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GRT is a collective group of voices from community, government, service providers and businesses, working together to serve community in our collaborative efforts to create a thriving future for our region.

As a community-led project, GRT includes everyone in the Gladstone Region.


Individuals that have nominated for regular ongoing involvement make up a number of volunteer teams and one paid support team, called a Backbone Team.

Supporting community in the GRT work is:

  • a volunteer Leadership Group

  • volunteer Working Groups

  • a paid Backbone Team, hosted by CQUniversity


The work and decisions of these groups are directed by community input. The teams listen to the voices of our community to ensure all voices are heard and that the everyday experiences of our community inform priority areas in the design of improvements.

You can be involved too – there is no eligibility criteria or restrictions, however we do have a community developed set of values and behaviours that we practice when engaging with each other to ensure everyone is heard and respected. If you are interested in supporting community wellbeing to be part of the solution, please get in touch.

Leadership Group

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Christopher Ford

Chris has been an Officer of The Salvation Army for seven years and has played a key role in the development of The Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct Partnership, a co-location of social services. He thinks outside the square to find solutions to complex problems and has a heart for community.  Chris believes that the only way forward for Gladstone to achieve successful outcomes is a collaborative approach. 

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Allison Shoesmith

Allison’s study and employment background is in the community sector.  Allison is passionate about reflecting the rights of people with disability to exercise choice and control over all aspects of their lives. In her current role as Area Manager at Carers Queensland, she leads teams to support people with disability and promotes person centred approaches and outcomes. As a single parent of three children, Allison has firsthand experience of struggling to support her children and was attracted to the goal of Stronger Places, Stronger People to interrupt poverty and create opportunity for all. 

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Aunty Cecelia Eggmolesse

Cecelia is a Byellee Elder, a descendant of our local First Nation Traditional Owner Custodians within the Port Curtis Coral Coast. Cecelia has meaningful links to the local indigenous community built through work in Indigenous Health, both Mainstream and Community Controlled Health Services, and volunteers and holds Director positions in various local indigenous and community groups. Cecelia values her family and indigenous heritage and is passionate about working together towards a common goal that will benefit the whole of the Gladstone Region.


Dr Chathu Herath

Chathu is a Specialist Paediatrician at the Gladstone Hospital and has had the opportunity to support families and young children’s health from diverse backgrounds. The experience Chathu brings to the Leadership team has been shaped by having lived and worked in communities in New Zealand and Australia, including in WA and NT. Chathu believes GRT will have the opportunity to redesign the system from a bottom-up approach, allowing us to inform the work through the eyes and experiences of our community.

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Rev Jarrod Beezley

Jarrod is a Senior Pastor of Immanuel Fellowship and a First Nation descendant of Kabi Kabi and Bundjalung people. He was born and raised in Gladstone and has had the privilege of travelling throughout our nation and internationally in his role as a Senior Pastor and Minister of the faith which taught him the importance of family, community and how to work together with others to support those who are at risk, struggling and unable to defend themselves. Jarrod believes in working together to see our community flourish spiritually and socially.


Luke Sinclair

Luke Sinclair is the Associate Vice-President (AVP) of CQUniversity for the Gladstone and Wide Bay Burnett Regions.

In this role he has responsibility for the business development and growth of CQUniversity in these regions, fostering opportunities for regional engagement and research, and overseeing the pastoral care of students and staff.

Luke represents CQUniversity, in support of the Gladstone Region as auspicing partner of the GRT initiative that provides professional support through administrative, financial, and governance elements of the work.  


James Lynch

James is a married father of two wonderful teenage daughters and has lived together with his family in Gladstone for the past 10 years. He has spent his working life in the resources and energy sector, most recently leading operations teams on LNG plants in various locations around Australia. Having recently given up the fly in, fly out lifestyle, James now consults to local contractors who provide support services to the LNG industry. James is passionate about family and community and is excited about the opportunity to ‘give back’ to this wonderful region we live in.

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Brianna Janson

Bri is the Manager of Community Partnerships with Gladstone Regional Council and plays a key leadership role at the Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct. 

As a long-term resident of Gladstone, Bri has seen many changes and impacts on liveability, as well as resilience, camaraderie and pride of the local community. 

Bri takes a collaborative and grassroots approach to making a positive difference in the community.

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Emma Sanders

Emma's expertise lies in stakeholder engagement and fostering customer relations within the agriculture sector across regional Australia. She holds qualifications in Animal Science, International Studies, and soon to be Law. Emma has strong ties to the community where she lives with her three children. Originally from a small family in South Australia, Emma joined the Leadership Team with a determination to support community proactively, having witnessed the challenges of past economic cycles. When not working, she cherishes spending time at her farm, energised to drive positive change and opportunities for community.

Backbone Team

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Lorna McGinnis

Executive Director

With connections to Central Queensland, Northern Territory, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe, Lorna chose the Gladstone Region in 2005, as the ‘right place’ to raise her children and feels extremely privileged to support this work for our community.  Post-grad Community Relations and Anthropology studies, and leadership roles in Industry Projects, Government programs, Human Services and Not-for-profit sectors, have provided Lorna with a great appreciation of effective cross-sector partnerships and the power of community-led outcomes.  Leveraging her community development, social impact management, project management and business improvement experience, Lorna’s aspiration is to enable our strong community to achieve more with what we have and create amazing futures for our children.

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Jakki Graham

Operations Manager

Jakki is proud of the Gladstone region in that she was born and raised in. While living away from Gladstone for many years, Jakki returned to raise her own family, wanting the same safe and connected memories of her own childhood.

During her 18-year absence from Gladstone, Jakki completed an education degree and later engaging in post graduate studies in Health Promotion, Trauma Aware Practices, Safeguarding and Nutrition.

Living and working in North Queensland, New Zealand and Japan, has nurtured Jakki’s experience in cross-sector work, enhancing a well-balance approach to education, wellbeing, community health and project management. 

Since returning to Gladstone, Jakki was the Deputy Principal of a local primary school and is now excited to be part of a team who supports opportunity, equity and quality of life for everyone in the Gladstone community.

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Courtney Morrison

Projects and Sector

Partnerships Lead

Courtney brings experience working with people, individually and collectively, to cultivate purposeful and measurable positive change. In community-led,

place-based work Courtney draws from experiences and studies in Human Resource Management, Project Management and Appreciative Inquiry, to uncover deeper system-level conditions and enablers, and facilitate opportunities for improved capacity, connection and culture. Moving to and raising her own family in the Gladstone Region, Courtney is immensely grateful to work closely with the local Social Services Sector and community to build upon strengths and shape the future together for families and children to thrive. 

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Melanie Ohl

Projects and Partnerships Lead Measurement and Evaluation

Melanie brings a health perspective to the team, with a degree in Health Promotion and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Research. Her previous roles have been in Suicide Prevention and service planning for the Gladstone Health Plan. Melanie was a CQUniversity Scholarship representative in 2017 attending the United Nations Conference in New York where she advocated for gender and family equity. Melanie has called the Discovery Coast home for the past 5 years and is passionate about equal opportunities for families in smaller regional towns of the LGA. Melanie is extremely honoured to be part of this work in supporting community partnerships and improving wellbeing outcomes for our region.

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Kylie King

Project Support Officer

Kylie has a background in supporting teams in busy environments. She holds a Diploma in Management and has worked in the leisure, construction, sales and human resources sectors. Kylie has lived most of her adult life in Gladstone and has raised her children here over the last 11 years.  During this time she has participated in community life through several volunteer positions and maintains her strong community connections through family and sporting clubs.  Kylie actively pursues a healthy lifestyle through fitness and yoga in between work and family life. Kylie is excited to be a part of such a passionate team and looks forward in continuing to strengthen positive possibilities for the

Gladstone region.

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Kylie Williams

Communications and Engagement Coordinator

Kylie is a mother of two and a long-term Gladstone local who is proud of her community roots. With qualifications in Marketing and a strong background in Community Engagement and Communications, Kylie brings experience working collaboratively with the Gladstone community, industry and social sector. Kylie understands the importance of communication and engagement in bringing community together through listening to all voices and sharing stories and ideas. Kylie is grateful to be part of a team with a whole-of-community approach for improved wellbeing. She is honoured to contribute towards a thriving future for the Gladstone Region where children and their families live happier and healthier lives.

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Sylvia Morley

Senior Data

Capacity Developer

In 2009, Sylvia relocated to Gladstone with her family. She served as a secondary school teacher, specialising in Senior Chemistry, Mathematics, and Learning Enhancement. Prior to her tenure in Gladstone, Sylvia accumulated diverse professional experience in Victoria and Western Australia, holding roles in numeracy, Indigenous education initiatives, and support for students with disabilities.

She completed a Bachelor of Science, Post-Graduate qualifications in Education, and Learning Support. Sylvia also contributed to charitable efforts in Victoria, collaborating with organisations to enhance outcomes for the disadvantaged, including refugees.

In her current role, Sylvia is dedicated to supporting the community through information-driven improvements for all.

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Giaan Eggmolesse

Community Engagement

Support Officer

Giaan is a Gladstone local and young Byellee and South Sea Islander woman who strives to give back to the Gladstone community.

Currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at CQUniversity, Giaan aspires to use her skills locally post graduation.

With a background in retail and customer service, Giaan understands the importance of empathy and is passionate about helping others.

In her role at GRT, she hopes to have a positive effect on the wellbeing of individuals and the community overall.

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Amanda Harrison

Administration and

Finance Officer

Amanda spent several years of her childhood in Gladstone before heading to North Queensland where she raised her two boys. Amanda moved to Melbourne to experience the city life where she spent over a decade honing her skills as an Executive Assistant in large accounting firms. In a fast-paced environment, she supported various Partners, demonstrating her adaptability and resilience.

Yearning for a more tranquil lifestyle, Amanda returned to Gladstone and brings her wealth of experience and organisational skills to the day-to-day operations of GRT. Amanda is passionate about fostering strong community relationships and is committed to propelling the GRT team towards success through her involvement.

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