Who we are

Jobs Fraser Coast was formed from the Fraser Coast Regional Advisory Group in May 2018.

Established in September 2017, the role of the Fraser Coast Regional Advisory Group was to lead the development of the Fraser Coast Regional Workforce Plan following the Growing Opportunities in the Fraser Coast: Informing Regional Workforce Development  report.

Initial advisory group members include the three Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Council, local University, Regional Development Australia, TAFE, Regional Tourism Organisation, Agriculture, Health, Community, NDS and Manufacturing industries.

The members worked in a spirit of collaboration, respectfully and in good faith for the advancement of the Fraser Coast region.  It is intended that these same principles will continue to be displayed and embedded into Jobs Fraser Coast activities.

Our Mission

Jobs Fraser Coast supports the growth and development of a strong, capable and skilled workforce across industry sectors in the Fraser Coast region.

Our Members

Scott Rowe


Executive Officer
Regional Development Australia
Wide Bay Burnett

Scott brings 15 years of local experience and an economic development perspective to his role as Jobs Fraser Coast Chair. He has strong community connections, board experience, and is currently tasked with regional job creation and regional competitive analysis.

Mark Lourigan


Manager Economic Development
Fraser Coast Regional Council

Mark has worked in industry and manufacturing for over 25 years, primarily with Hyne Timber in organisational development. Mark now leads the Economic Development team at Fraser Coast Regional Council in developing, implementing and facilitating initiatives and strategies that deliver sustainable community and economic outcomes, including job creation, investment attraction, increased incomes and improved standards of living, for the Fraser Coast communities.

Michelle Hay


Coordinator, USC Fraser Coast
University of the Sunshine Coast

Michelle has deep roots in the Fraser Coast community and brings strong industry experience in the business, marketing, tourism, education and not-for-profit sectors to her role with Jobs Fraser Coast.

As both lecturer and manager at USQ and USC Fraser Coast, she has developed strong networks and a broad knowledge-base in both local and international education.

Robin Rayner


North Coast Region

Robin has worked in the Queensland education sector in a wide range of regions since 1974. She brings a background in leadership, management, research and strategic planning to her role with Jobs Fraser Coast, and strong relationships with local community and industry organisations.

Darryl Stewart


Tiaro Chamber of Commerce

Darryl brings a broad spectrum of professional experience to his role on the board of Jobs Fraser Coast, including local government, economic development, agriculture, manufacturing and defence. He has extensive regional networks and strong connections with community organisations, local businesses and local government.

Sandra Holebrook


Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce

Sandra brings over 25 years commercial business experience to her role on Jobs Fraser Coast. She has extensive networks in Fraser Coast business, health and community sectors, and has the ability to combine financial acumen, commercial experience and community service to focus strategically on economic drivers such as human capital, productivity, entrepreneurialism, business clustering, financial capital and trade specialisation.

Michelle Clunn


Maryborough Chamber of Commerce

Michelle is the current President of the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce. She has extensive experience in executive functions in both the Health and Education sectors. Michelle has expertise in project management, quality and risk frameworks, strategic planning, marketing and human resource management

She also has extensive experience in developing and implementing community focused projects and engagement initiatives. She is very passionate about her community and enjoys working towards building its economic capacity.

Melinda Everett


Senior Sector Development Officer
National Disability Services

Melinda brings extensive local knowledge of the disability and skill development sectors to her role on the board of Jobs Fraser Coast. Her past experience includes working in management within the community service sector and she has a degree in Public Health (Health Promotion).

Ana Rodger


General Manager
TAFE Queensland East Coast Region

Ana leads a multi-campus, multi-disciplined education and training organisation, offering qualifications and skill sets to over 12,000 students annually. With 27 years of experience in the VET sector in Far North Queensland, Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Burnett, Ana has in-depth knowledge of the challenges and opportunities for regional Queensland in a rapidly changing socio-economic landscape. Prior to her current role, Ana held the role of Executive Director Education and Training with an earlier role at TAFE North as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services.

Greig Bolderrow


Fraser Coast Tourism and Events

Until his retirement in 2017 Greig spent his entire career in the media in Wide Bay. As General Manager Wide Bay for Southern Cross Austereo he was responsible for the company’s radio and television assets on the Fraser Coast and in Bundaberg.
Greig is the current chair of Fraser Coast Tourism and Events and has strong links to many community organisations in the area.

Michelle Kennedy


Manager Recruitment and Workforce Services
Wide Bay Hospital and Health

Michelle brings extensive experience in health industry recruitment to her role with Jobs Fraser Coast. A strong human resources professional, Michelle has a degree in Human Resources Management and Services.

Allison Finley-Bissett


Lead Organiser, Central and Wide Bay
Together ASU

Allison brings extensive union knowledge for professional and administrative staff in the Queensland public service and the private sector to her role within Jobs Fraser Coast.

Allison completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland which has assisted her becoming a strong union advocate. An active member of the Fraser Coast community, Allison is the treasurer of Save our Waterside Workers Union Hall and the Maryborough Labour Day Committee

Our Goals

Jobs Fraser Coast works with local, regional, state and commonwealth partners to:

  • Plan for the future through proactive monitoring of industry trends and identifying upskilling and reskilling opportunities through education and training.
  • Advocate for investment in training and skills that aligns to regional jobs and employment growth.
  • Drive and build the footprint, skills and connection to education pathways to ensure a job ready workforce.
  • Leverage and coordinate existing local resources and assets to enable skills development within the region.
  • Partner with those who are working to bring investment to the Fraser Coast, demonstrating our commitment to thinking about the job and skill requirements to secure the investment.
  • Advocate to build sustainability through building existing workforce resilience and flexibility, to meet the moving skills needs across industry.

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