I was born in Narrabri, NSW & also spent many years in Brisbane and Ipswich and now own a home in Beerwah. I spent a good part of my childhood in Queensland, attending Maroochydore Primary School for a short time.
After a few years with the NSW Sheriff’s Office, I worked predominantly in Retail Management & Sales Executive roles, and then as a management contractor. After suffering a workplace injury that took years of rehabilitation, I ran my own businesses.
I worked in roadworks and traffic control when I re-entered the workforce after having my first child, and I now have 2 children, 2 step-children and my first granddaughter was born in February 2016.
I am aware of the many issues facing regional Australia, and currently volunteer my time as a member of Glasshouse LINC, focussing on mental health and suicide prevention. I’m a registered advocate for White Ribbon Australia and a member of the Bravehearts foundation.
I have studied a range of topics over the years, including retail management, natural therapies, and my current studies in Community Services - Case Management. And through extensive lived experience and many years of research, I’m a passionate advocate for Family Law reform, Child Safety reform, Judicial reform, violent and sexual offender sentencing reform, the implementation of a Federal ICAC, and addressing the serious issues of affordable housing, aged care, regional development, publicly owned services and infrastructure and liveable wage employment – essentially building a strong, prosperous future for everyone, not just for the few, at the expense of the many.
For balance, I enjoy swimming, reading, going to the gym, and hiking and trail walking the amazing locations we have available to us in the Glass House Mountains / Blackall Range. Helping my children to explore new places, discover new things and foster new interests, is one of my greatest joys.
I am only too familiar with the many struggles that survivors of Domestic Violence, those with disabilities, families and children, face within our failing social welfare, child protection, Family Law and legal systems - I strongly believe that Family Law reform, violent and sexual offender sentencing reform, child safety reform, affordable housing and emergency accommodation, funding for Domestic Violence front line services, work visas, and regional development - incorporating long term sustainable water management, renewable energy development, efficient internet services, transport upgrades & foreign ownership, are some of the biggest issues facing Australia today, and that in addressing those issues, we will be addressing, what has become an unemployment, poverty and mental health crisis in this country.
We need to get our people back to work and feeling safe and valued. We need to rebuild our communities – and our sense of community.
New industries need to be established to help rebuild our country, and our workforce. There is abundant opportunity to open up development of renewable energy, and sustainable crops like hemp and bamboo – providing a basis for new manufacturing opportunity in edibles, flooring, gardening & landscaping, building products, furniture and superior textiles.
Best practice facilities for aged care, DV support, mental health and rehabilitation, are also opportunities for opening up not just development and employment opportunity, but also to address the gaping holes in service provision, and a source of great public expense. For example, data indicates that Domestic and Family Violence costs the Australian economy well over $20 billion annually.
Affordable housing is a fundamental need, as is a liveable wage.
In the Glass House region, in addition to the new industry opportunity outlined above, we need road and rail upgrades. Everybody is aware of the much needed, and too long awaited, rail duplication.
We also need to complete the 4 laning of Steve Irwin Way, upgrade the Steve Irwin Way & Beerburrum Road intersection, and parts of the Maleny-Kenilworth Road.
Maleny needs a family-orientated park and interactive play space, and Upper Caboolture is need of playground facilities, picnic facilities and public toilets – most likely in the vacant Newton Park space.
NBN/internet services really couldn’t be much worse in the Hinterland than they currently are – pressure needs to be brought to bear on the federal government to improve these services. Regional areas, and the families and businesses within our communities, are just as important as those in city areas, and our communities deserve the same opportunities. The same services. The same access to education and entertainment.
Mooloolah needs its own police station, and additional street lighting to help the combat the rapidly growing crime and drug problem, as a result of its position on the rail corridor.
And Beerwah, Glass House, Peachester, Landsborough, are in need of a centralised community hub to help facilitate community services and programs, and provide space for business, theatre, cinema and art. A space that can be utilised for both business and entertainment purposes, aiding in providing employment and training opportunities, and an opportunity to showcase and promote the many talented artists we have throughout the hinterland region, while encouraging the members of our communities to spend more locally and help boost local businesses by obtaining more of their needs closer to home – eliminating some of the need to travel to the bigger centres where they would otherwise spend their time and money.
We cannot move forward without a vision for the future, and the one thing that our state and federal politicians no longer have, is a vision for the communities they represent.
Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah
All Sunshine Coast business records, articles, events, specials etc... onsite are correct as per information provided at time of uploading, please always verify times or dates directly with the venues to avoid disappointment.
This property has been added to your save list now.
Don't have registration yet ? "Create Account"
If you have lost / forgotten your password click: "Lost Password"
NOTE: This login is to manage your real estate alerts/preferences and not to register your business details for the directory. To submit Sunshine Coast Business data please visit here.