I am a life-long resident of Brisbane’s North-West. Married to Gayle for 35 years, we have raised our four children in the district. Gayle and I are also the proud grandparents of Lucille and Sylvie.
Of course, that makes me passionate about making Everton the most liveable area in Queensland. I believe the family is the cornerstone of our community. I am committed to providing support and assistance because it is through strengthening families that the value of every person can be promoted.
An Active Community Member
Before coming into parliament, I was the CEO of Australia’s fastest growing youth and children’s organisation where I oversaw the massive growth of the nationally acclaimed school chaplaincy program.
I have also enjoyed a 20-year career as a leading NRL referee, and am proud to have been awarded International Referee of the year and Queensland Father of the Year in 2005.
Our communities are our heartland. Whether a sporting club, not-for-profit group, church or neighbourhood watch, I work closely with all Everton’s community groups. I am the patron of numerous local clubs including West Arana Leagues Club, Hills Players Theatre Group, and Waratah Softball Club.
My lifelong commitment is to ensure that children have every opportunity to reach their full potential. We have 17 great local schools and lots of fantastic kindergartens in Everton and I support and attend events at all of them as often as possible. It is an honour to work with the dedicated teachers, staff and P&Cs in Everton.
Listening to Locals
I conduct mobile offices on roadsides and in shopping centres and regularly meet with local residents in my office. The feedback I hear most is that the cost of living pressures, community safety and sustainable development are your main concerns.
Getting the balance right with growth and development without forfeiting our environment is a priority for me. Governments need to be sure they are placing the right infrastructure in the right places and making our roads safe and less congested for the daily commute.