There was a great community of like-minded people I met through radio station 4TTT. We opened clubs, ran gigs and there was a great feeling around town. It was easy to start a band – we could rehearse every day and develop very quickly.
My mother took me to ballet lessons when I was just five. My ballet teacher, Ann Roberts, taught me that dance was not about technique – it was about what you had to share with your audience.
I’ve always loved creating things, but last year I really found my niche in doing calligraphy paintings. I started selling them at the Renegade Markets and store and they really took off.
“I’m proud to call myself a North Queenslander,” Anna says. “Townsville is, and always will be, my home.
The community and the vibe of Townsville when I was growing up there was very open and freeing. I hung out with lots of different groups, one being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who I attribute a lot of my sense of humour to.
I grew up and went to school in Townsville and made the difficult decision to move south in 2009. I have fond memories of the many camping trips and adventures exploring the beaches, creeks and National Parks.
In the early 80s I worked part-time at two record stores in Townsville (Wavelength and Pet Sounds). The things I learned there gave me a fantastic grounding in music and what drives people to consume it.
My time studying at JCU exposed me to different avenues to advocate for Aboriginal people and gave me the foundation to start TAG – Traditional Aboriginal Games.