Who Is Jeremy?

Jeremy first came to Taree in 1995 to work at Radio 2RE.  He quickly became involved in community groups and met his wife Frith in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar with the Taree Arts Council.  They now live in Taree with their three children.

Jeremy became the first breakfast announcer on MAX-FM when the new station launched in 1997 and was a Finalist for Best Station Promotion in the national radio awards that year.

While working at the radio station, Jeremy was a passionate advocate for the community.  He led the station's fundraising and advocacy for the Nita Reed Dialysis Centre, the Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and countless other local charities and events.  In his spare time, Jeremy was an avid supporter of community groups including the Gymaroos, Flair Fashion Awards, Indigenous Achievement Awards, Manning Great Lakes Business Awards and many others.

Jeremy was on the Cultural Tourism Committee of the Manning Development Corporation, Vice President of the Taree Chamber of Commerce, a member of Taree's Cultural Plan Advisory Committee and a Board member of both the Manning Valley Tourism Board and the Mid North Coast Regional Arts Board.  He has also been the Deputy Chair of the NSW Festivals and Events Association, Chair of the NSW and ACT Performing Arts Centres Association and a funding assessment panelist for Create NSW and the Australia Council.

Jeremy moved to Sydney in 2007 to become the Deputy Head of Operations for World Youth Day, leading a team of 99 staff to deliver Stations of the Cross (the largest live production in Australia's history with a live audience of 270,000 people and a global TV audience of 500 million).  Jeremy and his team were also responsible for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI on the Sydney Harbour, watched by a crowd of 500,000 people as well as the walk by 230,000 people from North Sydney to Randwick.  After World Youth Day, Jeremy worked on major events in Sydney including the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop and the creation of the Australian Event Awards but, as the kids grew older, he and Frith missed the Manning Valley and decided to return home.

In 2011 Jeremy became the Manager of the Manning Entertainment Centre, delivering a program of building improvements including the new bar and foyer revitalisation, the replacement of the aged air conditioning system and new production equipment for better lighting and sound.  Jeremy brought new initiatives including the Manning Youth Creative Ensemble, National Theatre Live screenings, securing the NSW Tourism Conference and as a founding member of the Blak Lines Touring Consortium supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists.  His time at the theatre culminated in recognition as a Finalist for Best Performing Arts Centre at the 2016 Australian Performing Arts Centre Association Awards.  Jeremy successfully lobbied the NSW Arts Minister for $1.6million to improve and extend the theatre.

Jeremy made the difficult decision to leave the Manning Entertainment Centre in 2018 to become the Executive Director of Monkey Baa Theatre Company.  Monkey Baa is a registered charity and is Australia's widest-touring theatre company.  Monkey Baa's 2018 production of Josephine Wants to Dance, based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, was seen by over 60,000 people in 45 venues around Australia winning several awards along the way.  In 2019 the company is creating a new production of the classic book Possum Magic by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas which will tour to over 60 cities and towns in every corner of Australia.  Monkey Baa is currently preparing an extensive tour of Diary of a Wombat to the USA in 2020.  Jeremy divides his week between the Monkey Baa office in Sydney and working from home in Taree.  Jeremy will leave Monkey Baa when the election is called to focus full-time on the campaign.

He has completed a Graduate Diploma in Management from Macquarie University and is currently working on his Masters in Business Administration. Jeremy's local community work over many years was recognised by Rotary awarding him a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Jeremy has proven his commitment to local community organisations.  He has extensive experience in charities, the arts, major events and government.  He knows what it takes for organisations and communities to realise their full potential and is excited and ready for the opportunity to represent the people of Lyne.

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  • David Norling
    commented 2019-04-30 18:38:12 +1000