Executive committee

  • Allan Milostic


    Email: allan.milostic@livelifepharmacy.com

    Pharmacist and Business Owner
    Foundation Partner of LiveLife Pharmacy Group
    • Bachelor Degree of Pharmacy
    • Business Management and Human Resource Training

    Area of Specialty
    Over 30 years experience in the retail industry covering all aspects of business and stock management, marketing strategies, human resource management with extensive training and focus on customer service.

    Allan was born in Sydney and completed his tertiary studies there. Once registered as a pharmacist, he worked across the country gaining experience and perspective in a broad range of community pharmacy environments.

    Settling in Airlie Beach, Allan met his wife Karen became well known in the region as a local pharmacist. In the late 90’s he became an owner in Airlie Beach Pharmacy and several in Port Douglas. He helped form the fledging pharmacy group called Chemcoast that has now evolved to the LiveLife Pharmacy Group and grown to more than 35 stores – still driven by a commitment to customers.

    Allan also has several other business ventures including the wholesaling throughout pharmacies of his own formula insect bite cream - Itch Eze Plus.

    When not at work or on the computer, Allan loves staying fit and spending time with his young family - boating, camping, riding motorbikes and going on snow skiing holidays! Just getting out and enjoying this great region.

    Passionate about the Whitsundays, business sustainability and the community, Allan has always been involved and active in the region including roles in establishing the original Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce, Vice- President of Compass (the local aged care and disabled respite service) and various sporting clubs, currently Junior Coordinator and Committee member of the Whitsunday Football Club.

    Professional Affiliations
    • Pharmacy Guild Member
    • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
    • Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Beale

    Vice President

    Email: mark.beale@raywhite.com

    • Principal – Ray White Real Estate
    • Auctioneer

    Area of Specialty
    Real estate, property development, residential and commercial leasing, residential and commercial sales, Marine sales, special projects

    Mark started his career as a carpenter in NSW and like many others headed North to the warmer tropical weather. Hamilton Island was the first stop with restaurants and boats and then moved to Airlie Beach to get into Real Estate in February 2000. Mark then purchased the local Ray White business in 2006 and has never looked back. Now with 40 staff the business is still growing and covers all aspects of real estate including residential sales, residential leasing, commercial sales and leasing, special projects, marine and Hamilton Island sales and leasing.

    Professional Affiliations
    • Real estate institute of Queensland
    • President Whitsunday Touch Football

  • Judy Porter


    Email: info@airliebeachchamber.com.au

    Business Owner – Shiift P/L
    • Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology);
    • Diploma of Business Management;

    Area of Specialty
    Currently working in the area of business development as a consultant & coach, Judy’s company ‘Shiift’ specializes in professional development, working with you to upskill your business and your people. She empowers individuals and organisations to identify, develop, implement and achieve greater outcomes; citing ‘effective, targeted communication techniques as key’. Shiift also provides Leadership Development to upskill newly-appointed managers, and / or those who have had limited leadership training.

    Judy has experience in a diverse range of industries:
    • Media – Photojournalist (Leader Group)
    • Dive Industry – Owner (Illusions; Adrenalin)
    • Tourism Operator – Manager (Fantasea Cruises)
    • Workplace Health & Safety – Manager (Fantasea Cruises)
    • Mining Services & Training (RTO) - Owner (Reserve Group)
    • Business Consultancy & HR Upskilling – Owner (Shiift P/L)

    Professional Affiliations
    • Chairperson, Whitsunday Counselling & Support Service;
    • Women in Mining and Resources QLD (WINMARQ); member
  • Nick Haratsis


    Email: nick@eclipsefs.com

    Senior Financial Adviser
    • Masters of Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Information Technology
    • Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning

    Area of Specialty
    Nick can provide financial advice and deal in financial products in relation to the following areas: Financial Planning; Risk Insurance; Managed Investments; Superannuation and Retirement Planning; Estate Planning; Margin Lending and Self-Managed Superannuation Funds.

    Nick has been in the Financial Planning industry since 2006 and has held roles in small financial planning firms, top tier accounting firms and the Commonwealth Bank. He specialises in providing advice on Superannuation, Investments, Insurance, Budgeting and Centrelink.

    Whilst not in the office Nick’s favourite past-times are fishing and stunt kite flying in the beautiful Whitsundays. He is married with two children at Cannonvale State School.

    Professional Affiliations
  • Andrew Telford

    Committee member

    Email: atelford@macamiet.com.au

    Solicitor & Director Macrossan & Amiet
    • Bachelor of Laws
    • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
    • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia.

    Area of Specialty
    Commercial, Property and Business law.

    Andrew is from a local cane farming family and has practised law in the Whitsunday region since 1989. He has had experience in all facets of law including family, criminal and litigation but in recent years has concentrated in the areas of commercial, property business and estate matters.
    Andrew has had extensive dealings with clients in the rural sector as well as tourism and property development. He is passionate about the Whitsunday region and his desire is to see it progress so his children can reside here without having to move away for work in the future.

    Current Positions
    • Founding Director of the Whitsunday branch of Bendigo Community Bank
    • Director of Tourism Whitsundays
    • Director of Macrossan & Amiet Charitable Foundation
  • Jaide Hunt

    Committee Member

    Email: jaidehunt@hotmail.com

    Supervisor McDonald’s Whitsundays

    Advanced Diploma of Management

    Diploma of Retail management

    Area of Specialty

    Food, beverage and retail business management

    Developing and implementing restaurant business plans with short and long term objectives Utilised data to identify restaurant business trend and identify root causes to take appropriate action to improve results

    People management from recruitment, training & performance management 


    Worked in McDonald’s for the past 13 years in various roles starting from a crew person, shift manager, restaurant manager by the age of 20 to currently working as an supervisor within Whitsunday McDonald’s restaurants ( Airlie Beach, Bowen and Cannonvale).

    During my time at McDonald’s I have strived to achieve in business results and personal growth. I work with an underpinning principle of “anything I do, I do as if I own the business myself” demonstrating a high level of personal accountability. I have a high focus on inspiring and motivating employees to exceed benchmarks set.

    Professional Afflictions

    Co - Chairperson for Whitsunday Ronald McDonald House Charity

  • Jimmy Duncan

    Committee Member

    Email: J.Duncan@veris.com.au

    Regional Planning Manager – Veris

    Jimmy is the Regional Planning Manager for Veris (formerly WSG Whitsunday Surveys).

    Area of Specialty

    Jimmy is responsible for planning services in the firm’s Central and North Queensland offices, including Mackay, Proserpine and Cairns. He specialises in managing the approval process of major development applications, interpreting complex planning legislation, and thinking outside the square to achieve clients’ goals.

    With over 10 years’ experience in both the government and private sector, Jimmy has had involvement in a broad spectrum of developments including industrial precincts, residential subdivisions, tourist resorts, shopping centre redevelopments and extractive industry operations.

    Professional Affiliations
    Jimmy is active in the community, representing the Whitsunday development industry as a Committee Member of the Mackay Whitsunday Branch of the UDIA. He was also a member of the Industry Reference Group of the draft Whitsunday Regional Council 2015 Planning Scheme.
  • Kate Purdie

    Committee Member

    Email: kate@abellpointmarina.com

    General Manager, Abell Point Marina • Bachelor of Communication
    • MBA, Global Marketing

    Area of Specialty
    Brand management, corporate communications, international business development.

    Kate brings twenty years of management experience to the team, having served as Vice President of several multinational corporations including Bill Gates’s photography business, Corbis Images, VIACOM International and Discovery Networks Europe. Originally from New York, Kate’s career has moved her to Los Angeles, Seattle, Paris and most recently London, where she spent the past decade working in brand management and business development for clients across a broad range of industry sectors.Kate moved to Cannonvale in 2018 where she resides with her partner and young son. A keen sailor and open water swimmer, she has been an avid supporter of the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef since studying at Bond University on the Gold Coast in 1995.

    Professional Affiliations
    •Director, The Go4it Fund
    •Secretary, SCCC P&F Committee
    •Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Matt Stokes

    Committee member

    Email: matt@plantswhitsunday.com.au

    Manager/Director - Plants Whitsundays
    • Bachelor of Engineering Mechanical (hons)
    • Horticulture III - Landscaping

    Area of Specialty
    Construction industry and trade relationships

    Matt has eight years construction experience in large earthmoving equipment within the mining sector in the roles of Project Engineer and Project Manager. Matt has been 10 years in the role of owner / operator of Plants Whitsunday. Plants Whitsundays incorporates a garden centre, wholesale nursery, tree lopping service, maintenance service and landscaping service and employs 30+ staff.
    Professional Affiliations
    • Landscape Queensland
    • NIASA accredited
    • Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce
    • President of Body Corporate - Horizons
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    The Curious Case of a QLD Infrastructure Business Case

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    All regions of Queensland want to see more major infrastructure projects to kickstart their economies.

    We’re talking about major, significant infrastructure projects with at least a nine-figure price tag that are essential to accommodate the growth of our cities and towns for the next few decades , projects which NSW and Victoria seem to have plenty of. As our southern State counterparts further ramp up investment in infrastructure over the remainder of this decade, construction will continue to lag in Queensland compounded by our ageing workforce.

    The Queensland Major Projects Pipeline 2018 report shows that while there are 190 projects valued at $39.9 billion in the pipeline, 98 of them (51%) are still awaiting funding and 17 per cent of the overall pipeline is unlikely to proceed.

    Unfortunately, infrastructure announcements have become a key metric for political popularity, and real effective growth planning takes a back seat to governments’ obsession with opinion polls. Too often, projects are committed to before a business case has been prepared, and even before comprehensive analysis of any alternatives has been undertaken.

    As a result, funding presents itself the largest hurdle in getting projects up and running due to the business cases not stacking up. At the same time, funding can be given almost on a political whim, despite there being independent bodies at both the federal and state level signalling priority on other more important infrastructure projects.

    The State Infrastructure Plan and Building Queensland’s Infrastructure Pipeline Report comprise an extensive list of major infrastructure proposals, yet the business cases - undertaken by the State Government - struggle to convince the Federal Government to hand over funding required to start the projects.

    Few things are to blame.

    Firstly, in an era of gold-plating our infrastructure, major projects become too expensive and the ROI is considered too low. The lack of long-term thinking when it comes to town planning means corridors are no longer reserved, instead we go underground for our transport infrastructure which is not only outrageously more expensive, but also more hazardous to construct and use, much longer to build, and much more difficult to operate and maintain.

    Secondly, as the business case framework is being driven by the States – and not templated by the Federal Government – the assessment process drags on as the back and forth for more information plays out.

    Thirdly, as the business cases are never released for public scrutiny, politicians are able to play political football and rely on public and media pressure to try and get projects over the line, or otherwise quashed.

    The framework for business cases for major infrastructure projects must change. Early this year in July, Infrastructure Australia released a set of guidelines for future infrastructure projects designed to lift government works to the same level of accountability, planning and cost rigour as the private sector.

    Outlined in the guidelines are 11 infrastructure decision-making principles:

    1. Governments should quantify infrastructure problems and opportunities as part of long-term planning processes.
    2. Proponents should identify potential infrastructure needs in response to quantified infrastructure problems.
    3. Proponents should invest in development studies to scope potential responses.
    4. Where an infrastructure need is identified, governments should take steps to ensure potential responses can be delivered efficiently and affordably.
    5. Governments should undertake detailed analysis of a potential project through a full business case and should not announce a preferred option or cost profile before undertaking detailed analysis involving multiple options.
    6. Proponents should assess the viability of alternative funding sources for each potential project.
    7. Project proposals should be independently assessed by an appropriate third party organisation.
    8. Governments and proponents should undertake meaningful stakeholder engagement at each stage, from problem identification and option development to project delivery.
    9. Governments and proponents should publicly release all information supporting their infrastructure decisions.
    10. Governments should commit to, develop and release post-completion reviews.
    11. Where projects are funded as part of a broader program, the corresponding decision-making processes should be robust, transparent and prioritise value for money.

    Successful initiatives such as City Deals is a model which needs to be rolled out across the State and the country a lot quicker than it currently is. The announcement of a South East Queensland City Deal, following the success of the Townsville City Deal, is a genuine bi-partisan approach and a step in the absolute right direction when it comes to long-term planning.

    Infrastructure needs to separate itself further from politics. The undertaking and success of major projects has been proven to be directly tied to the economy, and our economy is more important to the small business community that political point-scoring.

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