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A well-known community advocate and 2022 Sunshine Coast Volunteer of the Year has announced she will be a candidate in the upcoming Noosa Shire Council elections.

Leigh McCready, who is currently the head of fundraising and partnerships at Katie Rose Cottage Hospice, will step down from the role this month to focus full-time on her campaign ahead of the vote in March.

“I plan to spend the next four months meeting with and listening to the Noosa community about what they want for our hometown over the next four years,” she said.

“I’ll be out and about every day meeting with members of the community to understand what matters most to them.”

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The mum of four and business leader is also what she jokingly calls a “professional volunteer”.

She was elected to lead the community revival of the Peregian Beach Surf Life Saving Club and it was for this work that was awarded the 2022 Volunteer of the Year award by Volunteering Sunshine Coast.

The Noosa Council chambers in Tewantin.

She is also a director of the Sunshine Coast 2032 Olympics board and local charity Events 4 Greater Good, the president of the Tewantin-Noosa CWA, and founder and president of Peregian Family and Friends, the suburb’s residents’ association.

In 2021 Ms McCready was elected to chair the LNP Noosa branch, the first female to hold this position in Noosa’s history.

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“The ‘juggle’ is real but it’s worth every minute of forgone Netflix sessions and books left unread so I can devote my time to the people and community I love,” she said.

Ms McCready moved to the Coast in 1988, attending Immanuel Lutheran College, before moving to Brisbane for university. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts majoring in Accounting and met her husband Rob, a Woombye local and licensed builder.

After a stint in Melbourne and London working in business and people management roles, she returned to Queensland to complete her Master’s degree in Human Resources and start a family.

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