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Shirl Lyon

President

Shirley Lyon is the owner and operator of Port Douglas Mossman Pest Control. Shirl moved from Sydney to Port Douglas in 2015, purchasing PDM Pest Control which had operated for 15 years in the region. She has since successfully grown and diversified the business, continuing to invest in the Douglas Shire with residential and commercial properties. After 23 years of working in senior positions in NSW Legal Aid, and now as a small business owner, Shirl understand the challenges of business success in a constantly evolving economic and political environment. Recognising that it is essential to develop a favourable environment for small and medium businesses to grow and prosper. It is her mission to promote Douglas Shire to visitors, migrants and investors and to work with Douglas Chamber as an enabler in supporting the development of a successful business hub as we develop valuable market insights, up-to-date information on Chamber initiatives, programmes, events, activities and other useful resources.

Jeremy Blockey

Vice-President

Jeremy has worked in Far North Queensland for the past 32 years as an economist, business consultant, and strategic advisor. Aside from running his own consultancy business, Jeremy had a 15-month contract with the Queensland Government as Queensland’s Special Trade Representative to Papua New Guinea. Jeremy also spent 12 months in a corporate role with ASX-listed mining company Consolidated Tin Mines.In early 2015 Jeremy became actively involved in the family farm at Cape Tribulation, North Queensland, which has been owned by the Gray family since the late 1970s. He, and his wife Merran, bought Cape Trib Farm in 2016 and now grow over 70 varieties of exotic fruit, run a B&B farmstay, and run fruit tasting as a tourism experience. Jeremy has built a strong network of business connections across the region, complemented by his involvement in and being a committee member of a number of business and not-for-profit organisations – including serving on the Cairns Chamber of Commerce committee for seven years (3½ years as President), and five years on Advance Cairns; other board roles have included Trinity Anglican School, JUTE Theatre, the TNQ Institute of TAFE Council, and Djarragun Enterprises (an Indigenous social enterprise).

Kylie Samson

Treasurer

Kylie Samson/ Director, LJ Hooker, Port Douglas Kylie Samson is the Owner/Director of the leading real estate agency in town L J hooker Port Douglas which she has owned with her husband for the past 16 years.   Kylie is also a Personal Trainer and currently runs her Personal Training Business PTPD (Personal Training Port Douglas).  Kylie is … Read more

Martin Tranter

Secretary

Martin Tranter is a partner of Bolt Burchill Tranter Lawyers. He moved to Port Douglas from the Atherton Tablelands in 1996 and has been a solicitor practising in the Douglas Shire since 1998. Martin acts for numerous business, body corporate and farming concerns throughout the Atherton Tablelands and Far North Queensland region. His fields of practice are predominantly Business, Body Corporate, Management Rights, Commercial and Residential Property related fields. Martin was a founding committee member of the Chamber of Commerce and has been a Chamber Committee member for numerous years including many stints as Vice President. His passion is to help and guide new businesses and existing businesses to prosper and succeed and as a product of that success to strengthen the Douglas region’s community and economy.

Evelyn Matthews

Management Committee

Evelyn Matthews was born in Mossman and has lived here for 56 years. She works in the Mossman sugarcane industry and is currently Manager and Company Secretary of Mossman CaneGrowers Limited. Evelyn has worked for the Mossman CaneGrowers organisation in various roles for the last 37 years. She manages the Company’s investment properties being the land and building at 2 Mill Street, Mossman. The property is currently leased to Cairns Hardware. Evelyn has a Certificate IV in Business Administration. Mossman CaneGrowers Limited is the peak primary industry body representing sugarcane growers in Douglas and in the Julatten area, who supply sugarcane to Mossman Mill from approximately 7,000 hectares of land. One of the main functions of the organisation is as Bargaining Agents to collectively negotiate on behalf of members/growers for supply of sugarcane to Mossman Mill and for the Cane Analysis Program, which is used for growers’ cane payment purposes. They are also involved in the oversight of the operation of these agreements on behalf of growers. Other objectives are to promote unity within in the industry to strengthen our ability to provide representation, leadership and services to our members and sugarcane growers in general.  

Wade Greasley

Management Committee

Wade Greasley, Kaia Day Spa & Business Disputes Solutions Wade Greasley is the owner of Kaia Day Spa, a five star day spa experience located at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas. Wade has owned Kaia for nearly one year, after 7 years owning Niramaya Spa, at Niramaya Villas and Spa. Wade arrived in Port Douglas in 2013, with 20 years commercial banking experience. Wade has recently graduated law and is now a Nationally Accredited Mediator. Wade has established his dispute resolution and mediation practice, Business Dispute Solutions from offices in Port Douglas. Wade is committed to working with all parties to a dispute, to achieve an outcome, and save the time and cost imposed by litigation. Wade and his team are engaged with the local community, having been long term supporters of the local Breast Cancer Support Group, Pink in the Tropics.

Pia McKeown

Management Committee

Pia McKeown Owner and operator of Temptatations Licensed Bar & Cafe in Mossman established 34 years ago and has diversified the business over the years keeping up to the current market and trends. Pia also operators a fashion boutique for the past 12 years in Mossman and Port Douglas. Pia has past experience as a managing director of a large passenger transport company for 16 years in Mossman, Port Douglas and Cairns areas, and has great knowledge in local community and tourist expectations while visiting the shire. Pia is committed to supporting the Douglas Shire Chamber to help drive new and existing business to succeed and grow our region.

Robin McAdam

Management Committee

Robin McAdam is the General Manager of Port Douglas Apartments. Robin first moved to FNQ in 1999 from Canada and has been an active member in the local tourism sector, first as the Treasurer of Tourism Palm Cove and now as the Secretary of the Douglas Shire Accommodation Co-Op. With 15 year’s experience in financial management and over 25 year’s experience in hotel management in small, regional towns, Robin understands both the challenges of running a successful business and the importance of a cohesive and vibrant community in in achieving that goal.

Ms Cheryl Wellham

Management Committee

Cheryl has been part owner and General Manager of Exemplar Coaches and Limousines since 2007. She brings diversified experience from her 22yrs nursing in critical care units and from 15 yrs. in sales and marketing for two multi-national pharmaceutical companies. On completion of these two careers she embarked on her third as a business owner with her husband. The extended family have been residents of Port Douglas since 1967, as such her memories of the area are vivid and varied. Cheryl has previously been on various committees to support the community; as Arts and Culture representative on the Douglas Shire Council Community panel, panel member for the Chamber of Commerce and Queensland Regional Board representing Port Douglas, Secretary and then President of Art House Port Douglas and as Secretary of the Port Douglas Yacht Club. Cheryl is committed to supporting the region and the tourism industry, which underpins the economic success and viability of the region. By being a member of the Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce Committee she will endeavour to strengthen the important nexus among business owners, the Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Port Douglas-Daintree and the Douglas Shire Council. She sees the importance of the collaboration and co-operation among these entities to make the region thrive.

Milo Rasinac

Management Committee

Milo Rasinac’s name has been synonymous with real estate for over 23 years, as has his achievements of exceptional results with many thousand auction performances and private sales. He has earned respect and loyalty over the years through hard work, integrity, commitment and his extensive knowledge of the real estate landscape. A seasoned auctioneer, Milo has always displayed passion and enthusiasm to achieve the best results for both vendors and purchasers alike. Milo’s commitment to customer service is unwavering so his availability at any time of day or night is no surprise. He makes the process of selling and purchasing a property a personal experience that is comfortable and familiar and, ensures both parties are fully informed at every step.