Robert Hanan Port Douglas
I moved from Sydney to Whyanbeel in 2004 with my wife of 30 years Gail Shaw. I grew up in Melbourne and studied agricultural science and psychology at UNE. I travelled extensively in the following years in Europe and North Africa.
I have worked in adolescent care programs for disadvantaged kids in London, in IT as an organisation and methods analyst/programmer for the multi-national computer manufacturer NCR Corp and then as a teacher in Rome and Beirut. I have Dip TEFL from the Accademia Britannica in Rome where I also worked in community theatre.
In 1984 I joined my wife’s corporate communications company in Sydney and for the next 20 years acted as a consultant.
For four years I was a board member of Darling House Aged Care, Sydney, a community-run aged care facility.
During my time in Douglas I have been vice president of LIPS, president of the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group, member of the Douglas Advisory Board and a member of the Douglas Water Reference Group.
In 2011, I was appointed by GBRMPA as chair of the Douglas Local Marine Advisory Committee. I have also worked on various projects with Terrain NRM and am currently involved in a project with Jabalbina Corporation. As a founding member of FODS I have been on its steering committee and acted as a spokesperson for the past six years.