14 Apr Getting to know our new Councillors: Desley O’grady
RELATIONSHIP STATUS Married
FAMILY Yes, I have grown up kids. No grandchildren yet.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS? Yes I have pets, unfortunately in January 2 my small dog went to doggie heaven. My poodle was bitten by a snake and the Jack Russell cross was mauled by wild dogs. Both these dogs came from the pound & we had them for over 7 years. Currently we have a red cattle Dog (Smithfield) Zed, Ginger Cat called April, she was found in the Mangroves near NRG and 4 horses, cows & calves FAMILY LIFE Born in Mundubbera where I lived & did my schooling for 15 years, moved to Gayndah to do my hairdressing then transferred to Bundaberg in my 3rd year when my parents Des & Betty Mergard moved to Agnes Water/Town of 1770 to start their tourism venture. Then after a few years I moved to Town of 1770 to help with the tourism operations. I have been happily married for nearly 26 years, have 2 adorable adult children.
QUALIFICATIONS OR BACKGROUND Qualified Hairdresser forover 20 years, owned and operated my own salons. Owned and operated businesses within the boating fishing & tourism sector as well as own a Clothing store in Calliope.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A COUNCILLOR I could see that the residents and ratepayers needed a voice in the greater community to represent them on Council. I couldn’t have done it without the support of the residents putting their trust in me when they voted.
WHAT WILL BE ONE MAIN FOCUS FOR YOU IN THE ROLE? Listen to residents and ratepayers for a greater outcome.
SHORT NOTE TO THE PUBLIC I would sincerely thank all of you who voted for me at the recent elections. I will faithfully and impartially fulfill the duties of the office, in accordance with local government principles under the Local Government Act 2009, to the best of my judgment and ability. I look forward to serving our Region as a Councillor.
IF YOU WERE STUCK ON AN ISLAND AND YOU HAD TO PICK ONE OF YOUR FELLOW COUNCILLORS TO BE TRAPPED WITH WHO WOULD YOU PICK? None 🙂
CHOOSE ONE ITEM TO TAKE WITH YOU? Pillow
NAME ONE PERSON WHO INSPIRES YOU My Mother, Betty Mergard
WHAT AREA OF GLADSTONE DO YOU LIVE? Rural Calliope
BEST PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO FIND MORE INFO ABOUT YOU? Google