Desley O’Grady has announced her candidacy as councillor for the 2016 Gladstone Regional Council elections.
Desley has lived in the Gladstone Region for over 27 years, and for 9 years ran a successful business with husband Craig at 1770.
In announcing her candidacy, Desley stated…
‘Whilst we were in the Discovery Coast I was an active member of SES, Rural Fire Brigade, GAPDL, Bundaberg Tourism, VMR Roundhill, and active in several other organisations in the community,’ she explained.
‘I have been involved in the tourism industry with family for many years. Craig and I moved to Calliope in 1999 and continue to build a strong connection with the area. I started, and currently own a successful business in Calliope, Limestone Clothing.
‘In the 1940’s, my grandparents had businesses in the Boyne Valley, my family history in the Gladstone Region goes back for many years. I have a passion to drive community organisations to be successful at their ventures.’
Desley is currently a financial member of:
- Calliope CWQ (Hall Convener)
- Calliope Hack & Pony Club (Patron)
- Calliope Rodeo Association (Publicity & Promotions Coordinator)
- Gladstone Chamber of Commerce
- Discovery Coast Tourism & Commerce
- Gladstone Womens Health Centre
‘In addition, I was selected as a committee member for the Gladstone Region 20 year Vision panel, of which I attended all of the workshops throughout the region; I love that we have such a versatile region from the hinterland of the Boyne Valley to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, as a solid foundation to build on for the future. The outcomes of this Vision are close to my heart as I intend to spend the rest of my life in the area.’
‘Our family have significant roots in the Gladstone region and at every opportunity I’m proud to participate in further growth of the glorious destination.
‘I have been regularly attending Gladstone Regional Council meetings, Chamber of Commerce meetings, CWA events, Relay for Life events, co-ordinating sponsorship and publicity for Calliope Rodeo Association, and attending Networking functions, and, of course, sharing as many local good news stories, events and announcements on social media as much as I can!’
‘Participation in the community is extremely important to me and I am always willing to volunteer my time and knowledge for a greater outcome.
‘I recently rejoined GAPDL as a business member and can for see there are continued benefits for our region in the Southern Great Barrier Reef destination brand.
‘If elected as a Gladstone Region Councillor I look forward to contributing to the strategic direction of Gladstone Regional Council and working as a team member with energy and enthusiasm, as well as, being a strong and passionate voice for the community within our region,’ Desley concluded.
Stephen Bennett, local Member for Burnett welcomes the announcement that a highly qualified and respected local identity has taken the significant steps in democracy in providing locals a chance of real and tangible representation in the Gladstone Regional Council. He wishes Ms O’Grady and all candidates all the best during the campaign and at the election.