People, place and partnerships -

these words describe what I’m all about

My roots run deep here in the South Burnett, this is where I went to school, where I earned my first pay cheque, where my children were born and where I have learned firsthand the value of building something from nothing.

 

I have worked from one end of this region to the other, from a business administration trainee at Nanango State School in 2005, to driving our tractor around our family farms.

 

My father tells me I have always been determined, always pushing and challenging myself. 

 

At nineteen, my now-husband and I built our first home, doing what we could to save money by working together, laying flooring, building retaining walls, concreting and alike.

 

At twenty-one, I googled how to write a business plan, and began negotiating with the bank manager to buy our first second-hand rig, and enable my husband and his brother to do what they love, and start our family owned drilling business.   

 

By my late twenties, I had my two gorgeous kids and my husband and I, with my brother in-law Evan and his wife Tamara, were excited to invest in our love of agriculture, purchasing 300 acres in Tingoora, and by my thirties, cropping country in Kingaroy.

My family and I are completely invested in the region, it’s where we want to be, to live and to work and to raise our children.  There are challenges for the South Burnett and its residents, but I also see so many opportunities to build on what we have and thrive. 

I’ve worked in local government, community organisations and most recently for Stanwell at Tarong power stations and Meandu Mine as Community Relations Advisor.  My experience across the South Burnett means I’ve been able to work with and learn from people from every walk of life – leaders, community workers, farmers, business owners, mentors, volunteers and co-workers.

 

I’ve been in a position where I’ve been able to influence change and deliver quality of life outcomes through my work.  I love where I live, and I want our community to thrive and grow so families like mine and yours can continue to live here, knowing the South Burnett has a bright future ahead.

 

During my lifetime I have sat at many tables with those who live in the region and those who have since moved away for study, family or work. I want those people to stay, or come back and share with others, what our region has to offer.

 

I believe that when you’re passionate about something, when you feel it in your gut, you must act on it and no matter what, do what is right, over what might be fun, fast or easy. I’m not one to sit on the sidelines and while I like to start small, I always think big.

 

I’m not afraid of hard work and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead. I’ll be out and about in the community to find out what issues are important to residents of the region, but especially residents of Division 4.  I’m looking forward to meeting you.

  My resumé at a glance  

 
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