I served 14 years on Beaudesert Shire Council from 1994-2008. During this time, I have worked to provide improvements while retaining the rural residential characteristics of the area. Some of the projects that occurred were the new Geoff Philp bridge linking Logan Village to Chambers Flat, developing the Community Centre at Logan Village (including retaining and relocating the historical buildings) and assisting with building the Clubhouse for the RSL/LV Riding Club and Logan Village Soccer Club. With Carol Flanaghan, I was responsible for bringing the Bendigo Community Bank to Logan Village. I helped set up the Steering Committee, undertook the Due Diligence for establishment of the bank and served as Vice President for several years. I also undertook coordination of the local ‘Clean up Australia Day’. On Council, I served as the Chair of several committees, including Finance and Community Services.
I was unsuccessful in contesting the 2008 council elections when Beaudesert Shire was amalgamated with Logan. After this, I worked for YFS (Youth and Family Services) in Logan Central and helped establish the Helping Out Families program at Beenleigh/Nerang for The Benevolent Society. I also served two terms as the President of the Logan Village Falcons, organising the club’s transition from a soccer club to an All Sports club, including soccer, tennis, darts and netball.
In 2012, I recontested Division 4 and was elected to Logan City Council. Having campaigned on “Roads and Community”, I was thrilled to be nominated for the Chair of Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee of Council. As Chair, I’ve overseen a huge increase in expenditure and several major road upgrades. I also designed the concept for the GRASS (Gravel Roads and Shoulder Sealing) program, which has widens and seals rural roads most in need of repair.
I have maintained my involvement in community groups from the old Beaudesert Shire, and also become involved with groups in the Beenleigh, Mt Warren Park and Windaroo communities. I have a busy schedule with a large area of constituents. There has been a huge growth in Division 4 and boundaries have needed to change for the 2016 elections.
My wife Nola and I have lived in Jimboomba for nearly 30 years. Both our children attended Logan Village State School and Canterbury College, studied further and now live in Brisbane.