Born: Devonport, 3rd October1960. Age: 55
Marital status: Married to Susanne
Children: Rachel & granddaughter Ilse; Alexander with granddaughter Edie
Pets: George, a German short haired pointer
Occupation: Mayor, City of Devonport
Past Restaurateur, Three Amigos on King, 24 King Street, Devonport.
Previous Owner/operator Valley Road Newsagency, Devonport.
Previous Volunteer Fireman of the Devonport Fire Brigade - 32 years.
Mentor, Enormity Inc. - “Concepts of Great Wickedness” - a community based teenage committee - 20 years.
Justice of the Peace.
Chairman, Mersey Community Hospital Support Group - 13 years.
Past Board member Volunteering Tasmania 2005 - 2007. Did not seek re-election for 2008.
Assisting young people reach their full potential.
Realising worthy ideas and seeing them through to creation.
Sport, especially Australian Rules and basketball. Played premierships with Devonport, Spreyton & Wesley Vale Football Clubs as well as numerous basketball premierships in local & coastal rosters, state tournaments, state & interstate championships.
Past playing member “Legends” basketball team, B grades men – Devonport until season 2008.
1994 - Nation Service Medal for 15 years volunteer service with Devonport Fire Brigade. Presented with “bar” for 25 years service.
1994 - Founder of Devonport based, not for profit, independent teenage committee “The Solution Inc.”.
1995 - Founder of sister teenage committee - “Enormity Inc – Concepts of Great Wickedness” - in Ulverstone.
2001 - International Volunteer of the Year, “Local Hero Award”.
2001 - Life Member – Enormity Inc.
2002 - Tasmania Day Community Service Award – Steve Martin.
2003 - recipient of Centenary Medallion for community service and work with young people.
2003 - recipient of Tasmanian Fire Service Volunteer Medal for service beyond call.
2004 - Tasmanian Finalist,Australian of the Year.
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Formed the Mersey Community Hospital Support Group in an effort to regain services and staffing levels to the Mersey Community Hospital. Represented the community at large tackling the Tasmanian Government and the Health Corporation Healthscope.
Member of Devonport Fire Brigade for past 40 years. Held position of 2nd Officer for three years, during which time awarded “Most Efficient Volunteer Tasmanian Brigade” on two occasions.
Tasmanian Fire Service Charity Run – past 17 years, Devonport Coordinator for 5 years. Run has raised over $300,000 for worthy charities.
Organised and conducted men’s basketball summer social rosters 1981 – ’83.
Senior Commissioner Devonport Basketball Commission 1998.
President Devonport Basketball Commission 1999 – 2000.
1995 Organised & conducted “Rock the Dock” charity concert on wharf area adjacent to TT Line dock.
Founder and coordinator “The Charity Golf Day” previously played in Ulverstone. Event has raised over $32,000 for worthy charities such as "Make a Wish", Guide Dogs, Heart Foundation, Royal Flying Doctors and recently Cancer Council of Tasmania. Event in 13th year with last three years funds channelled towards Enormity and their activities.
Guest speaker State Rotary Conference 3/6/00.
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2004 Young Achiever Awards (Tasmania) semi finalists in Regional Initiative and Community Service.
Young Australian of the Year Awards, Community Service category reaching semifinals in 1999, 2000 & 2001.
2001 Tasmania Day Community Service Award.
1998 Central Coast Council Australia Day Youth Award.
2001 Central Coast Council Australia Day Community Events Award.
1996 commenced public appeal for winter coats for homeless and needy. Event grew to a national level raising over 55,000 coats including John Howard, Tony & Caroline Rundle, Jim Bacon, Sue Smith, Killing Hiedi, Kevin Sheedy, Sid Sidebottom, Amanda Vanstone, Tim Fischer, Paula Wriedt, Brenton Best, Elle McPherson, Jai Taurema, Jon Anderson & Larry Anderson. Group visited New Zealand in 2004 initiating the appeal there.
Currently appeal has topped the 75,000 items collected including Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard & Tony Abbott.
National “Certificate of Appreciation” from Salvation Army for community service – “winter coat appeal.
“Certificates of Appreciation” received from Royal Flying Doctors, Make a Wish, Guide Dogs, Camp Quality, Nixon Street Primary School, Heart Foundation & CanTeen.
2002 National “Can Do Community Award” – Tasmania.
2002 organised & conducted “Rock the Coast” National Youth Week concert featuring Jebediah and some of Tasmania’s finest bands.
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