Your Local Left Team in Flynn

Matt Burnett

Phone 0437 086 401
Email mattb@gladstone.qld.gov.au

As one of your State Conference delegates for many years we have supported a number of changes to the Party Platform and ensured the views and voices of Regional Queenslanders are heard.

Together we have supported voluntary assisted dying, marriage equality and a strong partnership with trades unions.

Recently I contested the election for the Federal Seat of Flynn, and though I was not elected, I was able to gain a 4.8% swing to the ALP.

With your support, I would like to continue to represent the branch members across Flynn and regional Queensland at State Conference.


Shelly Hozheimer

Phone 0409 633 000
Email jcandmholzy@bigpond.com

I have been awarded a Delegate Recognition Award for Contribution to the Community and Life Membership to the Union by the LHMU, now United Workers Union. I was nominated for a Queensland Council of Unions Emma Miller Award by the LHMU in 2008 and was honoured to be a recipient. In 2021 I humbly accepted an Award in Recognition of Service to the Left.

I have been an active participant in many actions and celebrations of the Union movement and numerous election campaigns at all levels, most recently on the front line of the Flynn campaign. I have been employed in the Office of a Federal Member and a State Member of Parliament, and I am constantly driven by a passion for workers’ rights, equality and social justice for all.


Natalia Muszkat

Phone 0423 177 411
Email mznatalia@hotmail.com

I currently serve as an elected Councillor on the Gladstone Regional Council and have over 13 years experience working in the social services sector including managing and delivering services for diverse communities in the areas of employment, training, inclusion, and community development. I have two teenage sons.

I became a Queensland Labor member in 2013 when our party committed to a conscious vote on marriage equality. Shortly after, I joined the Port Curtis and Hinterland Branch in Gladstone, Central Queensland. I am currently the treasurer of my local branch, the president of the newly formed regional CQ Women’s Labor network, an executive member of Multicultural Labor and a member of the Rules Committee.

I was born in Argentina and migrated to Australia in 1999. I lived in Sydney for 8 years and since 2007, I call Tannum Sands (Central Queensland) home. I have a Bachelor in Workplace Health and Safety (with Distinction) and a Diploma in Business Governance.


Heather Richards

Phone 0424 439 332
Email heather.suzanne.richards@gmail.com

I first became a Labor member in 2013 whilst working for the NSWNMA. Now, I work as a mechanical engineer in Gladstone.

I’m president of the Port Curtis and Hinterland branch, convenor for CQ Rainbow Labor and secretary of the newly formed regional CQ Women’s Labor network. I ran a CQ Women’s Labor Network and CQ Rainbow Labor stall at the 2022 Gladstone Labor Day and spoke with many union women who are not currently members of the party but who were interested in organising to have a voice. I also talked to a lot of LGBTQIA+ people who felt alienated from the party. Being in a regional area has meant that people are not always aware of their rights or how to affirm them.

Labor has many achievements, and increasing awareness of them is a way I aim to grow Labor membership since we can not be effective without a membership that reflects the incredible diversity of Flynn and Central Queensland.

I am part of the organising committee of Rainbow on the Reef Ltd, a not-for-profit LGBTQIA+ charity that just ran the hugely successful Gladstone Pride Festival, the first pride festival in the region, over three days.


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