Management Committee


President:  Michael Williams

Michael came to Mackay in 1980 as the first paediatrician for the town, from Melbourne, with his wife Margaret. They had been involved with a freeway action group in Melbourne, and had a concern for the bush.   

Michael was involved in the initial activities in the early 80s in Mackay focused on the local melaleuca forest at Slade Point, the Daintree road and plans to subdivide the National Park on Lindeman Island.   

Michael_Williams.pngHe participated in the foundation of the Mackay Conservation Group in 1985 and has been an active member since.  From 1992 he has been President.  

Michael works as Director of Child & Adolescent Health, Mackay Base Hospital and has led the development of telehealth services in Queensland for children and adolescents over the last 16 years. He has received a number of awards from Queensland Health and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for his contribution to rural health and telehealth. 

Michael has also been an active participant in triathlons in the Mackay district.  He has 3 adult children and enjoys his 4 grandchildren.

Vice President:  Donna Martin

Secretary:  Mary Anne Baillie

Treasurer:  Judy Stewart

Judy_Stewart.jpgTreasurer Judy Stewart volunteers for Meals on Wheels, the Historical Society, is a wildlife carer and has been on the MCG Management Committee since January 2014.

Before joining MCG she worked as a primary school teacher for many years.

Now, between feeding her injured baby birds, Judy runs stalls, historical walks and has been known to cut up the odd protest lily or two (for the Halloween protest about the Caley Valley wetlands).

Committee Member:  Joan Fitzsimmons

Joan_Fitzsimmons.pngJoan Fitzsimmons grew up in Coen and Brisbane. She attended BGGS and then UQ where she obtained a Science degree with Honours and a PhD in Biochemistry.

She has travelled extensively throughout Australia since the early 70’s by 4WD to many remote places and has formed a strong love of our countryside.

She has also been a bushwalker since her childhood and has taken an interest in the surrounding flora and fauna.

Joan and her husband Dennis joined MCG after the attempt to develop Lindeman Island. She organised the roster to keep open the doors of the newly acquired MCG building in the early days before we employed an admin person.

Joan has also been Vice President and Treasure.

Committee Member:  Dougal McLauchlan

Committee Member:  Kevin Healy

Updated:  10 November 2016