Tom has been a resident in Tweed Shire for the past 35 years, 15 years as an owner/operator of two small businesses in Murwillumbah and has developed, and manages, a commercial, retail, and residential property portfolio in the Tweed and SE Queensland. Tom has extensive experience in economic development, having spent 13 years as CEO and Executive Director of Tweed Economic Development Corporation contracted to Tweed Shire Council. Tom was a Foundation member of Economic Development Australia and has presented numerous papers on Sustainable Regional Economic Development at EDA Conferences across Australia, as well as providing key note addresses at Australian National Conferences and state conferences in NSW, WA, Victoria, Qld, Gold Coast and other regional areas. In 2003 in partnership with University of Queensland’s School of Economics and Policy Development, Tom developed a national award winning, economic modelling tool for Tweed and Northern Rivers. Tom also developed a number of significant projects and proposals for Tweed Shire Council, including; the Tweed NBN Telecommunications Infrastructure Action Plan; An Approach to Employment Generating Land, which promoted the development a 475 Ha Master Planned Estate Development at Murwillumbah; The Tweed Economic and Social Analysis, Health and Ageing Report; and developed the Tweed River Nature Link Project.