Recent achievements and work history.

The Sunshine Coast Arts Convention Exhibition and Entertainment  Centre (ACEis identified as one of Councils TOP priorities in seeking State and Federal Government funding in the lead up to the 2032 Olympics

Preparing for the economic emergence from Covid 19 crisis brings an urgent review of what is required to underpin and drive a successful well-rounded economy on the Sunshine Coast. I believe a region bought together by the long-awaited Arts, Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Centre events will reinvigorate community sense of pride and well-being and be the economic driver we desperately need.

This long overdue and much needed facility must commence construction on the 3.5 hectares set aside in our city heart.  This will revive and sustain the regions small business, tourism, sport, arts, culture, agricultural and rural cottage industries in creating the much needed jobs on which our communities depend for their livelihood.

This magnificent project is long overdue. As the 9th largest city in Australia and the largest region in Queensland  it is a disgrace when every other region currently reaps the benefits that flourish from this important community and commercial infrastructure.

During my time as Mayor and Community leadership roles in Maroochy and the Sunshine Coast I

  • secured the funding for the Southern Access Road which I named, the Maroochy Boulevard; 
  • oversaw the transition for the Sunshine Coast Airport to make profits instead of losses for the ratepayers; 
  • introduced the first direct Virgin flights 
  • trialled the first direct International Air New Zealand flights to Sunshine the Coast; 
  • upgraded of Plaza Parade Maroochydore.
  • won the national golfing PGA tournament to be hosted at (the then) Hyatt regency Coolum.
  • contributed to the funding of  Innovation Centre at USC;(creative business incubator)
  • upgraded the Caloundra/Maroochy water supply;
  • introduced a regional platform for animal and pet management laws.
  • constructed the scenic Coolum Boardwalk;
  • introduced and enforced environmental degradation laws;
  • moved Council introduce a green levy to secure open space and wildlife corridors for now and future generations. ( Following week Alan Kurlin moved motion gaining approval)
  • developed many regional sporting facilities, 
  • fought Council to withhold closure of the Sunshine Coast Animal refuge (now considered the one  of the best in Australia);
  • hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM);
  • hosted the Olympic Games 2000 torch relay as it passed through the Sunshine Coast on its way north;
  • negotiated the funding for the USC Tartan track.
  • fought to introduce seven day trading for the Sunshine Coast creating extra jobs and services.
  • our Council was the first to submit our strategic plan to the State Government under the Integrated Planning Act.
  • Achieved the highest rating in Queensland for customer service and best run Council meetings.
  • AAA rating on financial performance.
  • Reduced the debt by $40 million.
  • and much much more !

Awards and public recognition 

  • Order of Australia Medal (OAM) (1994) for contribution to community and education 
  • Australia Day Award (1996) for contribution to youth employment, education and training 
  • Patron and life member of the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge
  • Listed in the National Hall of Fame - Tapestry of women leading in Australia (2002)
  • Sunshine Coast Businesses Woman of the Year (1999) for corporate governance 
  • Honorary Senior Fellow - University of the Sunshine Coast (1996)
  • Listed in the BHP book of excellence for Woman Making Their Mark (1986)

  • Sunshine Coast Woman of Achievement (1984)

  • Sunshine Coast nomination for the Outstanding Young Australian (1984)

Executive roles held 

  • President- Sunshine Coast Arts Convention Exhibition and  Entertainment Assoc. Inc(1997-present) 
  • Mayor of Queensland largest Regional Council, Maroochy Shire (2000-2004)

  • Member of Local Government (Maroochy Shire Council) (1997-2004)

  • Chair- Sunshine Coast Higher Education Committee ( 1991-1997) 

  • Chair/coordinator- World Expo 88 Communities of Australia Pavilion (1988)

  • Chair- Sunshine Coast University Association (1986-1998)

  • Executive Director - Greater Brisbane Tourism and Development Association (1986-1989)

  • Founding Chair- Sunshine Coast Economic Development Board (1986)

  • Chair- Sunshine Coast International Year of the Handicapped Committee (1985)

  • Chair- Sunshine Coast Group Training Company (1985-2022)

  • Chair- Sunshine Coast Regional Development Assoc.( 1984-1994)

  • Chair- Sunshine Coast Group Training Company (1984-2002) 

  • Chair/Manager- Sunshine Coast Tourism and Development Board.( 1984-1987)

  • Chair- SC International Year of the Child Committee. (1984)

  • Manager/coordinator TAFE Skills for living and working program. (1981-1985)

  • Chair- Sunshine Coast Advancement Network (1979-1986)

  • Chair- Sunshine Coast Technical and Further Education Committee TAFE. (1979-1987)

  • TAFE Adult Education Officer (1977-1982)

  • Owner operator Sunshine Coast Motel for seven years 1970's