By The Bribie Islander magazine


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Tags: Retirement. Travel. Tourism destinations. Queensland. Moreton Bay.

Three years ago, my hubby Ian and I visited the Sunshine Coast region, from NSW, searching for a change, looking at over 50 resorts and parks, we came across Bribie Island and an over 50’s new resort being built in the best area we had seen to want to live. We took the plunge to be able to live in a wonderful environment, close to all amenities, yet far enough away to feel as if you are on holidays every day.

The caring and happy community on the island, the availability to pursue any interest you may have within the close proximity of your home, good transport options, with the lovely scenery to walk, ride your bike, peaceful environment close to water, what more could you ask for. My husband and I are retired and he is very much involved with lawn bowls and he very much enjoys being part of the Bribie Bowls Club who made us both feel very welcome from the first day.

I then thought I better try to find something for myself, so I ventured out to U3A, joined a couple of things, did some volunteering for a while, but still wanted more to use the old brain cells and my life experience to contribute to the wider community. As we live in a manufactured home resort, I eventually found the Manufactured Home Owners Association Inc. (MHOA) website, became a member and then a member of the management committee. I can work from home and attend a couple of meetings a year, and I became committed to working with MHOA.

The Association is a nonprofit, volunteer, state-wide organization developed to help prevent unfair treatment of manufactured homeowners. It is devoted to promote, advance, maintain and safeguard the combined and individual interests of manufactured homeowners throughout Queensland. With a bit of mentoring, (which continues, from the president Errol) I have immersed myself in the Manufactured Home (Residential Parks) Act 2003, working on raising the profile of MHOA.

We are continually lobbying State and Federal Governments on all manners of issues concerning members’ welfare and our members can receive free advice and support. I hope for many years to contribute to the Queensland community and live in this amazing place we now call home. How many people get to say, I live on an island, one of the best we think, Thanks Bribie. Rhonda and Ian Cooper.

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A highly successful sales and leadership career working in a number of different and very competitive industries. Engaging with decision makers at all levels in business and government. Three decades employed by corporations, SME businesses in senior roles and almost twelve years operating as a freelance contractor has equipped me well for all aspects of business. Whether leading and mentoring sales teams, or in a direct sales role I enjoy the challenge to meet and exceed expectations. Making a real and tangible difference in either a team environment or as an individual is an important personal goal I have consistently achieved throughout my career. In all of my business and personal dealings over the years there is one issue that stands out above all others - communication. Excellent communication skills creates trust, helps with mutually beneficial outcomes and above all cements long lasting positive relationships. I strive everyday to communicate effectively with the people I encounter.