Vote One Greg

ABOUT

GREG

For over 47 years my wife Denise has journeyed with me through our life’s adventures, including raising our three children. We now relish our role as grandparents to four.

About Me

Leadership, Business & Community Engagement

Born and bred in the Scenic Rim, I returned home to the Fassifern Valley in 2011 after more than 30 years working in business leadership and improvement experience across Australia. My career has included more than 15 years in executive roles across agribusiness, mining, manufacturing, and fast moving consumer goods, and I am now a self employed Business and Executive Coach.

My related activity has included  Membership of Industry Training Boards and Community Development Alliances, Directorships of a Superannuation Fund and an Agribusiness, and Secondment as Director for the Office of Manufacturing in South Australia. These have been based on my proven skills to deliver change by:

I believe in strong communities, and it has always been important to me to be an active part of my community wherever I have lived. Across the years this has included a variety of roles such as secretary and treasurer of School P&C’s, Coach and Director of Coaching for soccer clubs, Church Elder, youth mentor, RFS volunteer, and Board Member for prison chaplaincy. 

For over 47 years my wife Denise has journeyed with me through our life’s adventures, including raising our three children. We now relish our role as grandparents to four.

If you’d like to know more about my professional history, please visit my Linkedin page.

Biography

Education & Experience

My career has included more than 15 years in executive roles across agribusiness, mining, manufacturing, and fast moving consumer goods, and I am now a self employed Business and Executive Coach.

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Experience

2013

Current Executive Officer at StepUp QLD

2016

Current Mayor for Scenic Rim Regional Council

Education

1992

Associate Diploma in Business from the University of South Australia

2004

Master of Business Administration (International Management) from Southern Cross University

Preserving Our Community

A Commitment to Strong Leadership and the Future of Scenic Rim

Our Scenic Rim is a unique place with its spectacular and varied environmental settings, its incredible productivity and its diverse and unique communities. The Community Plan rightly identifies an exciting and strong future path for our region that demands the very best leadership focus to bring it to life. With 5 generations of family involvement in this region, I am committed to bringing that Strong Leadership to ensure that together we can Keep Scenic Rim Strong.

  • Strong & Principled Leadership
  • Fostering Local Job Growth
  • Investing In Infrastructure
  • Protecting Our Environment


Providing Strong & Principled Leadership

Leadership requires more than just seeking short-term popularity or providing simplistic solutions. I believe leadership requires strength of character and commitment to the long-term aspirations of the Community Plan. This means we achieve the right focus and not become captive to short-term issues. I have held that strategic long-term focus every day of my service – it is visible in the success of the Regional Prosperity Strategy and the suite of supporting roadmaps like the Agribusiness and Agritourism Roadmap. 

It’s also visible through:


I will:

  • Maintain the long term focus and commitment to finish what I start. 
  • Model every day the behaviours we aspire to for our communities like respect and contributing to the greater good
  • Invest the effort in understanding and upholding the intent and function of Local Government legislation.
  • Ensure integrity is the cornerstone of unity in the way we work as a Council.
  • Promote and advocate on behalf of the region to State and Federal Governments, Independent Agencies, Business and Community groups to attract investment and opportunity for our communities
  • Provide strong leadership oversight to the Council CEO to ensure the Council organisation continues to provide strong services, continuous improvement and ethical behaviour.


A strong village has good local employment with strong multi-generational opportunities so people truly can work where they live, and have time to be part of their families and their communities. At present, 40% of our region’s working-age population commute out of the region each day for work and most of our children also have to join this exodus for their future employment because we do not have rich and diverse opportunities locally. When people commute for work it adds at least $50 - $80 per week to their cost of living; it takes them away from their families for sometimes 2 extra hours each day; and often there are no other family generations close to support the family through that time. We can change this, save families on their cost of living, and bring more family time back each day, freeing time to be part of the community.

I will:

  • Ensure Council continues to progress the Action Plans that bring the Regional Prosperity Strategy to life
  • Continue to promote our region as the best place to bring new business to life 
  • Support our existing primary producers to build stronger businesses with a 3-year plan
  • Support our tourism and visitor sector as they bring new ideas and new jobs to life
  • Work with Trade and Investment Qld to bring new businesses and industries into the Bromelton State Development Area and our new Beaudesert Enterprise Precinct
  • Advocate the development of Circular Economy and Advanced Manufacturing industries as local prospects for diverse and interesting careers  
  • Advocate to bring TAFE to be present in the region, providing direct access not just for our school based apprentices, but also for others in our community to build new skills for emerging opportunities.
  • Continue to fight for the infrastructure upgrades we need to support expanding our employment markets
  • Continue to engage in close conversations with our business and school communities to promote strong pathways for employment.


Investing in Infrastructure and Services to Improve our Liveability and Support Engaged Communities

I believe communities need safe and relevant places to come together to play, relax and spend time with family. Since 2016 I have celebrated the upgrade of our various playgrounds across the region which has delivered interesting modern play spaces for all abilities children. It has also been a joy to commence the series of town centre renewal projects under the Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages (VATV) Program. Commencing with Tamborine Mountain Main St precinct, followed by Boonah High Street and now under way on Beaudesert Town Centre, these efforts are creating places that people enjoy spending time together in. I also believe that widespread sports participation is a great way to keep our youth and adults interacting as one healthy community.

I will:

  • Continue to push forward with the next VATV programs for Canungra and Kalbar when funding permits
  • Continue to support further investment in modernising our sporting fields and facilities, with more good quality lighting to improve participation opportunities into the evenings.
  • Continue the master planning for the Lupton Road precinct.
  • Advocate with State and Federal governments and major sporting codes to attract funds to bring facility upgrades to life sooner.
  • Continue to advocate for more funding to keep extending our footpath networks. Since my first term, Council has committed increased funds for footpath upgrades to enhance connectivity in our communities.
  • Continue to support increased funding for Council’s Community Grants programs as these are delivering great benefits in support of our amazing community groups.
  • Continue to support the PCYC proposed for Beaudesert. Along with other Councillors, I have supported the commitment to the proposed site at Dick Westerman Park and will ensure Council continues to play a proactive role.


Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations

As Mayor, I have been delighted to gain support from other Councillors for our first Climate Change Statement of Intent which has now been developed into a comprehensive package of actions to recognise our firm commitment to address impacts for our region. I have also chaired the Council of Mayors SEQ Waste Working Party working with the State Government to develop and commence implementation of the  SEQ Waste Management Plan to win the war on waste. I am proud to have represented the communities wishes in having Coal and Coal Seam Gas Tenements extinguished across Scenic Rim ensuring our farms and natural environments are secure for future communities.

I will:

  • Ensure Scenic Rim rivers and adjacent landowners get full opportunity from the recently announced boost of $40M to the Resilient Rivers Program to protect our riparian corridors.
  • Continue to champion the opportunities for new industries to divert waste from landfill for high- value uses. Uses like Organic and Green Waste into Soil Conditioning Products or biodigestion energy production.
  • Continue to promote and support Landowner partnerships to strengthen our environments through Environmental Grants and Land for Wildlife activations.
  • Continue to Champion the practical actions identified in Council’s Climate Change Action Plan.
  • Strong & Principled Leadership
  • Fostering Local Job Growth
  • Investing In Infrastructure
  • Protecting Our Environment


Providing Strong & Principled Leadership

Leadership requires more than just seeking short-term popularity or providing simplistic solutions. I believe leadership requires strength of character and commitment to the long-term aspirations of the Community Plan. This means we achieve the right focus and not become captive to short-term issues. I have held that strategic long-term focus every day of my service – it is visible in the success of the Regional Prosperity Strategy and the suite of supporting roadmaps like the Agribusiness and Agritourism Roadmap. 

It’s also visible through:


I will:

  • Maintain the long term focus and commitment to finish what I start. 
  • Model every day the behaviours we aspire to for our communities like respect and contributing to the greater good
  • Invest the effort in understanding and upholding the intent and function of Local Government legislation.
  • Ensure integrity is the cornerstone of unity in the way we work as a Council.
  • Promote and advocate on behalf of the region to State and Federal Governments, Independent Agencies, Business and Community groups to attract investment and opportunity for our communities
  • Provide strong leadership oversight to the Council CEO to ensure the Council organisation continues to provide strong services, continuous improvement and ethical behaviour.


A strong village has good local employment with strong multi-generational opportunities so people truly can work where they live, and have time to be part of their families and their communities. At present, 40% of our region’s working-age population commute out of the region each day for work and most of our children also have to join this exodus for their future employment because we do not have rich and diverse opportunities locally. When people commute for work it adds at least $50 - $80 per week to their cost of living; it takes them away from their families for sometimes 2 extra hours each day; and often there are no other family generations close to support the family through that time. We can change this, save families on their cost of living, and bring more family time back each day, freeing time to be part of the community.

I will:

  • Ensure Council continues to progress the Action Plans that bring the Regional Prosperity Strategy to life
  • Continue to promote our region as the best place to bring new business to life 
  • Support our existing primary producers to build stronger businesses with a 3-year plan
  • Support our tourism and visitor sector as they bring new ideas and new jobs to life
  • Work with Trade and Investment Qld to bring new businesses and industries into the Bromelton State Development Area and our new Beaudesert Enterprise Precinct
  • Advocate the development of Circular Economy and Advanced Manufacturing industries as local prospects for diverse and interesting careers  
  • Advocate to bring TAFE to be present in the region, providing direct access not just for our school based apprentices, but also for others in our community to build new skills for emerging opportunities.
  • Continue to fight for the infrastructure upgrades we need to support expanding our employment markets
  • Continue to engage in close conversations with our business and school communities to promote strong pathways for employment.


Investing in Infrastructure and Services to Improve our Liveability and Support Engaged Communities

I believe communities need safe and relevant places to come together to play, relax and spend time with family. Since 2016 I have celebrated the upgrade of our various playgrounds across the region which has delivered interesting modern play spaces for all abilities children. It has also been a joy to commence the series of town centre renewal projects under the Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages (VATV) Program. Commencing with Tamborine Mountain Main St precinct, followed by Boonah High Street and now under way on Beaudesert Town Centre, these efforts are creating places that people enjoy spending time together in. I also believe that widespread sports participation is a great way to keep our youth and adults interacting as one healthy community.

I will:

  • Continue to push forward with the next VATV programs for Canungra and Kalbar when funding permits
  • Continue to support further investment in modernising our sporting fields and facilities, with more good quality lighting to improve participation opportunities into the evenings.
  • Continue the master planning for the Lupton Road precinct.
  • Advocate with State and Federal governments and major sporting codes to attract funds to bring facility upgrades to life sooner.
  • Continue to advocate for more funding to keep extending our footpath networks. Since my first term, Council has committed increased funds for footpath upgrades to enhance connectivity in our communities.
  • continue to support increased funding for Council’s Community Grants programs as these are delivering great benefits in support of our amazing community groups.
  • Continue to support the PCYC proposed for Beaudesert. Along with other Councillors, I have supported the commitment to the proposed site at Dick Westerman Park and will ensure Council continues to play a proactive role.


Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations

As Mayor, I have been delighted to gain support from other Councillors for our first Climate Change Statement of Intent which has now been developed into a comprehensive package of actions to recognise our firm commitment to address impacts for our region. I have also chaired the Council of Mayors SEQ Waste Working Party working with the State Government to develop and commence implementation of the  SEQ Waste Management Plan to win the war on waste. I am proud to have represented the communities wishes in having Coal and Coal Seam Gas Tenements extinguished across Scenic Rim ensuring our farms and natural environments are secure for future communities.

I will:

  • Ensure Scenic Rim rivers and adjacent landowners get full opportunity from the recently announced boost of $40M to the Resilient Rivers Program to protect our riparian corridors.
  • Continue to champion the opportunities for new industries to divert waste from landfill for high- value uses. Uses like Organic and Green Waste into Soil Conditioning Products or biodigestion energy production.
  • Continue to promote and support Landowner partnerships to strengthen our environments through Environmental Grants and Land for Wildlife activations.
  • Continue to Champion the practical actions identified in Council’s Climate Change Action Plan.
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With our region's unique communities and diverse farming and recreational areas, the Scenic Rim Community Plan serves as a robust foundation for shaping our future. It not only captures community expectations but also highlights potential conflicts that need balancing. During the 2016-2020 term, we reviewed the plan with community input, ensuring its ongoing relevance. I believe it reflects the collective voice of the community, guiding our priorities, investments, and actions at the Council and other government levels. As a side note, it might be time for another review during this next council term.

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