accomplishment happen.
What are your hobbies/interests?
Apart from being labelled a social butterfly with a penchant for any activities that include food and drink, I am an active Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak, chairperson of our local Headspace and Bundaberg Suicide Prevention Network and while not in a Rum Rucker committee meeting, I enjoy the occasional game of rugby union.
What stands out about the Bundaberg community?
I have always found the general community of Bundaberg to be one of the most generous that I have lived in.
Where is the best place in Bundy and why?
We are spoilt for best places in Bundaberg but I think the best place is anywhere I am laughing and sharing the company of my friends.
What is something people might not know about you?
My dream car is an Aston Martin DB5. Yes, I am a classic James Bond fan.
What do you want to see happen in Bundaberg in the future?
The future is for the young and I would encourage all young people to participate in discussion with council and developers to promote sustainable solution for a growing community including housing health and recreation.
Growth is inevitable but I would also like to see Bundy hold onto its historic culture while being a hub for regional performance and the arts.
If you could bring one thing to Bundaberg what would it be?
I do enjoy the occasional Dark and Stormy – Bundy Rum and Bundaberg ginger beer, so I think if we had a giant Bundy bear leaning on a giant Bundaberg Brewed drink bottle near the CQU on Childers Rd, welcoming people to our wonderful city,