Prior to being elected to Queensland Parliament in 2015, Chris served the Burpengary, Beachmere and Deception Bay communities for 12 years as the local Councillor, first on the Caboolture Shire Council, then the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Among his achievements as Councillor were the rejuvenation of the Deception Bay foreshore, introduction of traffic calming into Deception Bay, initiating the Burpengary Greenlinks park land project and drawing attention to the problem of climate change. He was known for standing up for local residents: Chris was outspoken on Council’s profit from their water business, the response of Council to the January 2011 floods, and the need for a flood buy back scheme for flood-affected residents.
Among his achievements since being elected as a member of the Palaszczuk Government are the delivery of more than $37 million in infrastructure to local schools – including a hall for Bounty Boulevard State School, the upgrades of the Rothwell Intersection and the Boundary Road overpass and securing funding to update the Deception Bay Road overpass.
Chris is a volunteer for local community groups including the Deception Bay Lions Club, the Burpengary State School Council, Deception Bay Community Youth Programs and The Abbey Museum. He also been a member of Al Gore’s The Climate Project.
He has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree and a Master of Journalism from the University of Queensland. In his spare time, Chris loves to surf and also promotes the Australian wine industry. Prior to being elected to Parliament, Chris worked as a local real estate agent.
Chris lives in Burpengary East with his wife Sian and three children, Guy, Rebecca & Arrabella.