I’m originally from the Barossa Valley in SA and first came to the region about 12 years ago. I purchased land in Wonga Beach seven years ago and have lived in Port Douglas for the past 3 years. My daughter is studying Law and Business at JCU and my son is a Carpenter. I worked as a midwife in the local hospital in the Barossa, then through a serious of opportunities (and hard work) road the wave of success in the wine industry and at the peak of my career held a senior management position in a global wine and spirit company, with responsibilities across Australia and NZ. I’ve always tried to make a con- tribution to the community, mainly through a number of Boards and Statutory Bodies including, Deputy Chair Food, Tourism and Hospitality Skills Council, Board Director National Agrifood Skills Council, Deputy Member of the SA Skills and Training Commission and Director on the Barossa Hospital Board. I’ve now chosen a more ‘‘balanced’’ life and have a small consulting business and enjoy the great lifestyle this area has to offer. I bring energy, commitment and experience in community services, hospitality, tourism and small Councils often fail to meet expectations in regard to consultation and on the basics like roads, footpaths and planning. There’s no doubt the core priorities for council should be to manage roads, rates and rubbish but council should also have a clear plan for the future of the region that’s shared by all.
to big business. I don’t have any strong bias so I think I can bring a balanced view to important decisions. What are your priorities?