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HE KNOWS HOW TO WORK HARD
As one of seven kids to a hard working family, Garry learnt to "earn his way" from an early age, from a paper route at age 10 through jobs as a Garbo, Tree Lopper, Radio Host, Meat Worker, Soldier and Costumed Character for kids events. He enjoys hard work and knows how tough it can be to earn a dollar.
He keeps his skills up to date and holds a Masters Of Business Administration, Diplomas in Event Management and Community Recreation and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
MEET GARRY HUMPHRIES
Energy and Experience with a Community Focus
Starting the Warwick Triathalon 2013
THERE WHEN YOU NEED HIM
The proudest moments of his professional career have been helping communities recover after natural disasters. From being deployed to North Qld in the first wave of recovery workers after cyclone Larry in 2006, to being 'dropped in' before flood peak in Charleville, to leading the State Government's Community Recovery response in 2009, to receiving the National Emergency Medal for services to Toowoomba and Grantham during the 2011 floods.
HIGH LEVEL LEADERSHIP
Garry is Chairman of the Board of the 58 PCYC's in Queensland. This is an $86 million a year social enterprise, operating 130 childcare operations, 30 commercial gyms and over 400 crime prevention programs and 2,000 staff across the State. As Chairman of this 'all volunteer' board, Garry is responsible for delivering much needed youth and crime prevention services from Cooktown, to Toowoomba, to Cunnamulla.
HE KNOWS GOVERNMENT
For over 30 years Garry has been developing communities for State and Local Government, mainly in country and remote Queensland. During this time he has developed the skills and networks to understand "How things work in government" and "How to get things done" within Councils.
NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND
Blind Australians can become marginalised because of their disability. Sport is a way to overcome this marginalisation and possibly lead to Paralympic Gold Medals. As a past member of the National Board of "Blind Sports Australia", Garry works diligently to ensure that everyone has a pathway regardless of disability.
As a skilled conference presenter, Garry offers his skills voluntarily to a range of agencies to give lectures on "Community Events", "Indigenous Economic Development", "Remote Service Delivery" and "The Future of Community Organisations". On over 60 occasions in the last 5 years he has helped in excess of 1,000 people from Iceland to Thursday Island with his training.
COMMITTED TO SERVICE
With both a mother and father who saw service during World War II, Garry honoured their commitment and volunteered for military service and was trained as an Army Officer in the Army Reserve, seeing service for just under six years as a Field Engineer Troop Commander in North Queensland with 5 FER and an Infantry Platoon Commander in Maryborough, then onto Brisbane's 9 RQR as a Depot Commander at Coopers Plains.
DEDICATED TO ALL AUSTRALIANS
SWIN (South West Indigenous Network) has become a powerhouse of ethical funding for young sportspeople and successful program development in South West Queensland. As Co-Founder of the organisation Garry is proud to help some of the most disadvantaged and isolated youth in Australia to reach their full potential by their active participation in sport and community life.
While working with Logan City Council, Garry led the construction of InSports, a world class, 4 Court Indoor Centre at Cornubia, bringing the project in $600,000 under projection by using an innovative "Design & Construction" approach with the builder and then negotiating Council's first Local Employment Agreement with the Unions, to ensure the venue was staffed and fully operational. This is just one of many examples of where Garry delivers better, faster and less expensive solutions for the community.
LIFE SHOULD BE FUN
Garry has held senior roles in some of the country's major events including the Queen's Birthday leg of the Sydney Olympic Torch Relay, the Gold Coast Indy, North Queensland Games, as well as advising on the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Logan City's Youth Arts and Music Festival, the World Masters Games in Brisbane and many more. He also organised the Royal Reception for Prince William in Toowoomba in 2011 and has delivered training for Events Staff at both the Cobb & Co Museum and University of Southern Queensland.