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.

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