Christina (Amies) Bakker
Practice Manager RB Lawyers
What’s your link to Townsville?
I moved to Townsville, with my then husband, in 1990 as he was transferred there as an Army Officer. I lived there for three years and my two oldest sons were born there. While living in Townsville, I was also the on-air newsreader and host of Travelcade. I then regularly popped back to Townsville over the next four years to replace the beautiful Jo Desmond as a newsreader while she took annual leave. As an army wife, I was quite used to regularly moving around Australia, but leaving Townsville was definitely the hardest.
Where are you now?
I live on the beautiful Redcliffe Peninsula and am the Practice Manager of my husband’s law firm, rb lawyers. I remarried 18 years ago. He takes care of the legal side, while I take care of the business side. I enjoy property managing our portfolio and have a keen interest in politics. I’d like to buy and renovate some of the older-style homes that can be found around the Peninsula or maybe even (dare I say it) go into politics.
How did your time in Townsville set you up for success?
I moved to Melbourne and was offered a couple of very high-profile jobs, one at Channel 10 and one at Channel 9. With the breakdown of my first marriage I decided the boys and I had had enough upheaval and didn’t need that sort of public profile in our lives, so I made a choice to withdraw from on-camera work and have never regretted it.
Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit?
I’ve been back a couple of times to attend weddings and I’ll be back for a visit at the end of the year. Townsville is still one of my most favourite cities. Plus, we support the Cowboys!