John is Townsville born and bred having gone to school at Ignatius Park and currently living in Mt Low with his wife Belinda and three children.
A firefighter and ex-serviceman, John is employed at Air Services Australia, in Aviation Rescue Firefighting Services, having spent 20 years with the RAAF as an aviation firefighter.
In addition to his service for his country and in protecting our community John has also actively raised money for local charities as the founder of the Townsville chapter of Red Knights motorcycle club for firefighters and their families.
Since 2012 they’ve raised money for bushfire appeals, veteran’s assistance dogs, camp quality and rural fire services.
As a regional frontline worker, John has experienced the cuts of this Federal Government firsthand, having fought alongside his colleagues to stop the government cuts to firefighting services at regional airports.
John knows that regional communities are too often ignored by Governments and will be fierce advocate for regional services and for much needed investment into our local economy to create jobs.