Julie McCrossin

Herald Sun - Property - - FRONT PAGE -

THE comedian, jour­nal­ist and MC is a woman of many pas­sions. The 62-year-old rose to promi­nence as the team cap­tain on Aus­tralian news quiz show in the late 1990s, and from 2000 to 2005 pre­sented the pop­u­lar pro­gram on ABC Ra­dio Na­tional.

In 2013, she was di­ag­nosed with stage-four throat can­cer and, af­ter her re­cov­ery, bought a prop­erty in Welling­ton, near Dubbo, NSW, with long-term part­ner Melissa Gib­son.

“We had friends that were liv­ing in the area al­ready and so it was about that sense of com­mu­nity,” McCrossin said. “As I get older, I hope to spend more time out there. It gives me a sense of space and na­ture.”

When she is not on the prop­erty, McCrossin shares a cot­tage with Ms Gib­son (whom she mar­ried in New York in 2014) in An­nan­dale, Syd­ney.

One of McCrossin’s pub­lic roles is Red Cross am­bas­sador, and she is en­thu­si­as­tic about the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s food-se­cu­rity pro­grams and ser­vices for young peo­ple, the home­less and the el­derly.

She is also an am­bas­sador for Tar­get­ing Can­cer, a not-for-profit cam­paign aim­ing to raise aware­ness of ra­dio­ther­apy as a safe and ef­fec­tive can­cer treat­ment.

“One of the big things about can­cer is the fear of re­cur­rence,” she said. “I deal with that in a few ways, one of which has been to see a psy­chi­a­trist; and ex­er­cise is very im­por­tant, too.”

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