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Bowen Tourism & Business is a not-for-profit organisation; led by a board of elected committee members.

Our Board

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Jenn Honnery - Chair

J&J Organic Pride

Jenn Honnery is owner and manager of Organic Pride mangoes.

She is also a freelance graphic and website designer.

With over 16 years’ experience in digital marketing and a strong understanding of the local and regional tourism industry, Jenn is passionate about promoting Bowen, our beautiful beaches and diverse horticulture sector.

Jenn previously held the role of Bowen Tourism and Business Sales and Marketing coordinator and has a thorough understanding of the organisation at both an operational and strategic level.

Jenn is also on the board of directors of Tourism Whitsundays.

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Emily Harvey - Deputy Chair

Filby's Motors

Emily Harvey is the Marketing, Branding and Guest Experience Manager for Filby's Motors, along with founding and / or volunteering for several community organisations and events in the past 10 years including Bowen Turf Club, Gem of the Coral Coast Festival, Bowen Superboats and Bowen Men's Shed.

Emily is passionate about helping to bring more visitors, tourism and commerce to our beautiful region and ensure the rest of the world knows how amazing Bowen, and the greater Whitsundays region, is.

Giving back to the community is an important part of Emily’s life and she also enjoys spending time with her family.

Emily enjoys experiencing the many beaches, bushwalking and local produce and cuisine we are so lucky to have in our region.

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Leah Darwen - Treasurer

ADITS

Leah is a born and bred 5th generation Bowen local.

Leah loves to travel and in her exploration of other areas has always thought Bowen has untapped tourism opportunities. She relishes the history of this town and wants it to meet its true potential.

A high school maths/science teacher by occupation, Leah does supply teaching in the Bowen area.

Before she had her two children, Leah enjoyed community activities like organising the Anglican Debutant Ball and Deb of the Year balls in 2009; as well as being a festival charity Queen.

Leah grew up on a capsicum farm in Bowen and has many family ties to the community.

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Ruth Morton 

Individual

Ruth Morton and her family moved to Bowen in 1984 from Bellingen, NSW, mainly for the weather and to manage a property investment they had.

They started a plumbing business where Ruth helped her husband Bob for a while, and she then went back to university to study for a diploma in financial services and insurance.

As she had always had an interest in the arts and community, Ruth joined the Bowen Arts Society, and they started the Bowen Quilters group, writers’ group, and lead lighting group to name a few.  She then became a member of the RADF to arrange funding grants for art projects in the Bowen district.

Ruth was on the committee to restart the Bowen Tourism and managed to procure the buildings where Tourism Bowen is now situated

She is also a member of the Bowen Lions Ladies and is the recently appointed chair at Murroona Gardens Aged Care.

In her spare time, Ruth loves to travel, read, watch movies, walk, swim, and enjoy time with her great grandchildren.

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Kyli McCrae

McCrae Property Group

With 17 years’ experience in the Bowen Property market, Kyli McCrae is the owner of McCrae Property Group.

Kyli has developed a loyal following of buyers and sellers who have a high level of trust in the Kyli’s ability and integrity.

She is passionate about Bowen and joined the Bowen Tourism and Business Committee as she believes tourism is everyone’s business.

Kyli is an award-winning real estate agent, highlighting her professionalism and high level of customer service.,

She understands the importance of tourism to Bowen’s economy and is passionate about marketing the destination.

Kyli is also a member of Bowen Collinsville Enterprise (BCE).

She is married to Rob who works with Kyli in their Real Estate Office, and they have a son Jake.

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Michelle O'Regan

PCYC Bowen / Stackleroth Farm

Michelle O’Regan grew up in Bowen, leaving in her young adult years and returning in 2001 working for Queensland Police.  In 2011, Michelle was promoted to Sergeant and took on the role of opening and running the PCYC. 

The PCYC has been at the forefront of running or supporting many community activities and events over the past 10 years.

Michelle has also supported her partner Belinda over the last 18 years, with their farming business – Stackelroth Farms. It is a small crop farm, specialising in Halloween Pumpkins for the past 20 years and in more recent years growing and wholesale/direct supply of seasonal table vegetables.

Stackelroth Farms is known to be a great supporter of the community.  Belinda and Michelle are passionate about educating the community on how food is produced and breaking down barriers between farming and consumers.

They can regularly be found delivering engaging workshops and programs for childcare centres, school children, young people and community groups throughout the season.

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Kerry Meier

Floral Notes

Kerry has been a Bowen resident for 18 years and is married with two children.

Kerry is the owner and manager of Floral Notes which she established in 2010.

She was the instigator and one of three co-ordinators of the Bowen Business Expo in 2014 and has been a member of the Bowen Business Chamber/Chamber of Commerce since 2013.

Kerry is also a former vice-president of Bowen Netball and sponsors many community events.

She has been a member of the Community Reference Group Bowen for the Mackay Hospital and Health Service since its instigation in 2015. Kerry would love to see more opportunities and services offered for weddings to be held in Bowen.

She wants to bring more people to our town, to spend money here and hopefully have more families settle in our town.

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Chloe Bauer

Bird's Fish Bar 

Chloe Bauer is the Manager and Director of her family’s owned and operated seafood company, Bowen Fisherman’s Seafood, known as Birds Fish Bar.

The family started Bowen Fisherman’s Seafood in 1982 and Chloe started working at the Co-op ten years ago and added Bird’s Fish Bar.

She is a born and bred local who has done some overseas travelling but has always been drawn back to Bowen.

Chloe is passionate about the fishing industry and is always looking for ways to share knowledge and experience and ways to expand Birds and bring something unique to the community.  

Bird’s Fish Bar regularly donates and supports community events and Chloe became involved with Bowen Tourism and Business because she loves showcasing Bowen and all it has to offer.

 

Invited Representatives

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Rick Hamilton

CEO Tourism Whitsundays

Rick is a dedicated & loyal professional with a strong passion for tourism, marketing, industry and regional development.

Rick brings more than 25 years of senior travel and tourism experience and his leadership philosophy is based around open communication, collaboration, decisive decision-making, and recognition and development which he applies to his role at Tourism Whitsundays.

As Tourism Whitsundays CEO, Rick’s role is to lead a strong Destination Management Organisation on behalf of over 300 industry members, the Whitsunday Regional Council and Tourism and Events Queensland.

This involves working with the Board of Directors and setting the strategic direction for marketing, visitor services and industry development.

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Cr Mike Brunker

Whitsunday Regional Council

Mike Brunker is Whitsunday Regional Council’s invited representative on the Bowen Tourism and Business committee.

He is the Councillor for Division 6 and was born and raised in Collinsville.

Cr Brunker has lived in Bowen for 20 years and he currently runs a newsagency with his wife Kylie.

He is a former coal miner and former Mayor or Bowen Shire and Whitsunday Regional Council.

He is passionate about creating job opportunities in the region and is a member of several other committees including Bowen and Collinsville Mental Action Group, Community Engagement Committee, Don River Improvement Trust, Economic Development Advisory Committee, Economic Recovery Subgroup the North Queensland Sports Foundation.

 

Our Staff

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Leanne Abernethy - Sales and Marketing Manager

Leanne Abernethy took on the role of Sales and Marketing Manager of Bowen Tourism and Business in May 2021.

Leanne has lived in the Whitsundays for 14 years and is a former Managing Editor of the Whitsunday Times and Whitsunday Coast Guardian newspapers.

Before making the transition to tourism, Leanne spent 30 years in the publishing industry as a journalist, editor, manager, sub-editor, designer and multi-media director for newspapers, in NSW, the ACT and then Queensland.

She is passionate about Bowen and the greater Whitsundays region and believes tourism is everyone’s business.

Leanne is committed to promoting and marketing Bowen and to ensuring our thousands of visitors know what is on offer in the region and have a wonderful tourism experience.

Glenn Womal - Membership and Sales Assistant

Susan Milligan - Sales and Marketing Assistant

Ellie Palmero – Sales Consultant

Melissa Beuzeville - Sales Consultant

Our Volunteers

George Tracey, Margie Hurst, Pam Skinner, Janice Germain, Marie Bailey, Steve Fisher, Anne Mason, Vivian & Kevin Clark, Ellen Muir, Dawn Head, Mark and Ann Steen, Warren and Kym Hubner, Wendy Jensen, Ruthie Carter-Crump, Paul Milligan

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