Men of the North Highlight

Written by: Success North Queensland | September 30, 2019

Within this feature, we meet some of the many hard-working men who are helping drive our region forward.

 

Phillip Thompson OAM

Federal Member for Herbert

“I’m lucky enough to live in a community that has embraced me, flaws and all.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your vision for North Queensland? 

I already think North Queensland is the greatest place in the world and we’re privileged to live in such a great community. But I also think there’s always an opportunity to help make it bigger and better. I want Townsville to be a place where there are no barriers to get ahead – where Government gets out of the way and allows people to choose their own path and achieve their goals. My greatest vision for our region is that we have the opportunity and prosperity that allows our children to stay here and succeed without having to seek opportunities elsewhere like the South-East corner. 

What can local business people do to make NQ a stronger, better region? 

Keep doing what you’re doing! I am always impressed with the Townsville business community, its resilience, and the skills, products and services that it offers. We know that the city has suffered for too long from high unemployment, but we are starting to see some green shoots. That would not have been able to occur without the hard work of our local business operators who are the engine room of our economy. And if there are any stubborn barriers to growth, I want to hear about them.

What’s unique about your work?

I’ve always believed that the greater purpose in life is to help and elevate those around you. Being the Member for Herbert allows me to do that on a large scale. The people of Townsville have put enormous faith in me and it’s a great privilege to serve them, advocate for their issues and be part of the solution in enacting positive change within our community.

What new opportunities will 2020 bring?

2020 is gearing up to be a fantastic year for Townsville and after a long, extended period of tough times, it really can’t come soon enough. I’m excited by the delivery of commitments such as water security and the stadium, but there’s also plenty of other projects out there that will bring huge opportunities for our region such as the opening of the Galilee Basin. For me, 2020 will be about continuing the fight for our region and ensuring Townsville is a place of prosperity and opportunity. 

How do you stay mentally and physically fit?

Having suffered from PTSD after I was injured in an IED blast, I know that mental health and living a good life is paramount to pretty much everything else. If your mental health is failing, nothing else is going to be at its best. I’m really proud of our community which is attempting a World Record attempt in October to shine a light on this very important issue.

On a personal level, my wife Jenna and beautiful baby girl are my world. Being mentally and physically fit are so important to my relationships with them, as is ensuring we have one on one time as a family.

To you, what does being a man mean?

Being a man means many different things on any given day. It can be offering my chest to my daughter for a morning cuddle with her Dad, or leading by action on how we treat women with respect. Townsville has long had serious issues with domestic and family violence, and I think it’s really important that as men we stand up and say to other men, ‘that is not ok or accepted in our community’. Violence against women is never ok. 

What traits do you believe have helped you achieve success? 

There is no doubt, particularly through my struggles, that I have learned to be resilient, persevere no matter the obstacle and have a dogged determination. Success means being true to yourself and not pretending to be something you’re not. I’m lucky enough to live in a community that has embraced me, flaws and all.

07 4725 2066   Phillip.Thompson.MP@aph.gov.au

 

 


 

Rocky de Nys

Chief Technical Officer Pacific Bio

“The future for sustainable organisations that are addressing real world problems is strong.”

 

 

 

 

 

What is your vision for North Queensland? 

To use our natural resources sustainably. We are privileged to have an incredibly rich and unique environment, both on land and at sea, and I believe we have an obligation to steward that for future generations. That means growing innovative inter-generational industries that capitalise on the resource base we have without degrading it.

What’s unique about your business? 

Pacific Bio is unique in combining sustainable aquaculture, wastewater management and plant nutrition to ‘close the loop’ in the use of water and nutrients for the production of food. The platform for the business is ‘Good for business. Good for the Planet’ and its true. We grow sustainable seafood, producing more than 1000 tonnes of award-winning tiger prawns each year. We then use the farm’s seawater to grow macroalgae, or seaweed, which removes nutrients that are harmful when released directly back into local waterways and ultimately the Great Barrier Reef. The seaweed is then processed into a plant biostimulant to produce better crops and return valuable nutrients back to the land.

Is there anything new happening in the business? 

The best part of our business is the opportunity to continue to learn and expand, whether that’s in sustainable aquaculture or working with clients on algal wastewater treatment services. We’re very excited by the release of our plant biostimulant called PlantJuice™. This is the product that truly closes the loop for our business by capturing nutrients from wastewater, and then returning them to the land to improve soil and crop health. It’s a product that has been developed with our partner James Cook University, it’s manufactured in North Queensland, and available for use across broad acre and horticultural crops.

What opportunities will 2020 bring?

The future for sustainable organisations that are addressing real world problems is strong. At Pacific Bio we work directly on the global challenges of food security and water purity. While these are big challenges, it is important to be innovative and take the first steps. 2020 will bring more opportunity for us to grow sustainable seafood using smart farming techniques, and work with organisations and water users to deliver clean water.

What can local business people do to make NQ a stronger, better region?

Businesses can work together and focus on regional partnership that build a more resilient NQ. We have benefited tremendously by partnering with James Cook University and locally based businesses, who know and understand the tropics.

What traits do you believe have helped you achieve success? 

Lateral thinking and resilience. They play a key role in the genesis and delivery of ideas to implementation which is the focus of my role at Pacific Bio. This also means you have to have a level of comfort with being wrong, on a regular basis, given this is an integral part of the innovation process.

How do you manage a work/life balance and stay mentally and physically fit?

My family and friends help me keep a balance with my work commitments, and my mental and physical fitness is maintained by my enjoyment of reading and cycling. Townsville is a great place to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received or live by?

I often come back to a quote from George Megalogenis and his excellent book, The Australian Moment: ‘The truth is a lot easier to defend than imprecise language’. I believe there is much to gained by being honest and direct.

rocky.denys@pacificbio.com.au   www.pacificbio.com.au

 

 


 

 

James Wallace

Production Superintendent Invicta Mill

“Appreciate what you have and to live in the moment – don’t wait for something to happen…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s unique about your business?

The sugar industry is unique in terms of its positive sustainability story. Sugar mills do much more than just make raw sugar; they generate their own electricity through the burning of the residual fibre from sugarcane. This electricity not only covers what is required to operate the mill but is also exported into the local electricity grid. All of the by-products of the sugar production process are re-used. The by-products mill mud and boiler ash are recycled back to cane farms as a source of nutrients and fertiliser, water or effluent from the process are re-used as irrigation, and the leftover molasses is either used by the cattle industry as stockfeed or further refined in distilleries to make ethanol. This makes the process environmentally friendly and helps to support the local communities and other industries. 

Is there anything new happening in the business? 

We are working through upgrading our control and instrumentation strategies. This is providing new opportunities to not only replace old equipment but also challenge existing practices and look for new efficiencies and processes. Most of this work is being done in-house, including the concept design. This provides many young people with an opportunity to come and work in the sugar industry.

The other relatively new element to our business is the manufacturing team. For the last couple of years, we have taken on the challenge of manufacturing replacement equipment, including large vessels and complicated designs, in-house. This work has ranged from producing our own cane bins through to the design and installation of crystallising pans and cane locomotives.

What can local business people do to make NQ a stronger, better region? 

Collaboration is the key. Let’s all get on the same page and strive to make the most of what we have. We need to invest in each other and help to support local businesses to build strength in the region.

To you, what does being a man mean?

To me, being a man means being a leader/role model, it’s being able to listen and show empathy, be stern and fair when needed, and do what you commit to doing. Be trustworthy, have integrity and you will find people not only respect you as a person but also want to be a part of your life.

How do you manage a work/life balance and stay mentally and physically fit?

For me, maintaining a work/life balance is critical to not only performing at work but making sure quality of life is high. I try to get home to see my two young children in the afternoon, even if this means I need to get up earlier in the morning to go to work. Also, I’ve played football (soccer) since I was 10. This helps me to clear my head and relieve stress, and helps keep the ‘dad bod’ under control. 

What new opportunities will 2020 bring?

2020 will provide another opportunity for continuous improvement. From a work perspective, we have identified a lot of opportunities for improvement that will be executed and I am excited to see how these impact the factory and what benefits we can achieve. On the personal front, I am excited to help my young family continue to learn and grow. My wife will also complete her GP training which will improve our work/life balance. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received or live by?

‘Treat others how you want to be treated’. Respecting one another and building relationships is critical in everything we do. It is also important to appreciate what you have and to live in the moment – don’t wait for something to happen, or think it will be better next month or next year. You only get one shot at life so make sure you enjoy every moment.

4720 2900   james.wallace@au.wilmar-intl.com   www.wilmarsugarmills.com.au

 

 


 

David Craig

Director, Cairns Campus James Cook University

“How we harness our collective energy and ideas, work together and speak with one voice is going to be key to our future success as a region.”

 

 

 

 

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Many years ago, in a previous life working in sports marketing, a mentor gave me some advice that has stayed with me. He said that to be an effective leader it was important to adapt my style to the situation and circumstances around me. He used a sports analogy: that there are times when you need to be a fast bowler and times when it’s best to be a spin bowler. It’s through experience that we learn to judge which approach is more likely to get results in a particular situation.

What new opportunities will 2020 bring?

The great thing about universities is that there are always new things happening – whether that be research breakthroughs, new programmes or new commercial partnerships. In 2020 we’re launching new Bachelor and Masters programmes in tourism and hospitality. We are also opening the Cairns Innovation Centre, the future home for JCU Connect and our Internet of Things Engineering programme, in second semester 2020. This is an important initiative, not only for JCU but Cairns more broadly. The Innovation Centre will be a place where the University, industry and the community can connect, share knowledge and collaborate.

What’s unique about your business?

Something that strikes me almost every day is the diversity of expertise on a university campus. You can go from talking to someone whose work is at a molecular level, and then hear about research that’s really big-picture. The conversation can go from local issues to global concerns. It’s never, ever dull! Universities are complex – our work includes teaching and research, of course, but also commercialisation, community engagement, providing accommodation, and so on. JCU has campuses from Brisbane to Townsville, Cairns and north to Singapore. We also have research stations in the Daintree, Orpheus Island, Charters Towers and the Tablelands. We engage with universities across the world and our students come from more than 100 countries.

Is there anything new happening at JCU?

Thanks to the emergence of disruptive innovation, there’s no such thing as a safe and secure business. Established/mainstream businesses are continually looking over their shoulders as new ideas and new ways of doing business threaten their traditional models. The catalyst for much of this innovation has been the rapid improvements in digital technologies. At JCU we understand that we have a leadership role – not just keeping pace with change, but encouraging a spirit of entrepreneurship, connecting our research with industry and developing new programmes that satisfy the changing expectations of our students and employers.

How do you stay mentally and physically fit?

In addition to my role as Director of the Cairns Campus I’m also a student and a researcher, currently completing a PhD. This definitely challenges me mentally. Physically, my wife and I are keen hikers and we love to take on interesting challenges around the world. In 2017 we hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and more recently trails in Alaska and New Zealand.

What can local business people do to make NQ a stronger, better region and grow? 

When I talk about the challenges for education in Cairns, I describe a situation where the competition is not from within Cairns but the rest of Australia, and indeed the world. I think the same principle applies to FNQ more generally. We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and we have assets and experiences that are unique to our region. How we harness our collective energy and ideas, work together and speak with one voice is going to be key to our future success as a region.

To you, what does being a man mean?

For me, being a man means being a good person. I don’t believe that there is a one size fits all definition of a good person. We all have different strengths and express ourselves as individuals. However, I do value empathy, honesty, consideration for others and an understanding that there is a responsibility to contribute effectively to the modern world.

david.craig@jcu.edu.au   www.jcu.edu.au

 

 


 

 

Dave Morrissey 

General Manager – North Queensland Optus

“I love and have always tried to live by the quote “it’s better to regret something you did, than something you didn’t do.” You can apply this to almost any situation.” 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us what’s unique about your business?

Optus is going further to cover the network needs of all Australians, including the 5.7 million Australians living in regional Australia. In the past five years we’ve spent almost $6 billion nationally to create Optus’ strongest network coverage ever. We want to make sure regional areas all over Australia are connected. In fact, we’ve invested in the upgrade of 7,368 sites across the country, and there’s much more to come. Our 4G Network now covers 97.3% of the Australian population.  Optus’ investment in North Queensland means improved coverage for local families, businesses, residents and tourists, with fewer call drop outs as well as better in-door coverage and download speeds.

Is there anything new happening in the business, new services/products/people?

 The reason I love the telecommunications industry, whether its new network technology, new devices or new applications, is that there is always something new and exciting happening. Optus has invested heavily in the mobile network over the past four years, with a focus on Regional Australia. North Queensland has benefited greatly from this investment with more than 50 new mobile sites switched on in the region during this time. This means greater range and coverage of the network, faster speeds and a better user experience. This in turn allows greater competition and choice for the North Queensland community.

We are always looking at ways to improve customer experience and our network. Our customers have told us that they want better coverage when at home and away and we are working to deliver a better customer experience for them.

What new opportunities will 2020 bring?

 In 2020, we will be making future announcements regarding our 5G roll-out schedule for regional Australia. North Queensland is very much part of our plans and we will keep you informed when we have our first sites live here. Our initial 5G site rollout will focus around residential areas to deliver Optus 5G Home Broadband services as well as in high data demand locations such as selected airports, train stations, stadiums and CBD locations. 

How do you manage a work/life balance and stay mentally and physically fit?

I have 3 young kids to keep me active. I find that spending time with my family allows me to put the mental distance between the stresses of work. 

To you, what does being a man mean?

Great question… As a father to three young boys, I have a responsibility to make sure I set the best possible example for them. I believe the best way to do that is demonstrated in the way you treat people around you and fingers crossed, they will follow my lead. 

What is your vision for North Queensland? 

As someone who grew up in Townsville, I have always loved this part of the world. My vision for North Queensland is that it continues to innovate and grow and provide opportunities for the next generation of North Queenslanders, without losing the charm and character that make our region unique.

What can local business people do to make NQ a stronger, better region and grow? 

The business environment in North Queensland can be tough, however, there are still plenty of businesses that are thriving in this climate. The businesses that I see that do well are the ones that focus on the positives and look for opportunities. There are opportunities everywhere and our business is on the front foot in creating our own that the entire region can benefit from. 

What traits do you believe have helped you achieve success? 

I think the eight years I served in the Australian Army gave me a sense of confidence and self-discipline that I have been able transfer into civilian life. I also have an amazing family that keep me grounded and allow me to have some perspective on what is really important. I certainly think a good sense of humour also goes a long way. 

www.optus.com.au

 

 


 

 

Peter Lee

Team Leader – Townsville Hutchinson Builders

“…you earn respect rather than demand it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

To you, what does being a man mean?

Being a man is about respect and responsibility. Coming from a Rugby League background and being vertically challenged (short), I’ve learnt that you earn respect rather than demand it.

What’s unique about your business?

Hutchinson Builders is a business built on relationships, and shaped by loyalty and trust. We stand by the saying ‘you’re only as good as your last project’. Hutchies is really set apart by our family business values, which have remained unchanged for over 105 years; not many privately-owned companies can attest to this.

What traits do you believe have helped you achieve success? 

1) Self-awareness and the ability to understand my own strengths and weaknesses. 2) Leadership – sport and involvement in Rugby League in particular taught me how to lead. The parallels between competition in sport and business are very relevant. 3) Nothing is above my pay grade. If you’re ambitious, then your goal should be to engage with problems at all levels. Nothing is more frustrating than hearing staff say “that’s above my pay grade”.

How do you manage a work/life balance and stay mentally and physically fit?

You can’t be ‘half on, half off’ all the time so integration of work and personal life is fundamental. For me, balance is about developing routines that work for my family and job. With a young family I would come home, focus on the family till bed time, then settle in to work for a few hours on the couch. These days, with my son at University, it’s about squeezing as many hours into the work day routine so that I can enjoy quality time away from work.

I get to the gym most mornings and find that’s a great way of putting me in a good frame of mind for the day ahead. The saying ‘health is wealth’ really is everything. 

What is your vision for North Queensland? 

North Queensland needs to avoid the big booms and busts, and instead focus on developing capacity in local industries, i.e. advanced manufacturing sectors, new agricultural industries and renewable energy. 

Catalyst projects like the expansion of the port help attract and retain investment into the North Queensland region. Opportunity for infrastructure projects to be built are endless: renewable energy – solar, wine, pumped hydro, etc; dams for water security (and possibly energy); irrigation scheme to open up a northern food bowl; and an inland highway to secure transport routes.

The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) should be a catalyst to open up a permanent air route between Singapore and Townsville. Singapore is a global hub and the potential for Townsville businesses, agriculture, education and tourism to leverage from this in the present and future is huge.

What can local business people do to make NQ a stronger, better region? 

More private investment into the economy, and less reliance on government funding. We need private investment in hotel, retail and hospitality sectors to compliment Government developments like the stadium and port expansion. Events give people a reason to come to Townsville but local industries give people a reason to stay.

We also need to improve community attitude towards our region and project positive outlook to potential investors and tourists. Constant media around poor employment, declining property prices, crime, and anti-development sentiment only deter potential investment from the private sector.

Is there anything new happening in Hutchies? 

Currently we’ve been through an expansion phase within the team to facilitate the future growth we see in Townsville and the NQ region. We’ve brought on cadets/apprentices to invest in the future of the team and support local development opportunity. 

07 4755 8000   townsville@hutchies.com.au 

 

 


 

 

 

Nick Loukas

Founder & Brand Manager Alive Pharmacy Warehouse

“I believe an important part of any successful leader is to constantly self-reflect and strive for continual improvement.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your vision for North Queensland? 

North Queensland is a great place to live in a relaxed and vibrant society with opportunities aplenty. Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and world heritage rainforest, and we need to own it. We are the world’s most regional tropical city with so much natural wonder to offer the world. Cairns needs to be the centre for my vision of North Queensland tourism because of our international airport. My vision is to build on our tourism assets with growth in adventure and ecotourism taking advantage of our climate and terrain. I also see a rapidly growing international education segment again linked to our geographical advantages. There are so many business opportunities in agriculture, marine and ports, health services and health tourism in our region and we should be promoting these. 

What’s unique about your business?

Alive Pharmacy Warehouse is a health focused pharmacy brand which is locally owned and operated. We understand health can be a complicated and expensive area for the community and hence we strive to give health advice and solutions at warehouse prices.

Is there anything new happening in the business? 

We’ve expanded our network in North Queensland with seven stores in Cairns (the largest footprint of pharmacy stores in Cairns), and stores also in each Townsville, Cooktown and Innisfail. We’re expanding our services and products to include sports nutrition for muscle growth and endurance athletes. We’ve many new ranges coming with a focus on health prevention and a healthy lifestyle.

How do you stay physically and mentally fit?

I love to ride my bike and run which keeps me physically and mentally fit. I exercise six days a week when I can which sometimes starts at 5am to fit in everything. Sometimes this gets imbalanced and I need to adjust. I have a wonderful wife, Melinda, and two beautiful girls, Mia and Natalia, so balancing exercise with family time and work is sometimes challenging, but family always comes first. My competitive side drives me and I race in Cairns Ironman 70.3 each year and cycling races. I completed my first marathon this year which was an aim of mine.

What traits do you believe have helped you achieve success? 

I treat everyone I deal with the same. I don’t subscribe to the view we should treat someone that stacks shelves with less respect that a manager or a business leader. I’m also happy to admit when I’m wrong and take ownership, which is quite often! I believe an important part of any successful leader is to constantly self-reflect and strive for continual improvement. No one is perfect and we never stop learning.

What new opportunities will 2020 bring?

We want to improve our health offerings to our customers and build loyalty. To do this we’ll improve our offerings of ranges, services and value adds.

What can local business people do to make NQ a stronger, better region? 

Support your local businesses. We also need to raise our service standards as we often fall short here. I also think business people have a responsibility to support social service initiatives to ensure we look after our less privileged areas of the society. The stronger the overall society is the better we all are.

To you, what does being a man mean?

Being true to who you are. I’m a husband, a father and a friend and I treat others as I want to be treated. I believe being a man is about showing respect to all you come in contact with and not being afraid to show your masculinity.

www.alivepharmacy.com.au

 

 


 

 

 

Connor McKay

 

Clinic Director (Townsville) & Physiotherapist & Bike Fit Technician The Physio Movement

“2020 brings the introduction of me into my new role as Townsville Clinic Director as our current directors focus on expansion Australia-wide.”

 

 

 

 

 

How do you stay mentally and physically fit?

In addition to my role as Clinic Director and Physiotherapist, I am also a professional Triathlete. I spend the majority of my time outside work either swimming, riding, running or in the gym to keep myself physically healthy (or mentally sane!). I believe it’s important to have an adequate work/life balance, and if I am able to preach this through my own actions I believe I will be better able to ensure my staff members are able to have the same.

Whatís unique about your business?

At The Physio Movement we strive to steer away from the norm of allied health care and encompass a wide range of treatment modalities to ensure that our patients are receiving the best possible care. I think an important key factor in our business is the fact that all of our clients feel appreciated, and as though they are being treated individually. In addition, having a number of different arms to our business enables us to continue our growth locally and helps us to provide a more holistic care approach. 

Is there anything new happening in the business, new services/products/people? 

The most exciting thing for me looking forward is our new TPM Performance Centre to be opening later this year. This will help us further set ourselves apart as it’s an area that isn’t readily available in North Queensland, and has plenty of potential in grassroots sports and also for our local elite athletes. We are also looking at adding additional practitioners this year and in early 2020 to complete our allied health vision, allowing all of our clients to get a more holistic healthcare experience. Additional practitioners will include another one or two physiotherapists, an exercise physiologist, massage therapist and an accredited dietitian. 

What is your vision for North Queensland? 

North Queensland offers the perfect outdoor training location year-round. We want to be able to showcase our natural beauty, whilst having you in the greatest health/performance ready to achieve your lifestyle goals. This being said, we feel it is such a great positive for Townsville sport to be hosting the 2021 ITU Multisport World Championships.   

Personally, I’m looking forward to the development of the new stadium and the surrounding area. I think the proposed vision for the stadium looks great and having it in close proximity to Flinders and Palmer Streets will draw more people and services into the city. I am also looking forward to the new Weststate Private Hospital development to bring more private health care clients into the CBD. My vision is a busier CBD.

What can local business people do to make NQ a stronger, better region and grow? 

Working collaboratively is an area I believe we struggle with here in North QLD. Being a smaller area (population-wise) compared to larger centres in South-East Queensland it seems everyone is trying to “get a leg up” rather than accepting their own strengths and weaknesses and liaising with other businesses. I am a firm believer that when local businesses work together (even those who offer similar services), it helps the community and economy as a whole. I am the first to recognise my own weaknesses and always happy to work with others who are more skilled in the areas I am not. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” My Mum gave me this advice when I went for my first interview to study Medicine at JCU. Obviously, I didn’t take it literally enough then because they definitely ignored me! But I’ve lived by this mantra since; strive to be the tall poppy and don’t settle for mediocrity.

517 Flinders Street   1300 876 348   www.thephysiomovement.com.au

 

 


 

 

 

Guy “Cliffo” Clifton

Breakfast Announcer Hit 103.1

“Every day I get to put together a breakfast show to wake up a city I love. It’s special.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

To you, what does being a man mean?

In 2019 it means being honest, vulnerable (when required) and true to yourself. I love that we live in a society that encourages men to show all of their sides. Warts and all. It hasn’t been that way for most of my career in radio and it’s getting better year on year. 

What’s unique about your business? 

It’s show business! Every day I get to put together a breakfast show to wake up a city I love. It’s special. And you get to eat the leftover food from the ‘Hit Squad’ crosses. One of the coolest things is that we are one of Townsville’s favourite radio stations with over 53,000 people tuning in each week! 

What traits do you believe have helped you achieve success? 

Hard work and dedication to my cause. 

What’s the best piece of advice you live by?

GEM. Short for: Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness. Three little words I try to live my life by to create a happy and content me. Shout out to The Resilience Project for teaching me this – it’s an amazing program. Google it.

How do you manage a work/life balance? 

I’m quite naturally a mentally fit person which is a huge relief in my business. The work is exhausting and the hours are long (3.30am alarm, etc). Fitness is the side I’ve always struggled with. Sitting in a studio for hours at a time teamed with a deep love of coffee and cake isn’t the perfect mix when it comes to physical fitness. On my weekends off I love nothing more than family time and being there for my wife and kids. Netflix gets a good workout in our house as well as yelling at Cowboys games, whether that be at the game or at the TV when they are playing away.  

You’re a dad – to you, what does being a father involve?

Being there. There is always so much happening at home, with homework, extracurricular stuff, playtime and meals. It’s hard finding the time after a 12 hour workday, but it’s just so important. Not just for the kids but for my sanity. The kids are the best part of my day as they are the best at putting a smile on my face. 

What is your vision for North Queensland? 

To grow and prosper. Let’s see the new stadium kick arse! Fill it up with international musicians, acts and world class sport. The surrounding businesses will thrive, that success will spread outwards and the city will flourish. Now let’s just make sure it happens…

How do you want your kids to see you?

As a role model. I read a quote once “try and be the person you are in your dog’s eyes”. I want to be that for my kids. 

How do you think your kids actually see you?

As fun. Maybe a bit too much fun if you ask my wife. I’m definitely not the disciplinarian in our house. I’m a cool Dad (thanks Mean Girls). 

4729 2111   www.southerncrossaustereo.com.au

 

 


 

 

 

Steve “Pricey” Price

Breakfast Announcer Triple M

“How can we make North Queensland stronger? Laugh, give, be kind. And fill your bird bath.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s unique about your business?

Everything I’ve done is gone! Everything we have achieved in our ‘business’ has vanished into thin air. Except for the most wonderful thing, emotion. In my world it’s knowing, ‘They may not remember what you say, they may not remember what you do, but they will remember, how you make them feel’.

Is there anything new happening in the business, new services/products/people? 

New? Every single day is new, that’s the magic of radio, you can plan and plan, yet must be ready to throw it away as the new day begins. Having been in radio one or two, well, generations, technology has been my companion thanks to incredible engineers at our great radio station. The studio is a work of technological art and brilliance. What’s sitting inside the station of course is far from that, but they make it so very easy for us now. Five screens, and all I have to remember is two passwords (which can be a problem at 4am, remembering your name can be a trial!).

What new opportunities will 2020 bring?

New opportunities are found every day in this great city. Our game is the entertainment business, so there are always new laughs to be had and, most important, more giving to be done.

What is your vision for North Queensland? 

We are a city without strangers. My vision is quite simple – though I could keep writing possibilities until the back page – the vision is for a great lifestyle for us all. Enjoyment in work, family and future prospects. We have a paradise to enjoy, it’s up to us how we make it even better. Helping each other, and thinking on the bright side of life.

What can local business people do to make NQ a stronger, better region and grow? 

How can we make it stronger? Laugh, give, be kind. And fill your bird bath.

How do you stay mentally and physically fit?

Did you say mentally fit? Might just leave that alone… I walk most nights with my ‘toothbrush with teeth’ also known as Bing my Tenterfield Terrier, and sleep of an arvo for an hour. I insist on a wine and no phone at sunset, and that’s pretty well it.

What traits do you believe have helped you succeed? 

If you are content, you are a king already! But that of course comes with finding what you love; I did. The two most important days of your life are when you were born and when you find out why. I reckon I was born to do what I do. I was born at 4am mum tells me – seems I’ve been getting up at that time ever since.

To you, what does ‘being a man’ mean?

What does it mean being a bloke? I’m not sure I can answer that without asking HR first. Or maybe workplace health and safety? In this wonderful, joyous pastime called radio – hard to call it work really – the women are sensational. We do the job together, everyone helps one another, they look after me and help me in the many things I need a hand in (and there are lots of those!), there is simply no difference based on gender, it all comes down to people,

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received or live by?

There truly is no job like ours, its intangible, truly exciting, truly present, the future is at the end of this sentence, nothing more.

4729 2111   www.southerncrossaustereo.com.au

 

 


 

 

Scott Bennett

Regional Sales Manager Queensland WIN Network

“Working with people to help them achieve their goals, allows you to realise your own.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can local business people do to make NQ a stronger, better region and grow? 

Utlising products and services from our local region is always beneficial to our local economy but I believe we will need to engage further into markets outside our area, state and country in the future to make North Queensland stronger. This presents an opportunity for local business in North Queensland to innovate and develop their products and services and attract people to our area to work and live.

Is there anything new happening in your business? 

The WIN Network is Australia’s largest regional commercial television network, broadcasting to more of regional Australia than any other regional commercial network. 

Late last year, the WIN Network launched SKY News on WIN, which is a dedicated 24-hour Free to Air News, Sport, Weather and Current Affairs channel. This year we have introduced WIN Social which is our social digital advertising platform, expanding our audience reach and advertising services further in regional areas. WIN Social is an extension of one of Australia’s most recognised and trusted news brands endorsing your message to a highly engaged audience.

What new opportunities will 2020 bring?

WIN will undertake further development of our TV and social digital advertising solutions and I am especially excited about our integrated WIN Connect 2020 Platform that is launching over the coming weeks.

We know that understanding and navigating suitable advertising options can be complex and time consuming for local businesses. The aim of WIN Connect is to provide decision makers with a simple and effective integrated marketing strategy that achieves realistic results. WIN Connect combines the power of television’s mass audience reach with targeted hyperlocal social media influencing through an engaged and trusted brand.

What traits do you believe have helped you achieve success? 

Working with people to help them achieve their goals, allows you to realise your own. The most satisfaction I get, is from seeing people who have worked for and with me develop their own careers. It feels great to have played a small part in their successes.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received or live by?

Make sure you have a point of difference. Listen more than speak and incorporate good ideas from the people you interact with and be prepared to effect and accept change constantly. It gets easier the more you do it. 

How do you manage a work/life balance and stay mentally and physically fit?

Our work and family life keep my wife Renee and I busy so we make sure that we support each other by sharing the workload. We always try to make sure we plan some holiday time well in advance each year to relax with the twins.

To you, what does being a man mean?

When you can look your wife and children in the eyes and know that you have been a good husband and father.

What is your vision for North Queensland? 

North Queensland is our home and I would like to see the region continue to develop and grow economically whilst keeping the strong sense of community we have always enjoyed living here.

4759 1466   www.wintv.com.au

 

 


 

 

Kurt Haller 

Managing Director, Certified Financial Planner Hallerwealth, Your Retirement Partner 

“Making one small change today, could immensely change the outcome in retirement.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s unique about your business?

For over 50 years, the Hallerwealth team has been guiding clients through the transition to retirement. We specialise in retirement and have walked the steps we are proposing our clients take and truly reaping the rewards of our own medicine. We listen to our clients and observe their wants and needs and tailor solutions for them independently as we respect that everyone is different.

Is there anything new happening in the business? 

Every single day. There are constant legislation changes that we need to keep on top of to ensure that we are accessing all of our clients’ entitlements at any one time and maximising their future potential. On top of this we are currently rebuilding our Townsville office on Bowen Road, which was inundated in the February flood. It’s all starting to take shape which is exciting for our team and our clients who have been patient with our temporary arrangements. 

What can local business people do to make NQ a stronger, better region? 

Reinvest in the region. Continue to deliver world-class products and services that are then widely recognised and respected to raise the profile of NQ. We want to breakdown the myth that you need $1 million to retire. The plans you put in place today, can set you up for life. 

To you, what does being a man mean?

Working hard, providing for my family and being a good dad and role model. Men these days are allowed to show emotion, without it being seen as a form of weakness. Having the courage to talk about your feelings and emotions is part of being human, and I support men to start more conversations on these topics. 

What traits do you believe have helped you achieve success? 

I would like to think that I am empathetic, and I listen intently to people and their stories, whether that be our staff or clients. I am immensely proud of the amazing team we have and have had at Hallerwealth and to our clients, the people who trust us and allow us to be their retirement partner have had a measurable impact on our lives and are now our lifelong friends. We are surrounded by some of the best in the business and I’ve personally had amazing mentors that have successfully guided us through some of the most challenging experiences. 

How do you manage a work/life balance and stay mentally and physically fit?

This is incredibly important to me. Our family, like many others, has battled with cancer and during these times you get clarity on what life’s most important things are. I like to stay fit and healthy and get myself to the gym, even on the days I don’t feel like it or don’t think I have the time. We also live by the example of what we tell our clients and take our caravan across Australia and getaway every weekend possible. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received or live by?

Personally, I don’t live to work, I work to live. I am absolutely passionate about what I do and love seeing the outcome of our clients enjoying a fulfilling retirement. Professionally, I often refer to the Warren Buffett quote that states, as an investor, it is wise to be “Fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” When others are greedy, prices typically are high, and one should be cautious to avoid overpaying. When others are fearful, it may present a good value buying opportunity.

1800 624 015   www.hallerwealth.com.au

 

 

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