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EDITOR / Jayne Miller

Growing up in country New South Wales, Jayne went on to study Science/Law at the Australian National University, while employed in a colourful range of jobs to support student life.
3:00 am starts involving loitering at dark and frosty intersections with a clipboard recording traffic data, waitressing at Parliament House, serving lunch to Laurie Oakes daily across the road at the Lobby Restaurant, working as a law library assistant and proof-reading legislation at the Attorney-General’s Department.

Being freezing, land-locked, over-worked and under-studied quickly lost its appeal. Her law professors were telling Jayne she was too interested in wishy-washy peripheral subjects like feminism, international human rights and environmental law, and that she needed to get stuck into the nuts and bolts of constitutions, contracts and torts.

Dutifully, she packed up and headed north to the tropics. Before long she was living and working on Lizard Island, learning to dive, and completing her studies externally from palm-fringed tropical beaches.

For the past 25 years, Jayne’s family have called this special corner of the world home. She is an active volunteer in the community, assisting numerous organisations with their digital media presence and administration. She is endlessly happy to raise three children in a beloved community nestled between two unique World Heritage destinations.

Andre Leu

André Leu is the International Director of Regeneration International, a global NGO that promotes food, farming and land use systems that regenerate and stabilize climate systems, the health of the planet and people.

André studied journalism at university and has a degree in Communications, with a double major in Video/TV Production and Socio-political Theory. He has post-graduate qualifications in adult education. He lectures and teaches at universities, institutions and workshops around the world.

He has published extensively internationally, in magazines, newspapers, journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, websites and other media, as well as doing numerous media interviews for TV, Radio and online systems.

He is a professional musician, having performed throughout Australia and in many countries around the world. He also works in film and video and is currently involved in several of these.

André is the Author of the ‘Myths of Safe Pesticides’ and ‘Poisoning our Children’. He is the co-author with Dr Vandana Shiva of ‘Biodiversity, Agroecology, Regenerative Organic Agriculture – Sustainable Solutions for Hunger, Poverty and Climate Change’

André first came to the Douglas Shire in 1971 and has, with his wife Julia, an organic tropical fruit farm in Daintree.

Michael Gabour

Born in USA, Michael spent his childhood in the oilfields of Venezuela before attending high school in Texas. He joined the Air Force in 1965 before going on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas. Michael then attended a two year Masters Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

His professional career thereafter ranged from selling tax-free motorcycles to market making for traders on the European Option Exchange.

Michael later hit the high seas, arriving in Port Douglas in 1990. He was the managing partner of a small syndicate that owned and operated the Coconut Grove, the Court House Hotel and the Waterfront Bar & Grill until 2001. Fondly referred to as “The Golden Years”, Michael then went on to own and operate Radio Port Douglas between 2003-2018.

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