Sylvia Healy

Port Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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?

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