It was playing Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in Boogie on Australia’s Amateur Hour that gave 17-year-old Graham Jackson his shot at becoming a professional pianist.
“Our family endeavours to give back to the community that has given so much to us,” says retired businessman George Colbran. “I learned very quickly that to be successful and grow you needed to be a people person with the aim of taking your employees on the same ride.”
Less than a year after their devastating Grand Final loss in 2015, the Townsville & Districts Mendi Blackhawks are again in the race to the finals. Although, this year is different; they know how it feels to fall at the final hurdle and they’re determined not to let that happen again.
There were so many interesting people out and about at the recent Townsville Cultural Festival we had to find out more about their back stories….
In the days when Bill Condon barely had a dollar to his name he did, however, have a valuable asset – a visionary mind. Then a truck driver hauling bananas out of Townsville down south, Bill had plenty of time to think of all the big ideas he could bring to life if only he had the money…
Mark and his wife Joan made their move to the coast in 1979 with the aim of better supporting their four children’s move from secondary to tertiary education. After renovating an old homestead that had been moved from Ravenswood in 1922, they set about transforming the old sugar cane farm they bought at Cromarty north of Giru into a small Brahman cattle stud.
“Sport had a huge impact on myself, my brother Tave and my mates growing up. We just played sport anytime we could. Mornings, afternoons and all weekend. Cricket, basketball, tennis, golf, anything… we loved it.”
Mayor of Townsville from 1989 to 2008, Tony Mooney has a reputation for integrity, accountability and action. When there was local opposition to the redevelopment of The Strand and a lack of commitment by the then Commonwealth Government, Tony was the man who brought a team together to make it happen.