Your Local Left Team in Hinkler

Tom Smith

Phone 0421 846 490

As the recently elected member for Bundaberg, I would love to represent our community at State Conference to continue fighting for what matters to Labor regional Queenslanders and branch members.

Before being elected as the member for Bundaberg, I was a local high school teacher at Kepnock State High School. I am an avid supporter and member of the Queensland Teachers Union and United Workers Union.

I have fought hard for our community and care deeply about local jobs, health and education funding. Recently securing $1.2 billion to build a state-of-the-art hospital in Bundaberg that will deliver 121 new beds for our growing community.

If elected your State Conference delegate, I will continue to fight for our region and make sure that regional Labor voices are represented.

Mary Jay

Phone 0408 612 538

I am a proud retired Nurse, Mother & Grandmother. My husband & I relocated to Bundaberg from NSW in 2020.

My career began as a Trainee Nurse in Wollongong Hospital before starting a family. I returned to the workplace in Aged-care before undertaking further Nursing training and continuing in Operating Theatre as an Anaesthetic Nurse in a private hospital. Later I joined my husband in running our home-based hospitality business.

Although a relatively new Labor member I was actively involved in branch activities in the 2022 Federal campaigns in Hinkler & Flynn plus the by-election in Callide.

My passions have always involved the care of vulnerable, the aged & disadvantaged communities. I was aghast at the treatment of the Nadesalingham family in Biloela by the Federal LNP Govt. I was delighted when the Albanese Labor government showed them a humane outcome they always deserved. My recent visit to the Multicultural Festival in Biloela showed me that Australian communities can offer to indigenous & refugee people.

Richard Pascoe

Phone 0428 770 084

Bundaberg has been my hometown for the past 22 years. My wife Theresa and I have raised our 4 children in Bundaberg. I commenced my teaching career in Bundaberg in 2000, before moving to my current role in 2006 as an Organiser for the Independent Education Union.

I enjoy working with people and seeing our community grow stronger through all working together for the betterment of our area. That is why I have been heavily involved with the many union activities in Bundaberg and coordinate the Bundaberg Labour Day march every year.

Having run as your ALP candidate for Hinkler in 2019 gave me an insight into the many issues that range from Hervey Bay through to Bundaberg.

Having been the FEC Secretary and also a State Conference delegate for Hinkler over the past 4 years, I know the importance of having a strong local voice, and progressing the important issues of the members of Hinkler.

We need to have policies and decisions made that strengthen and support our local community through the creation of jobs, training opportunities for our youth and access to affordable healthcare and services.

Faye Wilkes-Johnson

Phone 0417 156 144

My name is Faye Wilkes-Johnson. I am a 75 years old retiree. I have lived in Howard Qld for 16 years. I am a member of Burrum Branch of ALP. I currently hold the position of President and previously held the position of treasurer of the Branch. I am the Coordinator of Fraser Coast Labor Women and have a keen interest in issues relating to women.

I am a retired Social Worker with a strong interest in social justice. I worked in Disability, Child Protection and Foster Care. I have been a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) for 20 years working with families in need. I currently hold the position of treasurer with my local SVDP conference. I served as treasurer of Burrum District Garden Club for 5 years stepping down at the AGM in March 2022.

Policy issues that concern me are homelessness, social justice, indigenous issues, cashless debit card, family and neighbourhood violence, child protection, and workers’ rights.

If elected as a delegate for Hinkler, I will listen and more importantly report back to members about issues raised at Conferences.

Cheryl Dorron

Phone 0409 526 141

I joined the ALP in 1991 through my active involvement with the Queensland Nurses & Midwives Union and have been awarded Life Membership of both these organisations.

I am a founding member of the Bundaberg & Coral Coast Branch and over time have held pretty much every position; President, Secretary, Vice President of the Branch, SEC, FEC; State and National Delegate; Candidate for Hinkler and rabid helper of campaigns. The ongoing challenge is encouraging and mentoring others to take positions.

Prior to retirement I worked as an Enrolled Nurse in Aged Care (43 years) and experienced first hand the demise in standards brought on by John Howard’s 1997 Aged Care Act. I continue to be an advocate for both the residents and staff in Aged Care Facilities.

Social Justice is important to me. Volunteering at a community kitchen is a lesson that unmet basic needs, poverty and a decline in mental health can hit anyone at any time.

I firmly believe in the adage “The world is run by those who turn up” and that each of us has the ability and responsibility to pursue our beliefs, our values, and instigate change for the better.

Graeme Jay

Phone 0438 450 575

Now retired, I began my career in the steel industry as a shift chemist before obtaining a BSc while working in radioactive waste management & later as a small hospitality business owner/operator

I was a CPSU member & later workplace delegate in a federal organisation.

Although a relatively new Labor member I was actively involved in most branch activities in the 2022 Federal campaigns in Hinkler & Flynn plus the by-election in Callide.

My political/community interests & passions revolve around moral fairness particularly relating to minorities, disadvantaged youth & indigenous peoples. I am interested in Australian acceptance, protection & community inclusion of asylum seekers & Sth Pacific workers in our regional towns.

Terina Lawrence-Berne

Phone 0408 722 551

I am the Secretary of Fraser Coast Labor Women and an active member within the Hervey Bay Branch.

My interest in the Labor Party was sparked in the 1990’s when studying politics at James Cook University under historian Henry Reynolds.

Graduating with an Honours degree in Psychology, I went on to work in disability services and children’s services before achieving a Masters degree in Criminology.

My interest in women in the criminal justice system led to a position at Adelaide’s Women’s Prison.

I later took up a position within the Commonwealth Attorney General’s portfolio. To build on my career as an analyst and investigator she gained a Graduate Certificate in Terrorism, Safety and Security as well as a Graduate Certificate in Education.

Using my experience in counter-terrorism, I undertook secondments to the Office of National Assessment and to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

I moved to Hervey Bay in 2015, initially running a small business, eventually, I accepted a position as Fraser Coast Regional Council’s complaint investigator.

This position provided me with a unique perspective of the issues important to local residents.

I am is happily married to Anthony, a Palawa man and retired veteran.

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