THE SUNSHINE COAST’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE
60 THE managing director of Ray White Commercial North Coast Central, Michael has a history of establishing manufacturing and produce-oriented businesses that were pioneers before returning to the Coast from Melbourne to pursue his passion for smart development and property investment. He has since been active in the community and elected president of the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and the Combined Chambers Alliance Sunshine Coast. Michael is currently chairman of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal on the Coast. 50 AS a 16-year-old, Grant won both the Australian Junior and Open Iron Man Championship on the same day and went onto a stellar career in life saving competition, winning another three Australian Open Ironman titles. He later competed in kayaking at two Olympics, winning a bronze medal at Los Angeles. In 1986 Grant received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to sport. He has received the Australian Sports Medal and the Centenary Medal, both for his services to the sport and business, and has been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. 59 MAYOR of Noosa Shire prior to its amalgamation into a regional council, Noel was one of the main architects of Noosa's overwhelming vote for de-amalgamation and was subsequently re-elected Noosa Mayor. He retired at the last council election but is still a powerbroker in the Noosa region and a long-time supporter of the Noosa Parks Association. A former president of the Local Government Association of Queensland, Noel was last year appointed to a panel reviewing how complaints about Queensland’s mayors and councillors are managed. 49 A COMMITTED environmentalist, Narelle has the liaison and advocacy roles with the Sunshine Coast Environment Council – the region’s peak environmental advocacy group. In that role, she engages with more than 60 community groups working on environmental protection and policy, conservation, natural resource management and sustainability. SCEC’s membership collectively represents more than 10,000 people and it actively campaigns on a range of topics, including the health of local waterways and plans to expand Sunshine Coast Airport. 58 WITH her husband Vic, Jocelyn created the iconic Moby Vic’s Roadhouse on the highway in the early 1970s. Following his death, she created the annual Vic Walker Memorial Scholarship to allow an Immanuel Lutheran College graduate to attend the University of the Sunshine Coast. Jocelyn has been a member of the University of the Sunshine Coast Foundation Board for 20 years and in 2011 was awarded an Honorary Senior Fellowship in recognition of her sustained contribution to business, education excellence and philanthropy. 48 IN 1993, Roz and husband Michael bought a small convenience store. Today they own four IGA stores employing scores of staff. Roz is vice-president of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network and a director with Montrose Therapy and Respite Services. In the past year, White’s IGA has dispersed $100,000 to the community through donations and sponsorships. In 2015 Roz was named the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Outstanding Business Woman of the Year and was also honoured in the IGA National Retail Excellence Awards. 57 NOW parish priest of Stella Maris Catholic Church in Maroochydore, as a young priest in the 1980s Fr Joe had an unlikely career as a talkback radio host in Brisbane during the 1980s. Today he is an outspoken advocate of the Sunshine Coast community opening its arms to refugees fleeing Syria and other troubled countries. He has also publicly supported the Muslim community’s plans to build a mosque next door to his Maroochydore church, despite the plan being strongly condemned by a small section of the community. 47 AS Director of the Economic Development and Major Projects at Sunshine Coast Council, Greg’s focus is on the continued economic development of the region. He is responsible for council’s commercial entities and its internal and external communications and is playing a lead role in delivering major projects including the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion, the new Maroochydore City Centre, the $5 billion health precinct at Kawana, the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm and the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Submarine Cable. 56 BORN and raised in Maroochydore, James is the founder and creative director of Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival, which each year injects millions into the economy. As well as being a member of Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board, James is a former president (now vice-president) of the Maroochy Revitalisation Association which he helped found to develop the Maroochydore CBD and establish the Ocean St precinct as the arts and culture heart of the Coast. The association also runs the annual Ocean St World Festival. 46 NOW principal of six Ray White real estate businesses on the Coast, Brett began with just two offices in 1999. He has introduced equity partners into the six offices which now employ more than 100 staff and, as a network, sell an average of 70 properties per month and manage nearly 2000 investment properties worth $760 million. Brett has been Sunshine Coast zone chairman of the Real Estate Industry Queensland, vice-president of Bloomhill Cancer Help Centre and a contributor to many local charities and community groups.