Vice President: Mel Gray-Thompson
Tenure: 2007 – present
Mel was the first audiologist based in Port Macquarie and established the Australian Hearing Centres office here 25 years ago, establishing and running his private successful hearing clinic which ensures people get a greater enjoyment in their lives. Mel is a Board member of the Independent Audiologists who represent the small players against multinational influences and on Government policy for hearing centres in Australia. Mel has grave concerns that there is not adequate commitment to controlling climate change and is also a member of Climate Change Australia, the Greens and Friends of the ABC as well as being a long serving member of the RAN committee.
Treasurer: Chris McLoughlin
Tenure: 2003 – present
Chris, a retired business woman having run a very successful business with her partner in Port Macquarie for about 8 years, now in her retirement is very active in the community. Chris was one of the original members of Residents Action Network back in 2003 and has continued to hold the position of Treasurer ever since. Over those years she has been involved with many Meet the Candidates events and very important Public Forums that RAN Inc has organised re all three levels of government. As a local resident Chris is particularly concerned about Councils consultation processes and is keen to see a greater input and involvement by the community at large in Council affairs. Chris hopes to see that our local environment is maintained which will preserve the quality of our life in Port Macquarie and surrounds.
Bob moved to Port Macquarie nearly 30 years ago after purchasing a struggling aluminium business which he sold as a successful venture about 8 years later & promptly retired. Bob was very involved in Association of Independent Retirees & served on the Committee as President, Newsletter editor, and Membership Officer. Passionate about Port Macquarie, some of his community concerns include depleted koala habitat, not overdeveloping the area, the Food for Less building, and local policing. These days Bob is a very keen golf croquet player.
Tenure: 2004 – present
Stephen and his wife were early members of RAN and long-serving Office bearers on the Committee. Steve and Jaci (now deceased) were active members of many local environmentally focussed organisations since the 1980s after making a commitment to preserve the area’s amazing natural beauty. They had witnessed Australia making some of the same mistakes the US had made and realised that in bringing local issues to the public and the politicians attention would be good for the Hastings area. Steve has a long history of lobbying and campaigning for issues, agendas and candidates he feels would have the best outcomes for the environment and the community. Steve continues to work with RAN, Dunecare/Landcare, Friends of the ABC and other groups to activate the community.