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DUO Profile

Where Are They Now? So much talent, so little space to feature them all… that’s why we’re continuing our series on what former Townsville stars-in-the-making are up to now. Make sure you give us a call at DUO Magazine if you know someone we should be catching up with. SAMANTHA KUMM racq internal communications manager

What’s your link to Townsville? Townsville and North Queensland are, and will always be, my heart and soul. While I was born in Victoria my family took a sunny sea-change well before this was fashionable and when I was very young. So all my



growing experiences and influences are from what will always be home for me. What do you remember about your Townsville days? I was blessed to be in a community that opened up doors and enabled me to learn, grow, make mistakes and thrive. I’m a proud former vice-captain of Kirwan State High School, which was in its early days when

I was there. I was lucky enough that the local TV station, NQTV, accepted my naïve teenage request for a work-experience opportunity and supported me to build a thoroughly fulfilling media career, which spanned some 25 years. I fondly remember the Sunday night drive-ins, catching up with friends at The Strand, roller-skating at Skateway and, later, breaking out my best dance moves at The Bank and The Terrace. Where are you now? Physically in Brisbane for now, but mentally I’m back home. I long to return home to find a role that will suit me where I can once again immerse myself in the simplicity and community that North Queensland delivers – so I’m open to offers! What does your work involve now? I’m working for RACQ in an internal communication role that ensures our staff are well-informed of what’s happening within and across the business and through this feel empowered and engaged to continue delivering the best possible service and experience for our members and their communities. What’s happening with your family life? A couple of big milestones this year – my daughter Cadie turned 21 and, after a 17-year romance, my wonderful partner finally popped the question so I’ve become engaged for the first time at what was a milestone birthday in December. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Unfortunately my family have dispersed, so no familial trips but I’m still doing some occasional Master of Ceremonies events and often these are in North Queensland. Just last year I was in Townsville and every time I fly in I feel excited and emotional as there really is no place like home!

Duo Magazine August 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community.