GAIL Nixon has been involved with Local Government in the region for 22 years and brings a wealth of experience to her role as councillor on the Central Highlands Regional Council.
Gail devotes a large amount of time and energy to a raft of committees and organisations, as well as her business commitments in the community.
Living in Springsure, Gail always played an active role in the community, but had not really considered a position on the council until the opportunity was literally placed in front of her.
“I went down to the council office one day to get some photocopying done and found myself presented with a nomination form to stand for council,” she said.
“It did seem like the logical next step, so I had the form endorsed and was voted in at the next election.”
Gail sat on the Bauhinia Shire Council for 15 years, 12 as mayor, before being elected to the Central Highlands Regional Council after amalgamation.
She spent three years on the executive of the Queensland Local Government Association and six years as chair of the Central Queensland Local Government Association.
“I believe our road transport network is vital for rural communities,” she said. “Also, as a voluntary member of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and SES, I have a focus on emergency management and am deputy chair of the CHRC Disaster Management Committee.”
With these qualifications and a brown belt in tae kwon do, Gail is the woman to have by your side in any crisis.
Another passion is aged care, and Gail sits on a number of committees to ensure this issue is recognised in our region.
“I have always pushed for aged care facilities and housing for the elderly during my time on the Springsure Hospital Board and health advisory networks for council.”
Gail’s contributions have resulted in her election as the Central Queensland representative on the Board of the Queensland Community Housing Coalition.
Along with her commitments to many other voluntary groups and committees, Gail assists with bookwork and depot organisation for two businesses in partnership with her husband John.
“I get real satisfaction from helping other people, even if it is not tangible. I put in 100% for the council and do my best to help the people in our region. It works both ways – in a small community, you always know people are there for you and support you and it is good to give something back.”
Gail is always alert to opportunities which would benefit her community, and a lasting example is the establishment of the Springsure Work Camp.
She has also been involved in charity fundraising for many years and was a member of the Springsure Hospital auxiliary when the team raised more than $200,000. As a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society since 1974, she began the home nursing service for Springsure. In 2010 Gail and three friends also raised several thousand dollars for Angel Flight.
The Inspirational Women project is a joint initiative of the Central Highlands Development Corporation, Central Highlands Regional Council, Westpac and AgForce, and is supported by the CQ News. This event will culminate on March 8. Phone 49824 386, or email@example.com.
Who inspires you?: I admire any female who has achieved, but don’t necessarily follow what they do.
Favourite quote...: Grab what life throws at me with both hands and make the most of it happily and live each day as though it is my last.
First job: After leaving school I worked on the family property Springton.
I never thought I would…: Be a great-grandmother, but I am the proud great-grandmother of a boy, Couper, who will be one on March 17.
If you could invite someone to dinner who would it be?: I enjoy family dinners.
Something people don’t know about me…: Not much, I live in a small town!
“... in a small community, you always know people are there for you and support you ...”
Councillor Gail Nixon
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