Gladstone Region Engagement Committee

Focus Areas

Trades Training and Campus Unification

  • Ongoing industry consultation - training needs
  • Community advocacy - ensuring an accurate and positive message is shared in the community through various networks
  • Direct change management advice and mentoring support.

Youth / School Leaver Awareness

  • Participate in school visits
  • Promotion (to parents) through business newsletters, rotary presentations etc.
  • School leaver and alumni working group.


  • Advocacy (especially regarding government funding)
  • Working group to be established
  • Community needs analysis round table.

STEM and Agriculture

  • Implementation of STEM Hub
  • Engagement in Banana Shire.

Marine Environment

  • Advocacy (especially regarding industry and government funding)
  • Working group to be established
  • Industry needs analysis
  • Coastal & Marine Ecosystem Research Centre (CMERC).

Future Focus Areas

Business and Alumni

  • Focus on increased engagement
  • Mail campaign - future members, focus group members.

Region Partnership and Outreach

  • Further joint meetings and projects with Wide Bay REC
  • Engagement in Banana Shire through meeting within the region.

Indigenous Engagement

  • Maintain and develop current partnerships
  • Strategic focus on increased Indigenous participation.


Ms Ryl Gardner (Chair)
Company Director and Management Consultant, Derridale

Prof Owen Nevin (Deputy Chair)
Associate Vice-Chancellor (Gladstone Region), CQUniversity

Ms Tracy Buchanan (Secretary)
Campus Administration Officer, CQUniversity

Mr Peter Corones
CQUni Council Member

Mr Neville Hughes
Managing Director, GTC Financial

Mr Richard Johnson
Local Elder

Mr Mark Winters
Travel Manager, Departure Point

Dr Emma Jackson
Research Fellow / RCL, CQUniversity

Dr Linda Pfeiffer
Senior Lecturer Education, CQUniversity

Ms Alison Murdoch
Business Manager – CMERC, Gladstone Marina Campus, CQUniversity

Mrs Karin Simon
Campus Library Manager, Gladstone Marina Campus, CQUniversity

Ms Colleen Tribe
General Manager, Roseberry Community Services

Mr Anthony Beunen
Managing Director, Gladstone Drafting