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Maryborough’s services and citizens’ memorial club ltd

The Maryborough Services and Citizens’ Memorial Club is the premier Club in Maryborough. The Club is a major employer in the city and provides dining, bistro and gaming facilities for our members, their families and visitors in a safe and friendly environment.  

The Objects of the Club include financial and commemorative support for the Maryborough RSL Sub-branch as well as providing donations, grants, sponsorship and other assistance for benevolent, charitable, educational, sporting and recreational clubs and groups in the city.

The Committee

Paul Coleman – Chairman

Paul Coleman served for 23 years in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, service which included two tours of Vietnam and as Commanding Officer of 2/14 Light Horse Regiment (QMI) in 1985/86. In civilian life he and his wife, Elizabeth, owned successful newsagencies in Brisbane, was Chairman of the Queensland Newsagents Federation and served on that industry’s national board. He was also chairman of the Queensland Casket Agents Association and in 2002/05 President of the Kenmore – Moggill RSL. He moved to Maryborough 15 years ago and has since served on the Maryborough RSL Board in 2009, as President of Legacy and on the Management Committee of the Maryborough Golf Club.

Lea Rampton

Lea Rampton is self employed and married with four children. He served in the Army Reserve for seven years, after finishing his schooling in Maryborough.

In 1970, Lea started the Blackwater Bakery, building it up to 16 staff while also developing Blackwater Air Transport where he gained his pilots licence and purchased a Beechcraft “Baron” as well as opening travel agency. While there he also started the local hockey association and served on the Doringa Shire Council.

He and his wife Marguerite moved back to Maryborough and developed the highly successful Polwood Pty Ltd (bark processing plant) at Dundathu. He also spent 4 years as president of the Maryborough hockey association where he assisted in the restructuring, returning it to profitable levels.

Dr Thomas Dunn MB BS, FRACGP, AMA(M)

Born and educated in Maryborough Tom is a 4th generation family resident. He has been a local GP since joining father Dr Eddie Dunn in 1978. Tom served in the RAAF Queensland University 23 Squadron 1969 – 1971 and he has held numerous positions on Maryborough boards and committees (in both medical and community areas). He takes an active interest in the health of past and present military personnel.

Tom was an AMA Qld Branch Councillor from 1985-90, he is also a Life Member of the Maryborough Swimming Club, on the Local Medical Association committee and President for many years as well as Past President of various School P&C Committees,  Sports Medicine, Rugby Union ( Maryborough, Sugar Coast), Maryborough Swimming Club, Member Fund Raising Committees for Brennan & Geraghty’s Store restoration; and the Brolga Theatre. Tom is also a member of the Doon Villa Bowls Club; Military Historical Society of Australasia; AMA, Maryborough Woodturners and Woodcraftsmen Guild and Maryborough/Fraser Coast Show Society.

Tom’s interests include Fishing,  Sport, Military History,  Health of past and present military personnel, photography, woodturning and medical student training.

Jacqui Elson-Green

Jacqui Elson-Green has expertise in communications, marketing, event management, journalism, strategic planning, government and community relationships and building networks.

Jacqui has worked in the Australian higher education sector for more than 25 years including holding senior roles at a number of universities and as a general manager at IDP Education Australia. She is a former editor of Campus Review and was the Director of Communication and Engagement at the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Jacqui grew up in Maryborough and Hervey Bay and is keen to see the new Maryborough Services Memorial Club become the leading community club in the Wide Bay.

Stewart Norton

Stewart is a Chemical Engineer and a 35-year veteran of the Australian Sugar Industry, holding senior executive positions with MSF Sugar for 20 years. He is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and has previously been a member of school and government boards and sugar industry committees, including a term as the Chair of the Australian Sugar Milling Council People and Safety Committee. He has considerable experience with the obligations of directors as a member of boards and an executive reporting to a board. He is currently retired and resides in Maryborough.

Tony O’Keeffe

Travis George

Travis is principle of the local law firm Suthers George having more than 20 years experience as a solicitor. He also has degrees in Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology and was member of the Mental Health Tribunal. Travis has been involved in various local sporting organisations in Maryborough for long periods especially cricket.

Judith Mills

Resident of Maryborough since 1989, husband Wayne with two daughters, four grand daughters and two grandsons.  I hold a special interest in all things “Returned Services” as four generations of my own family have been involved in the services. My Great Grandfather, Grand Father’s enlistment in  WWI took him to Egypt and other locations. He then served again in WWII. My father also served in WWII and was in Darwin during that historic bombing. My mother enlisted as WAIF and Land Army, and my husband Wayne too young for Vietnam enlisted in the Regular Arming joining the 1st Armoured Regiment.

My career commenced as a Registered Nurse for fifteen years specialising in Paediatrics before entering the Accounting Profession. I have been a Chartered Accountant for 25 years, with experience in Tax Accounting before moving into commercial and project accounting. I consider myself well versed in all aspects of corporate and financial operations, with experience in listed companies, private companies, partnerships, trusts and Not-For-Profit organisations.

During the late 1990’s I was appointed project accountant working with the project team on the Qld Rail / Walkers Engineering $180M Joint Venture Cairns Tilt Train Project. Following the completion of this project, accepted appointment as Company Accountant at Maryborough Sugar Factory until in 2010 the family moved to Tully in Far North Queensland when I took on the role of Corporate Accountant of Tully Sugar which had recently been purchased by one of the largest Agricultural Companies in the world Chinese based Cofco Tunhe.

Returning to SE Qld in 2014, I joined Kath Dickson Family Centre a NFP Organisation providing education and care for disadvantaged children for over forty years. I was initially appointed CFO for two years and then served a further four years as CEO working closely with the Chairman and Board of Directors to strengthen the financial position of the organisation allowing the community footprint of the organisation to grow.

 In 2018 family matters brought us back to Maryborough permanently. My most recent appointment was CFO for the private owned local business, Dale & Meyers Operations until my retirement date set for December 2021, at which time I look forward to devoting my time, skills and knowledge to community.

Throughout my accounting career my strategy has been focused on effective operations management, fiscal management, controls, tax and corporate compliance while providing a high-quality collaborative working relationship in a team environment. On retirement, I now look forward to contributing and giving back to community. Through this appointment to the Board of the Maryborough Services and Citizens’ Memorial Club, I hope to share my lifelong skills and knowledge.

Stephen Yeates – Secretary Manager

Secretary Manager, Stephen Yeates brings a wealth of industry experience and knowledge to the Club. Stephen was employed with the QLD State Railway for over 10-years before his employment with the Club. Stephen’s Hospitality experience has spanned more than 25 years with the Maryborough RSL, first joining us in June 1996. Stephen has extensive experience across all areas of both the industry and the Club and has been providing the technical advice to both Management and the Board over this time. Stephen has a Diploma in Hospitality, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and a Certificate III in Business. These qualifications coupled with his 25 years of knowledge and experience, saw Stephen well placed to take the key role in managing the delivery of the Club’s multi-million-dollar extension in 2015. During this project, Stephen provided expert advice to the Board and contractors to ensure that the impact to Club operations was minimised and the project delivered on time.

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