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13 August, 2021

Community Connect: Welcome Renee

ON Monday 9 August, Cassowary Coast Regional Council and Division 6 residents officially welcomed their new Councillor, Renee McLeod.

Renee was born and raised in the Cassowary Coast and said that she has had the best childhood memories spending many nights at the harbour fishing and living on the family cane farm in Mourilyan.

Renee worked in retail for over 25 years, owned a photography business for 18 and recently sold an Events and Party business, which she co-owned with one of her best friends.

When the opportunity in Division 6 arose, Renee was approached by local residents who encouraged her to run for Council.  In Renee’s words “I am community minded and always want what’s in the best interest of the community and the residents.  I love a challenge and I’m not afraid to do the hard work.

“My focus as Division 6 Councillor at Cassowary Coast Regional Council is to build a strong rapport between the residents and Council. To have issues heard with an open mind and understanding is what my main focus will be.”

Volunteering and giving back to the community is an important part of Renee’s life and she has volunteered for the past ten years at Boogan Stars Junior Soccer Club as a coach, and also held the President role for three years. Involvement in the club is a family affair with Renee’s parents also holding life memberships.

Renee is also a productive member of the Mourilyan State School P&C for nine years, six of which she served as President, and also attended the school in her formative years.

Renee is one of the driving forces of the Innisfail Christmas Crew that was reinvented three years ago by a small group of volunteers. With the support of Innisfail Fitzgerald Rotary Club, a free street party is held for residents with a “Cracker Raffle” that includes $1000’s of vouchers donated from local businesses.

Outside of her busy volunteering schedule, Renee is married with three children, who are 13, 11 and 9 years old. Family is important with three siblings, a large extended family and parents who provide support in everything she does.  Renee’s Nonna is her role model and is the strongest person she knows.

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