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Real People of the Pocket - Meet Dee

Meet Denise, or Dee as many locals know her, especially from her role as Committee Secretary of the Mandalay Progress Association (MPA). Dee has lived in Fig Tree Pocket for close to 7 years now, having moved here in September 2012. She had an old school friend who lived in Mandalay Street, and after immigrating to Brisbane from South Africa in 2001, one day she visited this friend. From that day onwards Dee dreamt of living in the area, having been attracted by the beauty of the rural atmosphere, and the proximity to shops, restaurants and regular bus transport...

Dee tell us about your Secretary role with the MPA and how it came about?
On attending an AGM in 2014, to my surprise I was voted on to the Committee as Secretary. And there I have stayed ever since! I have developed quite a passion for the area and enjoy giving back to this friendly community.

I have made many friends through the Association and coming from a tourism background with Air France, and, having organised many events in my role as the Manager South Africa for the Australian Tourist Office, I've used my experience with assisting in the coordination of the Jacaranda Festival - our one main annual event laid on for the residents, and their friends and family.

How do you spend your weekends?
After my busy week playing Bridge and going to my art group, I enjoy relaxing by reading the weekend newspapers, walking my dog along our local river walks and entertaining friends and family.

What makes you laugh?
My old Staffy, Ruby!!! The way she manipulates both my husband and I to attend to her every need immediately!!!! That includes, a treat, her food, a tummy rub and her daily walks!!

What's been the best thing that's ever happened to you?
Being surprised and shocked at having my twins at 38, who are now 32 years old and the family finally immigrating to Australia.

What are some fun plans you've got for the next 5 years?
- To eventually become a granny before I am too old!!!
- To explore this beautiful country in a campervan
- To embark on a luxury cruise to Canada and Alaska
- To return to Africa for a luxury safari and to remind the boys of the beautiful country we left behind
- If I can find it in me to move from Mandalay, we may downsize to a smaller house or apartment possibly on the coast somewhere!

Share your wisdom Dee - what's your life motto, or do you have a piece of advice that's resonated with you?
Never lose touch with old friends no matter how far away! Value trust, honour, sincerity, reliability and never give up!


I just love hearing people's stories and backgrounds as to how they came to Fig Tree Pocket. If you'd like to be profiled - please send me an email [email protected] Cathy x

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